Food Matters

Food Matters
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British Dining in The Heart Of Mayfair at Browns

Browns Bar and Brasserie sits proudly in the heart of Mayfair, serving British cuisine in stylish surroundings, the restaurant is ideally located in Maddox Street just a stone's throw away from the shops of Bond Street.

Originally established in 1973, the Browns Group opened it's first outpost in Brighton and over the past 40 years has become one of Britain's most loved household names with locations throughout the country.

Browns Mayfair has an elegant bar towards the front of the venue which backs onto the restaurant further to the back. Perfect for a post shopping tipple, the bar area boasts booth table that overlook the main bar and offers an extensive range of Champagnes and cocktails.

The restaurant is open daily for breakfast right through to dinner and has become a popular retreat for brunch with the Mayfair set; specials include a lobster Benedict and a full English, all of which are served until noon.

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Joe's Oriental Diner Comes To Hackney

Following on from its hugely successful launch in Chelsea, Joe’s Oriental Diner has relocated to the uber-trendy area of Hackney. Founded by the legendary Scott Hallsworth, Joe’s offers Pan Asian food inspired by his Japanese junk food concept (originally from the beloved Kurobuta) combined with a range of inventive cocktails.

Now taking centre stage at The Laundry building, Joe’s is set to become of the hotspots of the East London scene. Scott has created a menu of sharing plates and many of the dishes are inspired by his time in South East Asia. Food is kept simple and authentic but each dish has Scott’s unique twist adding flavour and dimension.

The diner can be quite addictive and Sloanes frequented the initial pop up in Chelsea on a daily basis. Foodwise, expect to be spoilt; some of the popular small plates include Crab Rangoon and Thai Pork sausages, both mouth-wateringly good.

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The Iconic Shepherd's Of Westminster Reopens

Shepherd's Of Westminster has recently reopened and the iconic restaurant is now better than ever before. Situated on Marsham Street, Shepherd's sits proudly amongst the fabulous apartments of Marsham Court and is one of Westminster's hidden gems.

Over the years, this legendary haunt has played host to a whole array of politicians and office workers alike, many of whom were known to frequent Shepherd's (and still do) almost as though it was a second home.

Since the rebirth, head chef Paul Croasdale, formerly of Berners Tavern has reinvented the menu along with the likes of Owen Williams amongst a staff of star studded chefs. Taking inspiration from classic British cuisine, one can expect starters to range from a beetroot salad to the very popular chicken liver parfait which comes served with a treacle brioche.

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Indian Fine Dining at Benares

Benares isn't quite like any other Indian restaurant, since 2003 this stylish haunt has sat proudly in the heart of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. The brainchild of Atul Kochhar, Benares has retained a Michelin star since 2007 and offers diners a modern take on Indian fine dining set against an elegant backdrop.

Atul Kochhar was originally born over India and took rise to fame when he moved to London in 1994 to open Tamarind. By 2001 he had won his first star as head chef at the famed restaurant, he left in 2002 and started his own venture in 2003 by opening Benares.

Moving away from the stereotype of an Indian restaurant, Benares is in a league of it's own. The restaurant and bar are actually upstairs and the decadent interior exudes old school glamour. A staircase leading into the main bar is overlooked by a main water feature and this is a centrepiece of the entrance hall and lounge area.

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Burgers With a Flair at Big Fernand

Given it's huge success over in France (8 restaurants have opened since 2012) it was only a matter of time before Big Fernand landed in the UK. The unique concept of combining French gastronomy with the classic hamburger is the brainchild of founders Steve Burggraf, Alexandre Auriac and Guillaume Pagliano.

Originally launched in Paris, Big Fernand is a workshop giving diners the ability to order bespoke burgers cooked to their exact requirements. The Parisian affair brings a sense of sophistication to the fast food burger industry which is becoming increasingly popular in Central London with the arrival of new mid market burger chains.

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The Albany's Fresh New Look

I'd been eagerly anticipating the revamp of The Albany for a while now. The charming pub sat on the corner of Great Portland Street has become a landmark in it's own right and has always been a haunt for the locals and office workers alike.

Since reopening the pub has been given a makeover and its interior is now slightly more modernised whilst keeping with its traditional cosy feel. Plush chandeliers adorn the ceilings of the main pub floor and tones of blue and grey throughout make it feel vibrant and stylish.

A whole new floor has been introduced in the basement cleverly named 'The Other Place'. Currently a little gem to those in the know, the vibe downstairs is old school hip and trendy. Think concrete walls with music posters and and neon lights and this hidden underground space comes to mind. A more intimate setting than upstairs, small booth seating makes this a great shout to catch up with friends too.

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French Dining Reaches New Heights at Galvin's

Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton Park Lane, Galvin at Windows offers stunning panoramic views of the London skyline. The Michelin starred restaurant has been established since 2006 and offers French haute cuisine with menus designed by Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Joo Won.

From the moment you enter the elegant world of Galvin's you are immersed into a world of 1930's glamour which is captivated throughout the interior of the bar and dining space. With Fred Sirieix as the general manager, it's no surprise that Galvin's is renowned for it's unrivalled service and the restaurant was even featured in it's own documentary back in 2012 focusing on the hospitality of the business.

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Japanese Dining at Chisou

Chisou isn't quite like the other Japanese restaurants London has become so well known for, whilst the typical theme is now Asian Fusion, Chisou stands as the only fine dining restaurants to offer truly authentic Japanese cuisine.

Now with outposts in both Knightsbridge and Mayfair, Chisou's concept of expertly prepared food in unpretentious yet stylish surroundings can become addictive. This simplistic approach to what has become a highly gimicked industry is the brainchild of founder David Leroy, his vision is translated through the natural woods and colour palettes throughout both restaurants creating an air of simplicity.

The menu itself is a celebration of classic Japanese dishes served at their best, expect an array of sushi, sashimi and Tempura with signature dishes such as tako usuzukuri and wagyu steak served with foie gras truffle.

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Popping Up Levantine Style at Ceru

For those of you who haven't yet been to Ceru, time is running out. The five month pop up has taken Rathbone place by storm with it's all day dining take on Levantine food which follows on from it's legendary pop ups over last summer's festival season.

Executive chef Tom Kime has created a menu of Lebanese styled street snacks with a concept of sharing dishes in mind. Expect an array of creative dips and houmous combined with a menu of classic Middle Eastern dishes each with Tom's twist.

The most popular dish on the menu is of course the Lamb shoulder, succulently slow roasted, it comes with a special blend of Shawarma spices creating a fusion of flavour.

Ceru is chic yet unpretentious and it's quirky staff alongside the summer chillout tunes playing in the background gave me ray of sunshine despite the rain outside during my visit.

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Glamour At Mews of Mayfair

Lancashire Court is fast becoming a second home for me and I’m in danger of spending all my time there, the cobbled little back street in Mayfair is one of the town’s best kept secrets and also residence to one of my personal favourites, Mews of Mayfair.

Four floors of fun, Mews encompasses a brasserie, cocktail lounge, bar, wine shop and art gallery all in one – what’s not to love? Michael Lecouteur has bought British dining in it’s best form to Mews, think yummy classics such as Sausage Hash and Cornish Hake using only the finest produce from the best farms and this sophisticated brasserie comes to mind.