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Artichoke tortellino

Vinous Table: Artichoke, Amersham, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Apr 2022

If you fancy dining outside the capital but do not fancy driving too far, then Artichoke is more or less on your doorstep. You could even take the tube there, even if that might be a long journey.

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Vinous Table: The Harwood Arms, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2022

This dinner proved how a restaurant can operate at a high gastronomic level with the minimum of pretention. If you happen to be in West London, then you know where to go…and I will apologize in advance if our party just happens to be at the adjacent table.

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Vinous Table: Noble Rot (Soho) - Rotter’s Christmas Gutbuster

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2022

Maybe I don’t believe in Santa as I did when I was child, but I do believe in celebrating Christmas with fine wines and company like this.

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Vinous Table: Burgundy Christmas Dinner

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2022

Wines like these are not meant to be consumed in silence and solemnity. They should be accompanied by the kind of noise and laughter that echoed through the never-ending corridors and annexes of the house on this night.

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Vinous Table: Hutong, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Mar 2022

The whole package makes Hutong one of those places you deserve to come to once and depart with a sense of having no desire to return unless somebody invites you. But one thing’s for sure: you will remember the view.

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Grouse Club at Hunan, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Feb 2022

I had heard a lot about the Chinese restaurant Hunan, located a hop, skip and a jump from Sloane Square and Victoria Station. Established in 1982 by Mr. Y.S. Peng, it has outlived most restaurants and become an institution to those in the know.

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Vinous Table, A Wong, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Feb 2022

Having not dined at A Wong for a while due to the pandemic, I was eager to return. So when a friend came over from the other side of the pond last August, I joined a small gathering.

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Vinous Table: TORC, Napa, USA

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2021

This recent Saturday lunch at TORC was a nice break from my tastings in Napa Valley. It was great to see an old friend and get back to a more normal rhythm of actually being able spend time with people again.

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Vinous Table: The River Café, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2021

How long must a restaurant exist before it becomes an institution? The River Café is the paradigmatic restaurant institution. People know it even if they have never eaten there nor ever will.

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Vinous Table: Chizuru Tei, Edinburgh, Scotland

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2021

Chizuru Tei has one raison d’être: to serve the best Japanese food possible. I cannot return soon enough.