Archive for the ‘UK eating’ Category

River Cafe (2), London

June 29, 2016

Family bonding time. A beautiful spring day. Negroni, rabbit fettuccine, turbot, affogato. Done. Peerless.

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The Ritz, London

June 29, 2016

theritzlondon.com

150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR

Under-rated, criminally overlooked. This is indulgent, theatrical, with charming British service complete with dodgy teeth.

Beautiful ingredients. Proper saucing. No cheap ingredients here – caviar, foie gras, Scottish langoustine, sea bass, Anjou pigeon. Special mention to the veal sweetbreads. Woah. 

Full of regulars. Closeted feel. No need to mention Brexit. Worth wearing a tie for.

Hoppers, London

June 29, 2016

Hopperslondon.com

49 Frith Street, Soho

Sri Lankan curry with a dear friend. And fried egg. Rich, nuanced, cheap & awesome

Butley Orford Oysterage, Orford

June 27, 2016

Market Hill, Orford, Woodbridge

The saddest of news brought me back to the UK. Family time. Real, old-school food required.

Suffolk Coast, foreboding skies and Dover Sole served as simply as possible. 

A lovely no frills place (with Pouilly Fume). 

Fish ‘n’ Chips, Winchester

January 13, 2016

People with chips are happier.

  

The Company Shed, West Mersea

January 13, 2016

Father Son bonding. Local seafood. Local wine. BYO bread. Perfect. Except the bread. The U.K. doesn’t do baguette. It does bloomers. But you can’t turn up to restaurants with a bloomer, can you?

    

Hedone (3), London

January 13, 2016

http://www.hedonerestaurant.com

301 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4

Meal for one at Hedone. Opportunistic as ever. Top notch meal with the best ingredients. Lovely crab/avocado, monster scallop (foam is still a thing). Stand outs were trout/caviar and grouse/beetroot/liver sauce. Marks off for two lobster courses. Seriously. 

  
 

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

January 11, 2016

http://www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

68 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3

Everyone should have at least one lunch with my sister. Eats out a lot, but with mild disdain for formality & foodies. RGR is a perfect choice…. Have eaten there a few times. It’s populated by tourists & people celebrating. So you get the menu explained to you like you’ve never been to a restaurant before. Steak tartare is apparently raw. 

Food is of course well executed, but nothing really that memorable. Was good for a laugh though. Sisters always are.

  

Galvin Bistro de Luxe

January 11, 2016

http://www.galvinrestaurants.com

66 Baker Street, London W1

Back in Blighty in August. Date Night and back to where it began (kind of) – Dukes & Galvins. Easily one of London’s best bistros. This was a meal of the greatest hits. Of particular note was crab lasagne. Any meal that finishes with a Tarte Tartin is never going to be bad.

 

St. John Bread & Wine, London

November 30, 2013

http://www.stjohngroup.uk.com
94-96 Commercial Street, London

A simple light lunch of the kind St.John can do so well – All good quality British ingredients with little fuss. Some of my favourite meals have been had here, grazing over three hours. This time it was
chickpea & cauliflower in a light curry dressing, pigs head ‘croquette’, followed by an awesome Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese. Done

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