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Instagram Remembered Anthony Bourdain This Week

Tributes to the chef, author and TV star poured in — plus news, awards and not-quite reviews

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Welcome back to Insta Stories, a column examining the London restaurant scene through the often-problematic medium of Instagram. This week’s filter is a little muted.

News of the week

The outpouring of messages of support and commiseration following the tragically early death of Anthony Bourdain last week was just one sign of the colossal influence the American cook, writer and TV presenter had on the UK restaurant industry. In a medium not renowned for its sincerity, this was a rare moment of community and genuine emotion; among the dozens of tributes few were as direct and poignant as this, from long-time friend and kindred spirit Fergus Henderson.

A note from Fergus to Anthony.

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Restaurant(s) of the week

Happier news over at The Hurlingham Club, where the good and the great (and… this guy?!) assembled for the Estrella National Restaurant Awards. Whilst the hashtag for the event (clue: it features the initials NRA) might raise a few eyebrows, there’s no denying the quality of the field being celebrated this year — with few better or more deserving than the eventual winner, Soho’s Kiln.

Delightful follow of the week

OK, he probably doesn’t need it given he’s got thirty-nine THOUSAND followers already, but exploring the (very, very enviable) life of chef Pierre Koffmann via his Instagram is nothing short of a treat. And he’s no slouch with a camera, either…

Non-review of a preview / preview of a review of the week

When they’re not busy doing crazy things with naked flames, Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke might want to consider putting the champagne on ice.

Thirsty warring condiment empires of the week

Salad dressing? Or sandwich dressing?

Thirsty warring sandwich empires of the week

Does the ham, egg and chips at Max’s Sandwich Shop have a new contender to face down?

Tekkers of the week

As noted in a recent piece on, the last few years have seen some of London’s best chefs (re)embracing classical French technique. A showdown between two of the very best this week, with the belt probably — just! — going to the Holborn Heavyweight.

(Side) dish of the week

Weeks on from the restaurant’s opening, Brat’s tomatoes remain an essential Insta-accessory. Unlike most food-as-content, though, these taste at least as good as they look.

Still thinking about the tomatoes a week later.

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Shot of the week

Bonus points for the caption, obvs.

Holborn Dining Room

252 High Holborn, , England WC1V 7EN 020 3747 8633 Visit Website


4 Redchurch Street, , England E1 6JL Visit Website

Max's Sandwich Shop

19 Crouch Hill, , England N4 4AP 020 7263 8759 Visit Website


53 Foy Lane, , NSW 2000 (02) 8099 8799 Visit Website

The Laughing Heart

277 Hackney Road, , England E2 8NA 020 7686 9535 Visit Website