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Reviews and contributions written by Kate Williams

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Picture of The RIBA, Fitzrovia, London

The RIBA, Fitzrovia (Restaurant)
Best for: Showing off to friends in that “there’s this little place that I know” kind of way. Great: Culture, desserts and destination dining. There’s an epidemic...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 25 Apr 12}

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Senkai (closed), Mayfair (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: Cocktails; sushi; hiding away from the end of the world. Great: Tuna sashimi; Japanese restaurant in Mayfair. I don’t wish to alarm anyone, but this year...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 26 Jan 12}

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Kew Grill, Richmond & Kew (Restaurant)
Best for: Celebrity chef spotting; carnivores; big appetites; getting away from the city. Great: Steaks. I started the night by losing a bet. 'How many, do you reckon?'...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 08 Feb 11}

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Le Cave à Fromage, Kensington (Restaurant)
Best for: Cheese, cheese and more wonderful cheese. Great: yeh, you've guessed it, CHEESE!! Growing up, I loved books. Then I started learning about what's good...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 15 Dec 10}

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Roux at Parliament Square, Westminster (Bar / Restaurant)
Best for: Spotting politicians, Michel Roux's Modern European magic, being one of London's best restaurants Great: EVERYTHING! You know a restaurant is empty, if,...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 15 Sep 10}

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The Hare & Hounds - Youngs, Barnes & Sheen (Bar / Restaurant)
“Here’s a secret for you. I’m not a ‘foodie’. Sure, I like eating, I like going to restaurants, but you’re looking for someone to show off to about your poached Andalusian crabapples, I’m not your girl....”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 20 Jul 10}

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Le Cafe Du Marche, Clerkenwell (Bar / Restaurant)
“I like books. I like books with ribbed, concave spines, their pages splashed with coffee or red wine, swollen with bath water. I like their words smudged with cigarette ash or make-up from holding it too...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 28 Jun 10}

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Moomba Kitchen & Bar, Putney (Bar / Restaurant)
“Last week I had two very disparate experiences. The first was at Moomba (more on that in a moment); the second was at a bar in Highgate that has a reputation for being cool. I'm not the sort of person...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 18 May 10}

Picture of Elena's L'Etoile, Fitzrovia, London

Elena's L'Etoile, Fitzrovia (Restaurant)
“Does he have a beard? Does he wear glasses? Does he look like someone you'd be alarmed to see hanging around outside a primary school? All these questions will be familiar to anyone who has ever played...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 27 Apr 10}

Picture of BQ Brasserie, Knightsbridge, London

BQ Brasserie, Knightsbridge (Bar / Restaurant)
“March 23 2010: An out of control black cab careers off the road and smashes into the glass-fronted BQ Brasserie during their popular Saturday morning breakfast serving. A couple were sitting near the window,...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 15 Apr 10}

Picture of Ginglik (closed), Shepherds Bush, London

Ginglik (closed), Shepherds Bush (Bar / Club)
“Imagine being blindfolded, spun around three times and put in the back of a black cab. Disorientated, you're then driven through the streets of London. Arriving at a secret location, you are guided down...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 29 Mar 10}

Picture of The Hand & Flower, Fulham, London

The Hand & Flower, Fulham (Bar)
“It's my opinion that gastropubs are McDonalds for the middle classes. Why? Because every single one looks exactly the same as all the others. Where McDonalds trades in lurid primary colours, your average...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 23 Feb 10}

Getti, Mayfair (Bar / Restaurant)
“Immediately upon receiving this latest review, I emailed my intended dining companion. The reply that pinged back read “Googled the website. Looks like PE.' Ahh, PE; not the latest high concept...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 18 Jan 10}

The Bird In the Hand (closed), Hammersmith (Bar)
“I'm not someone who you'd call easy to please. I roll my eyes. I pout. I pour scorn. “S'alright,” from me, is high praise indeed. Basically, even after an intensive teeth whitening treatment and gastric...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 20 Dec 09}

Picture of Da Scalzo Art Brasserie, Victoria, London

Da Scalzo Art Brasserie, Victoria (Bar / Restaurant)
“It started back in the early noughties with gruesome twosome Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck being dubbed the sickening Bennifer by gleeful tabloid hacks. Their relationship may not have lasted but the...”
Kate Williams, Fluid London reviewer 01 Dec 09}

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This week's faves

  1. SophistiCats (W1)
  2. Sunset Strip (W1)
  3. The Dove (W6)
  4. Ristorante Frescobaldi (W1)
  5. Reun Thai (W6)
  6. Freemasons Arms (NW3)
  7. Nanban (SW9)
  8. Bucket (W2)
  9. The Eagle (N1)
  10. Founders Arms (SE1)

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