We Speak to Virgilio Martinez

We Speak to Virgilio Martinez

Arriving at 31 Rathbone Place, the home of Lima in Fitzrovia, I’m told, after some confusion as to who I was and why I was there, to make my way downstairs, where I should find Virgilio Martinez . Descending from the long white, naturally lit restaurant to the dark blue basement area with its own…

Bao: Worth the Hype?

Bao: Worth the Hype?

The Taiwanese snack food gua bao, known simply as bao, has become the ‘it’ snack food. With the likes of Yum Bun dishing them out to long waiting queues at street food markets, more and more Asian restaurants are offering them, and even Nigella Lawson included them in her last BBC series. King among the…

The 10 Cases

The 10 Cases is a bistro à vin on Endell Street at the top of Covent Garden, just a stones throw from the Royal Opera House. I first spotted this bistro come wine bar a few years back as I was cutting through this mostly ignored part of Covent Garden to reach Shaftesbury Avenue. Outside…

Banco 32

Banco 32

Often some of the best meals you have when travelling are in places you stumble across one day. And, just occasionally when abroad, you end up eating somewhere that ignites your imagination and makes you ask why there is nothing like it in your home city. One such restaurant is Cal Pep in Barcelona, a…

Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel

Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel

There are fewer more respected fish chefs in the UK than Nathan Outlaw; his flagship restaurant in Port Isaac, Cornwall, has just been named the best restaurant in the UK. So there is much to be expected from his London outpost, even if it carries just the one star, unlike the two of his flagship.…