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Review: The Stepney City Farm and Pals

Where do you stand on the issue of farmers’ markets?  Some years ago they became the bougie foodie’s only place to shop.  You could just sense the smugness from the Bugaboo set with their hessian bags walking down to a … Continue reading

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Review: The Albert Square Chop House

One of the many ways you can bifucate the world of restaurants is to divide them into those with and those without overtly descriptive parts to their names.  So, “Le Gavroche”, for example, versus “Romano’s Ristorante Italiano“.  What can the … Continue reading

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Review: The Fish and Chip Shop

Given that fish and chips is the national dish (curry aside, of course), you would expect it to be plentiful and of high quality in the capital.  Not so. Plentiful it may be, but the quality is not as wide … Continue reading

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Review: The Flavour Thesaurus

I was browsing in Waterstone’s today (or more correctly Waterstones, as it has recently become, given that in the retail paradox to end all retail paradoxes, this retailer – a bookshop – has apparently resolved that to appeal to its … Continue reading

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Getting Trollied

I first ate yum cha when I was 2, I am told. Apparently I ran across the restaurant and stole a bun off a trolley after my parents had paid the bill.  This caused quite some embarrassment.  Not as much … Continue reading

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Review: The 10 Cases/Burger & Lobster

Today, two restaurants whose names tell you everything you need to know about them (except of course the 700-odd words I felt necessary to add below). The premise of the 10 Cases in Covent Garden is that they only buy … Continue reading

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In which my work is published on a real website

A couple of weeks ago Jancis Robinson (the eminent wine critic) asked me to help out with sought contributions from amateurs for her website’s restaurant column while Nick Lander, the usual restaurant critic, was away recovering from surgery.  So I threw … Continue reading

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