Brief review: Jose

The view down Leathermarket St from Jose

Zagat has just released their 2013 list of top-rated London restaurants and I was particularly pleased to see the informal but superb Jose in Bermondsey Street right up there with The Fat Duck and old Soho favourite Gauthier.

So what better way to celebrate than to share my own views after a fair few visits, with more to come: 

// The unusual bit about this place

In addition to a superb selection of delectable tapas dishes of the more traditional variety, they sometimes serve acorn-fed pork that has only just been seared. And it is spectacular.

// The five reasons I’ll (keep) go(ing) back

The raucous atmosphere when it is busy; the speedy and efficient service; the wine selection which reminds you that it worth venturing beyond Rioja now and again; and most importantly – the food – which leads us to the fifth: you don’t mind having to sometimes stand up to fit in, when it is this good.

You can Jose on Foursquare – where it is, as you would expect, on my list of London’s Best Spanish.

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A cri de coeur: get out of the office (and not just to drink more coffee; although that is an important part)

Years ago I somehow ended up being invited to be an Amazon Vine reviewer. Handy for the free books that arrive from time to time (in exchange for an honest opinion).

imageOut of Office - by Chris Ward

Clearly hammered out whilst in a highly caffeinated state (and perhaps also best consumed when in one): it is a call to arms for rethinking how you approach work by a man who walks the talk.

It is a quick read; combining quotes, brief interviews and storytelling to make the case for a more flexible approach to achieving your goals, whether commercial or social – or a combo of both. It is a little bit rough around the edges, but it is clear that this is a project in development, so I’m sure the next edition will be further refined.

Ah, and then there’s the cycling and coffee commentary – that’s always welcome, at least for this reader. Get it.

This and more of my reviews can be found on amazon.co.uk/ @michaelambjorn

Top choice for staying hydrated on the go

Years ago I somehow ended up being invited to be an Amazon Vine reviewer. Handy for the free books that arrive from time to time (in exchange for an honest opinion) –  and as I rely so much on other people’s opinions when buying things online, I thought I’d share a view or two on a few other products. Here’s one I use every day:

Nalgene Narrow Mouth Tritan Bottle Nalgene

Light yet sturdy, dishwasher safe, Bisphenol A (BPA) free, guaranteed for life – with a high quality closure that means it is very unlikely to leak. The cap is attached so you won’t lose it – and it is comfortable to drink from – and it doesn’t fall over when put down.

What more do you want from a water bottle?

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This and more of my reviews can be found on amazon.co.uk/ @michaelambjorn

Brief review: The Northall @ The Corinthia Hotel – London

// The unusual bit about this place

With a breadth of selection in the bar worthy of a gin palace, do start your evening there if you’ve arrived a bit early for your table – I’m sure you’ll find something that suits your taste to get you going.

// The five reasons I’ll go back

The gin list, the conscientious and seamless service across bar and restaurant; the atmosphere and the interesting wine list (which includes a good selection by the glass) – and fifth, but not least: if they can repeat the way they both cooked and presented their succulent pork chops, then they can look to count me as a regular.

Find it on Foursquare – where I have also added it to my list of London’s Best Hotel Restaurants.

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