Eats, writes about it. Ponces about on telly. Plays a bit of jazz piano. Has big hair.

Contacts | Jay Rayner — The Observer email address published at the end of all my reviews goes direct to me, and is the best to use. It is not filtered by a bunch of serfs, chained to a radiator in the basement. It's just me. I read and attempt to reply to them all.

Jay Rayner on the joys of fat and lard — Should the economic downturn become any more grave, and my family be forced to eat me to survive, I am confident the tragic loss would be more than compensated for by some seriously good dinners.

Savini at Criterion: restaurant review — Savini at Criterion, 224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP (020 7930 1459). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £200 The Criterion on London's Piccadilly Circus is a space in search of a decent restaurant.

The art of service: secrets of the maître d’ — Fred Sirieix, general manager, Galvin at Windows Fred Sirieix, g eneral manager, Galvin at Windows Fred Sirieix knows exactly where his interest in service comes from: his parents' careers in the French equivalent of the NHS in Limoges, where he grew up. "Every day before going on the night shift my dad would shave," he says now.

Burger Shop by a Rule of Tum: restaurant review — Burger Shop by a Rule of Tum, 32 Aubrey Street, Hereford HR4 OBU (01432 351 764). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £30-£45 Every time I think the burger wars have ended, another front opens.

It’s time for restaurants to get rid of tips — I am a control freak and as such completely unsuited to my job as a restaurant critic. Every time I visit a restaurant I am, in effect, ceding control of my night out to complete strangers: the waiters who will be looking after me. This makes me antsy.

U.P. at Dominique Ansel Kitchen: restaurant review — U.P. at Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Avenue South, New York (dominique Tasting menu for two with drinks, $270 A friend of mine, a big wheel in the food side of the high-street coffee-shop business, has a simple theory about the products she sells.

Tapas 37: restaurant review — Tapas 37, 37 Ecclestone Square, London SW1V 1PB (020 3489 1000). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £120 Ten minutes into our lunch at Tapas 37, the new restaurant inside the Ecclestone Square Hotel in London's Pimlico, the fire alarm went off. It was a vast hacking noise like a goose with bronchitis.

Maray: restaurant review — Maray, 91 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HF (0151 709 5820). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £60 In keeping with the current vogue on campus, this review comes with a trigger warning. At some point over the next 1,100 words, I believe I am going to come across as grossly patronising, sodden with metropolitan disdain and lousy with condescension.

Burnt Truffle: restaurant review — Burnt Truffle, 106 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 OAQ (0151 342 1111). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £70-£90 Burnt Truffle is a restaurant shaped by expediency. It occupies a location on the Wirral which is unassuming in the way that Wales is often wet, inside a building of blunt dimensions, presumably once a house, set back from the road.
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Apr 28, 2016

@IdaDL45 will be bringing my 10 commandments show to cardiff In July

Apr 28, 2016

RT @VineyardNewbury: Seeing restaurant critic @jayrayner1 @CornExchange next Fri?Why not stay with us.Double room & breakfast only £216.Cal…

Apr 28, 2016

@LegateSandra You started thus 'The left is pro palestine not antisemetic.' Pretty clear statement. Now - you accept there may be an issue?

Apr 28, 2016

@LegateSandra @OwenJones84 not if you blindly assume the current labour party to be free of it. You may be spotless - but the party?

Apr 28, 2016

@LegateSandra @OwenJones84 but as I say if you want to continue in your bubble thinking it's not a problem then go right ahead.

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