Dinner at the wonderful Viajante with Dirk Niepoort

Sensational wines. Sensational food. Just what you want on a cold Tuesday night in January.

Amaranth with sorrel; onion brioche with stilton cheese; thai explosion 2

Dirk Niepoort, one of the winegrowers I respect the most, was in town, and he kindly invited a small group to dine with him at Viajante in Bethnel [...]

A visit to Haskell and Dombeya

Rianie Strydom

OK, it’s a holiday, but I’m in wine country, and so it’s a chance to add in the odd low key visit.

I agreed to lunch at Haskell Vineyards’ Long Table restaurant, with Keith and Rita Prothero. Numbers swelled somewhat, and it became a major event,with PR Nicolette Waterford, Richard Kershaw MW, winemaker Rianie [...]

Lunch at Launceston Place

Took my significant other for lunch yesterday at Launceston Place. Last time I was there was on 10th September 2001 (I know the date because of my blog from that time), for an offline dinner. Since then, things have changed (it’s now part of the D&D group of restaurants, who operate several high end London [...]

A great 'modern Russian' lunch in Novorossiysk

Had a little bit of time to look round the port city of Novorossiysk yesterday. Its seafront has been redeveloped very attractively, and there’s a huge old battleship moored in front of the promenade.

This was followed by lunch at Cafe Prego, where as an alternative to their normal Italian fare, they had prepared a fantastic [...]

Lunch at the Sands End followed by football at the Cottage

Great day today. Met up with Joe Wadsack and Stuart Bowman-Hood for our annual Man City v Fulham lunch and football game. Replacing Will Willis was Andrew Thomas, who was – like Will – cracking company.

Instead of our usual haunt, the excellent Harwood Arms, we shifted to The Sands End. The food was superb. Possibly [...]

Some traditional Portuguese food and Graham 1980

I’m in sunny Porto, heading off to the Douro today where vintage 2011 is just starting. So, snatching a few minutes on free wifi (all hotels should offer this) in the lobby, a brief account of last night’s dinner.

It was at O Carteiro (55 Rua Senhor da Boa Morte), a traditional Portuguese restaurant. The food [...]

Spirits and food at Le Gavroche

A most unusual dinner on Thursday night, at one of London’s top restaurants, Le Gavroche.

It was a spirits dinner with Mangrove (who are the spirits arm of Coe Vintners) www.mangroveuk.com)? They supplied Michel Roux and his team, and encouraged them to find food and spirit pairings. Some of the dishes were made using spirits; others [...]

Lunch at La Trompette

A quick note on Wednesday’s lunch at La Trompette in Chiswick, with Robin Davis and Tom Carson. It’s under the same ownership as the excellent Glasshouse in Kew, a joint venture between Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, and is similarly excellent.

This is all that a high-end restaurant should be. Excellent food, at very fair prices, [...]

In Portugal, day 2

Another day of relaxation under the blue Alentejo sky. We began the day with a cycle ride round the vineyard before breakfast, and since then we’ve spent the best part of the day poolside.

Last night’s dinner at the restuarant here at Malhadinha Nova was really impressive.

Starter of tuna tartare with wasabi ice cream was a [...]

Lunch at Hibiscus with some New World classics

It has taken a few days, but I wanted to report on last week’s great lunch at Hibiscus. Hosted by Doug Wregg of Les Caves de Pyrene, the lunch accompanied a tasting of new wines from the Les Caves portfolio.

Yes, Les Caves are taking on the New World, and they are now developing a very [...]