If one was to look at the dictionary definition of ‘snob’, they would wonder why I would voluntarily associate myself with such a term. For those too lazy to check, a snob is defined as ‘a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires superiors…’ (I paraphrase, forgive me). Now with regards to ‘food snob’, I am desperately trying to stretch this term to apply to one who is constantly in search of better, superior cuisine. If you cannot agree and feel it simply shows arrogance, I apologise, but too bad – it was either this or hungry hippo and I was strongly nudged away from using this…

Enough about my blog, a little bit more about myself. I live in London and have a penchant for travel. I do not claim to be an expert on food nor a serious cook, but that said, I believe I can appreciate good food. I have not visited as many restaurants nor do I eat out as frequently as some of the many fellow bloggers that have inspired me, but I have made a resolution to change that…and share the results!

32 Responses to “About”


  1. 1 Loving Annie September 15, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Snob,
    I love your reviews ! And thank you for adding me to your links. I will return the favor🙂
    I will be in London next April for two weeks. If by any chance you would like to try a restuarnt you have not yet reviewd at that time, it would be delightful to share a meal with you !
    My e-mail is : lovingannieatgmaildotcom
    I could e-mail you the places I was planning to go, and if any strike your fancy – or you have an even better idea – we could try it.
    Have a good week.
    Genuinely,
    Annie

  2. 2 New Yorker in London September 16, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve passed along some sort of blog award (called the Brillante Premio 2008) to you. Here’s my post about it.

    Do with it what you will!

  3. 4 Paul December 31, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Just found your blog. Fantastic reviews. Keep up the good work!

  4. 5 Food Snob January 1, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks, Paul.
    Your words are much appreciated.

  5. 6 Pierre van Eck April 4, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Brilliant stuff! I’ve stumbled across your blog whilst doing research for the trivago travel community and you have me salivating on the keyboard😉 Will be linking to some of your reviews as I’m convinced our members will enjoy them just as much. Keep them coming & bon appetit!

  6. 8 Gastro1 July 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Apologies for not complimenting you earleir on your most excellent blog and Palate.

    Bravo et bon appetit !

  7. 9 Food Snob July 20, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Haha. blush.
    merci, merci beaucoup!

  8. 10 lameredepatrice August 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Dear Food Snob
    Can I direct you to the excellent writing of Jeffrey Steingarten who, on his appointment as Vogue’s food critic, determined to overcome his distaste for one or two foods to better give authenticity to his reviews. He worked on it and he succeeeded. A food critic who for whatever reason, eschews a particular food (and crucially, the glorious pig) is fatally lacking in credibility. I recently read your review, or rather partial review, of the Sportsman in Sealsalter. I mean, what was the point?
    And as for the irritatingly overblown writing like ‘atop’. What is wrong with ‘on’? After Steingarten you may like to read Fowler’s Modern English Usage on simple, elegant writing. First published over 80 years ago but still compelling for anyone who aspires to write, in whatever forum.

    • 11 Food Snob August 25, 2009 at 10:25 am

      Dearest lameredepatrice,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment.
      I am familiar with J. Steingarten’s writing, but do remember that he and I write for different audiences. Not to mention, people pay to read what he is paid to write… This site is a collection of my thoughts on the experiences I have been lucky enough to enjoy. I pay for these meals myself, thus the only duty of care I owe is to myself. If you feel you can trust what I write or at least find a use for it or even simply take pleasure in my prose, then jolly good.
      I see no reason why you ought to object to what I posted about the Sportsman. My comments and opinions are favourable indeed, but they are derivative of the excellent cooking and service I fond at the restaurant – and if the meal was good, why cannot I write a good report?
      Your final point I think a little silly. I choose to use atop or on depending on the situation. Each implies something very subtly different, thus allowing me to be more precise; also sometimes a two-syllable word might fit the rhythm of the sentence better; other times, it may be alliteratively beneficial to use one over the other.
      Finally, if we all wrote the same, THEN what would be the point?

  9. 12 vinotecalondon October 31, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Hello Food Snob,

    I really enjoy reading your blog! Vinoteca’s head chef is a big fan of your blog. He isn’t one to leave comments, but did mention how impressed he is by your blog, and that you “really know your shit!” Well done, and keep up the good work! I’m impressed by how many restaurants you have visited!

    Thanks,

    Caitlin

  10. 14 heguibertp souza November 25, 2009 at 12:07 am

    very cool blog🙂
    It is impressive the number of restaurant reviews you have. I bookmarked your blog for next time I visit beautiful Europe.
    Heguiberto
    weirdcombinations.com

  11. 16 Tim January 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Hi – love the blog. Who are the guys at the top? Apologies for the flagrant self-promotion but I just wanted to introduce my own brand new food blog, http://www.thirtyoneseventyfive.com, which roots out London’s best eating and drinking options for £31.75 or less (the reason behind the figure is explained on the site). Any feedback would be great. I’m also looking for nominatons for London’s best and worst Italian restaurants, so ideas would be appreciated. Anyway, keep up the good work – we need more snobs

  12. 17 Food Snob February 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Tim, thanks. And flagrant, shameless, etc indeed!

