The Clove Club

Dinner – Friday, July 5, 2019 I love the diversity of dining options in London, but it certainly makes picking restaurants hard when you’re in town for less than 48 hours. After a fun, casual dinner the previous night at Dishoom (we need places like this back home), I went for bust and planned two […]

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Chambre Séparée

Dinner – Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Now this was a meal I’d been anticipating for a long time. I never made it to In de Wulf before it closed, so Kobe Desramaults has been a bit of a white whale for me. Chambre Séparée too will shutter in a year or two, when the building […]

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BOZAR

Lunch – Tuesday, July 2, 2019 BOZAR is the Centre For Fine Arts in Brussels, and home to Belgium’s national orchestra. The complex also houses exhibits on theater, literature, dance architecture… and a 1* French restaurant. We had very limited time in the city, and with meals set aside for beers (obviously), choosing the other […]

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O’ by Claude Le Tohic

Dinner – Thursday, June 20, 2019 Folks who’ve dined with us in the right setting know that we really enjoy two things – good bread and good cheese. Really, this is what drew us to Claude Le Tohic’s new restaurant in the city, just two weeks after it opened. O’ came out of the gates swinging […]

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SPQR at Maum

Dinner – Wednesday, June 12, 2019 My first experience at Maum was two months ago, as part of a collaboration series (that dinner being with Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush from Senia in Honolulu). I enjoyed it quite a bit – enough to book a second dinner, this time with Matt Accarino of SPQR as […]

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Birdsong

Dinner – Thursday, April 4, 2019 Based on two meals a few months apart, I thought Birdsong was one of my favourite new restaurants in 2018 – the menu was focused, the kitchen worked like a well-oiled machine, and the front-of-house was well-trained. They were duly rewarded with a Michelin star at the end of […]

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Saison

Dinner – Saturday, March 16, 2019 I had not visited Saison in some time, but news that Laurent Gras had assumed the mantle of head chef was sufficient motivation. I was familiar with his food from L2O, back when we lived in Chicago (dangerously, a mere two blocks away from the restaurant). L2O fully deserved […]

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Single Thread

Lunch – Saturday, February 23, 2019 Single Thread was elevated to 3* in the 2019 Red Guide. We’ve dined there quite regularly since their opening at the end of 2016 (I count 9 menus in my collection), and for a place we are so familiar with, my expectations don’t change despite what the Michelin man […]

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Manresa

Dinner – Sunday, February 17, 2019 I last visited Manresa in 2012 – over 6 years ago! That’s a lifetime in the food industry, and indeed the restaurant has risen from the (literal) ashes twice, having suffered serious fires in 2014 and 2018. The cooking is evidently none the worse for wear, as the restaurant […]

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Il Ristorante Luca Fantin

Lunch – Saturday, February 2, 2019 A solo lunch afforded me the opportunity to visit one of Tokyo’s leading modern Italian restaurants, perched atop the Bulgari building in Ginza. I had pre-ordered the Menu Luca Fantin – their lengthiest tasting menu. Champagne (or rather, Italian bubbly) in hand and with a pleasant view of Ginza, […]

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