Degustation Menu at Coya Mayfair: is it worth it?

I’ve come late to the Coya bandwagon. When the first London outpost opened a coupla years ago – and Nikkei/Peruvian cuisine started being a trend – I’ve put it on my “hit list”. But, as life happens, you tend to take for granted things or places (sometimes people, LOL) that…

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Tasting Menu at Restaurante TriCiclo, Madrid

The folks at Salmon Guru recommended TriCiclo for dinner. Unfortunately, even my Dora the Explorer map-tracing skills found us lost and missed our reservation. Luckily, we managed to find the darn place on our last day in Madrid and just about managed to score a table. A passion project of…

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Lunch in Taberna Puerto Lagasca, Madrid

Finding Puerto Lagasca was a pleasant accident. We initially wanted to try the original StreetXO in El Corte Ingles in Salamanca, but when we got there for 3pm, 1) the queue was absolutely phenomenal and 2) they weren’t letting any more punters in. Slightly deflated and hungry for good Spanish…

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Salmon Guru: Best Cocktails in Madrid

I love a good cocktail in a good cocktail bar. Hotel bars in London have great offerings (negronis at the Ham Yard Hotel, sidecars at The Fumoir in Claridges, Manhattans at The American Bar in the Savoy, martinis at The Connaught, etc.). However, it takes major cojones and skill to…

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Bloempot, Lille: tales from a rocking Top Chef

I have a thing for reality TV shows that feature professional chefs. It’s a platform to see who the next culinary rising star may be, with their careers kickstarted by endless challenges in front of a camera. I loved the US series of Top Chef (Padma Lakshmi is fire) and…

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