"Curry is my comfort food. I like the Star of India on the old
Brompton Road. Unlike other Indian restaurants in England, which
all have the same kind of look, this has a sort of operatic look to
it. There are frescoes of cherubs and things all over the walls and
rather extraordinary music. It's sort of high-camp, a fascinating
place. There's Assaggi, which is Italian and delicious, above a pub
in Notting Hill. I suppose you'd call it 'un-messed-about' Italian.
It's not heavy or saucy. I love The Ivy and its sister restaurants,
Le Caprice and J. Sheekey's, which is fish. The Ivy is difficult to
get in, and I've never been one for going to the hot restaurant. I
go to The Ivy because the food there and at the two sister
restaurants is completely delicious. In a way it's very traditional
British cooking done at its best. If you're into star-watching, The
Ivy is a good place to go."
"If you want to go clubbing, I'd go to Attica or a place called
Catch. Attica is sort of a dance-on-the-tables place, but a little
more 'posey.' Catch is just sort of relatively glamorous. Opposite
Catch there's a very good Vietnamese restaurant I've been going to
for years called Nam-Long-Le-Shaker. It has a great bar with the
most lethal cocktails in England."
"Assuming one had a hangover, I would go for a traditional English
breakfast near my house at a place like Vingt-Quatre, which used to
be called Up All Night. It's always been a 24-hour restaurant. They
do a very good full English breakfast. You'll see a lot of men like
yourself, not wanting to talk to anyone else, with their hats
pulled down over their eyes, reading the papers."