HE'S become one of the most recognisable maître d’ in the country and it's all thanks to his role as a matchmaker on Channel 4's First Dates. Here's everything you need to know about the suave Fred Sirieix, who has charmed the nation with his French accent. Who is Fred Sirieix and what is his background? French-born Fred is best known as the loveable maître d’ on the hit Channel 4 show First Dates. The 47-year-old was born and brought up in Limoges in western France and from an early age decided he wanted to work in the service industry. He attended catering college and initially trained as a chef but decided to focus on being front of the house instead. Fred trained as a maître d’ in France before moving to London.Fred then worked at La Tante Claire in Chelsea and also spent time at Le Gavroche in Mayfair, Satario and Brasserie Roux. As well as being the much-loved maître d’ in the First Dates restaurant, he is the general manager at … [Read more...] about Who is First Dates legend Fred Sirieix, is he married and does he really work in the restaurant Paternoster Chop House?
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81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD (020 7581 5817). Meal for two, including wine and service: £180 The best restaurants have a special, unforced ingredient. At Bibendum, it’s the sunlight. On a clear spring day, the vaulting first floor space with its stained-glass window of the Michelin Man in shades of sapphire feels like a room where only good things happen. Grand restaurants are an encouragement to the grandiose, so let’s try some of that: without Bibendum, many of London’s great restaurants simply wouldn’t exist. It’s justified. When Sir Terence Conran and Paul Hamlyn first opened it in 1987, with Simon Hopkinson in the kitchen, it showed the way. It was an unembarrassed celebration of a certain unforced luxury. Conran was a devotee of classic bourgeois French cooking, to a life basted in butter, and so was Hopkinson. He was armpits deep in the writings of Elizabeth David and Richard Olney. They loved steak au poivre and fish soup the colour … [Read more...] about Claude Bosi at Bibendum: restaurant review
Are fish and chips ever worth £32.50? This is possibly the most pertinent question about chef Tom Kerridge’s glitzy new dining room in the 283-room, five-star Corinthia Hotel near Whitehall in London. So let’s just cut to the chase. What if I told you the fish is the finest, freshest, most ethical brill cocooned in a batter so crisp, it feels like a masterclass in whipping and dipping. Oh, and you eat the fish while Kerridge himself, the man off the telly, ambles jovially around his 90-cover fiefdom in chef’s whites. Plus, this fish arrives with a little pot of chips. Say, around 12 chips in all, but triple-cooked with an ethereal, golden shimmer, so that each one feels like a little earnest task at hand. A delicious task, yes, but these are not flippantly scoffed chips like the gargantuan, soft, soggy and fragrant pile you unwrap from the local chippy, stinking gloriously of malt, newsprint and Friday night. No, these are special, once-in-a-lifetime chips … [Read more...] about Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, London WC2: ‘Once-in-a-lifetime chips’ – restaurant review
In my tunnel-visioned corner of the internet (all a bit “Trump? Brexit? Huh? Have you tried that unicorn bao yet?”) there was an avalanche of eye rolling when news of ’O Ver landed. In a city not particularly fazed by daft USPs (cat cafes, anyone?), this new Italian restaurant still caused a bit of a chunter. Its “mantra”? “’O Ver is the first restaurant in the UK to use the unique ingredient of pure seawater.” (Their emphasis, not mine.) I also enjoy their positioning as “healthy, delicious, genuine Neapolitan street food”. Neapolitan street food may be many things – and I’ve necked my share of it, from stuffed bread laced with lard to festoons of creamy tripe – but I’m not sure I’d put healthy at the top of the list. Anyway, it’s an irresistible premise, so here I am at this striking, Flatiron-shaped building near London Bridge. Up against the vast windows loll sacks of Caputo, the classic … [Read more...] about ’O Ver, London SE1: ‘The star turn? The pizzas’ – restaurant review
Fun is such an under-rated quality in a restaurant. When I think about where I want to go for dinner when off the clock, it’s not always to the places with the most intricate, ambitious food or the ones with the most eye-popping design. Always and inevitably, I’m drawn back to places where, more than anything else, I had a really good time. The Laughing Heart’s owner, Charlie Mellor (ex-Brawn and Elliot’s, another couple of crackers) is here to show you the absolute best of times. When I reject his suggestion of an orange natural wine (with the grape skins left on until it’s muscular and frequently overbearing), I worry that this makes me the equivalent of the woman who orders decaff in the spoddy cold-brew coffee specialist. He laughs: “Not at all. I want whatever you have to be delicious. There will be something on the list that’s perfect for you, and I’ll find it.” And, with a Reciotto di Gambellara from Angiolino Maule and a … [Read more...] about The Laughing Heart, London E2: ‘The only good news from 2016?’ – restaurant review