Amuse-bouches, bread and extra servings, complimented with impeccable service and delivery resulted in a remarkable and flavourful experience. If only I had room for more.
Guy Savoy Paris, go there, it’s worth your time and money.
A short delicious journey through Paris, some of which include;
Sadaharu Aoki (Boulevard de Port-Royal)
Pierre Herme (Rue Bonaparte)
Fish (la Boissonnerie)
Pain de Sucre
….so much more to discover.
For a long time I’ve been wanting to go to Yashin in Kensington, but it never got to the top of my go to lists. Seeing as my foodie friend was coming to London I had to plan a tasty day out, and after reading many mouthwatering reviews I finally booked Yashin for dinner. They confirmed we’d be sat at the chefs counter - oh I was excited!
After counting down the days to my sushi craving - finally we are here. Sat right in the middle of the counter, in front of the fresh slabs of fish in the cool cabinets. ORDER EVERYTHING! I proclaimed - in my mind. After much deciding and recommendations from our waitress, we got a good selection of sushi, sashimi and hot dishes/bites to share.
Soft shell blue crab under a mountain of mizuba salad was a fresh and delightful start, the crab remained crisp on a lovely vinaigrette. Another fresh and flavourful item was the tuna carpaccio served with a truffle infused ponzo jelly, mmm! I have to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of sashimi, in fact I would be lying if I said I eat a lot of raw fish. But we had to get the special and beautiful sashimi platter to taste. The fish was sweet and so fresh, stating the obvious? I enjoyed the playful juxtapositions of unique flavours on the fish, a nice contemporary touch. Then came the lamb which was marinated in saikyo miso, I didn’t order this as I wasn’t feeling lamb that evening, but I’m so glad my friend put this one in. Wow, the delicate charred lamb had an amazing flavour - though I wasn’t sure what the little blobs of vegetable and fruit were doing but it made it look pleasing to the eye.
Here comes the omakase 11 with one extra courtesy of our lovely waitress. Wow I loved every piece, though sometimes the topping wasn’t neccesary to taste the delicate creation. Sushi wonderfully crafted with the vinegar rice being a good size. Perfect bite. I honestly don’t remember my favourite because they were all delicious. We ordered an extra unagi nigiri to taste, this was also fantastic, though cheekily - not as mindblowing as Tetsu’s. Me being me, I couldn’t resist ordered an otoro piece as the one in the omakase obtained extra flavour from the blow torch, I specifically ordered otoro, no wasabi, no flame. Perfect, absolutely perfect, how I wish I could have an infinite amount more to my gluttony.
I loved almost everything here - my only reservation was that some of the “toppings” weren’t required though I understand there strive to discover new flavours. I would love to come and try the lunch, and I shall definitely be back.
As it was a quick dinner after work, we both went for just a main, which is unusual for me as they had lots of small plates I would’ve like to try. There’s not much to write home about, the fish was cooked well, the flavours were a little less exciting, comfort food at a maximum in a trendy hotspot. Raging reviews? Hm.
Ramen is always the easy go to choice when I want something warm and fulfilling, but the search for good ramen in London has been difficult. Rather than going back to our usual favourite - Ittenbari - we decided to try Shoryu just behind Piccadily. Well, as I always say I love trying places, then I’ll know whether I will return or not.
Our typical pick for small bites/starters were gyozas and chicken karaage. The gyozas were probably the tastiest of the evening - though they were probably prepacked frozen ones just heated up in the pan. Karaage equally average, presentation sloppy. As for the noodles, I went for the Dracula - which from the website reads “deep roasted tones from caramelised black garlic mayu, balsamic vinegar and garlic chips” - sounded promising but maybe doing too much?
One of the first things I look out for is the texture of the noodle. So, so important; in my opinion it’s debatable whether the broth or ramen quality comes first, though many will disagree, but that’s me, maybe they are on par. Meeting my disappointment, the noodles were sloppy, pale in colour, no bite, I guess this was not my cup of tea.
I’d be happy to give it another go, but with Ittenbari a few minutes walk away….
Every time we go to Dishoom we get the same few dishes - why? Because they’re delicious, hearty and fulfulling. Chicken Ruby curry; Okra fries; Skate cheeks; vegetable biryani and roti/naan. Satisfaction does come affordable.
They have good bread, good scenery in front of the kitchen counter; first excited by vision, followed by delightful smells. Does this make sense yet? Reading numerous reviews had already made my mouth water - a good Italian - please?
I’m a massive pasta fan - especially when it comes to fresh pasta and simple ingredients - and by far the most eye catching dishes on the menu were indeed the pastas. They had a selection of fritti, salads, meats and fish. And we got a good selection of food - to the point our waitress had to stop us from ordering. Ah.
I’m quite easy to please - give me a plate of al dente spaghetti tossed in garlic and chilli and I’ll be more than happy. Where shall I start…. the small plates perhaps - the fritti - seafood - are these fresh prawns and squid rings? And an orange peel? Nothing to see here. The anchovy was average too. Ham, bread, okay, move on.
Here comes the pastas - fresh porcini mushroom pasta was yummy but with a slight bitter woody taste - great I did like this one. The pumpkin parcels with amaretti - too sweet, sweet vegetable plus sweet biscuit. Wild boar ragu came next - hearty yes.
Overall for lunch we paid about £65 for 2 no drinks, for this price I expected a lot more; and I’m glad we didn’t go for the lobster.
From the exterior to the interior the setting was perfect; relaxed, calm, modest. From the menu my first pick of matcha latte - I knew this was something. Tea smoked salmon with yuzu mayonnaise and perfect poached eggs, I can only dream of better. Scrambled eggs with prawn and chilli; a gentle hint of Asian influence done tastefully. And who could’ve made my start to the day with this perfect brunch - Modern Pantry. Delicious indeed. Go there.
"When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.."
- I forgot to bring my brain back and therefore haven’t been posting…sorry………
Riding House Cafe Fitzrovia
Yay! Delicious afternoon brunch. The poached egg was awesome, the pancakes - beautifully delicious. Mm.