Tasting Notes

Arzak rumoured to takeover London restaurant

The soon to close Nahm restaurant in London could be taken over by the Arzak team from Spain

Arzak is rumoured to be opening a second restaurant in London. The San Sebastian restaurant, which is run by the father and daughter team of Juan Mari & Elena is currently at number eight on the world’s top 50 restaurants list. Arzak are heavily rumoured to replace the Nahm restaurant, which is closing on December 15. Head chef David Thompson will be leaving his London base to focus on his second Nahm restaurant in Bangkok. The...

November 27, 2012

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Hedonism Wine

A Russian Oligarch, Evgeny Chichvarkin, is taking on Mayfair’s finest purveyors of wine and spirits with the opening of Hedonism Wines.

Chichvarkin, a former mobilephone retail owner, is the proprietor and wine-loving mind behind this ambitious creation. His eight figure liquid investment has proven his commitment to having a standout collection. The shop has 3,500 bottles of some of the world’s most sought after and delectable wines, including Petrus Imperial, Barolo and Yquem. Not content with just stocking fine wines, the boutique wine shop is also home to 1,000...

November 26, 2012

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Causing controversy

Gordon Ramsay Holdings International applies for UK trademark of ‘The Spotted Pig’

It has emerged this week that Gordon Ramsay Holdings Internationalhas applied for a London trademark of the name, ‘The Spotted Pig’. But what’s in a name? Well, rather a lot when it also happens to be the name of Birmingham-born chef April Bloomfield’s one Michelin star New York gastropub, co-owned by Jay-Z, Bono and US chef Mario Batali. Several chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain, have been quick to criticise...

November 22, 2012

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The Red reveals Belgian and Luxembourg’s 2013 stars

The 57th edition of the Belgium and Luxembourg Michelin guide has divided 124 stars between the two countries

11 new restaurants in Belgium have been credited with one star and La Duree has become the 17threstaurant to be awarded with two stars in Belgium and Luxembourg. There are now a total of 16 two-star restaurants in Belgium. There are no new three-star restaurants to make the Guide,but De Karmelietin Bruges, Hertog Janin Bruges andHof van Clevein Kruishoutem all retain theirs. Luxembourg did not receive any new stars this year but its...

November 21, 2012

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