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3 South Place Bar & Grill
3 South Place EC2M 2AF
London
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3 South place is a new and trendy hotel located north of Moorgate on South Place, opened up by the D&D group (who runs restaurants such as Coq d’Argent, Floridita, New Street Grill) and this is their first venture into hotels. The hotel is beautiful, trendy, relaxing (also good location, as Moorgate needed a fancy hotel, as there was nowhere where to go to if you wanted that kind of environment) and it has 2 restaurants, both serving British food and run by chef Tony Fleming, the “3 south place bar & grill” and “Angler restaurant” on the top of the building, which is more expensive and a more white table cloth/serious restaurant.

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3.50

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Restaurant Sat Bains
Lenton Lane NG7 2SA
Nottingham
United Kingdom
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The following day was my birthday so my boyfriend surprised me and took me on a Friday night to Nottingham to eat in one of the top 100 restaurants in the world (at number 97), and it is the only restaurant in the world’s top 100 that is not located in London or up to an hour’s drive from London. I am very glad he took me there as I probably would not have gone there at least for a while, and it was a super thoughtful surprise as he knows how obsessed I am with ticking off the top 100 restaurants on the list. Restaurant Sat Bains has 8 bedrooms, so it is a small hotel, and in the same place there is also a 2 Star Michelin restaurant (they won their first star in 2003 and then the second one in 2011) serving modern British cuisine.

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5.00

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North Road
St John St EC1M 4AN
London
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I had huge expectations for this place, as I had just been to Noma and my friend Ian was telling me this place does European food with a Scandinavian twist, so I thought it would be a bit like Noma, but it was not. The restaurant was opened in 2010 and is called North Road because the historic Great North Road began its course at Smithfield (which is where the restaurant is located) in Pre-Roman times, heading North, and the name should imply to you English food with a Northern twist I guess. The main chef who generated a lot of excitement was Christoffer Hruskova (who is Danish and headed some other restaurants in London before opening North Road, and hence another reason why some people would compare this to the Danish Noma) but he left this summer, but still the restaurant maintains 1 Michelin star.

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3.50

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Pollen Street Social
8 Pollen Street W1S 1NQ
London
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Pollen Street Social has been winning praise ever since it opened in April 2011, and in 2012 it was awarded 1 Michelin star, and the restaurant has been ranked at number eight in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants 2012 and was also named the guide’s Best New Entry. It was deemed London's best new fine dining restaurant in the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2011 and won New Restaurant of the Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2012, and recently it has also been named the 84th best restaurant in the world in the St Pelligrino restaurant awards.

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4.00

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New Street Grill
16A New Street, UK EC2M
London
United Kingdom
GB

New Street Grill is owned by the D&D group, which is a monster entity when it comes to restaurants. D&D stands for Des and David, 2 men who led the buyout of Conran Restaurants in September 2006, and ever since have opened new restaurants and now have 23 restaurants in London, as well as restaurants in Japan, Paris, New York and Denmark. I have looked at all the restaurants they own, and I have been to Almeida, Coq d’Argent, Floridita, Paternoster Chop House and Plateau and I have some bad memories associated with quite a few of these places (for example I went to Floridita for my 22nd birthday and was rushed out of my table in 1 hour which ended up with me getting drunk and crying as they had mistreated me so much). But despite the fact I have not really enjoyed any of these restaurants, I was willing to give their new venture New Street Grill a chance. 

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3.00

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Boisdale
Cabot Square, Canary Wharf E14 4QT
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Boisdale restaurant has 4 branches in London and they all offer traditional Scottish food, in a quite a cool atmosphere. I have also been to the Bishopsgate branch, which is located in an alleyway and has dark red walls inside, but this time I went to the Canary Wharf branch, located on Cabot Square, very close to my work. Boisdale in Canary Wharf has 2 floors, and they call themselves a “lively restaurant” and also have live music, whisky bar, cigar terrace, caviar and oyster bar and cigar library, and according to their website they “overlook the Thames and city skyline” which is an exaggeration considering this place is located on the 2nd floor.

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2.50

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Duck & Waffle
Heron Tower 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY
London
United Kingdom
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This is officially the tallest restaurant in Europe. Duck and Waffle is located in the Heron Towers on the 40th floor, one floor above Sushi Samba but contrary to Sushi Samba, Duck and Waffle does not have an outside area, but that does not change the fact the views of London from this restaurant are impressive. I went there for lunch with my friend Paul and before going there I had had a sneak peak at the menu, which I thought was extremely creative and contained dishes I had not seen before in similar type of restaurants that offer “seasonal food”. The menu is a one page A4 piece of paper and consists of smaller dishes, plates to share, plates from the oven and then larger 3 dishes for the table, which includes the mysterious “duck and waffle” dish.

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2.50

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10 Greek Street
10 Greek Street W1D 4DH
London
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I have read quite a few reviews about the new Soho restaurant "10 Greek Street", so I was very excited when my boyfriend suggested we should go there. The idea of this place is quite similar to quite a few other places in Soho, like Ducksoup, Polpo etc, when the menu is composed of small and also a few bigger plates that are meant to be shared. When I first saw the menu I thought it was less inspiring than the previously mentioned places tapas places in London, as not only the menu is smaller, it has only got 12 starters/ main courses on the menu and 8 smaller plates, it also is more traditional food (the menu feels quite English/ European even though the main chef is Australian). We decided to have a small plate of "crumbed braisedlamb, gremolata mayonnaise", which turned out to be lamp balls cooked with breadcrubs, which were very nice.

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3.50

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Dabbous
39 Whitfield Street WIT 2SF
London
United Kingdom
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Dabbous is run by a chef Ollie Dabbous, who cooks light and modern food, with an emphasis on clean flavours and seasonal ingredients, and he wants the food to impress through it's simplicity. I initially called them about 3 weeks ago, the nearest table I could book was 4th Oct, but I managed to get to this place earlier (last Sat) as my friend Paul had seen the email I sent around to some people about having to wait 6 months and generously offered me his booking.

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5.00

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA
London
United Kingdom
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There are 2 key things I want to say about this place: 1) I think this place is jinxed and has bad aura; 2) this is not the 7th best restaurant in the world and the best in UK as it is currently ranked (note the Michelin guide only gives it 1 star, which is more like it).

 

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4.00

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