Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sticky Wings

Sticky fun


Sticky Wings, photo from management

Good Buffalo wings are not easy to come by in London, when well executed, it can be such an addictable item that you just can't stop eating one after another. The best Buffalo wing I have encountered in London was the bingo wings from Meat Liquor, I have yet to discover a wing specialist restaurant in London so when I heard there is actually a Buffalo Wings joint in Brick Lane called Sticky Wings that has been receiving some excellent customer feedback, I wasted little to time to check out the place.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Smokehouse Chiswick

Smoking ace


Smokehouse Chiswick

I am a big fan of the first Smokehouse (part of Noble Inns group) at Islington, Neil Rankin has re-formulated BBQ to something refined, edgy and most importantly, smokingly good. I guess BBQ 'premiumisation' would be the right word if I think in marketing terms. On the back of his Smokehouse success, Neil Rankin has been promoted to be the group's Executive chef and is expanding his Smokehouse concept.  As soon as I discovered Smokehouse was launching a new branch in Chiswick, I wasted no time in booking a table for its soft launch.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Hibiscus

Forward thinking


Hibiscus, photo from management

The double Michelin starred Hibiscus in Oxford Circus is renown for its creative and forward thinking approach in its French cooking. Chef patron Claude Bosi has a unique style in his cooking, thinking outside the box, using unexpected ingredients combination to challenge the mindset of diners and unlock what we normally would consider strange food paring, all that is all done in a refined and elegant way without being a gimmick. For my sixth visit, I returned to Hibiscus to experience the menu du marche, a 8 course tasting menu.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Fera Claridge's

No tasting no fun


canapes

Almost one year on, with the launch buzz and all the hype dying down, Fera is no longer the hottest restaurant in London. While the restaurant still fills up pretty nicely, you can easily secure a table in less than a week in advance. The menu has since changed quite a bit, with the tasting menu heavily reduced to just 6 courses. I always choose the tasting menu when I go to a Simon Rogan restaurant but for the first time I went for its set lunch menu.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Launceston Place

Modern gastronomy


canapes

This is my 8th visit to the Michelin starred Launceston Place, this is my favourite London restaurant for fine dining, a place I would always suggest first if someone asked me to recommend a high quality gastronomic experience without needing to borrow a loan. I returned for the first time in 2015, knowing I would be getting something quite different from my last visit just before Christmas. Head chef Tim Allen is known for his progressive modern creative European cuisine and every time I dine out at Launceston Place, I always find something very special that delights my taste buds with joy and that is largely the reason why I keep returning to this charming neighbourhood restaurant.