has ranged from "innovative" and "encourages experimentation" to
"sounds a bit silly". Ignore the fact that a choose-your-own tasting
menu is basically an à la carte; the food itself has been well received.
Foxlow, the new restaurant
from the Hawksmoor
praised, but for
many the Spital¡ elds
original is still the best.
"It's very hard to fault", says
one, while another enthuses,
"we will go back a dozen times".
Newly re-launched Polpetto on Berwick
Street has had a mixed response. While
its opening has been widely celebrated, not
everyone ¡ nds its layout and vibe an improvement
on the original. Some also reckon the menu is too
short - "the kitchen is running out of ideas" - and
the no bookings policy is a turn-o for many diners.
Conversely, readers are
happy to splash the cash so long as they like what
they get in return. The food at Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa
doesn't come cheap, but "when you enjoy yourself
that much who really cares". Likewise, readers reckon that
Sushisamba is "worth the higher prices for the sensational
views and the 'great glass elevator' ride" alone.
The Shard is already an established feature of London's
restaurant scene. Readers unsurprisingly
rave about the "breathtaking
views", but service seems to be
letting the side down at Hutong,
Oblix and especially Aqua,
where wrong orders, long waits
and incorrect bills have all been
reported. Most visitors enjoy
themselves, but those pressed for
time, beware the potential for hiccups.
Opinion is divided on the 'create-your-own
tasting menu' at Canvas in Marylebone. Feedback
"I'm not sure whether it is
called Polpo after the octopus
dish or because 'polpoxo'
('fleshy') is what you'll
become" Boatlady, Polpo
"As for how they manage to
create so much flavour and interest
in chickpeas, well I just don't know"
David H, Restaurant
"An exemplary outfit, where
staff are charming and
genuinely enjoy their work"
Foodess, Brasserie Chavot
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Kate Moss celebrating her 40th birthday at Mayfair's 34 restaurant
Prince Harry and girlfriend Cressida Bonas wishing the paps would burger
o a t the Kensington branch of Byron
David Beckham showing his Cockney roots with repeat visits to
M. Manze Pie, Mash Eel Shop on Tower Bridge Road
Victoria Beckham opting for posher ¡ sh than her husband at sushi
and sashimi expert Nobu London on Park Lane
Katie Price on model behaviour at pricey Novikov in Mayfair
Both Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora turning heads at Notting Hill's EO
Guy Ritchie and his son Rocco among a galaxy of celebrities to have
been spooted at Marylebone's smoking hot Chiltern Firehouse
Selena Gomez drawing some attention to herself at Sketch
Simon Cowell swapping pop for rock and sole at Mick's Fish Bar, W10
Russell Brand taking in the views from Sushisamba's terrace
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