New Orleans bar scene illustration

Re-fizzing New Orleans

A vibrant bar scene is a sign of the city’s regeneration 10 years on from Hurricane Katrina

On the menu

Illustration of a French and Italian wine bottle by Graham Roumieu ©Graham Roumieu
‘The appeal of Piedmont’s two great red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, has never looked stronger,’ writes Andrew Jefford
Cider ©Felicity McCabe
‘Looks like palo cortado sherry, smells like Calvados, tastes like a cider pudding’
An illustration for Sicilian kitchen
©Luke Best

Sicily and Rome: two journeys, two kitchens

Living with a Sicilian in Rome, Rachel Roddy‘s immersion into Italian food culture was flavoured with fennel, figs and salted ricotta. Returning to the island itself, they found glorious ingredients but fading traditions

The Marksman pub
©Ana Jaks

The pub’s progress

Two London examples show how the gastropub has become the British equivalent of the bistro or osteria

Illustration by Graham Roumieu of Rowley Leigh
©Graham Roumieu

The sybarite’s dilemma

Despite being a self-confessed glutton, the chef finds eating in public an embarrassing — even shameful — act

Sea bass in lotus leaf
©Tamin Jones

Recipe: baked sea bass in a lotus leaf

In China, the lotus plant signifies fertility but it also has abundant possibilities and a bewitching fragrance for the cook. By Fuchsia Dunlop

Illustration of crips by Joël Penkman
©Joël Penkman

The taste test: hand-cooked crisps

‘A little bit of potato skin gives the deep-fried morsels a straight-from-the-allotment minerality’

restaurant reviews
Casse-Croûte’s classic decor

Casse-Croûte, London

‘I wonder what the waiter saw in my demeanour that made him say, “ . . . and of course, for Monsieur, the tripe”’. Tim Hayward on a restaurant with the bistro blueprint

The table settings at Restaurant Christophe Bacquié

Restaurant Christophe Bacquié, Le Castellet, France

‘Every dish consisted of too many bowls and side dishes that required the waiters to return too often’

Wormwood’s dining room

Wormwood, London

Chef-owner Rabah Ourrad’s original career was as the leading rap artist in his native Algeria

The new home of Chutney Mary
©Richard Booth

Chutney Mary, London

‘The reincarnation of Chutney Mary in this space, once the esteemed Prunier’s, may be Mathrani’s greatest challenge’