Meaty first courses at Osteria

Lunch was at Osteria dell’Angolo in Marsham Street.  I liked the sound of the Italian spiced meats to begin the meal (see above), while my companion went for the day’s special beef carpaccio (below). Both were excellent, as was the grilled swordfish (not shown) we both chose for the main course.  It was lightly and […]

Harvey Nicholls Brasserie at the Oxo Tower

London’s Oxo Tower is so called because the word “Oxo,” the popular beef stock cube, is written in the brickwork of the building.  It changed hands long ago, and there is now a Harvey Nicholls brasserie on the eighth floor.  The view is spectacular as you see the London skyline across the river and watch […]

Salmon and poached egg

Lunching at the Balls Brothers wine bar on Buckingham Palace Road, I spotted grilled salmon with poached egg on the menu.  It came with a potato and herb rissole.  This place is one of the few that get a properly poached egg still soft in the middle and still hot to your table.  It was […]

Waiting at Jamie’s

Jamie’s Italian in Cambridge does not take bookings, so you take your chances.  They said a wait of 45 minutes, which another corrected to one hour, but I guessed it would be faster than that, so we waited.  It’s quite a pleasant bar, and we whiled away the time drinking a carafe of their chardonnay […]

Cote in Cambridge

Back in Cambridge again after the delights of Nice, I had dinner at Cote on Bridge Street.  They wouldn’t take a booking, but always keep a table or two in case someone’s booking was mislaid, and I got lucky.  I began with their mushroom feuillete, a delicious concoction of puff pastry and a creamy mushroom-laden […]

Le Maison de Marie, Nice

Five of us went to dinner at Le Maison de Marie just off Nice’s Rue Massena, near the square.  We’d been before, two years ago.  That was in late May, but we were still able to dine outside comfortably, sheltered by a screen from the wind, and with patio heaters to help. I began with […]

Le Quai

A group of us went to Le Quai in the old Market Place just below the castle that separates the promenade from the harbour.  Their ‘formule’ (set menu) looked pretty good, so we all had variations on it.  There was a choice between 3 items for each of the three courses. I began with the […]

Desserts at Les Corsaires

The desserts at Les Corsaires sounded so good that we all decided to finish off the meal in style.  I ordered the crème brulee, which came with blobs of whipped cream, nuts, and a decorative swirl of butterscotch sauce.  It was very good, with a nice balance of sugar crust and creamy interior. One of […]

Feasting at Les Corsaires

A group of 5 of us caught the train for Villefranche from Nice.  After a quick look round the 14th Century little Church of St Peter, whose walls and ceiling were magnificently adorned by Jean Cocteau in the 1950s, we went for lunch to Les Corsaires, where I often go.  This time I ordered the tapas […]

What the kids do in summer

Despite it being only March, it feels like it will soon be summer in Cambridge. The sun comes out more often than not, and when it does, the temperature rises dramatically. Above is a picture of the place where sixth-form students like to go for celebrations after they’ve finished their A-levels, so long as it’s […]

Chicken pie at Chimes

Chimes on Churton Street in Pimlico is very English, and specializes in pies and cider.  I chose their chicken, gooseberry and ginger pie, which came in a pot under a crust of puff pastry.  The filling was excellent, with great chunks of tender chicken, and the combination of tastes worked very well.  With it I […]

Korean cooking at Jindalle

I went with a couple of friends to the Jindalle restaurant in Panton Street.  We used to go there when it was Piaf, a French bistro, and still visit it occasionally to sample its Korean cuisine.  There are cookers recessed in every table, and the food is cooked there by helpful waitresses. We ordered the […]