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Sticky Fingers, Kensington (Bar / Restaurant)
“There is a rusty trail across my keyboard. Oval fingerprints for dendrochronology punched on selected keys. Chestnut colouring from my grubby fingers. It’s the Hickory marinade from a devoured carcass. The sweet lubricant of a meaty feast that has left me with sticky fingers. Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers – opened in 1989 - in Kensington is packed with rock and roll memorabilia, and during my visit – the October half term - parents and their darling children (with names like Camilla, Beatrice, Charles and Walter). The former Rolling Stone bringing a portion of American diner to a West London backstreet. Think Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Café, but with strictly Stones paintings, pictures and platinum albums. The menu is sticky American banquet. There is the obvious: Buffalo Wings, Beef Chilli Potato Skins, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and Smoked Chicken Cob. There are three steak options: Sirloin 10oz (£15.95), Ribye 14oz (£16.95) and an 8oz Fillet (£17.95) - + £4.95 for three Tiger prawns, adding, “Surf to your Turf”. Chargrilled British beef burgers, the classic, and award winning, Sticky Fingers Burger priced at £9.45, all looked stacked with ingredients and appetising. The Sticky Fingers Burger arrived with lettuce, tomato and fries on a long, clean white plate. Reports from my partner were good. My Hickory Smoked Ribs (smothered in bbq sauce (St. Louis style),was again served on a long, clean white plate, with my choice of sides: mash and onion rings. The mash w”
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David Constable, London 01 Dec 09

Camden Brasserie (closed), Camden (Restaurant)
“The building is a rather ugly shell of green and clear glass panels, easy to miss, nested between Wagamammas and The Body Shop. It has the feel of an industrial unit - perhaps the CSB Cyclone range - and cars park directly outside its door, each getting in the way of the restaurants exterior. There’s a hanging name board above - a nod to the English ale house - giving you direction, swinging in the wind above the entrance, as you walk past the camera-happy Chinese cluster, colourful, tattooed punks and leather-wearing skinheads with sharks on a leash. Inside there’s a higher quality. It’s warmer and hardly a true representation of grubby Camden, so a good sign from a restaurant that has apparently favoured celebrities and politicians since the early-1980s. The walls are painted with variegated bookshelves and the tables and general décor is clean and white. The menu is uncomplicated and there isn’t an excess of options to confuse you. It does however rarely see change, something that can be viewed as stale and derivative, but the restaurant’s website assures us it is due to, ‘when old dishes are replaced with new, the regulars complain!’ There are, and I love this about restaurants, small and large options for the Starters. This is commendable as you can pick either size to suit your visit, whether it is lunch, brunch or as a light accompaniment. Those who have visited the Brasserie will tell you that they are rather proud of their famous pomme frites, which are (and I have r”
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David Constable, London 01 Dec 09

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Dion, City of London (Bar / Restaurant)
“The interior decor at Bank's Dion, Leadenhall Street, has a flawless and fresh appeal with a corridor stretching deep to the rear and lined with lighted booths for pin-stripped managers and mergers to swill, gargle and spit exorbitant wines. Wine carries the weight on the menu and there is an abundant selection of French and Italian varieties, yet an inadequate picking from Spain. The "cru classe" of Beaujolais is Fleurie - Millesime Cave de Fleurie 2006 -(£29), and is gamy beginnings, tasting tenderly of strawberries. Following France was one of only three Spanish varieties and a Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Crianza, 2004 (£29.50) packing more punch with rich and toasted spices in the backdrop of winter nightfall. The evening menu is a tasting menu and is overall uninspiring. There's nothing of substance to absorb the wine and - being The City - all is fabulously over-priced. The mini salmon & dill fishcakes at £6.50 arrived looking like four infinitesimal Scotch eggs with cocktail sticks poking out. They tasted dry and sapless and ghastly plain. Red onion & gorgonzola tartlet at £5.95 was flavoursome and a little better, yet the sliced Cumberland sausages with English mustard (also £5.95) was truly horrifying in texture and presentation, and made Canapés look like a jollification banquet. A glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne to wrap up carries effervescent bubbles of cheer, and we toast to the hullabaloo of a birthday soiree and withdrew into the winter night in searc”
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David Constable, London 01 Dec 09

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