A review and a request:
Had dinner (twice) at Arbutus in Soho recently and was delighted: I had a dish called "Pieds et paquets - lambs' tripe parcels and trotters (Marseilles style)" which was fantastic. Hard to describe...two bundles of minced meat and grain(?) wrapped in skin-like meat, PLUS a small cast iron pot with chunks of tripe and vegs in a thick broth. The flavors were just what an organ-meat lover would want - that pungent, rich, sort of sour flavor. Another marvelous item was the "Warm crisp pig's head, radIsh and turnip salad" which was a sort of thick, warm slab of meaty terrine.
At this point you're either really with me or totally turned off. If you're with me, read on.
Where else - BESIDES ST. JOHNS (I'm going) - can one find delightful unusual organ-y things of this nature in greater London? Really good blood sausage, or "umble" pies, or the like. All ethnicities considered. Shock me!
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