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Sonny's, Barnes

Sonny's In Barnes

Different parts of London create different expectations. The City is structured, macho, and expensive. Soho: dishevelled, creative and media. Shoreditch is stylised, design-led, and pretentious. Simplistic and bordering on stereotyping? Absolutely. But time and again, restaurants assume the persona of their locale. It’s logical when you think about it. So when we went to review a restaurant in leafy Barnes, we had very different expectations.

Floridita’s Rum Shack, Soho

Rum Shack

I finally went to Cuba last year, after talking about it for what felt like most of my adult life. What a place. The combination of people, music and architecture managed to exceed my very high expectations. Even the food was surprisingly good. Another surprise was that Cuba unearthed my taste for rum.

Sushinho, The City

Sushinho

You always learn interesting things doing this job. For example, I never knew that there was a large Japanese population in Brazil.

Coq d'Argent, The City

Coq D'Argent

The Silver Rooster would be a good name for a gastropub. But, to make a mark in the City of London in the '90s, you needed a foreign moniker (preferably French) and a clever pun. So the restaurant at the top of No 1 Poultry was named Coq d'Argent. Too witty for words

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