IT IS CUSTOMARY for most websites to start with a short manifesto explaining just what kind of site you have stumbled across… but let’s not get too philosophical about this. I am in favour of hospitable restaurants; inventive chefs; local ingredients; eating fresh food; shopping carefully. I am against over elaborate presentation on the plate; dumbed down food television; blunt knives; and anybody who takes photographs of everything they eat. I don’t much like those dim sum chickens feet. I am a great fan of sweetbreads and pork scratchings. I think that beer gets a raw deal in the context of gastronomy. I usually side with comfort rather than style. This site is mainly about food and restaurants but it also touches on trends and books. I hope that it can be dipped into and that it reads like a magazine rather than a diary - I make a great effort to avoid just writing down where I have been and what I have eaten. Please feel free to use the “Contact” page to send brickbats, bouquets, corrections and comments. Welcome aboard, and as our American cousins would have it…Enjoy!
LONG, LONG AGO the Spaghetti House chain of Italian Restaurants dished up spaghetti Bolognaise and “exotic” starters like avocado pears. We admired the straw-covered Chianti bottles and took them home to turn into chic table lights. Then, a quarter of a Century ago, a new restaurant called the River Café convinced London diners that Italian cooking could be both stylish and expensive. Then restaurants like Zafferano and Locanda Locatelli showcased Italian fine dining. Now there seems to be yet another surge in the fortunes of Italian food and the new Union Street Café is doing great business by the expedient of being just authentic enough and offering a slightly more formal dining experience than you’ll find when munching on cicchetti in ultra modern London Bàcaros. Read More...
Questions of Taste
ON THE 5TH DECEMBER, I had the privilege of attending the Guild of Beer Writers’ Awards dinner. As ever it was a fierce affair and we were swept along on a wave of different beers, each one seemingly stronger than the last. The large number of entries for each of the seven awards meant a great deal of reading for the judges, and in the end The Michael Jackson Award for the beer writer of the year went to Will Hawkes. There’s something very engaging about the Guild of Beer Writers and their brave on-going fight against the foolish, snobbish and ignorant misconception that the public is not interested in beer. Read More...
Six of the best Mexican
- Cafe Pacifico
- Green & Red
- Benito's Hat