Rafter’s, an ambitious restaurant in Sheffield

When you see a tasting menu in a restaurant, I get the impression of an ambitious brigade in the kitchen, keen to showcase their wares Emma and I wanted to her brother and his wife’s significant birthdays up in Sheffield and I was dispatched to research the local food scene. I was heartened to find…

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…

Desserts, desserts, desserts at Hotel Cafe Royal.

I can’t deny that I’m a huge fan of desserts. I’m also a huge fan of complaining about desserts – especially in Britain where cakes are often dry and overly sweet. So when I heard about the opening of the the dessert restaurant at Hotel Cafe Royal (weirdly called The Cafe which makes the full…

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….

Midsummer House, Cambridge

Ordinarily, I’d say we’re great with planning trips, but for some reason, whenever we go to Cambridge, it’s like I have a brain fart and forget to tell friends we’re going, and the plans just seem haphazard. This time, I casually asked if we were going to book anywhere for the Saturday night. Suddenly, we…

Restaurant Tristan, Horsham

For a small market town, Horsham is lucky to have 2 one-Michelin starred restaurants though perhaps not as lucky as Bray with its 2 three-Michelin starred restaurants. Emma and I took the opportunity to have lunch here on a recent trip. It was averagely busy and there was a good buzz in the dining room….

L’Enclume, Cartmel

My husband and I had a bit of a mini holiday up in the Lake District. I clearly use way too many hair products as I had earned us enough points buying Aveda products for two free nights at a spa hotel on Lake Windermere (annoyingly not good on weekends and also I don’t use…

Dabbous: A Big Disappointment

Sometimes hype can be good. More often than not, the hype of a restaurant never lives up to the actual experience. For example, there’s always a queue at Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote, but when I finally managed to go, I found the steak and chips to be average at best, and definitely not worth…

Le Gavroche: Michelin dining at its best

Sometimes you really want to splurge and go all out. For this occasion, it was my partner’s birthday. I gave him a voucher for the tasting menu and wine pairings (x2 because I’m coming along too) at Le Gavroche, Michel Roux Jr.’s two-Michelin star restaurant. After seeing him on Masterchef and countless other tv shows,…

Accidental Fancy at Zoilo

Ever think you are just going out for a regular dinner and then end up being completely wowed? Well, that was my experience last night at Zoilo, an Argentinian tapas place that describes itself as ‘proudly embracing the cultural diversity’ of its country. Instead of grabbing a seat at the bar for their tapas menu,…