The Big C having (temporarily?) terminated restaurant going as a social activity I'll be lucky to get beyond number six this side of autumn. And unlikely to have the funds to dine out in style the other. So what is a restaurant reviewer to do?
Take a Proustian turn of course. The great man lay in his cork-lined room and let his mind do the travelling through time and space. And I intend to follow his lead. Though not in every detail you'll be glad to know, I have neither the skill nor the inclination to imitate Proust's description of the Duchesse de Guermantes' dinner over 150 pages.
Journey with me through restaurants remembered, people remembered, places remembered.
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At Bankside for the Wanamaker production of Swive it was an improbable first time at the Swan for us for the first resto of 2020. We were nearly the first arrivals, save for a couple by the window. So it was a bit of a surprise to be seated at a table right next to…
Read more Restaurant 1 The Swan, Bankside
Good Thai street food with proper heat - recommended.
Read more Resto 43 The Greyhound Café, Fitzrovia
Sat in a booth and despite the noise we had a convivial chat in the company of a marvellous mixture of people. Recommended.
Read more Resto 42 Hiba, Holborn
We meet the best restaurant manager of the year. And watch a fire show.
Read more Resto 41 New China City, Amsterdam
A show stopper of a dinner at Sama Sebo. Old school dining with gut busting portions. Highly recommended.
Read more Resto 39 Sama Sebo, Amsterdam
A 5am start in London meant that by the time I’d dumped my stuff at the hotel and got to the Rijksmuseum for lunch I was hungry and slightly ratty. Grub was needed before culture. A small wait for a table was natural enough and it’s a pleasant room to wait in the atrium of…
Read more Resto 38 Rijksmuseum Café, Amsterdam