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Vinous Table: The River Café, London, UK

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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

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Neal Martin, Sep 2021

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

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Vinous Table: Divino Enoteca, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Neal Martin, Sep 2021

While on vacation in Edinburgh I wanted to check out a restaurant focused on wine, so I booked a table at Divino Enoteca.

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Vinous Table: Union Square Café, New York, NY

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2021

It’s great to see New York back at its customary pace following a very challenging period, especially for restaurants. This recent dinner at Union Square Café was truly invigorating. Plus it was great to just be out with friends again.

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Vinous Table: The Witchery, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Neal Martin, Aug 2021

The Witchery was my first dinner in the Scottish capital, which, as I was about to discover, is blessed with a thriving dining culture. The Witchery’s setting is novel and quite wonderful, and the service was excellent.

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Vinous Table: Trivet, London, UK

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Neal Martin, Aug 2021

Coming so soon after a fallow period for dining out, this evening at Trivet was perhaps even more enjoyable than if it had taken place before the pandemic. The company, the dishes and, of course, the wines were all exemplary.

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Vinous Table: The Ivy, Guildford, UK

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Neal Martin, Aug 2021

The genius of the restaurant is that you dine on familiar English food in an atmosphere that makes it feel like the place to be. It buzzes with excitement. Every table is full. It’s noisy but you can hear each other speak.

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Vinous Table: Cassis, Mâcon, France

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Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Cassis is a restaurant that does nothing other than serve delicious food at reasonable prices with the minimum of fuss.

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Vinous Table: The Silver Birch, London, UK

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Neal Martin, Jul 2021

Returning to Chiswick after lockdown, I wanted to try something different, and so I booked a table at The Silver Birch, which had the misfortune to open between lockdowns last year.

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Vinous Table: SO|LA, London, UK

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Neal Martin, Jun 2021

Given that restaurants have only just reopened, it is unsurprising for me to pronounce this the best meal I have eaten so far in 2021. Whether any restaurant will be able to match it is another question. The bar has been set extremely high.