Richard Vines is Bloomberg's food critic, Chair of the UK & Ireland panel for the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and all round friend of the chefs. It wouldn't be over-the-top to say he seems to know everyone in London's restaurant world. We caught up with him just before this year's World's 50 list was announced and asked him to share with us his current favourite London restaurants.
127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AQ
"If I was going for gastronomy I'd go for the Ledbury because Brett Graham is such a passionate chef - the menu changes daily depending on what comes into the kitchen - he's technically accomplished but also creative."
39 Whitfield Street, London W1T 2SF
"I'd go to Dabbous for something new because it's a first restaurant for the chef and he's doing something exciting. Even in the first two months of opening the menu changed completely which is something exciting."
Pollen Street Social
8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ
"I think Pollen Street Social has got better and better. When it opened Jason Atherton came with all these ideas of what he wanted to do and he tried them and some worked and some didn't. I went to lunch last week and it was one of the best meals I've had for a long, long time."
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Observer food critic Jay Rayner: "I sneak off to this small, unassuming place."
Paparazzi Richard Young: "The food is impeccable and you are always guaranteed a good crowd."