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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.

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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.

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black lobster ravioli with crab

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.

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Ivy Market Grill, Covent Garden

They had no tables left to book for lunch at the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden, but I knew they always keep a few spare for walk-in customers, and do not let people book the outside tables.  I took a chance and arranged for my friend and I to meet there at 12 noon. […]

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Bright Courtyard Club

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 […]

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Lunch at the Ritz

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, […]

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Manicomio in Chelsea

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 […]

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Chicken Milanese at the Ivy Market Grill

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Baltic fish pie

I went back to Aster, the new Nordic-style restaurant at Victoria.  This time I sat in the ‘cafe’ part and ordered Baltic fish pie.  It was very unusually presented, with peaks of potato mash charred at the tip.  The fish pie underneath was good, with lots of fish chunks in a creamy sauce.