Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Very Special Dinner Party

It's only mid January and I have probably already been to the dinner party of the year.

The food was cooked by Jason Atherton and wines included Petrus , Latour and Vega Sicilia to name but a few . Fellow guests where all passionate about food , wine or both.

I cannot really add much to this post from our wonderful hosts The Critical Couple

You can read about the Dinner Party food and wine here

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What to match with the world's best Bordeaux-style reds

I was asked to contribute to one of my favourite Food and Wine sites on the subject of matching food with top Bordeaux style reds. You can read it here and the wonderful matching Food and Wine with Fiona Beckett can be found here

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Current Favourite Food Suppliers

The Chelsea Fishmonger
10 Cale Street,
London, SW3 3QU.
Tel: 020 7589 9432

Mortimer and Bennet
Delicatesen & Fine Foods
33 Turnham Green Terrace
W4 1RG
Tel : 020 8995 4145

Andreas Veg
35 Turnham Green Terrace
W4 1RG
Tel : 020 8995 0140

O'Shea's of Knightsbridge
11 Montpelier St.
Telephone : 0207 581 7771


7 Montpellier Street.
London SW7 1EX

The Ham and Cheese Company

Bea's of Bloomsbury

Food in the City


Rhodes Bakery

Peter's Yard

Valvona & Crolla

Has Bean Coffee

Square Mile Coffee Roaster

Rare Tea Company

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Best in London 2010

Here is my list of best of London food shops , restaurants and wine establishments for 2010 and you can compare with 2009 ,2008 here 2007 here and 2006 here

Best Italian Restaurant (Southern) : L'Anima , Mennula

Best Italian Restaurant (Northern) : Alloro , Zafferano & Locanda Locatelli

Best Pan Italian : River Cafe

Best Indian : The Painted Heron

Best Indian (Modern) : Benares , Rasoi

Best Pakistani : Shezan & Saloos

Best Chinese : Hunan , Kai

Best Dim Sum : Pearl Liang and Royal China (Baker St)

Best Thai : Nahm

Best Japanese : Umu and Sake No Hana

Best Vietnamese : Mien Tay , Battersea

Best Lebanese/Syrian : Ishbilia , Knightsbridge

Best Greek : none in London are rated.

Best Turkish : Mangal Ocakbasi (Stoke Newington)

Best Sushi : Sushi - Hiro (Ealing)

Best French : Hibiscus , Gauthier Soho , Club Gascon , Alain Ducasse (Dorchester)

Best Modern British/European : The Ledbury , Petersham Nurseries , Pied a Terre ( with an Antipodean twist)

Best Spanish : Cambio de Tercio

Best Tapas : Barrafina , Barrica

Best English : St John's

Best Fish/Seafood : One - O - One , Knightsbridge

Best Gastro Pub : Anchor & Hope , Great Queen St

Best Sandwich : Fernandez and Wells , Kappacasein

Best Pub : The Ship (Wandsworth) , Drafthouse (Westbridge)

Best Selection of Beer : Draft House and The Rake

Best Wine Bar : 28-50

Best Brasserie : Le Cafe Anglais & Bob Bob Ricard

Best French Bistro/Bourgeois Cooking : Chabrot Bistro D'Amis , Racine , Bistro Bruno

Best Burger : Hawksmoor , Goodman , Byron Big D (limited edition special)

Best Mid Range Burger : Byron

Best joint Burger : The Meatwagon ,Grazing (Tower Hill)

Best Steak : Côte de Boeuf at Racine

Best Steak Restaurant : Hawksmoor , Goodman , The Rib Room

Best Grill : The Rib Room & The Dorchester Grill

Best Pizza : Franco Manca

Best Street Food : Mr Falafel and The Meatwagon

Best Value for money Wine List : Bob Bob Ricard

Best Value for Money Restaurant : Polpo & Mangal Ocakbasi

Best Newcomers in London 2010 : 101 Pimlico Road , The Dock Kitchen ,Texture and Goodman (City)

Best Italian Deli : none in London are rated.

Best Butcher : Oshea's of Knightbridge

Best Bakery : St John's Bread , Franco Manca , Poilane

Best Patisserie & Chocolatier : William Curley

Best Cakes and Brownies : Bea's of Bloomsbury

Best Gelato : Cocorino

Best Fishmonger : The Chelsea Fishmonger (Rex Goldsmith), Chelsea Green

Best Cheese Shop : La Fromagerie , Rippon and Beillevaire

Best Wine Merchants : Berry Brothers & Rudd , Bibendum Wines

Best Fruit & Veg : Andreas Georghiou (Turnham Green Terrace)