Posts By: James Gray

Review: Riverside Grill, Battersea

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The iconic towers of Battersea Power Station continue to fall as work goes on in the area’s most famous location. This project is seen by some as a metaphor for the area itself, about to be transformed as the construction cash rolls in. This would be to miss a point though. Battersea is as vibrant as ever, as a recent trip to the Riverside Grill at the Crowne Plaza hotel reminded us. Read more…

Mystery Dining at Marco Grill

I was a fussy eater as a child. I liked ham sandwiches, cheese pasties, spaghetti, and not a lot else. Luckily for me, my parents were never going to stand for those shenanigans and I soon learned to cherish every single food in existence. Except sprouts. I say luckily, because when I arrived at Marco Grill to discover I was there to try out their Mystery Menu, I couldn’t have been more excited. Read more…

Restaurant Review: 108 Brasserie Use Their Loaf

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Let me talk to you about Guinness bread. I had some recently at 108 Brasserie on Marylebone Lane. It was amazing! It sat, dark and sultry, moodily looking out at me underneath the soda bread and pumpkin seed bread that accompanied it on the board our wonderful waiter brought out while we looked over the menu. It barely had the consistency of bread. It was doughy, rich, a little moist. Read more…

Review: A Shellfish Treat at Crab Tavern

One of the running themes amongst London’s myriad food scenes is American food. You probably already have your favourite burger place, hot dog stall and wings hangout. A slightly lesser known sub-category is the wonderful seafood found on both coasts, as well as down south. Back in my travelling days some of my favourite foodie memories come from harbourside restaurants in the U.S. Read more…

Holy Guacamole! Modern Mexican at Cantina Laredo

I tried to make guacamole last year. I was at my parents’ house, with my sister. We were attempting to put on a Mexican feast for our family, and homemade guacamole seemed like the touch of authenticity we needed to make the meal complete. After about twenty minutes of effort, we had some kind of green sludge that tasted a bit like someone had squeezed a lime into a bowl and told you to eat it. Read more…