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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Amsterdam Eats: Serre, Hotel Okura

Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura is home to some Michelin-starred restaurants including Ciel Bleu on the 23rd floor (which has the most amazing views of the city), Yamazato (kaiseki), and Sazanka (teppanyaki). However, it’s their Bib Gourmand awardee, Serre, that really captured my curiosity. This informal fine-dining venue is located on the ground…

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The Don Restaurant: A Dinner of Classics

The Don is a restaurant near Bank and is the flagship white tablecloth establishment of the group that brought Bleeding Heart, one of my fave restaurant for “classics” in the city. The restaurant itself has a classic look, with a masculine feel in terms of decor and a no-nonsense vibe. Hats…

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Amsterdam Eats: Restaurant Lt Cornelis

Food bloggers are a godsend when you’re travelling for culinary exposure. During my last visit to Amsterdam, I found some really good gems on Vicky’s blog (Amsterdam Foodie). I ended up picking a few cafe and restaurant recommendations, particularly Restaurant Lt Cornelis which, later in 2016, she listed as her…

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Ink Bethnal Green: where beautifully plated food play hit or miss

I’ve heard interesting stories about Ink, a Nordic restaurant in Bethnal Green headed by Chef Martyn Meid, and have admired the beautifully plated dishes on their Instagram feed long enough to fancy a visit. So when our friends at Zomato treated us to some vouchers to use there, I was ecstatic. Tricky…

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