London is swinging. I spent a few nights there last month and was absolutely blown away by the city and the food scene. And the prices. I move around a lot and let me tell you, take out a second mortgage if you are going to visit London anytime soon. What are your faves in Old London Town?
Borough Market is a must. Check out Neal’s Yard cheese shop, Furness Meats, and Roast, my pal Charles Keough’s restaurant perched high above the market. His food is some of the best being cooked in London right now. Ramsay’s Hospital Road eatery is killer; Harrod’s food halls are perhaps the single greatest concentration of foods assembled in one place that I have ever seen. Nobu London was rocking the night I ate there because of the Bond premiere—both Lindsay and Paris were there, along with half of the glitterati who flew in to see the movie. What a scene. Check out all the pix.
FYI, the debut of my new show has been moved up from March 12 to February 26. I am officially starting to get nervous.
I have received a ton of email asking me if Vincent is still as good as it has always been, or if sales are down, or if the spirit that made the eatery great the first few years it was open is still present so many years past its opening date. I think it is tough to maintain your edge these days, which is why I have so much respect for so many restaurateurs who maintain their level of excellence year in and year out. I have not eaten at Vincent recently, but anyone who has, or who has a thought about maintaining your mojo five years into your run should chime in. Larry D’Amico told me he thinks there are too many seats and not enough customers for the fine-dining restaurants in town—perhaps the increased availability of great seats in great restaurants is hurting places like Vincent? Thoughts?