Without a doubt the best, and my favourite macaron in the world. Truffle Blanche & noisette. Once a year.
My current favourite breakfast in London.. at the Modern Pantry. How can anything possibly be more satisfying (well) than tea smoked salmon topped with a perfectly poached free range egg covered in yuzu hollandaise..sitting on top of a grilled muffin…followed by a milky matcha latte… SUBLIME.
Le Petit Maison - London
It took me sometime to finally come here, and with the Black leg chicken pre-ordered the excitement was almost too much. Except, I had been overly nervous about the price of the said dish; for there are no prices on the restaurants website. Ah I’ve made this mistake too many times. It is only when we are seated and handed the grande menu, my jaw is on the floor already. £70. Yes, £70 for a roast chicken - say what?!
Anyway, we still had to order starters and starters we ordered - 3. I enjoyed the company of bread with the sweet addition of fresh tomatoes and lemon on the table. The warm prawns in olive oil - simple but truly stunning, with a dash of lemon and crack of black pepper - that’s all that was needed to get me asking for more bread and wiping every last drop of the plate. Onion tart - oniony goodness. Artichoke salad - not sure if I can fully appreciate this vegetable yet..
HERE COMES THE.. roast black leg chicken with foie gras. I honestly did not expect it to serve 2-3 people.. for I wanted to try the other main dishes too. It was rich, tender, the skin was crisp and fragrant. It was nice. But not £70 nice. It would be an amazing roast for 4 to share with other dishes too though. The potato gratin was delicious and creamy.
Creme brulee - huge portion yet again! But perfectly crisp, the enjoyment of smashing the top and watching it crack like a stained glass. Vanilla. Mm.
Next time I’m coming with 3-4 people.
So, I’ve never ventured into Barrafina only walking pass it many many times and noticing how full it was. They don’t take reservations so usually when I’m looking for find somewhere to eat I book well in advance. However, we left it far too late and a friend was coming all the way from Oxford to have a dinner session - so I was super anxious just praying it would be a delicious meal.
An hour queue (indoors by the bar thank god, not in the rain) and we were at the bar - the arrangement is a long bar wrapped around the kitchen. Ahh! It was good, especially the squid ink rice with monkfish and prawn. The tortilla was hearty and delicious. Want to go back..
Casual sushi dinner, trying out a local in Camden called Sushi Waka (due to laziness of reaching further and pretty above average reviews. They didn’t have seats for us, so took us upstairs where there were 4 kotatsu!! How often do you get that here! Sitting on the floor - it was a nice homely environment yet completely bizarre as I did not expect this arrangement. The food was inexpensive and was tasty - nothing amazing, but my favourite was the agedashi tofu - done very well here.
Funky menu from pigs head to buttermilk fried rabbit (sadly they ran out of this). I had the roast teal (duck) with celeriac gratin - wow - I love this sort of plate food, so filling and satisfying, flavours combined well. Starters were so and so; but went out with a bang - ginger cake with butterscotch and milk ice cream. Ah the belly is happy.
bizarre work lunch… posh tin fish
cheeky dinner at my favourite place to go for pulled pork goodness - Pitt Cue Co - there sides are also well considered and amazing. All in all - short amazing perfected menu. Smoked hispi cabbage with anchoivy - its too good.
The stone bass was beautiful, flavours exciting. Everything else was one dimensional