Food & Drink
From wining and dining on foie gras in the finest of five-star hotels to diligently sampling dubious-looking cocktails in backstreet bars, James Fryer’s passion for food and drink stems from a career in the hospitality industry and is perfectly illustrated throughout his wide-ranging portfolio of work.
Sezzam’s vast interior and multiple kitchens are true to the ambitions of the city, says James Fryer, and all the better for it. Whether it’s off-shore islands... Full article.
Filthy’s to its friends - is a legendary pub with a cult status across the capital. It’s rumoured to have once been owned by Shane MacGowan... Full article.
Oxygen takes James Fryer’s breath away – but that’s not necessarily a good thing. The word oxygen conjures images of clear blue skies with fluffy white clouds, a... Full article.
James Fryer finds a subdued atmosphere at Café Arabesque. It could have been a scene from a Stephen King novel – the part where an intruder appears... Full article.
James Fryer appraises his own cooking at Sumibiya. Most us are sceptical when it comes to the idea of DIY food. If you’ve dressed for dinner... Full article.
James Fryer has a sweet and sour experience outdoors at the Park Hyatt’s Thai Kitchen. As a child there was little more fun than being let loose... Full article.
James Fryer manages to keep his balance after a few cocktails at Après. Our ski slope in the desert continues to fascinate the world. There is... Full article.
James Fryer tries to overlook the obvious at Dubai’s chic new alfresco offering. People watching is the Parisian pastime. It’s the stuff of romantic... Full article.
Our newshound, James Fryer, finds a watering hole for Dubai’s media drudgers and darlings. Whether it’s a visit to a dark, smoky London pub serving real ale... Full article.
James Fryer is in need of new friends after a visit to Thainese, Deira’s latest culinary haunt, for a spot of fusion cooking. Bird songs drifted through... Full article.
Located a virtual stone's throw away from High Holborn, and just across the road from the ITN building towering over Gray's Inn Road, this particular branch... Full article.
James Fryer wonders how far his travels will take him at an ambitiously all-embracing eatery, Latino House. Latin America covers an expanse of some 21 million km... Full article.
James Fryer sets his stopwatch for an evening of time-consuming fun and games at Al Qasr. The waft of gas fumes from Beach Road was enough... Full article.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Islington’s Upper Street, Jay Cubed is well worth the short detour off the beaten track. Located just off Chapel... Full article.
James Fryer faces some delicious home truths at Abu Dhabi’s new Persian restaurant. If I had a dirham for every time a press release landed on my... Full article.
Following a movie marathon, James Fryer tucks into a less than blockbuster burger at Oscar’s, the cinema’s adjoining diner. The second of the diner’s top 10... Full article.
James Fryer goes back in time to sample an ancient culture at Ottomans. The first room that passes underfoot at Ottomans is an inviting lounge with huge... Full article.
James Fryer leaves an expensive Far Eastern eatery with the munchies. Honesty is always the best policy. I learnt this through working as a waiter... Full article.
James Fryer takes a trip to Dubai’s first Australian fine dining restaurant, and gets more than he bargained for. Maybe Yalumba’s interior designers managed to find... Full article.
James Fryer goes searching for an authentic Italian experience at Grazie, the Sea View Hotel’s most recent opening. Puzzled faces and a shrug of the... Full article.