ivy-fish

Ivy fish & chips

The Ivy is quite a London institution, popular with celebs at lunchtime and its tables are usually booked well in advance. The menu features many dishes you might cook yourself at home, things such as shepherd’s pie, but done far better than most people would manage at home. I had the deep fried haddock with […]

fritt'17

A rather nice frittata

I made a frittata to share at lunch with my guest, a pescatarian. So no meat or poultry, but there were king prawns, plus pre-par-cooked potatoes, green peppers, onions, tomatoes & courgettes. I whipped up four and a half eggs with two spoons of creme fraiche, two of Greek-style yoghurt, half a cup of semi-skimmed […]

saumon

Saumon en croute

I made salmon Wellington, aka saumon en croute, using puff pastry, and spreading green pesto over the salmon before I wrapped it up and brushed the pastry with egg. I actually found how to do it by looking up a 2006 post from this food blog.  I cut it for the photo in order to […]

Ulivio chicken

Ulivio’s chicken with spaghetti

After Carluccio’s came Ulivio’s chicken Milanese. It was about the same, but came with spaghetti! I didn’t taste the spaghetti, which is just as well because it had the appearance and texture of tinned spaghetti. And at an Italian restaurant. The saving grace that it was a warm evening so we ate out of doors […]

chick-mil

Carluccio’s Chicken Milanese

I invariably used to order the rose veal from Carluccio’s in Cambridge. Alas, it disappeared from the menu. Today I ordered their Chicken Milanese, done as an escalope with breadcrumbs. The breadcrumb coating needed a little olive oil to moisten it, but the chicken inside was moist and tasty – as was the pinot grigio […]

feta mousse

Feta mousse

I was intrigued by the feta mousse, offered  as a starter at London’s Carlton Club at lunchtime. It certainly looked artistic! Cubes of feta cheese-flavoured mousse were decorated with pomegranate seeds, strips of beetroot of various colours, and some thin strips of red something-or-other. It was good, with the fruit’s sweetness complementing the acid of […]

fishworks fish

Fishworks fish

At Fishworks in Swallow Street I sometimes eat the monkfish, but more often it’s their fish and chips. Their menu describes it as “Lyme Bay cider battered prime cod fillet with double cooked chips, Cornish sea salt, minted mushy peas and fresh gherkins and baby capers,” but it’s good old-fashioned fish and chips. The batter […]

terry's chocorange

Terry’s chocolate orange

It’s been a UK staple for 85 years (since 1932). Terry’s chocolate orange is a ball-shaped assembly of orange flavoured chocolate segments. You tap the ball at one end and the segments fall apart. Production was moved to Poland after the York factory closed in 2005. It’s a great gift for children, but many adults […]

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.