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Kensington Place - pretty much like the old days

NEWSFLASH More shameless self-publicity! I had the great pleasure of making an entire episode of Radio Four's Food Programme on the much neglected subject of "Pork Scratchings"! It airs on Sunday 15th August – 12.30pm and repeats on Monday 16th August - 4pm.

A Gascon menu hits Knightsbridge – Pierre Koffmann returns to the Berkeley

There's never been a better time to be one of those loaded, elderly eccentrics who lives full time in a hotel. And there's rarely been a more suitable hotel to move into than The Berkeley. After rising late and cavorting in the splendid roof top swimming pool you could wander downstairs at lunch time and toss a coin to decide between Marcus Wareing's restaurant on one flank and Pierre Koffmann's newest venture on the other. Seldom have two such excellent restaurants been housed in the same building.

Tukdin. Past participle of tuck in?

2010 has already qualified as an interesting year. We have been able to assess the effectiveness of a concerted PR campaign in raising the profile of a particular cuisine. Taste London played home to a row of Malaysian restaurants and also delivered a glimpse of Rick Stein saying how much he revered Malaysian grub. Gordon Ramsay published his recipe for a Malaysian chicken curry as journos were subjected to a well orchestrated campaign aiming to prod Malaysian food into the limelight.

Jamie's Italian: irritating language, pretty good food, pukka proprietor

Since he emerged onto our screens following his big break (Pat Llewellyn, now the doyenne of food television and managing director of Optomen Television, spotted him at the River Cafe, then transformed him into the Naked Chef. Kerpow! Everything about food telly changed), Jamie Oliver has both irritated and entranced. Some of his programmes are downright preachy, but they are all aimed at "Yoof" and if they worked society would probably be better off.

Shockingly good tandoori chops - Nayaab resurgent

One of the less pleasurable aspects of writing about restaurants is the constant treadmill of visiting new restaurants. Keeping up with new openings in London burns so much time that opportunities to re-visit restaurants that were in the limelight over a decade ago are few and far between.

The Mexican invasion falters - Cantina Laredo

Everyone from Johnny Cash to Prefab Sprout has sung about Laredo, and pretty depressing the "Cowboy's Lament" can be.
As I walked out in the streets of Laredo
As I walked out in Laredo one day,
I spied a young cowboy, all wrapped in white linen
Wrapped up in white linen and cold as the clay.
"I see by your outfit, that you are a cowboy."
These words he did say as I slowly walked by.
"Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story,
For I'm shot in the chest, and today I must die."

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Kensington Place - pretty much like the old days

NEWSFLASH More shameless self-publicity! I had the great pleasure of making an entire episode of Radio Four's Food Programme on the much neglected subject of "Pork Scratchings"! It airs on Sunday 15th August – 12.30pm and repeats on Monday 16th August - 4pm.

A Gascon menu hits Knightsbridge – Pierre Koffmann returns to the Berkeley

There's never been a better time to be one of those loaded, elderly eccentrics who lives full time in a hotel. And there's rarely been a more suitable hotel to move into than The Berkeley. After rising late and cavorting in the splendid roof top swimming pool you could wander downstairs at lunch time and toss a coin to decide between Marcus Wareing's restaurant on one flank and Pierre Koffmann's newest venture on the other. Seldom have two such excellent restaurants been housed in the same building.

Tukdin. Past participle of tuck in?

2010 has already qualified as an interesting year. We have been able to assess the effectiveness of a concerted PR campaign in raising the profile of a particular cuisine. Taste London played home to a row of Malaysian restaurants and also delivered a glimpse of Rick Stein saying how much he revered Malaysian grub. Gordon Ramsay published his recipe for a Malaysian chicken curry as journos were subjected to a well orchestrated campaign aiming to prod Malaysian food into the limelight.

Jamie's Italian: irritating language, pretty good food, pukka proprietor

Since he emerged onto our screens following his big break (Pat Llewellyn, now the doyenne of food television and managing director of Optomen Television, spotted him at the River Cafe, then transformed him into the Naked Chef. Kerpow! Everything about food telly changed), Jamie Oliver has both irritated and entranced. Some of his programmes are downright preachy, but they are all aimed at "Yoof" and if they worked society would probably be better off.

Shockingly good tandoori chops - Nayaab resurgent

One of the less pleasurable aspects of writing about restaurants is the constant treadmill of visiting new restaurants. Keeping up with new openings in London burns so much time that opportunities to re-visit restaurants that were in the limelight over a decade ago are few and far between.

The Mexican invasion falters - Cantina Laredo

Everyone from Johnny Cash to Prefab Sprout has sung about Laredo, and pretty depressing the "Cowboy's Lament" can be.
As I walked out in the streets of Laredo
As I walked out in Laredo one day,
I spied a young cowboy, all wrapped in white linen
Wrapped up in white linen and cold as the clay.
"I see by your outfit, that you are a cowboy."
These words he did say as I slowly walked by.
"Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story,
For I'm shot in the chest, and today I must die."

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