I was at the Cafe de Paris, just outside the Casino at Monaco. Their salad Nicoise was certainly ample. It had big chunks of tuna, hard-boiled egg, cucumber, anchovies, tomatoes, olives, capers, and of course lettuce. It went well with a Provence rosé wine.
Cicchetti’s Italian restaurant on Piccadilly is a great discovery. I like to sit at their long bar with a friend and sample their tapas dishes. This time I had their black lobster ravioli with crab, done with tangy tomatoes in a tomato sauce. It was outstanding. The service was helpful and informative, too.
The base is puff pastry rolled into a rectangle. I use ready-made puff pastry because it’s too labour intensive to make my own. I score an inner rectangle about three-quarters of an inch in, and spread green pesto inside it. Then come the chopped tomatoes, the torn basil leaves and the crystals of sea salt. […]
I returned to the Bright Courtyard Club in Baker Street. It is up-market Chinese. On my previous visit I had a special three course crab menu, including Alaskan king crab. This time with two friends we shared a dim sum basket and then crispy aromatic duck with plum sauce and spring greens. Both were first […]
The meal included Brussels paté, lemon & basil crusted cod fillet and strawberry & stem ginger Eton mess, and the wine went with it very well. It was Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes, 2006, a white Burgundy. Depending on exchange rates, it currently costs about £55 a bottle in the UK, though I’m sure Jesus College […]
The Ritz hotel restaurant has to be among the poshest in London. I had lunch there, starting with terrine of goose liver and going on to Bresse duck for the main course. Both were excellent, but the raspberry and elderflower soufflé with yoghurt sorbet took my breath away. It was the best I’ve ever tasted, […]