Pied à Terre, London – Stability


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IPied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NH
Tel. 020 76361178

Food type: French

Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road

Website: Pied-à-Terre


Table Setting

Andy McFadden has now taken over the kitchens of Pied a Terre for almost a year now. My meal back in January was very good and I was very keen to see what his cooking was like having had more time to settle into the kitchen and getting his team up to speed with his style of cooking. I so happen to be in London for another medical update course and decided to pop in for a ‘quick’ lunch. Julien and Matthieu were around today and as usual offered to organise some food for me to go with the wine I wanted to drink. The dining room was pretty packed during lunch which can only be a good sign given how many top Michelin starred restaurants around the area are struggling to attract customers in despite the cheap lunch menu.

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The Anchor, Ripley – Little Pub Gem


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The Anchor
High Street
GU23 6AE
Tel. 01483 211 866

Food type: British Gastropub

Nearest tube: –

Website: The Anchor

The Anchor is a village pub located in the little village of Ripley and the building itself has been around the 16th century where it was used as an almshouse. The pub became a known as a watering hole in the 1800s where it was popular with cyclist passing through the village. In 2014, the pub was taken over by Steve Drake, who also runs the excellent Drake’s Restaurant in the same village. I have been a follower of Steve’s cooking at Drakes since I moved to Surrey. Steve has solid classical training and won the Roux Scholarship but his cooking at Drake’s has plenty of modernistic touches. The day to day cooking at the Anchor is by Mike Wall-Palmer who was Steve’s right hand man at Drakes.



We visited the pub for a weekday lunch where they were half full. The menu consists of the usual a la carte with starters £8 – £9.50, mains £14 – £25 and desserts £6-7. In addition to that, on Sundays, roast is served with all the trimmings. There was also a bar snacks menu and unlike many gastropubs I have visited, the selection here is pretty lengthy with 11 small bites available, priced  between £2 – £4.50. At lunch there is a cheap lunch menu £15 for 2 courses or £19 for 3 courses. Excellent value if I may say so myself. Browsing through the menu, some of the dishes involve pared down versions of the ones served at Drake’s. Take for example a dish of sea bream with escabeche and crispy parsnips, which is similar to the Turbot dish I had on my last visit to Drake’s. This is unsurprising, since Steve oversees the menu construction at Anchor.

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Murano, London – Revisited


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20 Queen Street
Mayfair London
Tel. 020 7495 1127

Food type: Italian

Nearest tube: Green Park

Website: Murano

We recently dropped by Murano for a casual Friday lunch. Despite being plenty of options for high-end Italian dining in London, Murano is our go-to place for Italian food as it is my wife’s favourite. I think the term ‘Italian inspired’ would probably be more accurate, as Angela Hartnett also draws from her French training with Ramsay to include techniques and dishes which are more likely to be seen in a French restaurant. In saying that though, in recent months, I have noted that the cooking is heading back towards its Italian roots with less French inspired elements on the menu.

San Daniele Ham with Melon, Bread Basket

San Daniele Ham, Melon; Bread Basket

Now despite being lunch, we both came completely starving and hence opted for the full 5 course menu from the a la carte. The menu format has not changed from when we last visited – you can build your own tasting menu if you wish from the extensive a la carte menu or stick to a brief 3 course menu if you so please. While browsing the menu, we were brought some excellent San Daniele ham which I understand is cured in-house to go with some in season and very sweet melon. A bread basket soon followed and the focaccia is as good as from the last time.

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Bonhams, London – Progression


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101 New Bond Street
London W1S 1SR
Tel. 020 7468 5868

Food type: Modern European

Nearest tube: Bond Street

Website: Bonhams

It has been almost a year since I last visited Bonhams. Since then, the restaurant had deservingly been awarded a Michelin star and they are now open for dinner three days a week. Sadly, the restaurant still remains off the radar for many people. The food here does not fit into the whole ‘Instagrammable’ or ‘small plates/ sharing concept’ mould which the Twitter crowd love. The other reason is that despite having a separate entrance to the auction house, the restaurant is actually quite well hidden away and you are not going to chance upon it. For this visit, Kang from London Eater had kindly arranged an 8 course tasting menu giving carte blanche to Tom Kemble and his kitchen to cook whatever they felt was best on the day.


Canapes – Beef Tartare, Grain Mustard; Egg Mayonnaise Tartlet, Keta Caviar

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Taka by Sushi Saito, Kuala Lumpur


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Taka by Sushi Saito
St. Regis Hotel
No. 6 Jalan Stesen Sentral 2,
Kuala Lumpur 50470, Malaysia

Tel. +603 2727 1111

Food type: Japanese – Sushi

Nearest station: KL Sentral

Website: Taka by Sushi Saito


Statue Display

Taka by Sushi Saito has to be one of the most hyped and eagerly awaited openings in Malaysia. After all, Takashi Saito is one of a handful of itamaes in the world who has been awarded 3 Michelin stars. It is not surprising to see sushi-yas imported out of Japan -Yoshitake-san had already successfully opened a branch in Hong Kong (Sushi Shikon), Sushi Kanesaka has outposts in Singapore and Macau, while Araki-san decided to relocate his sushi-ya to London. However, the opening of an outpost of Sushi Saito in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) did raise an eyebrow. Malaysia may have excellent street food but it is not exactly rife with high end dining options. There is also a huge question mark as to whether Malaysian people would be willing to pay the high asking price that would allow a restaurant of this caliber to utilise the same quality of produce as the original Sushi Saito.




As we would be flying through Kuala Lumpur during our honeymoon, we decided to spend a night there, staying at the newly opened St. Regis and dine at Taka. Getting a reservation was not much a problem, having booked a month in advance although they somehow manage to get my reservations mixed up and had booked me in on the wrong day! Thankfully there were a few seats spare in their 16 seater restaurant. It is important to note that Taka receives delivery of their fish 3 times a week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and hence your experience and quality of fish may vary based on which day you visit. Sushi Shikon on the other hand has their fish shipped in daily from Tokyo to give you an idea of the level of ambition. There are 3 different menus of varying lengths available for dinner priced at RM800, RM1100 and RM1400. We both went for the full works with the omakase menu (5 appetisers, 1 grilled fish, 12 sushi & 1 sushi roll) which came in at a pricey £260 (based on the conversion rate at that time). I also opted to swap my grilled fish for a piece of grilled Miyazaki beef for a £25 supplement. For the entirety of our meal, we were served by Kubota-san who has worked with Saito-san for 3 years.

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