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The London Observer’s restaurant Critic will host ‘My Dining Hell,’ an exploration of readers’ love of bad reviews

Jay Rayner will explore our fascination with horrible restaurant reviews.

Award-winning journalist and 15-year restaurant critic for the London Observer Jay Rayner will host My Dining Hell at Union Hall in Brooklyn on Thursday, November 13.

Rayner is a regular judge on MasterChef UK, has been a member of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters panel, and has reviewed more than 700 restaurants during his long career.

“If there is one thing he’s learnt it is that while readers like reviews, they really love reviews of bad restaurants, promises the event listing from Union Hall. “No, scratch that. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush.”

“In My Dining Hell, Jay examines our love affair with lousy reviews, rants about his most hated restaurants fads, lists his bottom five most excruciating nights out and – just to balance things – reads from the worst reviews his own work has ever received. A hugely entertaining night in the company of the man recently voted the best food and drink journalist in Britain.”

Tickets are available now through Ticketfly.

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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.


My Hot Dinners - Jay Rayner picks his favourite restaurants right now

The Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner has just published a Penguin Shorts ebook on his worst meals out. To help excise the memory of those 20 tragically bad meals, we asked him to share with Hot Dinners three places in London that he really rates.

"Asking me for just three restaurants in a town like this is very, very tough. But here are three I love."

Giaconda Dining Room
9 Denmark Street, London WC2

"The name makes it sound grand. It is anything but: a tiny neighborhood, elbow-to-elbow place on Denmark street, or tin pan alley as its known, where they knock out plate after plate of robust, big-fisted food. They're not afraid of tripe. They like marinating raw salmon. They do duck confit and braised guinea fowl and lots of other good things besides. A total gem."

Four Seasons
12 Gerrard Street, London W1

"I sneak off to this small unassuming place, which is famed for its roast duck, by myself all the time. The great chef and food writer Simon Hopkinson once told me the Chinese were the best at roasting ducks and this restaurant, part of a small chain across London, proves it time and again. The skin is that perfect mix of glass and caramel. Always ask for their duck on the bone."

La Petite Maison
54 Brooks Mews, London W1

"I can't pretend. The usual clientele are not my cup of tea. Far too many of them are artificially orange. But Raphael Duntoye's take on Nicoise cooking is just sublime. His pissaladiere, his cote de veau, the whole roast black leg chicken, and the very best crème brulee in London, make this food that's worth shelling out for."

Jay Rayner's ebook "My Dining Hell - Twenty ways to have a lousy night out" is available from Penguin now.