Restaurants: The River Café, London

On the hottest day of the year, my first visit to the River Café. I know: it’s almost inexcusable not to have been before. This is a London institution. Originally opened in 1987, it’s located by the river in Hammersmith, and on a hot day the dappled sunlight of the outdoor seating area is just […]

Deliciousness at Bar Raval, Toronto

Had a lovely lunch yesterday at Bar Raval, Toronto. This is a beautiful tapas bar on College St, with a design that’s channelling  Gaudi.

We ate very well, including tinned razor clams! The food here is beautifully done. To drink: two wines that I really like. The mineral, textured 2016 Trenzado from Suertes del Marques, and […]

Eating and drinking in Hong Kong: Mott32, Ho Lee Fook, Divino, Luk Yu

Luk Yu

Continuing my reviews of the Hong Kong dining and boozing scene (I started with fab wine bars Le Cabane and Le Quinze Vins), here are a few mentions.

First of all, a proper old school tea house: Luk Yu. This is a large art deco-style building, and since the 1930s it has served tea […]

Wine in Hong Kong: La Cabane

My first night in Hong Kong. I get to the hotel, meet Natalie (who’d arrived earlier) and head out to La Cabane, in Central. We’re staying in Kowloon, so it’s either a taxi through one of the tunnels, or the MTR. We took the lazy option – the taxi.

La Cabane is a wonderful French natural […]

A great meal at Aniar, Galway

Galway, Ireland

We were in Galway for a Beaujolais masterclass, and it went well. But folks need to eat, and so we made a reservation at Aniar, the town’s Michelin-starred restaurant, opting for the 6 course tasting menu (it’s tasting menu only here). How was it?

In short, fabulous. Aniar means ‘from the west’, and the […]

At the Fish Shop, Dublin, with Tondonia Rosé, Dagueneau and UBE

It was the second stop in the Ireland Beaujolais tour. After a very successful seminar, we headed over to the Fish Shop, Benburb Street, for a remarkable meal including some stunning wines. This place is incredible: small, informal, but some of the best seafood I’ve eaten in a long time. There were six of us, […]

Lunch at Nedre Foss Gård, Oslo, with Sandhi and Souhaut

On Sunday, Brian Smith and I had some time to spare in Oslo, so we lunched. We’d been recommended Nedre Foss Gård, which is a restaurant in an old building in a park on the Akerselva river. The restaurant reopened in 2017 after a fire two years earlier, and it’s very stylish. We lunched well: the […]

In Vancouver: dinner at Forage with some nice BC wine

Arrived last night in Vancouver, and it was straight off to dinner at Forage with the small UK press group I’m travelling with, and Chris Coletta of Haywire. Forage is a really impressive place with lovely small plates – everything was spot on. Favourite dishes:

Keremeos asparagus, St. George’s mushrooms, asparagus purée, mushroom velouté
beetroot salad, compressed […]

An evening of cocktails and fine dining at Arbour with Elemental Distillers

Ben Leggett, spirits guru

I’m used to going to dinners that match posh food with snazzy wines. But on Saturday night it was time for something different. Arbour restaurant, the top fine dining destination in the Marlborough region, hosted Ben Leggett of Elemental Distillers for an evening of cocktail and food matching. Ben already sells […]

Dinner at Roots, Lyttelton: one of New Zealand's great foodie destinations

While we were down in Christchurch, it was great to be able to visit Roots in Lyttelton. It’s a much-talked about New Zealand foodie destination and the only restaurant outside Auckland to be awarded three hats by Cuisine (and one of only eight to hit this level). There’s no menu: you just get fed. It’s […]