Endo sashimi

Vinous Table: Endo At The Rotunda, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Endo At The Rotunda is the hottest ticket in town. Three friends already had reservations for the following fortnight when I visited in mid-February – word of mouth travels fast among epicures.

Araki trout

Vinous Table: The Araki, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Oct 2020

Don’t get me wrong: The Araki served a delicious meal and I must commend Lau for being chatty and personable when other sushi masters can either act imperious or ramble on so much that you feel you’re attending a lecture rather than dining out.

Elystan beef

Vinous Table: Elystan Street, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

Overall, I can understand exactly why Elystan Street has become a popular haunt for Chelsea residents.

Nr soho choux

Vinous Table: Noble Rot Soho, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

When restaurants are valiantly forming a rearguard action against COVID, the opening of Noble Rot Soho at this moment represents a rare event as neighbors remain mothballed for fear what winter will bring.

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Vinous Table: La Casita, Guildford, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

I have not returned to Spain for a long time, though my penchant for its cuisine has never abated. Therefore, every now and again I book a table at my local tapas restaurant, La Casita – in my estimation, one of the finest in Guildford.

Pot detain front

Vinous Table: Le Pot d’Etain, L’Isle-sur-Serein, France

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Sep 2020

If pure enjoyment is the measure of a restaurant, then Le Pot d’Etain scored highly – certainly far higher than circumspect naysayers had led me to believe.

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Vinous Table: Onslow Arms, West Clandon, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

Having pulled its first ale over 200 years ago and survived numerous wars and depressions, not to mention the odd pandemic, I am optimistic that the Onslow Arms will weather this latest challenge.

Noize sardines

Vinous Table: Noizé, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Aug 2020

While current distancing measures are in place, we must do without the thrill of the crowd. That does not necessarily preclude us from enjoying a meal out, however, and I had a thoroughly pleasant evening in every way, one that meant a lot after months in hibernation.

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Vinous Table: Sorrel, Dorking, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jul 2020

I vowed that as soon as Sorrel reopened, I would publish my Vinous Table, crossing my fingers that it would not be another victim of COVID-19. The fact that you are reading this confirms that Sorrel has again opened its doors.

Sorbet use

Vinous Table: CORE by Clare Smyth, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2020

In our first Vinous Table since lockdown, I revisit a fabulous dinner at CORE by Clare Smyth in London.