Last week’s restaurant reviews….

Evening Standard – Typing Room, London (Fay Maschler)    4 out of 5

 “Chef Lee Westcott, backed by the ubiquitous Jason Atherton, has triumphed with the menu and design at the Town Hall Hotel”

This week Fay Maschler reviews Typing Room at Town Hall Hotel, Bethnal Green which has moved into the former Viajante space. “…a tone of culinary alacrity, vivacity and attack” set for the meals leads her to grant the restaurant a 4-star review.  To read the whole review click here.

Typing Room: Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, E2

Telephone: 020 7871 0461

Website: www.typingroom.com

****

ES Magazine – Beast, London (Grace Dent)

“There has not been an opening this year so symbolic of the gulf between the capital’s haves and have-nots.”

Grace Dent visits Beast, just off Oxford Street, rages about its exclusivity but raves about the Goodman-owned restaurant nonetheless. “A grand platter of Nebraskan ribeye steak appeared, sliced, with a generous terrine of smoked heritage tomatoes, excellent green leaves and some good truffle sauce. ‘The maximum we cook it is medium rare’, we’d been informed. I wonder if anyone argues, states the price paid and demands it presented cremated?”, says Grace in the ES Magazine.

Beast:  3 Chapel Place, London W1G 0BG

Telephone: 0207 495 1816

Website: http://www.beastrestaurant.co.uk

 

The Sunday Times – Beast (AA Gill)

AA Gill also visited Beast and was distinctly unimpressed by the T-bone steak and Norwegian crab restaurant in London W1. “It is a little rich joke and a perfect parable for everything that can go cynically, embarrassingly, disturbingly, greedily and unappetisingly wrong with simple goodness of hospitality.”, he writes in the Sunday Times.

Atmosphere: *

Food: **

Beast:  3 Chapel Place, London W1G 0BG

Telephone: 0207 495 1816

Website: http://www.beastrestaurant.co.uk

 

The Telegraph – One Kensington, London (Zoe Williams)        2 out of 5

 “A couple of things impressed because of the quality of the ingredients, but too much of it doesn’t.”

While Zoe thought that the atmosphere is welcoming, comfortable and unintimidating, it was the food that “lured her out”. She thought that there was no flavour to it and that the kitchen has produced a lot of dishes that look somewhat fancy but in terms of taste aren’t even as ambitious as the food in a really good pub. For more click here.

One Kensington 1 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP

Telephone: 020 7795 6533 

Website: http://www.one-kensington.com

 

The Independent on Saturday – The Scran & Scallie (Tracey Macleod)

“My Scottish guests are confused. “Is it for the tourists?” ventures one.”

Tracey thought The Scran & Scallie is “a user-friendly little restaurant, with charming staff, a super-competent kitchen, and a comfortably mixed clientele”. The only thing that confused her was the way the menu was written, i.e. in homely dialect. “WTMcF?” she exclaims. For instance, ‘nae meat nae fish’ offered vegetable barley risotto and veggie burger, while ‘yer puddins’ were listed with ‘suggested swallies to match’. To read the whole review see here.

Food ****

Ambience ****

Service ****

The Scran & Scallie: 1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 332 6281

Website: www.scranandscallie.com

 

The Independent on Sunday – Gail’s Kitchen (Lisa Markwell) 7 out of 10

The sharing-plate concept puts relationships to the test

Lisa believes the food at Gail’s Kitchen is ‘delightful’, however what bothered her was the dish-sharing concept as well as the fact that the tables are too small to hold the plates (especially when one orders the multi-dish deal). She recommends “a shorter menu and bigger plates”. To read the whole review click here.

Gail’s Kitchen: 11-13 Bayley Street, WC1

Telephone: 020 7323 9694

Websitewww.gailskitchen.co.uk

 

The Guardian – Wheatsheaf Inn (Jay Rayner)

“With its fuss-free menu, decadent puddings and gentle buzz, the Wheatsheaf is doing Britain Proud”

Wheatsheaf Inn is “the sort of restaurant that feeds you well and doesn’t make a fuss about it”, says Jay. He thinks the hot smoked salmon salad is “bloody good”, desserts are “marvellous” and the wine list is “a serious piece of work”.  To read the whole review click here.

Wheatsheaf Inn: Northleach, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Telephone: 01451 860 244

Website: www.cotswoldswheatsheaf.com

 

Time Out – Palomar (Guy Dimond) 4 out 5

Guy Dimond heads to Chinatown and finds the London Jewish restaurant scene has just bucked up with the arrival of Palomar. “Palomar transported me straight back to the Tel Aviv party scene; now, it seems, the party’s come to London. Jew or Gentile doesn’t matter here, but as well as being prepared to explore modern Sephardic cooking, bring an appetite for fun.”, he writes in Time Out.

 Palomar: 34 Rupert Street, W1

Telephone: 020 7439 8777

Website: www.thepalomar.co.uk 

 

Chris Pople – The Hinds Head, Bray  10 out of 10

That it impresses on pretty much every front, then, is not just a surprise but a delight.”

Chris was really impressed with The Hinds Head and therefore granted the restaurant a 10-out-of-10-review. He thought that  “the food is unique, classy and full of personality” and the experience overall “rather overwhelming” in the nicest way possible. To read the whole review click here.

The Hinds Head: High St, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AB

Telephone: 01628 626151

Websitewww.hindsheadbray.com

 

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