Eating out: The Shiori, London WC2

Interior, The Shiori, London

The Shiori is a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked away on a Bayswater side street. It’s the latest incarnation of the (even tinier) Sushi of Shiori at 144 Drummond St NW1, which is now a shop selling Japanese ceramics. Kyoto-trained Chef Takashi Takagi is in the kitchen at The Shiori and specialises in kaiseki dining. Kaiseki [...]

Eating and drinking at the Arsenal

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul,” wrote Oscar Wilde in 1890. In 2013, the Arsenal celebrates 100 years in Islington. At the time of going to press, the club is making a fortune but the skinflint regime in charge isn’t prepared to invest [...]

Eating out: Au 14 Fevrier, Lyon


Au 14 Fevrier describes itself as a Franco-Japanese fusion restaurant. As with many very good French restaurants, the chef, Tsuyoshi Arai, is Japanese. He describes his food, accurately, as ten per cent Japanese and 90 per cent French. I usually run a mile from ‘fusion food’. Especially when I’m visiting another country and want to [...]

It’s not every day you discover a new type of doughnut


Especially on Gray’s Inn Road, in the King’s Cross hinterlands. But French bakery Aux Pains de Papy has just opened up there, at number 279. They’re a small French chain that has looks set to take London by storm with their secret weapon of bugnes: mini doughnuts that they flavour with orange blossom water. Very [...]

Joe’s: where to eat seafood in Las Vegas

The Flamingo and the Strip viewed from Caesar's Palace

Las Vegas Boulevard, aka The Strip, is essentially a series of mega-resorts which features 15 of the world’s 25 largest hotels. And of these, Caesar’s Palace, which opened in 1966, remains the most kitsch, camp and over the top of the lot. It’s been added to and renovated significantly over the years. Like Vegas itself, [...]

Where to eat steak in Las Vegas

The dry aged ribeye at Craftsteak

If you’re thinking about where to eat in Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is steak. But with more than 60 steakhouses to choose from, where do you go? Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, located in the MGM Grand, came highly recommended. A quick look online seemed to back this up. In fact, the [...]

Barcelona tapas tour: La Rambla to El Born via Barceloneta

setas a la plancha at kiosko universal barcelona

There are so many fabulous places to eat in Barcelona. The challenge for the greedy and time-poor visitor is to get to eat in as many of the good ones as possible. So, here’s a walking tour that takes in a diverse group of five of Barcelona’s best tapas bars which can be completed at [...]

London’s best Sichuan restaurants

Bar Shu dining area

According to the Chinese, China is the place for food, but Sichuan is the place for flavour. Sichuan is a Southwestern province of China, its capital is Chengdu and its varied cuisine is rich with flavours of chilli, mouth-numbing Sichuan pepper and a host of other delicious ingredients. In the mid-noughties Sichuanese food started to catch on [...]

Eating out: Can Marquès, Girona

Interior, Can Marques, Girona

It’s great to live and eat out in London. The rich variety of cuisines available from all around the world. The range of restaurants, from the humble Turkish grill to the Michelin-starred gaff. And yet, after eating in Can Marquès, a fourth generation family run restaurant in the Catalunyan city of Girona, I wasn’t relishing [...]

Eating out: Naamyaa

Interior of Naamyaa Cafe

What happens when two culinary heavyweights join forces to create a new kind of Thai-inspired restaurant? This was the burning question on a first visit to Naamyaa, the brainchild of Alan Yau and David Thompson. First, the CVs. It’s easy to forget how much Alan Yau has changed restaurant dining in the UK. I recall my [...]

Eating and drinking in L’Esquerra de L’Eixample, Barcelona

L'Eixample district in Barcelona

L’Eixample is a district of Barcelona that can be hard for the visitor to get a handle on, but it’s really worth the effort. L’Eixample means ‘the extension’ and was built as the city expanded in the late 19th Century. Its streets were designed in a grid pattern by the architect  Ildefons Cerdà. The grid pattern, [...]

Eating out: Roka Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

In High Rise, a novel by the late JG Ballard, the author describes the affluent tenants of a 40-storey tower block who are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. The inhabitants of this fictional building reverse the rules of society as they create a new system based on the primal laws of the jungle. The novel starts with [...]

Eating out: Dishoom

View of the kitchen at Dishoom

I first visited Mumbai in 1991, the starting point for a trip around India. I was at University at the time and on something of a budget – £400 in travellers’ cheques to last two months. I arrived in Bombay, as it was then known, and began my crash course in Indian culture. The budget traveller in [...]

Eating out: Mirch Masala

Power to the people

The first place I gravitated to when I moved to London in the late 90s was Tooting. I was skint, it was cheap and I had some friends in the area. It’s fair to say it’s not the most glamorous part of town. At the time, Tooting didn’t have much in the way of nightlife, most of [...]

New Year’s resolutions

Happy new year! Photo by Dominic Alves

Out with the old and in with the new! Pork and Salmon’s New Year’s resolutions are to visit the following London restaurants in 2013: Indian: Amaya, Chutney Mary, Brilliant, Dishoom Italian: Murano, Tinello French: Gauthier Japanese: Zuma, Sushi of Shiori Other: Medlar, Quo Vadis Further afield: El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Hope [...]

Postcard from … Lyon

Cheeses at La Mere Richard, Halles de Lyon

It felt pretty good to be sitting at a table at lunchtime in the ‘Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse’ market with a couple of friends, wolfing down oysters, boiled crab with mayonnaise and crevettes grises washed down with lots of cold Muscadet. There was a nagging concern, though – had we left any room [...]

London’s ramen, rated

The kitchen at Tonkotsu, Soho

After attending a screening of the classic ‘ramen movie’ Tampopo recently and hearing about a couple of new ramen joints opening in London, it was definitely time to put London’s ramen scene to the test. Ramen, for the uninitiated, is a dish originally from China wholeheartedly adopted by the Japanese. Consisting of a bowl of wheat noodles in a [...]

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London’s best tapas

Jose - photography by John Carey

Pork and Salmon has long enjoyed the tradition of ‘ir a tapear’, or going out for tapas, in Spain. And now London has a fantastic selection of tapas bars. Hurrah! But which places really stand out? Based on extensive research, we’re proud to bring you our top five London tapas destinations: José, 104 Bermondsey St, [...]

Postcard from … Venice


“Where can I eat in Venice that isn’t touristy?” The guy from Los Angeles was asking the barman at Do Mori, said to be the oldest bacaro, or wine bar, in the city. A lady from Finland sitting nearby looked very interested in his response. “Nowhere,” was the deadpan reply. Looking at the stats, it’s [...]


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