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London trip report

rekha | | May 29, 2007 01:19 PM

Just back from a long weekend and thought I would report back. Went to two Yo Sushi's one in Brent Cross the other in Harvey Nicks, both were good the Harvey Nicks slightly better.
Had some Pho at Pho in Islington. I thought the broth was flavourful and they give you some herbs to garnish which allows you to create the taste you want. More dissapointing was the Bahn Mi which was pretty bad. They filled it with sliced chicken and bean sprouts and that was it! No pate or spring onions or fresh chilli. The last Bahn Mi I had was from Mott St in New York so it had tought memeories to live up to and failed..
Had dinner that night at Moro which I was looking forward to as I have both the cookbooks. Again, I was a bit disappointed. They have a tapas menu which you can only order at the bar- jamon, aceitunas, pimentos de padron.. I later chanced my arm and ordered some whcih they brought to our table without batting an eyelid. My starter of mojama with rocket was tasty but a bit on the small side, my partners Molokhia (spinach soup) was under seasoned. The mains were better, the wood roast middle roast pork was one of the tastiest things I have eaten with great crackling but I have to wonder if it tasted so good because of all the lovely pork fat that it was dripping with. My partners lamb was uninspiring, similar dishes have been had elsewhere. Pudding wise I had the raisin ice cream whihc was good but I did not expect it sitting in a bowl of rum. I guess I must be a bit child like in my ice cream tastes.. He had the chocolate and apricot tart which was very light but not rich enough. The atmosphere had a buzz and it felt like a cool place to be but I suppose I expected more. Saturday saw dinner at La Trompette in Chiswick, which had a very decent 3 course menu for 35 pounds.
I had a Ravioli of rabbit with spring greens, cèpe purée and a thyme velouté, then
Rump of lamb with confit shoulder, dauphinoise potatoes, braised peas, lettuce and for pudding the Valrhona chocolate fondant with milk ice cream
All of it was great, my only disappointment was that they ran out of tart tatin by 9pm..
Sunday lunch was at a place called Goodness* I don't think I would go back. It was very expensive and not that good. I think they hike up the prioces by calling it orgainc and seasonal..Don't mind paying money for good food but when you leave a place thinking you could have had tastier from a Pret..

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