Why London’s greasy spoon cafes are important

We start with a sad fact – Starbucks now makes more money from selling food than it does coffee, and along with all the others coffee chains, Prêt a Mangers and their like, the independent cafes are being pushed out and slowly vanishing from the streets of London. And with them goes not only fry…

Pierre’s Bistro & Bar

For Pierre Gagnaire, this is his second act in Dubai. A reinvention upon his return to the city that once lauded and loved him. His previous restaurant, Reflets, ran from 2008 until it’s closure in 2016 and was the Gallic temple of fine-dining, regarded by many as the best restaurant in the city. But times…

Scalini

There’s an idea of Italian food as the “food of the soul”, and it’s something that’s been lost in recent years. We lost it amid a rush to modernise and change. It was usurped by restaurants with “concepts” that need explaining to you, food being served on things other than plates, waiters in trainers addressing…

Chef Michael Mina on his new launch in DIFC

Another big-name chef has opened a restaurant in Dubai. Egyptian-born American-based chef Michael Mina has just launched Mina Brasserie in DIFC on the site of what was the Firebird Diner. He tells us why he chose Dubai for his first overseas restaurant, why Middle Eastern food is the next big trend globally and how he…