Far-eastern restaurants may be hogging the limelight right now,
but Indian cuisine remains many readers' favourite. Kensington's rebooted
Zaika delivers "great food" (even if "service could be faster").
The Cinnamon Club continues to be "a real treat - for business
or pleasure" thanks to "sublime" food, "helpful"
sta and "opulent surrounds". Meanwhile,
Gymkhana has proved a go-to for
lunch, with a "great atmosphere, lovely
sta and delicious food." We agree:
Gymkhana is currently our BMW
Restaurant of the Year.
Brasserie Gustave has
established itself with quiet
con dence since opening on Sydney Street
last summer. "It's not a place for a young and
trendy crowd" - but it's all the better for it,
with "excellent food and service", "a warm,
upbeat welcome" and "French cooking
delivered with air". Très bon.
although we sense
that another reader's
Terroirs fave of snails
on toast won't be similarly reproduced at home.
Despite having his rst wine bar in the pipeline for
2015 (and four international projects to boot), Jason
Atherton hasn't taken his eye o the ball at his existing
restaurants: City Social boasts "discreet, attentive sta ,
imaginative dishes" (and of course "great views"), while
Little Social resembles "a beautiful, romantic restaurant
in Paris". Alas, the price of popularity is that both are "so
loud": you can have too much Social after all.
Mark Hix gets a general thumbs up for his City fringe e orts. "You
know what you are going to get" at Hixter on the South Bank:
"very enjoyable food", albeit served rather slowly. Leisurely
service also a icts Tramshed in Shoreditch - though the
drama of the setting (complete with Damien Hirst cow)
at least gives you something to look at during the "long
waiting time" for the (admittedly "great") food.
"Catch Tom Kerridge's The
Coach before ridiculous
queues start forming"
Foodess on The Coach
"Reminded me of the Concorde
Lounge in Terminal Five"
Richard E on Old
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The Walkie Talkie's top- oor Sky Garden welcoming Taylor Swift, Cara
Delevigne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to check out the shrubs
Kylie Minogue feeling lucky at Flemings in Mayfair
Niall Quinn launching himself in one direction to Rocket on Bishopsgate
Christopher's in Covent Garden scoring with Wayne and Colleen Rooney
Sir Paul McCartney didn't need help at vegan hotspot Nama
The reclusive Adele breaking cover and etching a path to Sketch
Kanye West escaping Nando's for Kim Kardashian at Hakkasan Mayfair
Millie Mackintosh swapping Chelsea for chopsticks at Soho's Shackfuyu
RB star Usher popping his collar (and possibly his belt) at Momo
Eddie Izzard strutting into Mews of Mayfair for a meal of mayoral proportions
Will Smith sliding into focus at Benares for fresh dishes t for a prince
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