Last weekend we went to London to enjoy some suggestions that I picked up here :-) (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826015)
Arrived just before lunch in London and decided to head to Borough Market because I read some good things about it and wanted to try some street food there. It was a really nice experience - lots of different (international) food to be tried. I had the Chorizo roll @ Brindisa and it was nice and spicy and lovely :) My girlfriend had the Beef and Jalapeno Baguette @ the Guildable Manor and the meat was very good, the baguette was so so.
That evening we went to the 1st Chow recommendation - Boca di Lupo - and it was very, very good. We had the Radish & celeriac salad (all strong flavors but perfectly balanced) and crescentine with fennel salame and squacquerone (the salame was to die for and the combination was very good!)
As pasta we had the Malfatti with ricotta and spinach which was nice and soft and the Orecchiette with 'nduja' which was nice and spicy!
For main we had the sea bream that was very fresh and had a nice smoky grill flavour to it, the teal with sumptuous wet polenta (my girlfriend would go back for the wet polenta by itself...) and cime di rape (nice and fresh).
We shared a cassata as a desert and that was sweet and heavy and my least favorite dish of the evening.
We went to the Cinnamon Club - It was refined, good and special so another point for Chow ;-). We had the Welsh Lamb with nutmeg and sweetbread bhaji that was very nicely flavoured and the crispy sweetbread was heavenly and potato and spinach cake with apricot and curry yoghurt - hmmm to die for as well :)
For mains we had the Hot and sweet king prawns with Alleppey curry sauce - perfectly cooked prawns, coconutty, creamy and spicy sauce... Salivating typing this so it was THAT good. Murg methi – tandoori black leg chicken breast - again very good, nicely spiced, subtle heat. We had some good sides as well and they were a nice extra for the mains and loved the spices on those.
Deserts were OK but not too special (normally I skip these at Indian restaurants because this is something they tend not to get right but the rest of the meal was so good I had to try).
Breakfast at the Garrison in Bermondsey to start the day. Eggs benedict were great (very great tasting eggs), Scottish pancakes were jummy and the home made granola was nice but could have used some more yoghurt. Great place for breakfast would have liked to do diner there as well but we ran out of evenings :-)
Time for Sunday roast @ the Bull and Last! What a find, it's so far off the beaten track that you need a place like Chow to recommend it otherwise we would not have found this...It was lovely, nice and busy Sunday afternoon. We had the chicken and beef roast (preferred the moist chicken over the slightly dry beef) and loved it, need to bring that tradition home :-). For starter we shared the rabbit terrine and that was nice especially with the red onion compote. There was no time for desert... (cut it a bit too close with our flight) but all in all it was well worth to go here :)
Conclusion: London = foody heaven, with lots of great food and loads of variety (Borough market and Brick Lane markets were something special)
We need to go back and try some more of those Chow recommendations :-)
(sorry for the somewhat long review :-))
The Cinnamon Club
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU, GB
99 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB, GB
Bocca di Lupo
12 Archer St, London, England W1D 7, GB
The Bull and Last
168 Highgate Rd, Camden Town, England NW5 1, GB
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