Rowley’s Restaurant, St James’s, a Must for Steaklovers

We have just returned from our lunch at Rowley’s in famous Jermyn Street in London’s poshest part of town: St. James’s. (I know what you’re thinking, we were shocked too when we found out many years ago, but Berkeley Square’s Mayfair is only the second best part of town, well, never mind.) It wasn’t our first visit and it certainly won’t be our last. We love this restaurant that could very well be London’s finest steak house. For over forty years, steaklovers from all over town and from far beyond have come to this elegant temple of carnivorous pleasures and a good many of them will have enjoyed the same signature dish we had today (and have every time we visit): a very large portion of chateaubriand steak with herb Roquefort and butter sauce and unlimited French fries.    As usual we took advantage of the great offers that are […]

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Benares Restaurant – Best Indian in Town

My wife Ms B and I have just returned from a tapas sharing platter lunch at Benares, Atul Kochhar‘s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant on Berkeley Square. The 5-dish street food sharing platter cost a mere £30 for the two of us and we topped it up with two cocktails for another £10 in total. A mind-boggingly marvellously brilliant deal. You pay more at most pubs in this town to get two portions of rubbery, battered cod with sliced, oily, deep-fried potatoes and some luke-warm IPA.    Right from the moment we arrived at the ground-floor reception, the service staff were very friendly, polite, helpful, relaxed, unpretentious and knowledgeable, a true delight. The atmosphere is also very pleasant, with dimmed light, sound-absorbing décor, warm colours, a nicely decorated bar and a lounge area with a little pool where lovely gerberas were peacefully floating around. It was in the lounge area where we […]

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Berners Tavern for Brunch, our Review

Berners Tavern, Main Hall, Feature Photo, Berkeley Square Barbarian

We’ve just come back from one of our best brunch experiences in London or anywhere else. Berners Tavern is located in Fitzrovia and supervised by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton of Pollen Street Social fame, and Phil Carmichael, who had previously worked under Atherton and earned a Michelin star for Gordon Ramsay‘s (who won 16 stars in total for his restaurants) Maze in Prague. Fitzrovia was up-and-coming some eight or ten years ago, but now seems to be on its way to become one of the hottest parts of town. We’ve even loved this area when there was little more to it then Charlotte Street and a few great clubs like the 100 Club, but lately we’ve been going there more and more often, enjoyed brunch at Lima or dinner at Hakkasan (both Michelin-starred), breakfast at the lovely Lantana, or a gorgeous plate of seafood at the outstanding Bonnie Gull. After […]

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bbar London Victoria – our Review

My wife, Ms B, and I had planned to try out another one of the new restaurants and cafes at Nova Victoria, next to Victoria Station, for brunch, following our recent visits to Hai Cenato (our review here), Rail House Café (our review here), Aster (our review here), and Timmy Green (our review here), but decided that we weren’t in the mood for any of them that day. So: where to go? A quick look at Tripadvisor showed us that next-door bbar, which we had previously noticed because of the beautiful vertical garden front, but not investigated further, is ranking roughly #200 out of 20,000 London restaurants, so we thought we’d give them a shot.    At first we asked to be seated on the terrace next to busy Bressenden Place, but after just a minute or two it became clear to us that it was way too noisy and […]

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