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Gregg's Table at The Bermondsey Square Hotel - review | London ...

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food   staff   busyness   drinks  

John Torode and Gregg Wallace have been the judges since 2005 and we're currently up to episode 10 in Series 8, which went out last night.

Now Wallace has revamped the brasserie (previously Alfie's Kitchen) at the Bermondsey Square Hotel at the top of Bermondsey Street, where this ever more fashionable thoroughfare runs out of chic.

Gregg the Egg was actually there himself too, glad-handing, until it became apparent that the kitchen wasn't coping at all, at which point he became less visible.

Fish fingers, chips and mushy peas (£12.50), a dish that should not stretch any takeaway, was hopeless, though.

The chips were pallid and flaccid, the mushy peas dry and bitter, the home-made fish fingers, perhaps containing pollock, had been coated in a discouragingly thick and dark crumby crust.

Jihwaja, London: restaurant review | Jay Rayner | Life and style ...

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food   staff   menu   cleanliness  

I was thinking about this after staggering out of Jihwaja, a hilariously brilliant new Korean place in London’s Vauxhall, having had my senses assaulted by platters of their fried chicken, the colour of a British expat’s Spanish tan.

The point is that if you step back a short distance from that Korean fried chicken, which is about as cool a food item as you could hope to find in these, the early days of 2017, it really is utter filth.

Here, a Korean fried chicken habit is proof that your whole damn fist is bang on the pulse.

But because the Korean fried chicken is from 5,500 miles away it’s a different kind of filth.

The plasma screens sparkle and the glossy eyed K-pop boys sing on, but I only have ears for this shameless chicken; this brazen expression of a country with a complete and utter obsession with the business of now.

Piecaramba!: 'A bloody good pie shop' – restaurant review | Jay ...

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drinks   food   staff   busyness   desserts   value   ambience  

Food and drink have various walk-on parts in Shakespeare, but none of them is as successful as the pie in Titus Andronicus, which contains the bodies of Chiron and Demetrius, sons of Tamora, Queen of the Goths.

in Winchester, which is a self-consciously jolly arch name for a bloody good pie shop.

A shout out, too, for a fine onion gravy and for their old-school pie liquor, a classic parsley sauce by any other name.

Order the lot – pie, mushy peas, mash and sauce – and you’ll get change from a tenner.

Calum Franklin, executive head chef of the Holborn Dining Rooms at London’s Rosewood Hotel, has mounted a one-man campaign to big up the glazed pie.