• Birmingham restaurant reviews and the rise of social media

    The vast majority of diners aged under-35 have never read a traditional restaurant review, according to a survey conducted for a Birmingham food festival. Social media and changing consumer habits are sounding the death knell for “old-style” newspaper reviews, it is claimed. Clearly, this is bad news for professional food pundits like Marina …

    _Me, Glynn & David
  • Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, London

    Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me… It sounds odd doesn’t it, celebrating your birthday on your own? Don’t believe it for a second. Flying solo for a knock-out lunch is one of life’s great pleasures. Nothing may rival the fun and conviviality of …

    Hélène Darroze
  • Birmingham’s best biriyani has left the building

    So he’s gone. Guneet Singh Bindra, the self-effacing chef responsible for turning one of Birmingham’s very average Indian restaurant into one of the best has decamped for a new challenge. Guneet has left Asha’s in Birmingham for Manchester where he will head up the kitchen operation for an ambitious catering company. I am sorry to …

    Lamb biriyani with mint
  • Culinary Memphis: it’s BBQ and soul food heaven

    So Prince William and brother Harry got their first taste of Memphis barbecue at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous. After landing in the mid-South for a society wedding, the Royal party did what any self-respecting visitor would do - and went in search of a whole hill of smoky ribs. I know the feeling well. …

    The Lorraine Motel
  • A topping time at Topokki in Birmingham

    The Bullring is many things to many shoppers and it presumably makes a significant contribution to consumer spending, and therefore, economic turnover, in Birmingham. It is, or was, the biggest shopping centre north of Kettering when it threw open its doors in 2003. In doing so, smart-arsed marketing bods were allowed …

    Marinaded beef in bulgogi dolsot bibimbap
  • The classic and the modern collide at Turners in Birmingham

    It is not that long ago that everyone, including me, got very excited about the resurgence – or should that be birth? – of good cooking in Birmingham restaurants. When I started reviewing the city’s eating out scene seven years ago, I was, frankly, a lucky bastard. My appointment as …

    Langoustine, pork jowl, pear, vanilla and radishes
  • The Goring, Belgravia, London

    The lighting inside my suite is adjusted via a gold master switch featuring four settings. Guests can selected from: Bright; Calm; Cosy; and Oooh. I am a sucker for “Oooh,” which is just as well. Because “Oooh,” as in “Oooh, how lovely,” “Oooh, how gorgeous,” and “Oooh, all right, I’ll …

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_Me, Glynn & David

Birmingham restaurant reviews and the rise of social media

The vast majority of diners aged under-35 have never read a traditional restaurant review, according to a survey conducted for a Birmingham food festival. Social media and changing consumer habits are sounding the death knell for “old-style” newspaper reviews, it is claimed. Clearly, this is bad news for professional food pundits like Marina …

Hélène Darroze

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, London

Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to me… It sounds odd doesn’t it, celebrating your birthday on your own? Don’t believe it for a second. Flying solo for a knock-out lunch is one of life’s great pleasures. Nothing may rival the fun and conviviality of …