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Babylon décor and food slated by critic

18 December 2008 by

Richard Branson's newly refurbished restaurant Babylon is "cheap-looking" and serves "deeply questionable quality food]", says Marina O'Loughlin.

The Metro's food critic says the new interior at the west London restaurant "looks like it's been done on a Changing Rooms budget to resemble a Bromley branch of Oasis" and laments that the poor quality food "costs an arm and a leg".

Meanwhile John McClements' latest restaurant, Taste of McClements in Kew, south west London, is a "fine choice", according to Time Out.

The magazine's food critic, Charmaine Mok, says the restaurant, which serves a 19-course tasting menu only, provides a "first-class experience without the ponce" of other fine dining establishments.

The Evening Standard's David Sexton reviews Canteen's recently opened Baker Street branch and finds it all a bit underwhelming.

For the reviews in full and more, see What's on the Menu? To see the latest dining-out deals, visit Caterer Eats Out

John McClements launches new fine-dining restaurant in Michelin star bid >>

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By Kerstin Kühn

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