When leaving London on a freezing low-cost flight that left me with an unbearable cold which I'm still trying to recover from, I couldn't help but wondering: who on earth is André Balazs?
For my own interest, he is the man behind the best meal I ever had in this European capital I love so much. For the more general public, Mr. Balazs is the creative mind behind dreamy U.S. escapes such as The Mercer Hotel in New York City and Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.
His newest and trendiest creature is the Chiltern Firehouse, certainly THE hotel to be in London for the Who's Who up and coming generation. Located in the heart of old school Marylebone neighbourhood and lavishly decorated (at least from what I could spy from the window, since the hotel is undergoing a soft opening at the moment), the accessible section nowadays is its restaurant, if you call accessible being put on a waiting list of at least a couple of months.
Unless, like me, you wish to enter casually and sit at the bar, observing the expert hands of Nuno Mendes doing the dirty job, which is handling the best food I've tried in a long time.
With love and cornbread fingers,