The best restaurants in Soho right now

XU Taiwanese Teahouse and Restaurant, Rupert Street XU (pronounced Shu) transports you into a world of 1930’s Taipei. Picture  a small ground floor room, furnished with warm lacquered wood, pale leather banquettes, ceiling fans and palms. Upstairs the curved wooden martini bar headed with a railway clock, feels like a set for a Taiwanese detective […]

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My favourite cookbooks of 2018

My favourite 10 cookbooks published in 2018 –these have stood out amongst a superabundance of new cookbooks: excellent recipes, absorbing writing and beautifully produced, these will stand the test of time in a library, as well as becoming dog-eared through constant use in my kitchen.   La Grotta Ices is a stylishly retro and eye-catchingly […]

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The Coach – is this Clerkenwell’s Racine?

I’d come to know and love Henry Harris’ cooking at his previous restaurant Racine on the Brompton road: the best place to eat French bistro food out of France, which sadly closed a few years ago. The gap that Racine has left in Knightsbridge will never be filled but I was delighted to hear he’d […]

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