River Cafe is maybe London’s most famous Italian, famous for spawning the likes of Jamie Oliver and April Bloomfield (You don’t know who she is do you? Look her up!). On first impression the River Cafe’s look is a little … Continue reading
The scotch egg had a wonderfully spicy and moist sausage mince, the crumb was also fantastic, I’m a fan.
Smoked ham, leek and black pudding terrine, piccalilli – was ok but lacked seasoning and the serving of piccalilli was tiny.
The chips that came with the Narrow Cheeseburger were brilliant, crunchy but soft in the middle. The guys at the Hawksmoor should come and try them. The onion rings were also a greasy wonder, the batter was light and thoroughly covered the ring.
Unfortunately the cheeseburger was incredibly disappointing, the meat was bland and had an awful over processed denseness to it. Thankfully it came with a huge amount of pickles and a delicious bun but that still couldn’t save it. Very disappointing considering this is Mr Ramsays gastropub.
Apparently when A A Gill went to Enak Enak he was greeted by Nancy screaming at him ‘Who the fuck are you?’. Later she told him to ‘move his fat balls under the table and eat up’. His review was glowing.
This is a far east restaurant but it’s specialty is Indonesian food so we tried to steer clear of the Thai and Chinese dishes.
Beef Rendang… Nancy told us the beef was hung and then marinated for 3 days. The meat was tender and very tasty, really spicy and full of flavour.
Chicken Sambal… the chicken was velvety, the sauce spicy and a little sweet. A great dish, not as rich as the rendang but everything would pale beside it.
We had the banana fritters and coconut ice cream for dessert, both solid simple desserts. I generally find Asian places are weak in the dessert department but here they sticked to basics and they are good desserts.
Servings were a little small and the interior is a little dated but the service was great.
I’ve had a lot of asparagus this summer, I thought the menu said they were from the Isle of White but when I look online it says Lincolnshire. Wherever they were from they were amazing, a nutty sweet flavour and not stringy.
The veal chop was also outstanding, the meat was rich and tender, it was cooked expertly.
I think the bar below has more of a wow factor than the restaurant which seems a little boring when you compare the two. HIX needs a bit of that raw Spuntino look upstairs.