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. […]
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 meal included Brussels paté, lemon & basil crusted cod fillet and strawberry & stem ginger Eton mess, and the wine went with it very well. It was Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes, 2006, a white Burgundy. Depending on exchange rates, it currently costs about £55 a bottle in the UK, though I’m sure Jesus College […]
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, […]
My friend Sam makes sourdough bread from scratch, even preparing his own natural yeast using wholegrain rye flour and water over several days, skimming off some and replenishing with fresh rye flour and water. This creates a ‘starter’ and contains bacteria and a little alcohol, which give the bread its distinctive sourdough taste. He makes […]
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 […]
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 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!