Critic & Blogger Review Roundup 11th December 2015

Clearly preparing for upcoming indulgences, the critics have been rather quiet this week, but some have still braved the cold and Christmas crowds to put the nation’s eateries through their paces.

Rok Smokehouse

Rok Smokehouse
Image source: The Independent

Amol Rajan heads to Rok Smokehouse in Shoreditch. Although its a ‘dimly lit restaurant’ with ‘slightly uncomfortable wooden stools,’ he finds ‘some of the purest Scandinavian tastes this side of Oslo.’ Beef with birch syrup is ‘sensational,’ duck with lingonberry jam is ‘even better,’ but the solitary dessert of wood-roasted peach with crème fraîche, Laphroaig honey and almond ‘isn’t up to much.’


Image source: Evening Standard

David Sexton of the Evening Standard also headed to east London, trying out Ellory in London Fields. From the ‘short, affordable menu’ he tries raw scallop, chestnut and Jerusalem artichoke which is ‘a symphony in white,’ fillet of brill with sorrel butter and poached cardoon, and ‘a not-too-sweet pear sorbet served with shavings of dry feta cheese and some pleasingly sage-flavoured dribbles of olive oil.’

The Three Tuns

The Three Tuns
Image source: Mail on Sunday

Finding ‘simple dishes, perfectly done, Tom Parker Bowles visited The Three Tuns in Wiltshire. Highlights include a ‘wonderfully rich’ venison cottage pie, ‘easily the best roast potatoes [he’s] eaten outside of [his] own house,’ and ‘big, billowing and blousy’ Yorkshire puddings. All in all ‘The Three Tuns comes pretty close to a vision of pub perfection.’

Where some of our favourite bloggers have been eating out recently:

About Chris Tilsed

After stints in Brighton and France, Chris returned to his native London and its restaurant scene. Bringing back a love of French cuisine, Brasserie Zédel and Bleeding Heart are amongst his current favourites. When he's not eating food or writing about it, Chris can usually be found playing or listening to music.

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