Rare roast beef at Balls Brothers

There’s a branch in Buckingham Palace Road, just across from Victoria Station.  I chose the rare roast beef sandwich, which comes on brown bread with beef tomato, watercress and horseradish sauce. I asked for mustard as well as horseradish. It was good, chunky with beef, but way too much bread for my tastes. I’d prefer […]

Loch Fyne’s Smokehouse Ashet

Loch Fyne restaurant serves a starter called “Smokehouse Ashet.”  It is for sharing between two persons and contain 3 salmon dishes.  There is traditional sliced smoked salmon, chunks of cold smoked salmon, and bradan rost, a cooked steak of salmon.  It is served with peppercorns and brown bread.  All delicious!

Tapas at All Bar One

All Bar One does offer plate sized meals, but I usually go for a selection of the smaller dishes. Among my favourites are the spinach and feta bourek in flakey pastry, the chorizo and halloumi skewers, and the chicken skewers with a ginger teriyaki sauce.

Pan-fried gurnard at Fish Works

I chose it at Swallow Street’s Fish Works, just along from Bentley’s Oyster Bar. Pan-fried gurnard served skin side up, signalling that you’re supposed to eat the skin.  I did.  It was very good, enhanced by the excellent salad.  Feta cheese. olives, cucumber, and most crucially, hardly any leaves! Brilliant.

Les Deux Salons

Located in William Street just North of Trafalgar Square, Les Deux Salons takes its name from the fact that it has a bistro at street level and a posher restaurant upstairs. It is very French in style, conjuring up something of Zedel in its ambience. I chose their calves liver, “pink, no blood,” and was […]

Ivy fish & chips

The Ivy is quite a London institution, popular with celebs at lunchtime and its tables are usually booked well in advance. The menu features many dishes you might cook yourself at home, things such as shepherd’s pie, but done far better than most people would manage at home. I had the deep fried haddock with […]

Ulivio’s chicken with spaghetti

After Carluccio’s came Ulivio’s chicken Milanese. It was about the same, but came with spaghetti! I didn’t taste the spaghetti, which is just as well because it had the appearance and texture of tinned spaghetti. And at an Italian restaurant. The saving grace that it was a warm evening so we ate out of doors […]

Feta mousse

I was intrigued by the feta mousse, offered  as a starter at London’s Carlton Club at lunchtime. It certainly looked artistic! Cubes of feta cheese-flavoured mousse were decorated with pomegranate seeds, strips of beetroot of various colours, and some thin strips of red something-or-other. It was good, with the fruit’s sweetness complementing the acid of […]

Cork & Bottle cheeses

The Cork & Bottle wine bar just off London’s Leicester Square has long been known for its food.  Their raised ham & cheese pie has been a legend for 4 decades.  Their selection of cheeses is outstanding, with hard, soft and blue cheeses, plus sheep and goat’s cheeses as well.  Very highly recommended.

The excellent Olive Grove

The Olive Grove at Cambridge never disappoints for its excellent food and service. This time I had Kotosoupa – velvet chicken soup with vegetables & lemon, then Arni Filleto – skewered lamb neck-fillet served with potato wedges, pitta bread & Mediterranean salad, with a dip of yoghurt & cucumber on the side. I drank a […]

Carb-heavy croque

Staying last weekend in the Meridian Fisherman’s Grove hotel in the Seychelles I ate Sunday lunch in the beachside bar, ordering the croque monsieur.  It looked rather heavy in carbohydrates with lots of bread and chips.  I improved it by leaving behind 4 of the 6 pieces of bread and eating only a handful of […]