Love all the simplicity
Though the cooking so far failed to knock our socks off, impressive culinary skill was demonstrated by a carpaccio of watermelon
It’s no particular surprise, then, that standards at his grand Mayfair restaurant, the Square, are a model of consistency.
One Michelin Star
Dinner is a brilliant restaurant, one that embodies Blumenthal's mixture of deep technical craft, ingenious feeling for theatre and astute sense of how to turn a meal into a story.
With the exception of the umami-rich and slightly viscous cockle ketchup that accompanied our roast halibut, the mains, though all cooked with precision, lacked wow factor
You couldn't feel let down here because it is simply too good, but you might feel – as I did – the lack of a wow moment
This is a worthwhile addition to London, over which The Fat Duck’s chef has wafted an admirable sprinkling of inspiration. And it’s reasonably enough priced... by the standards of Knightsbridge hotels
If there has been a more flawless and exhilarating restaurant opening in the past decade, I missed it
Really wishing them all the success and also really wished I ordered that bleeping Tipsy Cake!!! AARRGGGHHHH!!!!
The meat had the texture of a hunk of salt beef, and was relatively one dimensional in its flavour. Definitely one that didn't live up to my hype
But it’s not slaying me: too slick; too polished; too… Mandarin Oriental. Wealthy Americans will adore it.
Despite garnishes of girolles and cockscombs (more a texture than a taste) it was deeply dull
It’s not a substitute for the Fat Duck (and I’ll state now that I haven’t eaten there yet) but it’s still worth a visit,
Dinner is sensational. It is well rehearsed and it is exactly what the apex of modern fine dining should look like
Believe the hype
So in the end, the best critical praise comes from someone who's not a critic at all
One Michelin Star
The bar menu lists a handful of charcuterie and cheese accompaniments
the menu is enticing, warming and reasonably priced, if a little bit boring, with lots of French country classics and plenty of butter.
For a business lunch – or a pre-theatre dinner – on the fringe of the heart of the West End, however, you could really do very much worse
Boyd’s could go either way: doing a Wolseley in an under-served part of town, or becoming a niche secret for those in search of a killer burger
This new meat/craft beer combo is increasingly common in London, but done this well it's one we're always happy to see.
my gracious thanks to a pub with the right degree of temerity: no silly instructions on the windows; but panache and not-far-off-perfection inside.