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Tapas Molecular Bar, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan, March 2015

Japanese restaurants are a hard nut to crack for the international traveller. Booking policies are as you’d expect from a nation that forbade any communication with the outside world for centuries. Signage is often non-existent, windows are screened and (apart … Continue reading

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Paul Ainsworth at no. 6, Padstow, Cornwall, August 2014

Mention the town of Padstow and Rick Stein’s is going to be the first name that comes to mind. On our August visit his brand is in evidence throughout with cookshops and home stores added to the ever-growing list of … Continue reading

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Five Fields, London

Five Fields popped into our consciousness with a surprise top spot in last year’s Square Meal Best Restaurant category. The Chelsea newcomer inspired plenty of column inches but not all complementary. In a culinary era where the merit of a … Continue reading

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Faviken, Jamtland, Sweden

#34 ¬†of The worlds 50 best We arrive at the welcoming fires of the Faviken estate, with the warning that the doors are locked to latecomers fresh in our mind. It’s been a fraught drive around the mountain from Are, … Continue reading

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Sola -Paris

Stuck for a last-minute booking during a recent visit to the French capital, we resort to googling blogs and reviews. A small, but growing, genre of Parisenne cuisine begins to emerge: Franco-asian. Unlike the grandstanding fusion cooking of the eighties/nineties, … Continue reading

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Dabbous -London

A meal at the most hyped London restaurant du jour needs to be approached carefully. A quick glance at the reviews on google yields a host of vocally disappointed diners who were expecting…not too sure what: a meal that transcends … Continue reading

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