ʽʽHi, I’m Benjamin Nunn – critic, gourmand and author of Ben Viveur. I like to eat and drink. And cook. And write.

You might have read me in an in-flight magazine, or a beer publication, but here on my own blog I'm liberated from the editorial shackles of others so anything goes.

I deal with real food and drink in the real world, aiming to create recipes that taste awesome, but which can be created by mere mortals without the need for tons of specialist equipment and a doctorate in food science. Likewise, I tend to review relaxed establishments that you might visit on a whim without having to sell your first-born, rather than hugely expensive restaurants and style bars in the middle of nowhere with a velvet rope barrier, a stringent dress code and a six-month waiting list!

There's plenty of robust opinion, commentary on the world of food and drink, and lots of swearing, so look away now if you're easily offended.

Otherwise, tuck your bib in, fill your glass and turbo-charge your tastebuds. We're going for a ride... Ben Appetit!
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Reviews index

I've reviewed a ton of places since I started doing this blogging malarky - so here's a convenient list of them.

I try to cast my net wide, so this list contains anything from places where you can grab a takeaway lunch for a few quid right through to some very upmarket eateries.

American / Burgers

  • Byron (chain) / revisit
  • Bodeans (chain) "The burnt ends, with crispy, caramelised fat are a thing of sloppy joy, and last, but definitely not least, there's that big, succulent beef rib, full of proper meaty flavour and meltingly tender."
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen (chain) 
  • Dukes Brew & Que, Haggerston
  • Hache (chain) "soft, pink, meaty and very succulent indeed, the juices mingling with the melted Stilton and decadently saturating the tender flesh of the soft brioche bun."
  • MEATLiquor, West End "only a couple of guilty steps away from fucking your cousin over the bonnet of a rusting Buick behind the drive-thru."
  • Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico / revisit
  • Ravensbourne Arms, Ladywell
  • Boom Burger, Clerkenwell
  • Honest Burger, Soho "The quality of the beef was stunning."
  • Lucky Chip @ the Sebright Arms, Hoxton

English

  • Olley's Fish Experience, Herne Hill "the eat-in section is 80s bistro meets Captain’s Cabin, with not a formica surface or industrial fryer in sight."
  • Village Fish Bar, Ladywell
  • Browns (chain)
  • Members Dining Room, Palace of Westminster "while the quality of the ingredients were never going to be in doubt, the way in which they were assembled was surprising and delightful." 
  • Curve, Canary Wharf

Italian

  • Pizzeria Sette Bello, Tooting "I can't think about it without salivating like an Italian bitch on heat"
  • Spaghetti House (chain) "Even the things that aren’t truly awful are mediocre, which in some curious way actually makes the whole more awful."
  • Ask Italian (chain)  "dull, tasteless and so underseasoned that if I did ask a real Italian their opinion, they would've likely flounced out in operatic disgust."
  • Pescatori, Fitzrovia "The rock oysters go down a treat, smooth as silk with no trace of grittiness"
  • Zaza Gelato, Canary Wharf

French

  • Paul (chain) "It's like the God of Cocoa ejaculating down your throat from a big, celestial chocolate cock!"
  • Cafe Rouge (chain)
  • Creperie, Canary Wharf

Mexican


Indian / Asian

  • Silka, Borough "Just about everything I've tried from their menu has been quality, and as an added bonus the portions are fairly generous"
  • Radha Krishna Bhavan, Tooting "It sizzles on the plate and the aromas of cumin and ginger trigger a major salivation reflex."
  • Vijaya Krishna, Tooting "the Tilapia tasted so fresh I'd have easily believed that it could have been caught that very afternoon"
  • Princess of India, Morden "cock-strokingly good value for money"

Greek / Turkish / Middle Eastern

  • Troy Barbecue, Streatham "A simple, meat-oriented menu that will have you viewing the humble kebab in a new light"
  • Tad, Hackney "Not so much a 'tad' as a 'big fuck-off plateful'"
  • Lamb & Haloumi, Holborn
  • Amal Shawarma, Tooting Bec "shittingly super-flavoursome wraps of meaty goodness"

Chinese / Japanese / Oriental

  • Roka, Canary Wharf "all the flavours you'd expect from modern Japanese cuisine"
  • Singapore Sam (chain?)
  • Wasabi (chain) "a very good way to get a quick fix of East Asian food that actually tastes of something"
  • One and One, Islington "just a bit shit"
  • Big Fat Panda, Battersea "The range of appetisers and starters is particularly appetitising and, err, startery"

Breakfast / Brunch

  • Dukes Brew & Que, Haggerston "manages to achieve the bacon nirvana of being really crispy yet still utterly meaty"
  • Simpson's in the Strand "the sort of plateful I'd expect to be served at a three star seaside hotel while listening to a couple from the West Midlands arguing about a roof rack."
  • Hawksmoor Guildhall "If there is a better breakfast to be had in the capital, I think it'll take some finding."

Miscellaneous

Pubs

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