We have some friends in for a few days from New Jersey. As it turns out, they are not adventurous eaters at all. We went to a Thai restaurant last night because they thought they might enjoy it. The daughter liked the egg rolls but didn't like the vegetable soup. She thought it was too watery. Also there were some capers in it, which completely freaked her out. The son ordered penne with red sauce (they have a few non-Thai things on the menu) and seemed fine with it. He did taste his mom's curry and gagged, saying it was horrible and tasted like licorice. He advised his sister to NOT taste it, so she sniffed it and deemed it horrible. (they are both teenagers)
The wife ordered green curry, which she seemed to enjoy. Apparently she has just recently learned that she doesn't HATE curry, but is okay with the green type. She believes that it is the yellow curry that she despises the taste of. The husband ordered a spicy beef dish, and thought it was okay except when he got a bite of one ingredient which he thought was awful and wasn't sure why anyone would put something like that in food. (Ginger, as it turns out when I tasted it.)
We had made reservations at The Red Fort for tomorrow night because they have NEVER had Indian food and had heard it is really good here in London. Which it is but now I am re-thinking keeping the reservation. I'm not sure they are ready for a culinary adventure, and I'm not sure I want to be the sponsor of their first Indian experience where they are going to dissect everything. (and probably dislike it.)
We also have reservations at Gaucho Piccadilly for tonight, which we really enjoy. But we discovered the wife only eats seafood. The husband told me his favorite foods are chicken & shrimp. I'm not sure if the spatchcocked chicken at Gaucho would work for him. I like it, but who knows. I fear the ceviches will be too adventurous for everyone.
So now, I am seriously in a quandry about what to do for the next 2 evenings.
Please, please, please...suggestions? Any where in the central London areas of Westminster, Theatre District, all the way up to & including Hampstead, Marlybone, St. John's Wood, Islington.