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Reviews and contributions written by Ben Brill

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Picture of Le Metro Bar and Bistro, Knightsbridge, London

Le Metro Bar and Bistro, Knightsbridge (Restaurant)
Best for: quick bites in Knightsbridge; a taste of the good life. Great: steaks; desserts; mustard. It’d be all right living in a hotel, I reckon. I wouldn’t have...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 18 Jun 12}

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Caravaggio, City of London (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: lunch on expenses. Great: service; traditional Italian cooking with a twist. I got given 500 business cards by work, but I’m not so good at handing them...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 10 May 11}

Picture of Odette's, Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill, London

Odette's, Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill (Restaurant)
Best for: fine dining in Primrose Hill, celeb spotting. Great: seasonal starters, award-winning mains. Primrose Hill’s a funny old place. A 19th century urban village...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 08 Dec 10}

Picture of Bar Pepito, Kings Cross, London

Bar Pepito, Kings Cross (Bar)
Best for: Tapas, sherry, nights out in King’s Cross; Great: atmosphere, olives and jamon In a city that changes as rapidly as London, there was always something...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 13 Oct 10}

Picture of Corrigan's Mayfair by Richard Corrigan, Mayfair, London

Corrigan's Mayfair by Richard Corrigan, Mayfair (Restaurant)
“The two months of fallow airtime between Masterchef series are always a difficult time, and we all have different ways of dulling the ache. My girlfriend (henceforth known as Bea – something inside me...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 07 Jun 10}

Picture of Blue Bar (closed), Borough & Southwark, London

Blue Bar (closed), Borough & Southwark (Bar)
“Poor me, pour me… Oh, it’s a sorry tale. I sit in a windowless office kitchen, slopping out lunchtime leftovers from a microwaveable dish. I seek solace in the pennies I must be saving but it hurts,...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 13 May 10}

Picture of Le Bouchon Breton (closed), Shoreditch, London

Le Bouchon Breton (closed), Shoreditch (Bar / Restaurant)
“Like faded family photos, my father’s tales of adolescent holidays spent passing through France in the back seat of some obsolete Austin instil in me a particular nostalgia. Embellished by my grandmother’s...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 26 Mar 10}

Picture of The Tommyfield, Vauxhall & Oval, London

The Tommyfield, Vauxhall & Oval (Bar / Restaurant)
“It seems you can have too much of a good thing. Recently, it’s become fashionable to imply that the gastropub has somehow destroyed the Proper Pub, to suggest that this poster boy for gentrification has...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 17 Feb 10}

Picture of The Apartment at Kettner’s (closed), Soho, London

The Apartment at Kettner’s (closed), Soho (Bar / Club)
“The Apartment is found in the farthest flung corner of Kettner’s, a pseudo members’ club in Soho, which boasts of an illustrious past, taking in such luminaries as Napoleon III, Oscar Wilde and Agatha...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 21 Jan 10}

Picture of Mooli's (closed), Soho, London

Mooli's (closed), Soho (Restaurant)
“We’ve all had those moments in our lives where our paths cross with those bound for bigger and brighter things. Sometimes their ascent is impossible to predict, and seems almost accidental. One day they’re...”
Ben Brill, Fluid London reviewer 05 Jan 10}

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"Extremely RUDE staff Joanna who is GROSS and Uneducated and very unprofessional!! She is jealous of white customers and refuses to serve them. This Rude Joanna is disgraceful and mental!! She is NOT FIT..." Which venue is this?

Hated

"Extremely RUDE staff Joanna who is GROSS and Uneducated and very unprofessional!! She is jealous of white customers and refuses to serve them. This Rude Joanna is disgraceful and mental!! She is NOT FIT..." Which venue is this?

This week's faves

  1. Sunset Strip (W1)
  2. SophistiCats (W1)
  3. The Dove (W6)
  4. Freemasons Arms (NW3)
  5. Nanban (SW9)
  6. Ristorante Frescobaldi (W1)
  7. Reun Thai (W6)
  8. Bucket (W2)
  9. Benares (W1)
  10. RS Hispaniola (WC2)

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