Category Archives: Ratings

Restaurant Martin Wishart 👍👍👍👍👌

Chic, sadly roadside, restaurant by the port in Leith just outside Edinburgh. Supposedly the best restaurant in the Edinburgh area. Major drawback: cars and buses buzzing by every few minutes reminiscent of dining near an airport. Not good…actually very bad. No double-glazing in Scotland? Very sad. Noise and rumble died down after 9pm, but still rears its ugly head now and again.

Place is thumping on Tuesday. Not bad. Book well in advance. Continue reading Restaurant Martin Wishart 👍👍👍👍👌

Chapter One 👍👍👍👍👍


Somehow our lunch bookings on Friday and Saturday were switched. That, coupled with our early arrival to Dublin, saw us walking for nearly three hours around the City. During our long walk, we also discovered our dinner restaurants. A lot of walking over the next few days.

We were warmly welcomed despite being 30 minutes early. Irish hospitality! We needed air conditioning, a comfy chair and a drink. They stepped up like rockstars!

Chapter One is downstairs next door to a Irish writers’ center. We think basement restaurants are so cool, particularly given our occasional slumber in gutters over the years…downstairs restaurants provided more protection from the elements.

We rated 5 thumbs up largely because the ambience was second to none!!! Continue reading Chapter One 👍👍👍👍👍

Locando nel Borgo Antico 👍👍👍👌

Wow, stunning, modern farmhouse with an exceedingly contemporary funky design. We are hopeful our photos do justice…not too many farmers can boast a “farmhouse” like this one!

We were greeted by the wife – Luciana – at the front door. Chef Massimo Camia visited to say hello, albeit his English is far from his best language…and our Italian is virtually non-existent! They both smiled when we mentioned Chef Antimo of [L’Altro HK, now Otto e Mezzo Macau]. Thanks, Mino! Continue reading Locando nel Borgo Antico 👍👍👍👌

The Hinds Head 👍👍👍

We slowly strolled 2.5 miles (4 km) from The Oakley Court Hotel to the little – I mean teeny, itsy bitzy – village of Bray where quite surprisingly several of the most highly rated UK restaurants call home.  If you sneezed while driving down Windsor Road, you easily could miss the village.  To use such terms as “adorable” or “quaint” would not be inappropriate when describing the village and The Hinds Head, which is the famed Chef Heston Blumenthal’s “gastro-pub”….our first after more than 30 years of “pub-grub” experiences around the world.

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The Waterside Inn 👍👍👍👍👍

The world of fine dining begins and ends at the Waterside…Inn.  A fairly simple, countryside entrance to a non-descript building blossoms into the true meaning of an exceptional culinary – I dare say epic – event.

Diego, the maitre’d of maitre’d exceptionalism, swooshes around the dining room with an elegance of a conductor bleading his orchestra.  The definition of service and only challenged by the likes of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and L’Enclume.

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