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Hope and Anchor; Eagle (Farringdon)

Joan Kureczka | May 13, 2008 11:36 AM

Well we finally got to the Hope and Anchor last Friday evening. Surprisingly, we were able to walk right in at 7:45 and get a table, perhaps because the evening was so warm. The service was friendly, and I loved my starter -- a delicious chilled almond soup rather like a white gazpacho. Unfortunately neither I nor my DH were all that impressed with the mains, primarily because they were rather badly underseasoned. I had an eight hour lamb with white beans; the lamb itself was very nice if bland, but the beans were both mushy and bland. My husband's tuna steak nicoise was a fairly good piece of tuna on a nicoise-type salad -- not bad, but not exceptional. Overall, an okay but underwhelming dinner.

We went the next evening back to The Eagle, which has always been one of my favorites, and again lived up to my expectations. I had a really great grilled whole bass which was a really fresh fish and served with a salmoriglio sauce and salad. Really very delicious. We also split a mixed plate of crostini (anchovies and garlic, cod, and another that I forget) which was good as well. My DH went for his usual steak sandwich which was tasty but now better done at home.

Sunday evening we had hoped for tapas but the place our companion wanted to go was closed, and so we ended up at LiveBait. We were pleasantly surprised at how good this basic fish house was; I had a perfectly cooked whole grilled lemon sole with a thyme and lime sauce and a salad of arugula and shaved parmesan. We also shared a special appetizer that included tempura prawns, salmon raita, smoked salmon, grilled scallops and some dipping sauces plus some wafer thin, crunchy flat bread. Really quite nice.

Our other notable meal was a walk-around brunch (3 people) through Borough Market including shared tastes of:
-- A cumberland sausage sandwich
-- Little wild boar pie from Sillfield
-- The grilled cheese sandwich
-- The scallops
-- Native oysters
And of course various other nibbles.

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