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Hedone
301-303 Chiswick High Road, W4 4HH
London
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Hedone (named after the Greek name for “pleasure”) has just been named the 70th best restaurant in the world in the St Pellegrino World’s best restaurant awards. It also recently was awarded 1 Michelin star, and the Hardens guide ranked it as one of the best newcomers when it first opened 2 years ago. The story behind Hedone is quite fascinating, the main chef, Swedish Mikael Jonsson, first trained as a chef, then as a lawyer, then was a food blogger and then one day decided to open his own restaurant, Hedone. But what he is really good at is ingredient sourcing. He has advised many Michelin star restaurants in Europe on ingredient sourcing, and there are many anecdotes how he spends a long time trying to find the best ingredients for Hedone (European where he could not find good enough British suppliers) and only the best will do. His skill is sourcing good quality food not so much cooking it in some strange molecular way.

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4.50

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Riding House Café
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PQ
London
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Riding House Café is a wonderful brunch restaurant. Located north of Oxford Circus on the corner of Riding House street and Great Thichfield Street it offers wonderful classic breakfast dishes before 12 and after 12 serves lunch specialties (at lunch you can chose smaller plates and share them or a bigger plate just for yourself).

I went to Riding House Café for brunch/ breakfast, and we had a table booked for 5 of us for 10.45, as there was no later table. This place is very popular and you can either book a table (half of the tables there they let you book), but you need to book a lot in advance as these tables get taken very quickly or you can just turn up and try to occupy one of the walk-in tables but chances are you will have to wait around 1h for them.

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3.50

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Les Trois Garcons
1 Club Row, E1 6JX
London
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I have been going to Shoreditch House and Beach Blanket Babylon for around 6 years now, and I have never noticed Les Trois Garcons, which is situated right next to the before mentioned places and has been there even before them. Les Trois Garcons is a funny one, as it has a long history and many stories about it, which the people that know really like and appreciate and see when they enter Les Trois Garcons, but which the average restaurant goer may miss.

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3.00

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John Salt
131 Upper Street, N1 1QP
London
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John Salt is a pub in Islington (no idea if it is named after the English artist called John Salt) and late last year a new chef, Ben Spalding, was invited to cook food there. After only a few months during which he attracted a lot of positive reviews, he suddenly left and now the main chef is Neil Rankin. Neil used to work in Pitt Cue Co in Soho, the amazing meat restaurant, and people say he has an obsession to grill things which you can see in some of the dishes he creates in John Salt. All their fish comes from Newlyn Fish Market, meat from Warren & Sons in Cornwall and greens from Keveral Farm (on the menu they even have a dish called “Keveral Salad” which just has greens from this farm)

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3.50

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Upstairs at the Ten Bells
84 Commercial Street E1 6LY
London
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I had read a lot of reviews of this restaurant in Shoreditch so I booked a table there for dinner for me and my boyfriend on a Friday evening. Ten Bells is a pub in Shoreditch where Jack the Ripper killed one of his victims, Mary Kelly, so it is famous. It is a very small pub and upstairs on the first floor there is a restaurant with the obvious name “Upstairs at the ten bells”. Giorgio Ravelli is the Head Chef and the restaurant serves modern British, seasonal food and initially it was a pop up but it got so many good reviews it is now permanent.

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Hix
66-70 Brewer Street W1F 9UP
London
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Mark Hix has 8 restaurants these days (btw we apparently saw him during this meal, my lunch buddy Dom recognized him and pointed him out to me and he looked quite scruffy but in a trendy way) and the restaurant named after his surname, Hix (located in Soho) was the second restaurant he opened in 2009. Mark Hix is a famous chef and worked in Caprice for 17 years and after he left he opened his first restaurant Hix Oyster & Chop House in Smithfield, and he is known for his original take on British gastronomy. Hix boasts Mark Hix’s signature daily-changing menu of seasonal British food. And downstairs is the famous Mark’s bar which has great cocktails apparently, but which I did not try on this occasion.

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3.00

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Beard to Tail
77 Curtain Road EC2A 3BS
London
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I had read a lot of great reviews about Beard to Tail (owned by the same people as Calloh Callay also in Shoreditch), so when my boyfriend asked where to go near Old Street to meet his friend I suggested this place. In the end I was so jealous he was going to try it first without me I gatecrashed his meeting with his friend just so that I could taste the food. Beard to Tail calls itself a “meat and whiskey” restaurant and as the name suggests uses all sorts of parts of the animal in their dishes (all their meat comes from the same farm in North Yorkshire which has been growing animals for 3 decades). There are very few non meat dishes on the menu, so a vegetarian friend is best not brought to this place.

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3.50

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Castle Terrace
33-35 Castle Terrace EH1 2EL
Edinburgh
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This is a quite a new restaurant in Edinburgh, that only opened in July 2010 but it has already managed to get 1 Michelin star and also been ranked as a top 100 place to eat in the UK, and is a sister restaurant to another famous Scottish restaurant The Kitchen. The main chef is Scottish and his name is Dominic Jack and the restaurant serves modern British cuisine influenced by French cooking techniques (so fairly standard Michelin restaurant in the UK) and using Scottish produce. Dominic Jack has worked in one of my favourite restaurants in the world l’Arpège in Paris, but unfortunately I did not see much influence from l’Arpege when I went to Castle Terrace nevertheless it was a very enjoyable meal.

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4.00

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Noel Arms Hotel
High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6AT
Cotswolds
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Noel Arms Hotel is one of the oldest Cotswold inns with 28 rooms (people say that Charles II stayed here during the English Civil War) located in Chipping Campden, and they have a very pleasant restaurant there that sources most of their produce from Cotswolds and does British food with some international influence. The international influence comes from the fact that their main chef Indinil, surprisingly, is known for his curries, and he is the current holder of the Best Pub Curry Chef Award at the Great British Pub Food Awards (and he has won it 3 times)! When I was there to celebrate Inunils curry success Noel Arms Hotel was offering a special 3 course award winning menu, and it seems like they do regular curry nights. But not only do they have a restaurant they also have a coffee shop and a bar called Dover's Bar (named after Dover's Hill, the site of the famous Cotswold Olympics).

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2.00

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Corrigan's Mayfair
28 Upper Grosvenor Street W1K 7EH
London
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I had quite low expectations for this place and it was much better than I thought. Corrigan’s Mayfair used to be ranked quite highly by the Hardens guide (and was awarded London Restaurant of the Year by the Evening Standard) but in the recent years the Hardens guide has taken a view that it has gone down in quality, so I was not expecting much, but I had a wonderful meal there. The main chef at Corrigan’s Mayfair is Richard Corrigan who is Irish, and besides Corrigan’s Mayfair also owns Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill (the funny looking Mitsubishi tire building 5min away from South Ken station) and Bentley's Sea Grill in Harrods, and is a very famous chef and has gained a Michelin star (first time in 1994 when he was the head chef of Stephen Bull) as well as cooked for the Queen and won the contest the Great British Menu. Richard Corrigan opened Corrigan’s Mayfair in 2008, and I went there for lunch on a wednesday.

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4.00

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