Mademoiselle Macaron Interior Mademoiselle Macaron’s Parisian-style boutique cafe, complete with internal Eiffel Tower, has been open for a wee while, but I didn’t hear until recently that they’d added a little menu of savoury options to go with their excellent macarons and pastries. I popped in to give things a try. I’m not the world’s …

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Grubcrawl El Cartel wings It had been a couple of months since our last grubcrawl, so it was good to start the 2016 trail with a city centre tour of three high quality venues. It was a three-hander, this time, with grubcrawl veterans Graham and Tim along for the fun. We started at El Cartel …

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Fleur de Sel – SADLY NOW CLOSED InteriorThis was not my first visit to Fleur de Sel, which is located directly above thinking-fortysomething-divorcee’s drinking den of choice, Fingers. I’d visited shortly after it opened, back in 2014, and been slightly bemused by their offering. I thought it was time to give it another go. The …

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Tomato saladWhen I heard that Pierre Levicky had sold Pierre Victoire my first thought was for the continued wellbeing of sister restaurant Chez Jules which has been an enduring favourite. It remains in M. Levicky’s hands, though, so that came as a relief. I was intrigued to see what, if any, changes had been made …

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OystersWhile I languished in a pit of conjunctivitis despair, the wonderful events of the 2015 Budding Chefs programme, which I wrote about over on the Scran Salon website, reached their conclusion with a pop-up event at the French Institute on Randolph Crescent. Fortunately, Eleanor was available to take up the cudgel and sample the delights …

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