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.
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 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, […]
Manicomio in Chelsea is always good. For an outdoor lunch there I started with the cured Piedmontese beef, which was good, then went on to their Portland lobster ravioli with tomatoes, marjoram, chilli & garlic. It was the beat I’ve ever had and easily held its own alongside a Sicilian red wine. It was cooked […]
The Ivy Market Grill is on the corner of Henrietta Street in Covent Garden. They do a huge menu featuring international dishes. I had their brioche crumbed chicken Milanese with fried hen’s egg and black truffle mayonnaise. It was nicely done, moist inside and with the egg yolk suitably runny. I liked the parmesan on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]