“This hotel has not yet been inspected and reviewed by the Hotel Guru but has been recommended by other guides that we respect.”
If ever there was a (dread word) “boutique” hotel, it’s the Bingham. It’s slick and glamorous, but its style is somewhat formulaic, with a contemporary, interior-designed look that one has seen often. In other words, it looked, at first glance, as if it belonged to the “professionals” rather than the “amateurs”. And then, at second glance, you know, or at least I do, that it doesn’t. Somebody really minds about this place. I can see it in the warmth and promptness of the delightful, mainly Indian staff; in the pristine way the place is kept; the cohesive atmosphere which, despite the chandeliers, mushroom walls and chunky modern furniture, evidently makes people feel at home.
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My starter of organic salmon with braised octopus was wonderful, the fish so meltingly soft, it wasn't so much cooked as minimally changed from being raw. It sat in a purée of white beans with a ragu of baby squid. The combination was combustive, salmon and squid playing off each other like Reinhardt and Grappelli.
Originally published by The Independent (view article)