Tag Archives: Tasting menu

Typing Room – Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green

Raw beef, smoked beetroot, turnip, horseradish & sorrel

Yes, it’s far from cheap, but if you’re willing to pay for quality, your money will be well spent There’s been some serious grub served up in Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel since its transformation in 2010. For a few years it was home to Michelin starred Viajante and chef Nuno Mendes, now in residence at infamous celeb hang-out Chiltern Firehouse. ...

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Lyle’s, Shoreditch

Queenie scallops with sea blight at Lyle's

In terms of quality of cooking and value, it puts most similar places to shame. Some say it’s bold, others call it arrogant; serving a no-choice set menu certainly divides opinion. Despite this, more and more restaurants are joining the club and diners are getting on board with it. One such place is Lyle’s, a recent arrival in Shoreditch’s Tea ...

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The Square

Sauté of Langoustine Tails with Parmesan Gnocchi and an Emulsion of Potato and Truffle

If somebody was to take the ‘fine’ out of fine dining and keep the incredible standard of food, I’d be there quicker than you can say ’emulsion.’ When I eat at a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, I expect near perfection. After all, there are only twenty or so places in the country that have attained this status. They are undoubtedly the best ...

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The Clove Club

Hebridean lamb

For the last year the imposing looking Shoreditch Town Hall has been home to The Clove Club. They serve a no-nonsense (no-choice) tasting menu and have won plenty of admirers since opening their doors. Isaac McHale heads up the kitchen, building on the success he enjoyed up the road at The Ten Bells. He’s also worked at The Ledbury, Tom Aikens ...

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Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs


If you’re under the impression that Bubbledogs is all about fizz, hipsters and hot dogs, then think again. Okay… it’s partly that but behind the curtain at the back of the building lies Kitchen Table, and it’s bloody good. Tasting menus can sometimes be a bit of a risk, none more so than ones like this where each dish is ...

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A. Wong – Elegant, good value Chinese food


Believe it or not, there’s now a tasty little restaurant within five minutes of Victoria station that’s starting to change Londoners’ perceptions of Chinese food. I’m often dubious about using the words ‘British Chinese’ and ‘fine dining’ in the same sentence. Of course, there are the likes of HKK and Bo but they are right at the top end and ...

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Roka, Charlotte St – Great food, pushy service, big bill

Miso black cod

There is some fantastic Japanese food on offer in London right now and few restaurants have as built as big a reputation as Roka. With this in mind, I was delighted to get the chance to try it for myself. Sadly though, the London Piggy was unable to attend so you’re going to have to take the Hog’s word for ...

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Alyn Williams at The Westbury

Orkney Scallops - I'd come back for these again and again!

You should go now before Williams reputation grows any further, the tasting menu won’t £60 for ever. Alyn Williams worked under Marcus Wareing for eight years, four of which were spent as head chef of the two-star Berkeley, so at an irresistible £60 for seven courses, I didn’t take much persuading. We arrived just after 7pm on a Friday night ...

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