September 5, 2011

Quince, Mayfair

The May Fair Hotel’s revamped dining room is the first solo-helmed restaurant from Silvena Rowe, a Bulgarian-born chef who has done much to raise awareness of the cooking of the eastern Mediterranean through two well-received cookbooks her appearances on Saturday Kitchen. On our visit three weeks after opening, Rowe was...
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The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields

Everything about this mini-chain specialising in all-day brunches for hungover hipsters is sunny-side up, from the yellow-and-blue walls and pun-laden menu of ‘egg-ulars’ to the mufti-ed staff and jingly-jangly music. The decor is a mixture of Eighties’ Americana seemingly snapped up at a garage sale (think Snoopy lamps and novelty...
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Madison, City

Perched atop of One New Change, seven storeys up, this informal, stylish restaurant bar designed by Jean Nouvel enjoys a lofty setting with unbeatable views of St Paul’s Cathedral the capital from its private terrace – part of one of the largest terraces in Europe. The menu lends itself to...
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Red Dog Saloon, Shoreditch

Hopping on the all-American barbecue bandwagon is this East End effort serving a slice of the Wild West. The dining room sets the scene, with cracked-leather banquettes, overhead fans turning lazily hunting rodeo paraphernalia on the walls. Slabs of quality cuts are rubbed with barbecue spices then cooked slowly in...
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Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, Clerkenwell

This former boozer bears the tell-tale signs of a Tom Ed Martin upgrade – its clean lines, neutral colours, smart upholstery shiny, packed bar put it in the same bracket as Chelsea sibling The Botanist. An all-day eatery, CSDR takes up the ground floor of the listed Whitbread Brewery building,...
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