Critic Roundup: London's Jackson + Rye Is American-Style

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"Step into Jackson + Rye and you might be entering a restaurant in New York’s Soho," says Bloomberg restaurant critic Richard Vines of London's Jackson + Rye.

This week in restaurant news, Bloomberg restaurants critic Richard Vines says stepping into Jackson + Rye in London's SoHo is like entering a restaurant in New York's SoHo.

"This new establishment in the London neighborhood of the same name has the energy and noise levels you might expect across the Atlantic, together with the willing service that isn’t always the British style," Vines says, mentioning that the menu is full of classic American dishes.

In Washington, DC, The Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema reviews Catch 15, which he says, with its lighting and decor, feels a bit romantic.

"Even at high noon, Catch 15 feels like eight at night.," Sietsma writes. "The long and narrow restaurant is lighted as though OkCupid has a stake in it. The design details — brown velvet chairs, sheer curtains between booths, Sinatra crooning in the background — only heighten the romantic effect, which feels a little weird when it’s just you and a pal from the office out for a bite to eat."

In San Francisco, The San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer reviews Iyasare, where "one dish explains more about a chef than a 1,000-word essay," says Bauer. For him, that dish was beet-cured ocean trout, made with "recognizable ingredients...combined in innovative ways and presented in an explosion of color that made the dish as appealing to the sight as to the taste."


Restaurant Critic Roundup: 2/26/2014


Critic Publication Restaurant Rating
Gael Greene Insatiable Critic Masa  
Devra First Boston Globe Ward 8  
Tom Sietsema Washington Post Catch 15  
Jonathan Gold Los Angeles Times Guerrilla Tacos  
Michael Bauer San Francisco Chronicle Iyasare 3 stars
Pete Wells New York Times Dover  
Stan Sagner NY Daily News All'onda 2 stars
Richard Vines Bloomberg Jackson + Rye 6/10 marks
Brad A. Johnson Orange County Register Onotria 2.5 stars
Robert Moss Charleston City Paper The Granary  
William Porter Denver Post Williams & Graham 2 stars
Scott Reitz Dallas Observor Miss Chi  

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