HKK

http://hkklondon.com/

1 M*

The dim sum and duck were truly excellent- everything else was good at the very least.

Marinated Duke of Berkshire pork with Osmanthus

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California Canadian scallop with sweet basil and Jasmine tea mousse

HKK supreme seafood soup

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Japan Cherry wood roasted Peking duck

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Dim sum trilogy

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Alaskan King crab Garlic shoot, lotus root and water chestnut in XO sauce

Glutinous rice ball and custard layer cake served with white peony tea

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Australian green abalone in royal sauce

Baked Chilean seabass in black truffle sauce

France Seared Wagyu beef with coffee barbecue sauce

Spiced cumin Rhug Farm organic lamb

Passion fruit jelly with lychee tapioca

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Chocolate, sesame and lime

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petits four

Epicure (Paris)

http://www.lebristolparis.com/eng/restaurants-bars/epicure/?

3 M*

Very pleasant but non-spectacular food in a grand, albeit comfortable, setting. Not sure about the 3 stars based on this visit.

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Canapes

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AB

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LEEKS FROM « ILE DE FRANCE » grilled, seaweed butter, tartar of “Perle Blanche” oysters, spring onions and lemon

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MACKEREL in a jelly of white wine, flavoured with herbs and blackcurrant, and horseradish sauce.

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LINE-CAUGHT WHITING FISH FROM SAINT-GILLES CROIX-DE-VIE in a crust of bread with almonds, “New-Zealand” spinach and olive oil flavoured with curry and péquillos pepper

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SAND SOLE cooked in a meunière style, stuffed with young onions and black truffles, poultry juice with brown butter.

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Pre-dessert

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Caramel

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Jellies

Portland

http://portlandrestaurant.co.uk/

We had a pretty good meal here from start to finish. The mackerel was the worse dish, it was poor compared with the raw fish dishes at the The Clove Club a couple of weeks before. Everything else, however, was good and the whole experience was very present. This was a good value dinner.

Pig’s head croquette, kimchi

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Mackerel, beetroot, wasabi

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Hand-dived scallops, Jerusalem artichoke

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Mallard, tea broth

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Fallow deer, charred lettuce, mole

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Chocolate bar, peanut butter praline, peanut ice cream

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The Clove Club

http://thecloveclub.com/

Scores: 1m*

I finally made it here and wish that I had come sooner. This was one of the best meals I have had for a while in London. The cod and the second dessert were just average but everything else was great.

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Canapes

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Sea Robbin Tartare, Kabosu, Turnip & Horseradish

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Raw Orkney Scallop, Hazelnut, Clementine & Perigord Truffle (£12 Supp)

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Roast Cornish Cod, Carrots, Seaweed & Orange Butter

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Yorkshire Suckling Pig & South Indian Spices

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Amalfi Lemonade & Sarawak Pepper

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Warm Blood Orange, Ewe’s Milk Yoghurt & Wild Fennel Granita

The Clove Club on Urbanspoon

 

Zaika

http://www.zaikaofkensington.com/

So first there was Zaika and then the Tamarind group decided to re-open the site as a brasserie, One Kensington, well that did not work out so Zaika is back again.

The new Zaika’s menu seems a touch less Western fusion as the old one did and some of the dishes that the tandoori prawns were very good. However, the service was terrible, it took about an hour for our mains to show up. Our friends also found this to be the case on a separate visit- lets hope they sort this out as I would be afraid to go back until I have heard that they have

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Papdi Chaat

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Bathak Salad

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Murgh Handi Lazeez

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Baingan Masala

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Jhinga Shimla-Mirch