Archive for March, 2015

‘We need 140 live shrimp now!’: the inside story of Noma Japan

March 3, 2015

René Redzepi uprooted his award-winning restaurant from Copenhagen to Tokyo for a month. ‘There’s a huge chance of failure,’ said the chef as OFM joined him behind the scenes before the big opening The kitchen was two courses into its trial run when something began to go terribly wrong. Made from several varieties of local […]

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The foodie traveller … finds the perfect pad thai in Bangkok

March 3, 2015

Considering how fantastic Thai cuisine can be, the country’s national dish is often a poor – not to mention bland and greasy – standard-bearer. But the pad thai at this busy Bangkok joint does the nation proud• Bangkok in three days: holiday itinerary Nungwi Village Pity the pad thai, that misunderstood, misrepresented staple of greasy, […]

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Wormwood: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

March 3, 2015

Rabah Ourrad is a musician turned chef – and at Wormwood his unusual and delicious menu has a beat all of its own 16 All Saint’s Road, London W11 (020 7854 1808). Meal for two, including wine and service: £150 Occasionally a plate of food comes along that forces me to pause. The sound of […]

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Top 10 breakfast spots in Paris

March 3, 2015

Make the most of a romantic night out in Paris by following it with a great, late breakfast. And, as our selection shows, Parisians today are as likely to plump for an Anglo-American-style brunch as strong coffee and croissants Young chef Gregory Marchand cooked in London with Jamie Oliver and then in New York with […]

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Le Canut et les Gones: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

March 3, 2015

Modelled on a classic working-class eatery, Le Canut et les Gones stands out in a city that takes food seriously 29 rue de Belfort, Lyon (00 33 4 78 29 17 23). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £75 Come May, when Eurostar starts its direct service to Lyon (and southern points beyond), trains […]

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Artist Residence, Pimlico, London: hotel review

March 3, 2015

The third in this arty hotel chain is a welcome model of craft and creativity offering great value and a warm welcome very unusual in central London• And while you’re there, follow this walk around Pimlico As I walk through Pimlico, it appears to be a neighbourhood of overpriced B&Bs and never-as-cheap-as-you’d-hoped budget hotel chains. […]

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Great little ski resorts: Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria

March 3, 2015

The pace is relaxed in ‘Austria’s prettiest village’, with its traditional Tyrolean buildings – though the après ski is livelier than you’d think• Your guide to new ski holidays for the 2015 season So, where?This small Tyrolean village sits at just under 1,000m at the bottom of a long valley of the same name, overlooked […]

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Why ‘best-restaurant’ lists are nothing of the sort

March 3, 2015

We have just been subjected to yet another list of the UK’s supposedly best restaurants. It’s nice for chefs to be included in them – but do they actually help us decide where we should go and eat? Best-restaurant lists are something of a love/hate thing for me. I basically hate them but love being […]

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Hotel and hostel accommodation in Wales: readers’ travel tips

March 3, 2015

From luxury B&Bs along the coast to cosy cottages tucked away in the wilderness, readers recommend their favourite places to stay in Wales Islawrffordd has great facilities and is our favourite place to pitch up when the weather is good. The area has lots to offer including the Mawddach Trail with over nine miles of […]

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10 of the best cool new hotels in Wales

March 3, 2015

From a pink hut on Anglesey to a former windmill turned art hotel, Rachel Dixon discovers 10 exciting new boltholes in Wales The new shepherd’s hut at The Outbuildings, a restaurant with rooms on farmland near the beach, makes a cosy retreat for two. The bright-pink hideaway has a tiny wood-burning stove and great views […]

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