Our waitress was a hipster of the type you only see in Italy and Spain, no tattoos but quite a few piercings, a bit more hippy than hipster. There’s something more real about European hipsters, I know they are just … Continue reading
We went on a Saturday night at around 9:30pm and the place was empty. Maybe burgers are over or maybe it’s the mediocre press MEATmarket has been getting. Having said that it was a cold night and MEATmarket is in … Continue reading
Mishkin’s is the latest in the “empire” owned by Russell Norman and Richard Beatty. A non kosher Jewish deli, not as hip as its Soho sisters Spuntino and Polpo. The look is very similar to the other restaurants but again … Continue reading
We didn’t have a reservation so we ended up downstairs, it was early evening so we were the only people downstairs at the bar. I could tell Terroirs had a good wine list but I know nothing about wine, our waiter was very good in helping us select a wine, he went through a number of suggestions giving us a good breakdown of each. There were a lot of staff downstairs all speaking French, I have no idea what they were talking about so this irritated me, this is probably not justified.
The Charcuterie selection was great, the Pork & Pistachio Terrine was delicious, it’s quiet a smooth terrine, pate-ish even, it looked dense but was light and seasoned nicely with herbs. The Duck Rillettes were delicious, moist duck without that really heavy fat flavour and texture that so often comes with this dish. I didn’t mind the Saucisson, I always find this tough and dry, I assume this is how the French do it. I’ll stick with Italian and Spanish cured meats.
The Tuscan Raw Steak was oddly not called tartare in a French restaurant, maybe because this seemed to be a much simplier dish when compared to a tartare, there were no capers, onions or egg. It was simple but the meat was delicious.
First trip to Seven Dials restaurant, a much bigger bar area, low ceilings, exposed brick, a really nice looking restaurant, a cut above Spitalfields.
My fourth trip altogether to Hawksmoor, loved it the first time but the next two Spitalfields visits were not as great, mostly due to really disappointing service, a lack of knowledge and being abandoned for long stretches. This time was far better, really attentive, not too chummy, but laid back and knowledgeable.
I had not been that impressed with the cocktails previously, the juleps were kind of bland and watery and the punches were just foul. I have since changed my mind, Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew was just delicious. Also after spending fifteen minutes in the bar waiting for number 2 to show up I was impressed with the art and effort of the barmen.
On a previous visit I tried the Chateaubriand, maybe it’s because I’m low rent but the best steak is the Bone-in Prime Rib. It was back to old faithful this time and as always it was delicious. Cooked medium as they recommend, smoky, bloody, tender, fantastic. The best steak I’ve had in London.
Controversy… Triple Cooked Chips are a crock of shit, I don’t know why the British believe these crunchy, cold, dry sticks are the Nirvana of potatoes. Thankfully the Seven Dials branch serves beef dripping chips, a far better alternative, really delicious, but the serving is way to small for £4. I think they are only available at the Seven Dials .
Dined here on opening night, only a few hours after the workmen left the building.
Starters: Veal ravioli, cheese and spinach wrapped in a thin slice of cured veal, I liked this but could not really taste the veal as the hard cheese grated on top was quite strong. The snail and ham pie had a nice pastry and sauce, but I’m not much of a pie man.
Mains: Pork Belly Petit Sale was moist and delicious, served with lentils. The saddle of Rabbit with pumpkin gnocchi was also yum, great flavour.
Desserts: Paris Brest was a little heavy going but good to share.
First day issues: A really long wait for both entree and main, over an hour for our main after the entree. They completely forgot our side orders. We were served by four different people.
I really liked it. Dos Cojones!
The Roomali Chicken Roll was delicious, good amount of charcoal on the chicken, moist, nice bread with a crunchy salad, nicer than Mooli’s wraps. Also enjoyed the Black Daal, Lamb Boti Kabab (tender, great flavour) and Keema Pau (mince on toast).
Skip the Cheese on Toast (boring tasteless cheese) and the Paneer & Mushroom (again boring tasteless cheese).
Nothing to write home about, but a reasonable Indian in central London.
The pork burrito was ok, the pork lacked flavour and the rice was a little wet. It was also the most poorly wrapped burrito I’ve ever had.
A more recent review of Great Queen Street can be found here. The Mackerel with beetroot and horseradish was delicious but the Snails with Bacon Salad was disappointing, the snails were chewy and tasteless. The starter special of an assortment … Continue reading
The ‘Glorious Twelfth’ refers to Red Grouse hunting season in Britain, it begins on August 12th every year.
Rules is incredibly old fashioned it feels and looks like a gentleman’s club, but that’s the point. They expect you to be there for a few hours, having no stupid time limit on your meal. The staff are polite, knowledgeable about the menu and very formal.
The Grouse was very tasty it came with a Madeira, bread and berry sauce as well as a thin gravy. It was served with a nice liver pate and I don’t know why but a basket made of crisps.
The desserts were ok, we had the Raspberry Syllabub and Apple and Blackberry Crumble, old fashioned and too sweet. All in all a good experience.