IDS

IDS ice-cream

Les Deux Salons is a rather nice brasserie just off Trafalgar Square. It does a range of mostly French-style dishes. Their onglet steaks are pretty good, chunky instead of thin, and served with rather good chips. The ice-cream was a puzzle, though. The initials IDS were on the accompanying wafer. Surely not in honour of […]

caviar & cava

Not quite champagne and caviar

The “champagne” is vintage cava, which is actually better than the cheaper champagnes, and quite a good deal better than prosecco. But it must be vintage cava. I usually buy it when it’s reduced to about £7 for a 75cl bottle. The ‘caviar’ is Onuga, a created name designed to call to mind Beluga and […]

C&B cheese

Cork & Bottle cheeses

The Cork & Bottle wine bar just off London’s Leicester Square has long been known for its food.  Their raised ham & cheese pie has been a legend for 4 decades.  Their selection of cheeses is outstanding, with hard, soft and blue cheeses, plus sheep and goat’s cheeses as well.  Very highly recommended.

finger food

Greek finger food

I was at a conference in Delphi, where they served a buffet lunch.  There was a selection of Greek dishes.  I chose a ham and cheese crepe, a spinach and ricotta puff pastry, herb infused chicken on a skewer, and pieces of sheep’s milk cheese.  It wasn’t actually finger food, but since I had to […]

aster fishpie

Baltic fish pie

I went back to Aster, the new Nordic-style restaurant at Victoria.  This time I sat in the ‘cafe’ part and ordered Baltic fish pie.  It was very unusually presented, with peaks of potato mash charred at the tip.  The fish pie underneath was good, with lots of fish chunks in a creamy sauce.

greek lamb

The excellent Olive Grove

The Olive Grove at Cambridge never disappoints for its excellent food and service. This time I had Kotosoupa – velvet chicken soup with vegetables & lemon, then Arni Filleto – skewered lamb neck-fillet served with potato wedges, pitta bread & Mediterranean salad, with a dip of yoghurt & cucumber on the side. I drank a […]

chorizo balls

Chorizo balls

It was my first time at De Luca Cucina, an Italian restaurant in Cambridge’s Regent Street. I tried a new dish, chorizo arancini stuffed with fontina cheese served with a cucumber yoghurt.  It was deliciously good.  I followed it with oven baked fillet of salmon with a pistachio & honey crust served with mange tout […]

PP salad

Pork pie salad

The pork pie was Melton Mowbray, and other protein included ham, cheese and a boiled egg.  The salad included iceberg lettuce, pomodoro tomatoes, green olives and new potatoes.  Some light mayonnaise went on the lettuce, with mango chutney for the pork pie, and mustard for the ham.  Very nice it was, too.

croque

Carb-heavy croque

Staying last weekend in the Meridian Fisherman’s Grove hotel in the Seychelles I ate Sunday lunch in the beachside bar, ordering the croque monsieur.  It looked rather heavy in carbohydrates with lots of bread and chips.  I improved it by leaving behind 4 of the 6 pieces of bread and eating only a handful of […]

saumon croute

Salmon Wellington

It’s actually saumon en croute, but I make it with a novel twist.  I put the raw salmon, skin removed, onto the puff pastry rectangles, then I put a layer of pesto on top before folding and sealing the pastry.  I brush with beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes in a 170 fan oven. […]