Monday, May 21, 2012 | 7:09 AM
Editor’s Note: Now and then we'll spotlight one of our amazing Google Places reviewers. Both so you guys can start to get to know one another and so we can pull together and share our favourite local places. Today, we introduce you to Chiara Pinto from London.
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Chiara has been in London for ten years (“Must be the money!”) and loves to spend her time “letting the inner critic out” on the capital’s unsuspecting restaurants. We spoke to Chiara about a few of the best meals she’s had in town, as well as her London insider tips.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Eat my way around the amazing food scene in London; not great for my waistline but it sure is fun!
Share your ultimate London insider tip:
If you're having a hard day's shopping on the Kings Road, go to St Luke's Church just behind the Waitrose. They have lovely grounds and you can pick up some food and have a picnic if the weather's nice.
Which celeb would you love to see reviewing on Places?
Stephen Fry; he's so witty I bet his reviews would be riveting!
What’s your favourite Google event you’ve been to and why?
The Modern Pantry brunch; it was just such a perfect start to the weekend. The Bloody Mary jugs didn't hurt either!
And what are a few of your favourite London places?
Galvin at Windows - Love this place. I’ve never had a bad meal here and they can even make me like things I didn't think I was going to e.g. liquorice panna cotta. And of course I don't need to mention the stunning views, the photos speak for themselves!
Gauthier Soho - Gauthier has stunning food and fabulous, unobtrusive service. We had the tasting menu and there wasn't a course I didn't like. Highly recommended.
Polpetto at The French House - Adored Polpetto, almost everything we ate was fantastic and the place has a great vibe. Particular standouts for me included the chili garlic prawns, the steak with white truffle sauce and the zucchini fries. The only duff note was the salad of pea, fennel and ricotta, which didn't have much fennel flavour and was fairly bland. Also getting a special shout out from me is the tiramisu, one of the best I've ever eaten but it came in a tiny shot glass, I had serious dessert envy when I saw the massive slice of flourless chocolate cake my friend got. Next time I'm getting two of the tiramisu!!
The Table - All the reviews of this place seem to be for brunch but I can confirm it is equally good for dinner. I ordered the veggie option which came fabulously presented (they're big on presentation), a huge platter of asparagus, artichoke, courgette and a duck egg. Everything was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The only slightly duff note was my strawberry and coconut cheesecake which was more like a mousse. My brother got the chocolate marquis and definitely won the dessert round. The benches you sit on are heavy (be prepared for an upper body workout when you pull them out) but I think it's more glam than its cafe name would suggest and it has a lovely courtyard if the weather gets warm again. Recommended.
Posted by Alexandra Sheppard, London community coordinator