Good But Unpretentious

London, Slough

Don't molecular-50-ingredient-micro-foam me when you can't even season properly. For when you want to eat food that tastes good rather than doing it for the 'gram.

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The Harwood Arms

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London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Possibly one of my favourite meals in London. A Gastropub in Fulham with ferociously hard to book tables, they do traditional, classic dishes that pack a punch with their flavours. Many dishes we had were super umami - in a sweeping generalisation, akin to Heston Blumenthal's typical flavour profile. Like, really meaty meats, you get me? Sunday roast was a beast. The Yorkshires were big fluffy pillows stuffed. With. Candied. Walnuts. Hello? Can it be Sunday roast day every day please? Also had chicken liver pâte, which I don't usually like, but I demolished theirs. Theirs came with homemade hobnobs, which might just the best dip carrier I have tasted . And the best thing is that The Harwood Arms don't forget that they are, after all, a pub, and offer a pretty damn fine selection of ales and lagers. Lastly - their chef Sally Abé is a total girl boss. #yougogirl

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10 Greek Street

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London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

It's great when a restaurant name themselves after their address, because then you won't forget where it is. It's even better when said restaurant does a small, seasonally rotating menu that features locally sourced ingredients. Their dishes are seemingly uncomplicated - a few simple ingredients, most of which you can pronounce; plating where you can see at a glance which of those ingredients go where - but they are consistently elegant in their execution. No overcooking or under seasoning. Finesse not flaunted. Hey, check out that sick alliteration! One of the best things I had eaten there was a peach carpaccio with blood orange sorbet. I miss it so much, but I've never seen it on the menu again. I long for the day when we can reunite.

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The Hind's Head

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Slough, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Everyone raves about Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin Oriental, but why sit at an uptight, formal dining room when you could be relaxing with a pint in a bar? Alright alright, The Hind's Head isn't really *that* casual, but it's Heston's food in a cozy gastropub setting. The building is charming with its exposed beams and there is a roaring fire. They have a great selection of beers AND you wouldn't feel like a div for ordering one. And naturally, Heston's quails' scotch eggs are brilliant - both technical and flavour wise. Triple cooked chips a winner with their mushroom ketchup. Pea and ham soup the best tasting green liquid you'd come across. They're a little out of the way in Bray, but they're not too far from the notorious - I mean famed - Bicester Village designer outlet.

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The Clove Club

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London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

Okay, maybe this one is a little bit pretentious. They want you to pay when you book (urgh), they won't allow cancellations (why), they ask you for your interests (really), and they serve their food in all sorts of strange receptacles (see photo), but if you can get over all of those things, boy are you in for a treat! The food is imaginative and interesting without trying too hard to be so. You can still recognise most things on your plate and each ingredient still shines through. Very Scandi, if you know what I mean. I still think of their truffled scallop fondly. Probably the tastiest scallop I've had. As soon as I'd finished it I was sad because it was over.

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Kurisu Omakase

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London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 

I don't often have sushi in London, because it's so damned expensive here. This though is a dark horse in many ways: 1. The chef is Thai / Colombian, not Japanese - though he is trained classically in Tokyo. 2. The restaurant is a mega unassuming neighborhood joint. 3. You can book with them via Instagram DMs. 4. The chef's assistant is his mum who will regularly tell him off in front of diners. However! The food was fantastic. Chris, the chef, brings unorthodox ingredients into the hallowed art of sushi-making and is bloody brilliant at doing so. Strawberry-yuzu gel on butter fish. Parmesan and truffle on o-toro (!!!?). And my favourite - shiro miso with Thai holy basil. Who would have thought? The flavours worked so seamlessly together it was as if they were tried-and-true combinations. Another bonus: each of Chris's sessions are 8 diners only, so bring your friends and book one session out. You'll have a ball.

  • 58D Atlantic Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PY, UK

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