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Barrafina – Adelaide Street

Posted on March 5, 2015

Until this week I’d never been to Barrafina. Although I’d like to pass this off as the ice-cool evasion of what, for everyone else, had been the hottest thing since Josper grills, it really was just the significant failing of a professed restaurant buff. I couldn’t even recount a visit to Fino, the bigger, restaurantier brother of Barrafina, by way of consolation either. Both Michelin starred Frith Street and the younger Covent Garden joint (it’s more like Charing Cross), which opened last summer, have eluded me for reasons entirely unknown. So when an old friend, (now a chef saddled with those famously antisocial working hours), proposed an early dinner one Monday evening, the chance arose to alleviate the Sam-and-Eddie shaped monkeys from my back…

Morito – Exmouth Market

Posted on November 9, 2014

I’ve spent three weeks in Barcelona and had one good meal. Just one. I never went solely for the food but I’d certainly hoped for better. I presumed the culinary nous of Ferran and Albert Adrià, chefs who had made the city famous for its cooking, would have trickled down through kitchen culture to even the most modest of eateries. But it wasn’t until the last night of my most recent visit I was finally wowed by a Spanish restaurant. Fed up of wandering gothic alleyways and tourist-filled promenades for somewhere that didn’t have sad pictures of their food on laminated ‘cartas’ – phonebook-thick with 50 different languages – or pick pockets and street sellers probing you with more wandering hands than a hungry…