Masala Grill: Rooted To The Spot

In the immortal words of J.R.R Tolkien, deep roots are not reached by the frost, and the site of Chelsea’s very first Indian restaurant may well reap the benefits of its age-old heritage.   Where Chutney Mary once stood, down the gilded stairway, through the richly encrusted décor with the signature central tree remaining sprawls…
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Extended Shell Life: Interview With Bon Viveur And L’Escargot Reviver, Brian Clivaz

On opening in 1927, L’Escargot became Britain’s first restaurant to serve snails. ‘Amusingly enough, the word oleaginous comes to mind when describing Tony, our snail man,’ purrs the Soho stack’s co-owner and reviver, Brian Clivaz, as we appraise salted morsels roasted over coals and bathed in butter. ‘He’s a wonderful fellow with two-to-three million Herefordshire…
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The Fall & Rise of Boulestin

Xavier Marcel Boulestin was the French author and pioneering celebrity chef once referred to as “the most subtle, imaginative and liberating food writer of his day”. He was also the legend behind Boulestin, the celebrated Covent Garden restaurant that opened in 1927 and stayed strong for over 70 years before closing (to much uproar) back…
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