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A Bit Smarter Eating Out

Restaurant Ours, Kensington

March 9, 2017

First impressions count and while I know not to judge a book by its cover, sometimes it’s easier said than done. When I walked into Restaurant Ours and felt like I had been transported onto a set of Made in Chelsea, my expectations for the food experience somewhat plummeted. The infamously instagrammable entranceway and flower wall was every bit as elaborate as all the snaps had portrayed, the bar was a showstopper, the music was blaring; this place made it pretty clear what kind of clientele it was seeking. But was it the kind that cared about what they were eating or only cared about being seen to be eating there?

Given the chef patron is none other than Tom Sellers, the man behind Restaurant Story, one of the most creative and intriguing dining experiences we have ever had, one would expect that the quality of the food and that appreciation of that quality would be important. However, early reviews for Restaurant Ours from many acclaimed critics would suggest everything to the contrary. Perhaps some might have even inferred that Mr Sellers had actually sold out, so to speak. Scathingly harsh but everyone is entitled to their opinion, though as I’ve said before, in this game, no one’s opinion is gospel

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A Bit Smarter Eating Out London

Alexandrie, Kensington

October 6, 2016

When you moonlight as a semi-professional diner, a key part of the job is finding new places to wine and dine at. As much as I would love to tell you about my favourite chilli cheeseburger over and over again, I have a feeling you’d get bored of me praising the plumpness of its patty or the gooeyness of its cheese. So there you go dear reader, everything I do… I do it for you…

Not that it’s too much of a chore for me. A certain someone and I are always curious to try something new – be it new in London, or simply new to us. We could visit a new Japanese restaurant everyday and I’d be happy… but I think the best kind of new, are the cuisines we’ve never tried before. I ventured into Bengali territory recently, but our latest discovery? Drum roll please… Alexandrie, a restaurant in Kensington serving Alexandrian cuisine.

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A Bit Smarter Eating Out London

Chakra, Kensington

July 29, 2016

My first contract role in London was based in Kensington and I must admit it was not a bad part of London to ease myself into the trauma of working again after four months of gallivanting around the world. The company I worked for was in an industry as far from glamorous as you could get yet we shared a building with a rather chic interiors brand and a carpark with a well-known record company. There were also always rumours of people spotting Prince Harry at the local M&S; I never quite believed that one, but hey, it’s High Street Ken darling, anything can happen.

During those six months I got used to rotating my lunch options between the usual high street chains, having the weekly splurge at Whole Foods, and basically spending my pay cheque before I received it on lunch break shopping trips. It wasn’t financially ideal but compared to where my office is based now, it was just lovely. Then we moved offices and I never ventured back because I didn’t have a reason to. I certainly didn’t expect that when I did, it would be for a midweek curry.

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