Insatiable Magpie

All the trimmings.

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The Surprise | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | 6 Christchurch Terrace, London SW3 4AJ
Did not expect to be served such lovely tapas here: tender hake and chorizo / calamari / courgette and aubergine fritters / baked wigmore cheese melted over tenderstem broccoli - this was perfection.
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Mount St Deli | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Masterpiece 2014, The Royal Chelsea Hospital, Kensington, SW3 4SR
Gooey, warm-centred (not quite yolk porn) scotch egg. The meat/egg/outer crunchy crust ratio was perfect.
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The Marylebone | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | 93 Marylebone High St, London, W1U 4RE
Shot infusions. The marmite vodka was actually delicious.
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
My array of goodies from Taste. I strongly suggest you all try smoked mutton. My umpteenth jar of Luchito mayo. Now a staple in my diet.
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Mount St Deli | £££££ | ★★★★☆ |  Masterpiece 2014, The Royal Chelsea Hospital, Kensington, SW3 4SR
Bit expensive for a salad but it was damn good and I do love yellow courgettes and excess oil. Stuffed.
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La Bottega | £££££ | ★★★☆☆ | 25 Eccleston St, Belgravia, SW1W 9NP
Cute little Italian delicatessen. £3 for half a mozzarella and parma ham ciabatta. Bit much but it was quite nice.
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The Marylebone | £££££ | ★★★★☆ |  93 Marylebone High St, London, W1U 4RE
Lovely happy hour cocktails (although the Cider Mojito was a little sweet for my liking) with a popcorn machine in the corner to keep you going. Worth a visit.
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
4/4 of my Taste of London favourites:Iberico pork ribs with quince glaze, caramelised cauliflower purée (sweet baby Jesus) from Salt Yard. This was sensational. So fatty and tender and…
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
3/4 of my Taste of London favourites:Pan fried Scallops with pancetta, red chilli, parsley, capers, lentils di Castelluccio from Theo Randall at the InterContinental. Juicy and delicious.
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
2/4 of my Taste of London favourites:Chicken necks with ginger and garlic from Duck and Waffle. Not enough eateries serve this sort of stuff.
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
1/4 of my Taste of London favourites:British Wagyu beef with beef dripping on toast with fragrant Kentish tomatoes from Plum & Split Milk. Perfect balance of all the goodness of food.
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
Tender Jerusalem artichokes from Sixty One / fresh and light cured mackerel, kohlrabi and cod roe from Andre Garrett / crispy soft shell crab with harissa mayo from Bar Boulud. More harissa next time please. Yum.
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
A beautifully rich sticky toffee pudding from The Truscott Arms / courgette flower and goats cheese from Salt Yard / copious amount of green tea ice cream from Flesh and Buns / slightly disappointing braised octopus with chilli and garlic (expected to be warm and stew-like I guess) from Assado.
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Taste of London | £££££ | ★★★★☆ | Regent’s Park, London
Bloody delicious (and free!) kimchi slaw and Korean fried chicken from Jubo / malt glazed pig cheek and award-winning peanut butter parfait with salted caramel (wow) from Andre Garrett / smoked chilli glazed ox cheek with cheesy polenta from Duck and Waffle.
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Fino | £££££ | ★★★★★ | 33 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR
Oh my days. This is one of the best Spanish places in London. Tortilla de patata with an oozing centre / delicious croquetas de jamon y gambas / arroz negro cooked to perfection / grilled quail in that light plate-licking sauce… Nothing here was below sensational. Not even that expensive for the quality you get.
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