What's on the menu – Fay Maschler finds 'style over substance' at Chelsea's Five Fields

What's on the menu – Fay Maschler finds 'style over substance' at Chelsea's Five Fields

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Over at the Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall, the [Guardian's](http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/06/clove-club-london-restaurant-review) Marina O'Loughlin says that despite the lack of the choice the food is some of the best she's eaten in ages.

Hutong's prices may mirror its lofty location on the 33rd floor of the Shard in London Bridge, but the authentic, off-beat food shouldn't just be left to the tourists and expats, says Guy Dimond for [Time Out](http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/hutong-at-the-shard), who describes it as a good "date restaurant".

The [Independent's](http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/reviews/brasserie-chavot-41-conduit-street-london-w1-8690947.html) newly promoted editor Amol Rajan pays a visit to Brasserie Chavot in London W1, where he finds one of the "most weirdly designed rooms in London, all opulence without elegance and money without meaning". But he doesn't blame chef Chavot, whose responsibility is to the food, "and that is rather good".

At Picture, the casual restaurant by three former members of Will Smith and Anthony Demetre's Arbutus Group, delivers some solid cooking and delicious flavours, says the [Metro's](http://metro.co.uk/2013/07/04/picture-may-specialise-in-small-plates-but-theyre-not-perfectly-formed-3867392/) Andy Lynes, "but a succession of wildly divergent dishes of varying quality means that a completely satisfying dining experience is out of the picture".

Jay Rayner says it is unfair that he will be blamed for how busy Peckham Refreshment Rooms in London SE5 will now become after he gives it a glowing review in the [Observer](http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/07/peckham-refreshment-rooms-jay-rayner), saying "it's not my fault the place I went for dinner in Peckham one Friday evening is so good".

The [Telegraph's](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/10146725/Beagle-London-E2-restaurant-review.html) Zoe Williams is deafened by the acoustics at Beagle, a restaurant in a converted East London railway arch, adding that while (three drinks in) her dinner was enjoyable, it didn't have "any great food answers that we didn't already know".

Giles Coren describes the menu at Pierre Gagnaire and Mourad Mazouz's two-Michelin-starred London restaurant Sketch as ridiculous in the [Times](http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/magazine/article3805016.ece), adding that the dishes looked like they had come from his compost heap.

Also at the [Times, Tom Chesshyre is impressed by the great location and high quality restoration of the Great Northern Hotel in London's King's Cross, but finds the room rates a bit pricey.


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