United Kingdom: London
Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three favourite traditional fruit tarts

Three of my favourite traditional French tarts by Richard Wilkins, the head chef of 104 Restaurant in London.

7
Jul
Who needs Balenciaga when you’ve got bento boxes?

Who needs Balenciaga when you’ve got bento boxes?

Who needs Balenciaga when you’ve got bento boxes?

Learning the joys of living local during the lockdown. The first days of lockdown in London already feel like another age. Maybe it’s because they were marked by never-ending queuing for food. For someone born in Lithuania duringthe last years of the Soviet Union, long queues for grocery shopping felt…

6
Jun
My revised London restaurant list (April 2019 edition)

My revised London restaurant list (April 2019 edition)

My revised London restaurant list (April 2019 edition)

Fine dining The Greenhouse (contemporary French fine dining; excellent new chef since last year)Bibendum (contemporary French fine dining; love the roast and the Black Forest soufflé)The Ledbury (classic fine dining, consistent quality since years)The Clove Club (modern British fine dining) Mid-range Ikoyi (Nigerian inspired contemporary cooking)Wiltons (old school seafood,one of…

26
Jan '19
Yoshinori Ishii and his "fish and chips" revolution

Yoshinori Ishii and his "fish and chips" revolution

Yoshinori Ishii and his "fish and chips" revolution

Imagine a simple technique, all in the twist of a wire. A technique with the potential to revolutionise fishing in the Western world. Dubbed Ikejime in Japanese, this method for slaughtering fish more ethically could also lead to a change in expectations of how fish meat should taste and age.…

23
Oct '18
Mitsuhiro Araki: the sushi master who “climbed Mount Everest”

Mitsuhiro Araki: the sushi master who “climbed Mount Everest”

Mitsuhiro Araki: the sushi master who “climbed Mount Everest”

I had been curious to interview Mitsuhiro Araki ever since learning he had given up his 3 Michelin stars in Tokyo and moved to London, only to regain them all just three years later. What does it take to give up all and start all over again from scratch on…

6
Apr '18
My recommendations for London

My recommendations for London

My recommendations for London

The Clove Club – contemporary fine dining. Hedone – contemporary fine dining with a focus on ingredients. The Ledbury – fine dining specializing in game. Ritz – classic fine dining. Bonhams – contemporary dining inside the Bonhams auction house. A Wong – excellent innovative dim sum. Min Jiang – classic…

22
Mar '18
5 Best Sushi Restaurants in London

5 Best Sushi Restaurants in London

5 Best Sushi Restaurants in London

Following my post on Instagram and Facebook last weekend, here are my top 5 picks of the best sushi restaurants in London. Will be posting my top 5 Paris list soon! The Araki When fine sushi in London is concerned, The Araki has no competition. Master Mitsuhiro Araki gave away…

19
Feb '17
The master and his knives

The master and his knives

The master and his knives

You can probably tell me what brand coat you have on, but can you tell me what brand of knife you used to prepare dinner last night? According to Jay Patel, owner of London-based Japanese Knife Company, the knife is humankind’s most valuable and underrated tool. There is a big…

31
Jan '17
The Ritz Restaurant

The Ritz Restaurant

The Ritz Restaurant

Impeccable techniques and stellar (local, whenever available) ingredients at The Ritz London.If I had to choose the best fine dining restaurants in London, it would definitely be among my top 4 at the moment. (Together with Hedone, The Ledbury and Bonhams).

15
Jan '17
The Ledbury

The Ledbury

The Ledbury

From my experience, 2 Michelin stars in London often translate to one Michelin star in Paris. The Ledbury is an exception though. Brett Graham is an incredibly talented chef and has succeeded to maintain quality and consistency year after year. My last week’s meal below. The Ledbury 127 Ledbury Rd,…

13
Jun '16