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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Fera, Claridge’s – Fine Dining in Mayfair

We have just returned from our lunch at Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s , whose kitchen has been headed by Australian chef Matt Starling since February 2017. Fera focuses on British cuisine. We had been having meals at Claridge’s in the past, when it was called “Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s” and when it was labelled London’s most overpriced, overrated restaurant. However, Ms B, my wife, found out that instead of charging you £300+ for a meal for two with wine, like in the olden days, there was now a surprisingly acceptable lunch deal on offer: three courses and a glass of champagne or gin and tonic for £42 per person. For an additional £10 you can add their signature snacks (we didn’t, because we weren’t that hungry). There is an undeniable wow effect when you enter the dining room through a curtain-lined entrance which leads to a rotunda, where the room […]

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The Yellow House, Bermondsey – our Review

We’ve just returned from our visit to The Yellow House Bar & Kitchen in Surrey Quays, South London (close to Bermondsey and Tower Bridge), ten minutes walk from Canada Water tube station across the gigantic car park. We typically would not have ventured so far off the beaten track (the only other reasons why we get out at Canada Water tube station is to visit Café East or to go shopping for travel and sports gear at the gigantic Decathlon super-store. We don’t mind the area, but Bermondsey, Tower Bridge, and London Bridge/Borough Market areas simply feel much more appealing and there are a few rough social housing estates not too far away from the many newly-built, pleasant residential buildings.    What brought us here then? The Barbarians and two of our friends were invited to check out an escape room experience nearby and felt like we should probably have […]

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Our favourite Korean in London: Kimchee

Ms B was born in Seoul and we regularly do Korean food, but as soon as we came across Kimchee in Holborn (they have another restaurant in St. Pancras) four or five years ago, Korean food means Kimchee more often than not. We love this place. I admittedly slightly more so than my wife, who prefers pure traditional cuisine, like her mom’s, over modern touch with a fair bit of Asian fusion. Like with most of the dozen places or so that are closest to our heart, we have not blogged about this restaurant yet. In Ms B’s mind, we should keep our few regular locals our secret. Today I went there on my own, following an appointment nearby. The service, as usual, was quick and friendly. We love the whole atmosphere, too. Quite elegant, but not overly so, warm, friendly, with a lot of light that contrasts nicely with […]

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Restaurant Apulia, London – our Review

We’ve just returned from a visit to Apulia, an Italian restaurant right next to the beautiful Smithfield Market of London (we like to buy our meat there, when we find the energy to get up at 3am in the morning). We were just doing a quick stop to get some food on our way to the Barbican, where we were seeing the LA Philharmonic perform. Apulia is the southeasternmost region of Italy, known for its delicious dishes (usually the ones ending in ‘Pugliese’, unsurprisingly) and rich history, having first been colonised by Mycenaean Greeks. The Barbarians have been there several times over the years, and are great fans (can’t really remember the names of all the idyllic small villages.. very fond memories anyway; my first time there was at the age of 10 when my parents, my sister and I took a rather small car ferry from Brindisi to Corfu […]

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