reys quarter

Reys Cambridge

I only rarely visited the place in Cambridge when it was a pub called The Cow, but I’m told it did good value in “pint & pizza.” Now it’s Reys chicken and on my first visit I ordered the quarter Reys rotisserie chicken with some Reys hot sauce on the side. Reys tell us that […]


About Thyme’s Burgos black pudding

I’ve been going to About Thyme for some years now. It never fails to serve excellent food, beautifully prepared. This was their Burgos black pudding (Morcilla) served with fried quail eggs and toasted brioche. The black pudding known as Morcilla de Burgos is a sausage made mostly with pork blood which, unlike other black puddings, […]


Lebanese-style chicken tostada

Lunch at the Slug and Lettuce provided a chance to try their Middle Eastern-style flatbreads topped with a sunblush red pepper tapenade. These are like pizzas, but without the cheese and tomato. This rather colorful example featured Lebanese-style chicken with garlic and herb-marinated chicken breast, yoghurt, garlic, peppers, mint, coriander and lemon, served with sour […]


Baked vanilla cheesecake

The Wolseley does some really fine dishes. My friend had their legendary schnitzel Holstein, complete with fried egg and crossed anchovies. He finished with their baked vanilla cheesecake, describing it as the best cheesecake he’d ever eaten. It set me thinking of a much simpler cheesecake, one put together rapidly and without needing to be […]


Leon ***

Leon is a new rapidly growing fast food chain. It specialises in dishes that try to balance healthiness with taste … expect lots of quinoa, brown rice, peas and “superfoods” hidden within. I’m a growing fan. I first sampled their food in a City branch, but didn’t realise quite what they were offering and left […]

La Scala Italian

La Scala **

A friend of mine who reads (and sometimes contributes) to this blog took me for dinner. He noted I had been to a lot of Italian restaurants recently, so we could try a new one – La Scala. Bocca di Lupo was my first choice, but was full, even on a Sunday night. La Scala […]

Salt Room Brighton fish of the day

The Salt Room ***

The Salt Room on Brighton’s seafront is popular and pleasant. I order the fish of the day, which was served with caper butter and some samphire. I also enjoyed the Salt cod fritters, served with a smoked cod’s roe dip. The Salt Room is much better than some of its Brighton seafront rivals, with more interesting cooking […]

Kurobuta Tuna Sashimi Pizza

Kurobuta ****

Kurobuta in Chelsea serves delicious Japanese tapas-style dishes. It is my favourite of the recent Scott Hallsworth ventures – he is a former Nobu head chef who knows how to create a strong pop-up restaurant. We particularly enjoyed the Tuna Sashimi Pizza, Artichoke chopsticks, and Pork belly buns. I much prefer Kurobuta to Scott’s other recent […]

Perfect chicken tagine

Making the perfect tagine

In my negative review of Comptoir Libanais, I lamented the struggle to find a good Tagine dish in London. Tired of this failure, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I’m a fan of Felicity Cloake’s guides in The Guardian, “How to cook the perfect …”. Whilst I don’t always agree with her tastes, she […]