    For what it is worth, my favourite Italian is easily the River Cafe.

    The chaps up top? three snobs of course.

  13. 18 Gastro1 February 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Tim & Foodsnob

    Here are my best in no particular order

    Locanda Locatelli
    L’Anima
    Locanda Ottoemezzo
    Enoteca Turi

  14. 19 islandgurl March 1, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Dear foodsnob,

    I hail from Malta, im an avid (even if recent)reader of your blog and wanted to congratulate you on your interesting posts and mouth-watering photography.One of the best on the web! Keep it up!

    C

  15. 20 Food Snob March 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    @Islandgurl Thank you. You are very kind.

    @Charlie Cheers! Glad you like it. But you know, a lot of my eating is actually based upon spontaneous decision-making. I also try to eat at as many ‘unknown’, but potentially special places as I can (even if the majority of posts on the site are indeed dedicated to the more ‘snobbish end’).
    …hidden value and charm are two of the key factors that determine whether I return to a restaurant or not.

  16. 21 joe3784 May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Food Snob,

    I am from Singapore. I love ur blog alot. Very gd reviews with tons of nice pictures. Keep up the great works haha..Looking forward to more of your post.

    P.S Have you try Guy Savoy and Le Petit Nice?

  17. 22 Food Snob May 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Dear Joe, that’s very nice of you-la🙂
    Actually, I have not tried either yet.

  18. 23 Daneel May 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Dear Food Snob,

    Thanks very much for taking the time to write such in depth reviews. I have been making my way through London’s restaurants for the past couple of years and find it interesting to compare my views to yours. The other great source for comparison is Andy Hayler’s website.

    There are a few restaurants that have become favourites for me that you haven’t covered yet; you may wish to consider them for future visits: the Bingham in Richmond, Theo Randall and Clos Maggiore. As you have been to Pied à Terre, you might also like to cross the street to Roka.

    As for me, I’ve just booked Marcus Wareing for the week after next, and Le Gavroche is high on the list.

    I was going to start writing restaurant reviews for my own blog, but you’ve set rather a high bar!

    Kind regards,

    Daneel

  19. 24 Mads June 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Dear Food Snob,

    I really enjoy reading your blog all the way from Copenhagen!

    Have you been til Japan yet? The food is excellent. You should really try restaurant Quintessence in Tokyo.

    Hope to read your review soon😉

    Kind regards,

    Mads

  20. 25 artpart1 July 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Blogger you are really good at this. Very well done, I came to have a look and stayed for two hours, lots to read and learn. Thanks

    I link you up to mine when I’m ready to share it.

    L

  21. 27 Food Snob July 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    @Daneel Thank you for taking the time to write and suggest some new places.
    What did you think of those meals you had coming up?

    @Mads Tak! I have spent time in Japan – but unfortunately I was not able to visit Quintessance. Next time perhaps!

  22. 28 Fred Cook August 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Dearest lameredepatrice,Thank you for taking the time to comment.I am familiar with J. Steingarten’s writing, but do remember that he and I write for different audiences. Not to mention, people pay to read what he is paid to write… This site is a collection of my thoughts on the experiences I have been lucky enough to enjoy. I pay for these meals myself, thus the only duty of care I owe is to myself. If you feel you can trust what I write or at least find a use for it or even simply take pleasure in my prose, then jolly good.I see no reason why you ought to object to what I posted about the Sportsman. My comments and opinions are favourable indeed, but they are derivative of the excellent cooking and service I fond at the restaurant – and if the meal was good, why cannot I write a good report?Your final point I think a little silly. I choose to use atop or on depending on the situation. Each implies something very subtly different, thus allowing me to be more precise; also sometimes a two-syllable word might fit the rhythm of the sentence better; other times, it may be alliteratively beneficial to use one over the other.Finally, if we all wrote the same, THEN what would be the point?
    +1

  23. 29 robin August 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hi firstly may i congratulate you on your reviews,from my point of view i find them more realist than most..reviews that iv read in the past ,from so called ”Experts”For my sins i live in Paris .,and have been to most of the restaurants that you have revieved ,!,and have to agree with your thoughts totaly.Iam from the uk from central london..
    my family have been involved in the catering business for over 50 years ,so i have been bought up with food ,from all over the world ,yes i did go to a hotel and catering school in lausanne . !!,we have even managed to cook discretly for the royal family including HRH.!but thats another story ,considering im also involved in classic cars !!its all very interesting.
    Again congratulations on your reviews ,you photos and descriptions are excellent.
    My regards to you
    Robin.

  24. 30 Thomas February 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Foodsnob,

    You’re barely updating your fantastic blog anymore. Why? It’s always such a pleasure reading your articles but since a year or so there’s not much going on. Hopefully you will start writing again as I’m missing your articles.

  25. 31 fooddesigner July 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Bonjour & hello!
    How to best contact you? In London in 2 weeks & would love to meet.
    My email- fooddesigner@live.com Regards from Melbourne, Linda


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