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…

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…

Review: Going Underground at Old Tom & English

Walking along Wardour street, we almost missed it. An inconspicuous door next to some trendy Soho burger joint, with only small elegant lettering above the handle giving away the name: Old Tom & English. Offering up a mix of modern cocktails and classic British food in stylish surroundings, the Old Tom & English doesn’t need a flashy exterior, it has class. Read more…

Restaurant Review: Regal Food at No. 65 & King

No. 65 & King is on a mission to bring American glamour over to London. They serve up cocktails, they serve up lobster, and they do it with style. We headed over there recently to indulge ourselves in a night of luxury, and to see what kind of treats they could serve up to us.
The first thing that hit us inside was a warm, relaxed feeling as we walked in from the cold, wintery streets. Read more…

Rivea London: Ducasse & the All-Stars Shine with Divine Food Decadence

Rivea is the latest project from Alain Ducasse, the man behind one of London’s four restaurants that hold the full three Michelin stars. A large portion of the excitement around this restaurant centres on Damien Leroux, Ducasse’s protege, who heads up the restaurant team. Leroux is known for his excellent use of vegetables amongst his dishes, and Rivea is his showcase. Read more…