Savile starter

London’s Savile Club featured a rather nicely done starter when I went for lunch recntly. It consisted of fresh figs served on a bed of crumbled sheep’s milk cheese on a lightly toasted base. It was very good indeed. I followed it up with a main course of confit of duck, accompanied by a white […]

Oh dear, d’Arry’s

I went to d’Arry’s in Cambridge to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my Cambridge MPhil. It was a mistake. I ordered rack of lamb, expecting the usual array of small ribs cooked pink, soft and sweet. Instead I received three mutton chops as tough as old boots and cooked through. I had to ask for […]

Mango with tamarind

Mango is one of my favourite fruits, and I love tamarind with its somewhat sour taste. So when I dined at Thaikhun in Cambridge and my companion ordered sea bass and mango salad with tamarind, I was intrigued. I sampled some and was most impressed…

Lamb at Browns

Browns is a standby, a place you go to when no other choice appeals. It is reliable and not very expensive, and the range of dishes means almost everyone can be satisfied. This time I chose roasted lamb rump with potato gratin, crushed minted peas, and red wine jus. The lamb was nicely done, served […]

The revamped Architect in Cambridge

Wow! This is a keeper. The Architect pub in Cambridge has been taken over by the owners of the award-winning Blue Lion of Hardwick and given a complete make-over. It’s now a gastro pub specializing in fresh fish and homemade pies. Everything is fresh every day. I started with a sharing board featuring popcorn crayfish […]

Giant fish at Bank

I went to Bank Restaurant in the St James Court Hotel, and ordered their fish and chips. Wow! the fish was gigantic. It was very fresh with really nice crunchy batter, and came with mushy peas and tartare sauce, plus a poke of chips with some skin on them. I could eat just under half […]

Smoked chicken at the IoD

Lunching for my first time at the Institute of Directors, I ordered their smoked chicken starter.  It was excellent with the chicken moist and not over-smoked.  The herb-crusted half egg was done just right, and the blobs of aubergine mousse were a great complement.  A great starter.

Loose Cannon at the Punt Yard

When I visit the Punt Yard in Cambridge’s Quayside, I often seem to order their “Loose Cannon” pizza.  It features tomato sauce, mozzarella, Wiltshire ham, wild mushrooms, olives, oregano, and I always put some chilli oil on it to give it even more spice. It’s a big plateful, and I often cut the edges off […]

Bavette at the Loose Box

A most welcome dish has been added to the menu of the Loose Box in Horseferry Road, Westminster. It’s a Hereford bavette steak, served with skin-on fries, roasted tomato and rocket garnish, and a peppercorn sauce. It’s very nicely done, served in thick slices and medium rare, as I asked. It went superbly with the […]

Steak on a stone, or not

Steak & Co, just off Leicester Square, offers steak you cook yourself on a hot stone.  They supply it in raw slices ready to cook, with side dishes. Most diners choose this, but I prefer to receive it cooked, because then I can have it medium rare, difficult to achieve in thin slices on a […]

Salad Nicoise

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.

Ivy Market Grill

The Ivy Market Grill is a fairly recent discovery for me. It’s very close to Covent Garden and has outside tables for warm days.  The menu is actually closer in style to the nearby Delaunay than to its parent Ivy, but it’s very good. And the bar is spectacularly large and decorative.