Sunday, 26 February 2012

Dabbous: London's best new restaurant

Coddled egg with woodland mushrooms and smoked butter
There's been so much buzz about Dabbous since it opened a mere five weeks ago. The simple and elegant food, the rockstar chef with a pedigree CV, and prices which are shockingly affordable (well by London standards).

I heard about Dabbous via user restaurant reviews on Bloomberg before the big hitters like the Evening Standard showered it with five stars. Thankfully I booked a few weeks back and had the choice of sittings. Now Dabbous is booked out for the next two months. They deserve to be as this was one of the best meals I've had in London for a long time.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Cookbook review: Paella by Alberto Herraiz

Paella with chicken, prawns and squid in my sexy paella pan
I have a lot of cookbooks. Thankfully, I don't buy as many as I used to as I finally realised I've got no space for them. When we moved recently, I purged the ones I found I rarely cooked from and left them in the foyer of the apartment building I lived in. They all disappeared in an afternoon. It goes to show that people still love to cook. Or just like a freebie.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

The Ledbury, reviewed!

Amuse bouche
Expectations. It's best not to have them too high.

I'd been looking forward to eating at the Ledbury (www.theledbury.com) for ages and had tried to get a reservation before but it was always booked up. With my birthday coming up I decided this was the time to play the reservations game and book the day the next block of tables came onto the market. So, two months ago, on the dot of 9am, I was on the phone and was shortly thereafter the happy holder of a reservation for three!