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 […]

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 […]

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.

Chorizo balls

It was my first time at De Luca Cucina, an Italian restaurant in Cambridge’s Regent Street. I tried a new dish, chorizo arancini stuffed with fontina cheese served with a cucumber yoghurt.  It was deliciously good.  I followed it with oven baked fillet of salmon with a pistachio & honey crust served with mange tout […]

Immigrants gave us fish and chips

It was Spanish Jews who settled in England in the 17th century who introduced fish fried in batter, and in 1860 Joseph Malin opened the first fish and chip shop in London, selling “fish fried in the Jewish manner.” Chips, or deep fried pieces of potato, appeared at about the same time, and the advent […]

Dumplings and schnitzel at Daquise

Daquise is a Polish restaurant near South Kensington tube station in London.  It is very good and reasonably priced, and their menu has several excellent Polish dishes.  This time I began with the pierogi, dumplings with various fillings – meat, cheese/potato/onion, and cabbage.  Really appetising.  I went on to enjoy veal schnitzel topped with a […]

Blueberry & chocolate cheesecake

The East India Club doesn’t have a dessert menu as such.  Instead they bring round a trolley loaded with goodies.  You can ask for the cheese trolley instead if you wish.  I do not usually eat dessert at lunchtime, but my companion went for the blueberry and chocolate cheesecake and declared it the best they […]

Chorizo and sausage flatbread

The Blue Water poolside bar & restaurant on the 5th floor of the Miami InterContinental hotel is very pleasant with fantastic views of the bay area.  There is a light menu that features ‘flatbreads’ which are quite like small pizzas.  I had one with chorizo and sausage topping and found it very good.  It was […]

Apple pancake for breakfast

In the US they mix sweet and savoury more happily than we are used to, and it often works.  My breakfast at the JFK Hilton included an apple pancake as well as scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon.  The pancake was good, with some texture to the apples.  With a trickle of maple syrup on it, […]