Back in 1969, The Good Food Guide published a London edition. Then, almost 40 years of avoiding writing about our town’s restaurants followed. Now, they’ve decided to record their picks of London’s best eateries in book form again. The GFG folks reckon so many great new restaurants have opened for biz recently that they just can’t ignore the world’s greatest city any longer. Elizabeth Carter, editor of The Good Food Guide London, doesn’t quite know what to make of London’s gastro-fab status:
What's happened to London? The city is now buzzing with new ideas, new influences, and an astonishing diversity of cuisines unmatched by any other capital city. There's no doubt London's setting the pace right now. Standards have gone through the roof and the city is starting to compete with Paris, New York and Tokyo.
We’ve mentioned this restaurant boom before and are glad to see the likes of GFG continuing to take notice. Their London edition includes five new openings in its gastronomic top 40 with Gordon Ramsay’s Chelsea restaurant snatching the top spot and his Pétrus coming in third. We’d love an opportunity to delve deeper into the book (hint hint) as we truly appreciate its lack of advertising and sponsorship. The reviews for the book are based upon anonymous visits and restaurants cannot pay for inclusion in the book. According to the PR material for the book, the guide explores “the full diversity of London eateries, from Brick Lane curry houses to world-renowned hotel restaurants.” A study in contrast perhaps, but Brick Lane is certainly a well-beaten path and London’s world-renowned hotels are … uhm … world-renowned. We certainly hope The Good Food Guide London has a few true foodie investigative findings for those of us eager to find new dining gems.
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