Adam’s, Michelin starred dining in Birmingham

Birmingham is officially the UK’s second city and it has a range of Michelin starred restaurants to support its status. I chose Adam’s because of its location right in the city centre and its interesting menu Located a few minutes walk from Birmingham New Street station, the warm welcome starts the moment you walk in…

Tickets Bar, Barcelona

The first time I went to Tickets Bar was in May 2014 when I was visiting my friend Andy in Barcelona. He suggested a nice place, but not too expensive, and brought up going to Tickets Bar. Well I booked it immediately. We had an amazing time, so when some friends suggested a weekend away…

Martin Wishart, Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Emma and I finished our week’s dining on our mini honeymoon in Scotland on a real high. After spending most of the week at the wonderful cozy, romantic Ecopod in Appin on the west coast, I treated Emma to a bit of luxury on the last night. We stayed at the very impressive Cameron House on the banks of…

The Araki, Mayfair

Always on the hunt for good sushi (and especially in London), The Araki fell on my radar sometime late last year. When I was looking into it, it definitely wasn’t cheap, but considering it has two Michelin stars (and it skipped there without even getting one!), it must be something amazing, right? So I mentioned…

Isle of Eriska Restaurant, Benderloch

This was our first Michelin starred meal on our mini honeymoon on the west coast of Scotland. This area is blessed with amazing produce and no surprise that there are good restaurants, which take advantage of this. The plush and opulent Isle of Eriska Hotel is located off the main road between Appin and Oban….

Drakes, Ripley

For Emma’s birthday this year, I chose Michelin-starred Drake’s in Ripley, just south of Woking. One of the things which puzzles me is why there is a dearth of top class restaurants in Surrey. The place is awash with rich commuters and the county is poorly served by the meagre offerings. I’m convinced that anyone…

Trishna, Marylebone

Before there was 2016 critics’ favourite Hoppers, there was its culinary daddy, Trishna. The Sethi family are legends in London, their magic touch extending from Michelin-starred Trishna and Gymkhana through to Lyle’s and street food turned bricks and mortar Bao. Their first love though is Indian food. Due to its (Brentry?) wave of immigration from the…

The name’s Kitchin, Tom Kitchin

Me: *gasp* Oh my god, that’s him. Colleague: Who? Me: Tom Kitchin. He’s really here. Colleague: Kitchin? Wait, his surname is Kitchin? And now he’s a chef?! That’s amazing! True story. So some of our group perhaps weren’t quite as excited as I was to visit Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin, where the eponymous Scottish chef…

Lyle’s: Second time is not the charm

I had first heard about Lyle’s in August, 2014. I was told it was absolutely amazing, and I needed to try it. I kept trying to go, but life always seemed to get in the way. Finally, about one year later, my partner had some work near Old Street, and he asked me if I…

Launceston Place, Kensington

Launceston Place is a well-established Michelin-starred restaurant, beloved of many food bloggers. My foodie friend Tirthankar and I decided to try out chef Tim Allen’s food recently.  We arrived on a damp, drizzly and overcast London evening and it was a welcome relief to step into the restaurant. The decor is classy and formal with…

Hedone, Chiswick

If someone asked you where your favourite restaurant of 2015 is, would you be able to come up with a quick answer? How would you judge it? For me, there are 2 tests. The first is where I would most like to spend my hard earned cash for a reliably great meal. The second is…