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arbutus or the square? [London]

you'll not regret it. the square is arguably the finest food in london, genuine 3* level cooking, with sensitivity, balance and grace. it is a superb restaurant.

Arbutus is arguably the worst michelin starred establishment in the country. it offers faux value, and acceptable cooking with average ingredients. It does have a place and something to say for itself, but its like chalk and cheese with the square.

you made a great choice, and enjoy one of the best wine lists in the capital at the square too!

May 17, 2010
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London--Any great restaurants near Canary Warf?

Great restaurants, no there isn't.

why anyone would mention jamie's or wahaca in a request for great restaurants is beyond me - they have a nice Leon too. ;o)

Roka is nice, but seems to have lost something from its original in Charlotte St.
Plateau isn't bad, nice view. but really, the answer is no. nothing great.

Canteen is a nice british type experience too.

Nov 14, 2009
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pierre koffman pop-up at selfridges, london

Koffman is far and away the greatest chef to have cooked at 68 Royal Hospital Road.

Sep 24, 2009
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Helene Darroze at the Connaught, Mayfair, London

the Darroze cognacs are widely available throughout london.

try uncorked.

Sep 22, 2009
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Dinner in Cambridge

if you want a really great dinner, try midsummer house - one of the top 5 restaurants in the country imo.

Jul 30, 2009
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Kensington Wine Room - what's the scoop? [London]

keep in mind, I don't actually * like* natural wines, just a number of my friends sell the damned stuff! lol

Jul 28, 2009
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Kensington Wine Room - what's the scoop? [London]

no not especially they don't.

its a bit ho hum, have you been to artisan & vine yet?

Jul 25, 2009
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London Restaurants for After Theater

that's a shame, they must have discontinued it.

Jul 21, 2009
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L'Escargot still good?

St Alban is 2 maybe 3 minute walk at most.

its less than 150 metres.

Jul 21, 2009
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Drinking in London - Recommendations

go the Rake in London Bridge. maybe finish in the market porter.

Jul 12, 2009
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birthday lunch nr saatchi gallery, sloane sq [London]

Roussilon is very good, and nearby. they have a great lunch offer too.

Jul 12, 2009
batfink23 in U.K./Ireland

London - Dining Solo

actually if food quality is your concern, she probably can't do much better than L'Atelier.

I have issues with the service, and the sometimes self satisfied atmosphere, but the food is cracking.

Jul 12, 2009
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4 Days in Belfast

yes, I have been to Deane's a number of times.

its easily the best restaurant in belfast, by so far its not funny. I am not sure where you are looking to see "mixed" reviews, but I'd recommend looking away.

Cayenne was the name of the other place that escaped me earlier.

Jul 12, 2009
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Lunch and Dinner in and around the Lavender Fields of Provence

The Via Michelin estimates tend to be quite reliable.

Jul 11, 2009
batfink23 in France

Recommendations near St. John Restaurant? [London]

Portal is fun too.

Jul 07, 2009
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Destination Dining?

Midsummer House in Cambridge is one of my 2 or 3 favourite restaurants in the UK.

a playful molecular whimsy dovetailing into modern based classical french cuisine. the coherency of the menu progression from the molecular to the classical is what really sets this apart.

its only my opinion but its a must do for me.

LCS & Manoir aux Quats Saison are both good, but less unique or singular of voice.

Jul 07, 2009
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Wines from Provence?

speaking of Vaison, Moulin de Huile is one of my favourite restaurants in the region. high class gastronomy.

I've not checked the spelling though, mea culpa. lol

Jul 06, 2009
batfink23 in France

Wines from Provence?

fair enough, neither are great gastronomique restaurants.

however, the view at Verger/s ;o) is particularly noteworthy and with the truly great wine list it is a definitely a destination if you are in the village.

Mere Germaine is not as good in my experience, though still acceptable. I find clearly better ingredients and more interesting technique at verger.

Jul 06, 2009
batfink23 in France

Wines from Provence?

I am not sure what you think this look-at-me pedantry achieves.

in the village itself, and in your world of google searches, "verger" and "vergers" returns the same result.

Jul 06, 2009
batfink23 in France

Wines from Provence?

relax.

there are only about 3 restaurants in CNDP, and even the blind dog on the roadside knows Vergers.

Jul 06, 2009
batfink23 in France

Wines from Provence?

La Bastide des Princes booked out?

La Sommellerie is very nice, but that seems disproportionately expensive.

Jul 05, 2009
batfink23 in France

Paris, July, near Place de Vosges

Chez Janou

Jul 03, 2009
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4 Days in Belfast

Deanes is very good, and ate in one of Rankins new places a couple of months ago. it was on the site of the original roscoffs.

Jul 03, 2009
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How much do you trust the Bib Gourmand?

that's right. it starts at a price point, and then assess' s quality from there.

it is all about relative value for money, for when more modest dining is appropriate. the star system pays no mind whatsoever to price.

Jul 03, 2009
batfink23 in France

How much do you trust the Bib Gourmand?

your experiment is conceptually irrelevant and misguided.

even if your view on the qualities of both was perfectly accurate, it would not be possible to draw the inferences that you pretend are there.

the bottom line is you cannot substitute your personal assessment as being reflective of the underlying intent of others, when it conflicts with their stated objective. there actually isn't ambiguity here, and introducing non-sequiturs does not promote any.

Jul 03, 2009
batfink23 in France

How much do you trust the Bib Gourmand?

Sorry you might take it to mean approaches 1 star level, but michelin does not.

Jul 03, 2009
batfink23 in France

L'Escargot still good?

St Alban is right around the corner.

Jul 02, 2009
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[London] How swanky can I get for ~£50 pp?

Gavroche is always fantastic, and its lunch deal is one of the very best in london. if I have a criticism - and its a tiny one - its a bit of a stuffy atmosphere and lunch isn't necessarily representative of the menu proper.

but they are minor quibbles, Gavroche is always a treat.

Jul 02, 2009
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[London] How swanky can I get for ~£50 pp?

in that case, I'd go for dinner at Chez Bruce. 20 mins from waterloo.
overground from waterloo - clapham junction; then change to Wandsworth common. very, very easy trip.

its often rated amongst the very best restaurants in london (hardens has had it at no.1 for a couple of years, and Zagats gives it 28 and it has one michelin star) and provides a classy touch, but very relaxed and familiar. had a great lunch here earlier this week.

you won't find intimidating menus, or overly inventive dishes, its just simple, perfectly executed dishes. though make no mistake, there is real class and swank here. its not that simple ;o)

the wine list is good and well priced, they do half bottle carafes, and it overlooks wandsworth common which is gorgeous on a nice day. a nice dinner at 7:00 would be lovely, and there is a great pub next door too.

oh, and its fantastic value for money. which never hurts.

Jul 02, 2009
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[London] How swanky can I get for ~£50 pp?

actually it can be very, very good. I haven't been in about 12-15 months, but on the 3 -4 times I have been its top notch.

technique driven, modern french food with the odd eastern flourish. it has a very wide by the glass wine list too.

generally its very good, too expensive for dinner here I suspect.

Jul 02, 2009
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