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The Thimble Inn, Piddlehinton: “simply done, beautifully presented” – restaurant review

Usually a lot of thought and research is spent on or I review. I’m thinking of places you might like or places that have an interesting history, places that are “trending” or those that have been, perhaps unfairly, overlooked. But then, from time to time, I reserve the right to do a spontaneous “drive-by” at […]

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Francie: restaurant review in New York

Francie 134 Broadway, at Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 718-218-7572; franciebrooklyn.com Francie’s dining room in a former Williamsburg bank. Photo: DeSean McClinton-Holland “It’s like last year never happened,” someone said after we sat for a minute or two in the refreshing, crowded dining room at the new Williamsburg destination. Francie. There were no masks in sight except […]

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The Wolseley: “One of the finest dining rooms in London” – restaurant review | Food

ohYears on the last Saturday night before indoor dining resumed, torrential rains revealed the weaknesses of eating outside. I watched the guests huddle under the awnings, the pouring rain diluting their primitivo. Stormy weather was not enough to take people – sanity on the brink of precipice thanks to this brutal lockdown – from restaurants, […]

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Madre, Liverpool: ‘It made me feel at home’ – restaurant review | Food

WWith the lockdown eased, I figured I would start my adventures all over again by dining out in Liverpool. It might not be the obvious choice for most people, but my dad is a Scouser, and since he can’t speak anymore, there’s something about landing on Merseyside, the way the people are there simply and […]

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Pompette, Oxford: “a masterclass in hospitality” – restaurant critic

I really want my first proper review, in what seems like a few years, to be a good one. So when I get to Tipsy, a brewery in Oxford, and they sit me down and explain to me that “during the lockdown we built a new bread section”, a smile draws on my lips. Homemade […]

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1865 Restaurant at the Queens Hotel, Southsea | Restaurant review

The Queens Hotel, Southsea. With so much attention paid to his visit to his eponymous aircraft carrier on Saturday, there was no mention of how our 95-year-old monarch avoided his hunger throughout the day. A place in the city would have had fortune and branding on its side. The Queens Hotel in Southsea would satisfy […]

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Rosella: restaurant review in New York

Rosella sources its fish from local waters or sustainable farms in Europe and the United States Photo: DeSean McClinton-Holland Like most businesses in the city, the restaurant industry is filled with rumors of disruption and change these days. Will the tourists come back? (Probably.) Will rents stay low? (No.) Will business lunch ever make a […]

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Auberge du Bois Prin in Chamonix

IMAGES © AUBERGE DU BOIS PRIN Some people use stars or numbers to indicate their enjoyment with a restaurant, but for me, it’s the memories that matter. Note that the best restaurants are those which leave a gastronomic memory so vivid that it arouses a constant desire to revisit the same table. In this category, […]

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The service diminishes the experience at the Benelux Brewery

Pull up a chair. We need to talk about what opening a restaurant looks like in the event of a pandemic. What does responding to customer and staff concerns look like? What it means to provide COVID-19 services and protocols. Why is it difficult, but doable. Why sending the bill in a hot-glued, gem-adorned cigar […]

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Only Food and Courses, London: ‘Deserves to be taken seriously’ – restaurant review | Food

Only Food and Courses, Pop Brixton, 49 Station Road, London SW9 8PQ (onlyfoodandcourses.co.uk). Starters £ 10, main courses £ 14, desserts £ 10, wines from £ 24 On the wall of the space housing this week’s restaurant there is a sign reading: “A brilliantly cheeky touch of classic British cuisine.” There is a lot to […]

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Dhamaka: New York Restaurant Review

Some of the regional Indian specialties in Dhamaka. Photo: Liz Clayman Looking for a fiery new iteration of Sichuan noodles, for example, or a pot of dry curry cooked as it’s cooked in the kitchens of central Pakistan has always been a good momentary remedy whenever the urge to travel strikes, especially in this international […]

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New Restaurant Review: Sooki & Mimi

Birria with maitake mushroom, chihuahua queso and shitake cream, served with an umami-rich consommé and a glass of house tepachePhoto by Kevin Kramer This is the most anticipated Twin Cities restaurant in recent memory: when and what would Ann Kim open in Uptown? For months on Instagram, we saw her in Mexico, learning about corn […]

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Restaurant review: Bagatelle bistro in Dubai – News

REPRODUCING DECENT MODELS of France’s cultural contribution abroad is no small task. The Gallic fortress is famous for its peaks in painting, cinema (not the frowning theater), music and especially gastronomy. Judging from experience, attempts to approximate an “authentic” restaurant experience, when the nearest pétanque court is over a thousand kilometers away, seem to require […]

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La Social Miami Upper Eastside Restaurant Review

La Social’s pastel pink facade greets travelers entering the Belle Meade neighborhood in Miami’s Upper Eastside. With a towering ficus tree overhead, the bistro and cafe offer a friendly dining room filled with locals linger over their meals. The watchword here is “community.” Diners stop throughout the day to savor the bistro cuisine of Puerto […]

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The Lodge a welcoming meeting place with creative and fresh dishes

A bahn mi consists of lean pork belly, shredded cabbage, matchstick carrots and cucumber slices dressed in a vibrant cilantro-peanut sauce. (Alan Dep / Marin Independent Journal) Co-owner Brian Bruckner at the bar at his restaurant, The Lodge, in San Anselmo. (Alan Dep / Marin Independent Journal) Sam’s breakfast sandwich includes scrambled eggs from fresh […]

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Restaurant review: two pubs serving comforting and satisfying food

Barnaby’s: the Barnaby hamburger; Roasted Brussels sprouts and nachos. Photograph by Angel Tucker. Barnaby’s public house Barnaby’s Public House comes with a sordid murder story involving a Providence millionaire, an incapacitated woman, and a toddy full of arsenic. But inside the doors of the Victorian-style saloon, people are more concerned with hedonism than history. The […]

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Lively Burgers and Crabs at Dead End Saloon – Baltimore Sun

Despite its name, there is nothing serious in the Dead end living room in Fells Point. In fact, it’s quite a lively place, even on a weeknight. The name of the establishment does not come from its atmosphere, nor from its clientele, but from its location. It is on a paved road, Fell Street, which […]