Our latest round-up of the latest London restaurant reviews from the top UK critics as they are added to our reviews section. Dabbous goes up a notch, The Ledbury and Sketch get revisited and Mari Vanna gets raves too....
Dabbous - overall score 9.5/10 (up 0.5)
AA Gill - Sunday Times
Choice quote: "Every single dish, every plate made with such finesse, such a careful balance of flavour and texture, so much dexterous consideration for how it will be eaten, the most pleasing and simplest way to show off each ingredient to its best advantage."
The Ledbury - overall score 8.5/10 (no change)
AA Gill - Sunday Times
Choice quote: "The Ledbury is far better than I remember it. The cooking is refined and calm. It resists unnecessary exclamations or startling contradictions. It doesn’t test your palate or demand attention. It just is a very good lunch, at a hefty price."
Sketch Lecture Room and Library - overall score 8/10 (no change)
Tracey Macleod - Independent
Choice quote: "Still, the Lecture Room does feel more playful and relaxed than most Michelin-starred joints. At one point, Alison emerged from the loo wide-eyed, having shared the space with what she described as a "porn star". You don't get that at Le Gavroche."
Mari Vanna - overall score 7.5/10 (no change)
John Lanchester - Guardian
Briciole - overall score 7/10 (down 0.5)
John Walsh - Independent
Choice quote: "It's not a backstreet-nibbles bar (like Polpo and its Venetian-bacaro offshoots) nor a full-blown restaurant experience. It's essentially a simple trattoria with lots of charm but one or two delusions of grandeur."
Ceviche - overall score 7/10 (no change)
Giles Coren - Times
Choice quote: "This place is brilliant. The cooking is super-confident, rare and interesting, the look of the room is great and the bar must be fantastic in the evening, the music is lovely, the staff are incredibly sweet and kind... And it’s cheap."
Meat Market - overall score 7/10 (new entry)
Tania Ballantine - Time Out
Choice quote: "The cool will come here because it screams: 'I'm hip, I'm in the know,' and the diehard groupies won't mind if the queue snakes down the stairs, as the burgers are so good."
Kelly Hussey - View London
Choice quote: "This is just fast food, albeit fast food with a funky twist. Don’t come expecting the greatness of the flagship burger joint and you won’t be disappointed."
Hix Belgravia - overall score 6/10 (no change)
Marina O'Loughlin - Metro
Choice quote: "...oddly, of all the Hix restaurants I’ve eaten in, this is the one where I’ve liked the food best. Sadly, it’s being served in a restaurant with no perceptible appeal – I can’t imagine wanting to go back."
Market Cafe - overall score 6/10 (no change)
Jay Rayner - Observer
Choice quote: "Most of what we ate was far better than OK. Those devilled kidneys were pert and soft and proper pink at the centre and came with a spiky sauce and a thick piece of sourdough toast. A truffled rarebit may have been light on the truffle bit, but the rarebit bit was all cheese and mustard and punch."
John O' Ceallaigh - Telegraph
Choice quote: "...being left humiliated as well as hungry somehow seems a strangely fitting end to our Market Café experience."
La Bodega Negra - overall score 5.5/10 (no change)
Zoe Williams - Telegraph
Choice quote: "I loved the zingy atmosphere the most, then the tostaditas, then the feeling of innovation... I'd come again despite the two-hour limit, and I don't say that lightly."
Cotidie - overall score 5.5/10 (up 0.5)
Zoe Williams - Telegraph
Choice quote: "The puds lacked passion and the atmosphere is hotelly, but much of the cooking is magnificent."
Lowcountry - overall score 4/10 (new entry)
Fay Maschler - Evening Standard
Choice quote: "The shrimp with grits featured prawns so undercooked as to be worrying and grits as a rather repellent slop. “Half-a-freakin’-chicken” was half a roasted chicken with no defining seasoning."
Marina O'Loughlin - Metro: "Despite being so far removed from the target audience as to be virtually a different species, I’d go back. And why can’t I get the refrain ‘unlimited prosecco brunch’ out of my head?"
Marina O'Loughlin - Metro: "My Aperol spritz is flat and staff are endearingly ditsy. But that pizza makes up for any shortcomings: a thing of beauty."
Lisa Markwell - Independent: "Everything is seasoned beautifully, the meat the ideal marriage of charred exterior and tender insides; the quail just edges the prize. If my son was here he'd say they've got mad skills (or something...)."
Matthew Norman - Telegraph: "...the standout dish was Ukha Tsarskaya, which mingled sturgeon and salmon with potato, tomato, pickled cucumber, black olives and dill in a peppery, spicy, lemony broth that released a distinct new flavour with each spoonful. Weird and wonderful in equal measure, this favourite of Peter the Great is both the soup of kings and a king among soups."
The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker
Amol Rajan - Independent: "Situated on an open corner opposite City University, it appears to be a lovely spot for a pint on a summer evening – far more than it can claim to be a dining destination."
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