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Duck larb Manow

Manow – stunning Thai food

A couple of months ago there was some terrible news: the owner of the Bangkok Brasserie and the Bengal Sage, the best Thai and Indian restaurants I had ever eaten at, had run into tax difficulties and was closing his restaurants! This was heartbreaking news; these two restaurants, the Bangkok Brasserie in particular, were two […]

Tiny Piece of off fish at the Forte Kitchen

The Forte Kitchen – food is not its forte

I will not waste much time writing this review as the Forte Kitchen, Winchester’s newest lunch spot, is not worth the time; the Forte Kitchen certainly do not think they should spend much time on food. Indeed, the Forte Kitchen is a lunch place you should go if you are an anorexic who has a […]

I bet the original Frink horse is worth more than Côte!

Côte de Winchester

Either moving to Winchester from London has eroded my critical faculties – even though it has reduced my blood pressure from 200/100 to 134/84, you would have to be both brave and foolhardy to suggest that – or it seems that outside the benighted, squalid, expensive dump that is Town, chain restaurants are actually a […]

Dani and Davy at the Bangkok Brasserie

Quickie: How to order food at a Thai restaurant

Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of the first restaurant meal I shared with The Editor after he moved to London the previous day. I could not dine with him that day as I had been detained in a loony bin and I was not allowed out until The Editor came and soothed my doctor’s nerves […]

A falafel wrap being prepared

Falafel Express

Winchester is, in a way, a veritable Jerusalem – but with fewer stinking people who are convinced they are Jesus. A trip to the Falafel Express stand, on the High Street every Wednesday and Thursday, will only convince you further that you are in Al-Quds. Falafel Express are also on Southampton High Street on Fridays, […]

Hampshire beef stew

Quickie: Hampshire beef stew

I have you ever noticed how much some old men have to say in their sleep? That’s one of the things you pick up if you are a younger man in hospital. Go on all bloody night some of them. In my case my trip to ease out of a diabetic coma and ease into […]

Davy relishing a prawn

Elitistreview’s eighth anniversary dinner at The Bangkok Brasserie

Elitistreview is eight years today and, my, how it has blossomed into an artfully sculpted youth. I admit that before I had a course of Cognitive Behavioural therapy for psychosis in 2009 the posts were all too often often awkward and desperately unhappy, but since then the jokes have got a lot better. I have […]


Beer at the Bishop on the Bridge

Today we the first reasonably warm day of spring, so jolly t-shirt on and off to the River Itchen for a walk to spot ducks, swans and hopefully trout. I always feel so happy to see tasty brown trout swimming in the river running through what is pretty much central Winchester. Sadly, as The Editor […]


Dissolute drinking at the Kyoto Kitchen

Last night the Elitistreview boys had a field-trip to Winchester’s Kyoto Kitchen to dine and drink with Simon and Gordon, from Stone, Vine and Sun, and Susie and Peter, Saturday Kitchen’s Masters of Wine. I have a lot to write about covering just the wines, so I shall only briefly talk about the food. A […]


Lunch at the Lainston House Hotel

It is currently the Hampshire food festival; can you imagine a more jolly celebration of loveliness that doesn’t happen in Burgundy? A lot of establishments are taking part; the Lainston House Hotel are offering a lunch menu based around Hampshire produce. You’d do well to go and sample it. The Lainston House Hotel is an […]

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