Le Café Anglais – 8 Porchester Gardens, London W2 4DB

Le Café Anglais

From lizzieeatslondon.blogspot.com

The dish you always read about at Le Café Anglais is the Anchovy Toast with Parmesan Custard, I can handle anchovies in things but must admit I don’t love them. This dish did not change my mind, it’s served as little toast soldiers with an anchovy tapenade spread between two pieces of bread. The parmesan custard comes in a little egg type cup. The custard was quite dense and more creme brulee like, it didn’t inspire me.

The other Hors D’oeuvre we tried was the Fennel & Felino Salami with Agro Dolce Onions. The salami was fantastic, great flavour, texture and sliced super thin. The onions were a great accompaniment.

We tried the Raw Tuna with Ginger Dressing, which I enjoyed a lot but the ginger seemed a little burnt, this may or may not be the case but there was something strange about the ginger that ruined the dish for me.

For main I had the Rack of Lamb with Ratatouille and Black Olive Jus, the lamb was cooked well but didn’t have that earthy grass taste that good lamb should have. The Ratatouille was under seasoned and the jus was bland. Generally a dissapointing dish.

The service was ok, probably overattentive, too many wine glass and water glass top ups which interrupt conversation flow. Also I ordered the wine but the waiter gave my guest the wine to try, this seemed t be his Italian sense of humour (general sleaziness), he said something about being a modern man and letting the lady taste the wine. Personally I think he was a dip shit.

Sin Cojones!

http://www.lecafeanglais.co.uk

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Osteria Basilico – 29 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

Osteria Basilico

From blog.mawi.co.uk

The waitor looked at me like I was talking Chinese when I asked for a Campari spritz. They eventually bought me Campari soda. They have procesco on the menu.

Scamorza affumicata con Funghi misti e Prosciutto di Parma
Char-grilled smoked Mozzarella served with Wild Mushrooms on a Bed of Parma Ham.
The entree was everything I love about Italian food, simple great ingredients. A great salty cured ham, mushrooms in a rich olive oil, chewy mozzarella.

Mezze Maniche con Melanzane, Pomodoro e Mozzarella
Pasta Tubes with Aubergines, Mozzarella Cheese, Basil, and Tomato Sauce.
The pasta was incredibly bland, the sauce was watery and lacked seasoning, it was too simple and without depth. The tomatoes lacked sweetness, they weree fresh when I think canned would have been a way better option.

Service was below par, surly and with no consistent waiter, for a tiny place it felt like 9 people served us.

Sin Cojones!

http://www.osteriabasilico.co.uk/

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Polpo – 41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB

Polpo

From hg2blog.wordpress.com

Great maitre d, got me a drink and put me down on the list without having my whole group there.

The spinach and egg pizzette is delicious, runny egg, sweet spinach, good crusty base.

The Calves liver was very tender, nice gravy and sweet onions.

The Cuttlefish and ink was my favourite dish, seemed to also include baby octopus, a great flavour, very black rice, rich risotto.

The Pork and Pancetta Involtini with Balsamic was tender, the pancetta in the  a had huge punch of flavour, marinated in a little vinegar, a great dish.

Lamb chump was ok, the meat was not cooked as well as all the other dishes, a little tough, it missed the mark for me.

Linguine vongole, perfect pasta, light, great seafood, not oily or over powering, a great summer pasta

Scallops, pancetta and peas, not the best scallops I’ve had, could have done with some charring to the skin. The peas were sweet and a great addition to the scallops.

The potato and parsley salad was great, lots of vinegar, which I love, similar to a the potato dish at Morito.

Dos Cojones!

http://www.polpo.co.uk

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L’Anima – 1 Snowden Street London, EC2A 2DQ

L'Anima

From foodsnobblog.wordpress.com

The spicy tuna and avocado was nice, the tuna itself was exceptionally good but I don’t know why spicy was in the description. The avocado and mango puree were good accompaniments but I guess i’m used to raw tuna coming with ginger or wasabi so this tasted a little meek and mild, I wanted more punch.

The Slow Roasted Black Pig Belly with Cantarata Sauce was a delicious piece of sweet and juicy meat with great crackling. The Cantarata sauce is honey and paprika and reminds me of a Korean red pepper paste but a little sweeter, loved it.

The Hazelnut Bomb was my favourite dish, ice cream with a runny chocolate centre inlcuding hazelnut chips.

This place is very business, it’s quite formal and that never sits well with me. The staff are mostly Italian, incredibly well dressed, lots of black rimmed glasses, very Milan. The food is good but there’s better Italian at half the price.

Un Cojón!

http://www.lanima.co.uk/
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Spuntino – 61 Rupert Street, London W1D 7PW

Spuntino

From dailycandy.com

Lardo & caperberry crostini
First time with lardo, I’m pro fat, I liked this, it was salty and melted in your mouth.

Egg n Soldiers
Nicely cooked egg coated in breadcrumbs, tasty but it is just a soft boiled egg.

Ground Beef and Bone Marrow Slider
Juicy burger, great flavour, my favourite dish.

Brick Lane Slat Beef Slider
I’m over salt beef.

Truffled Egg Toast
This is very rich, beautiful, but more than a mouthful is too much, very heavy.

Braised chicory & speck
Nice and salty, a very strong flavoured ham. May be too much for some but I enjoyed it.

Eggplant chips with fennel yoghurt
Deep fried crumbed eggplant, you can’t go wrong.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Peanut Butter ice cream sandwich with raspberry jam in the middle, sprinkling of nuts and toffee. Delicious.

This place has no reservations so you have to wait for a table unless you go at an odd hour like 4pm. The staff are too cool for school, think tattoo’s, fringes and skinny jeans, but both times I’ve been they were friendly and professional.

Un Cojone!

http://www.spuntino.co.uk/

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