Just a few days spent in/around London with no special agenda. London highlights were L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (sit at the counter and get the tasting menu with wine pairings--the sommelier paired some really unusual wines that really worked well), Borough Market (as usual--saw a Tyler Florence sandwich program that included Northfield butcher inside the market--fantastic sausage and bacon sandwich. Fantastic.). Also met a friend at Ping Pong, a dim sum place near Waterloo station. Good and convenient.
Usually stay in Kingston when we go so always looking for some local options, which can be few and far between. Carluccio in Kingston is reliable for a good antipasto plate. Sitting in the sun with a nice glass of wine.....Also tried Jamie's Italian (as in Oliver) for the first time. One of the worst meals I've ever had. Fresh mozzarella that was literally drowning in peso (no moz flavor could survive), the smallest, thinnest portion of salami for GBP5 (a crime), not great pasta bolognese and tiramasu with orange peel? Really bad.
Richmond can be challenging to. Adesso on Hill Rise street has really good Italian. Binghams (overlooking the Thames with outdoor terrasses) just got a Michelin star this spring. Nice tasting menu. Wine matching good. Would go back despite the fact that it was really difficult (ok, impossible) for me to eat the squab course as it came with the thigh and leg that still had a claw attached.
Forget the chain The Slug and Lettuce even though they have tables on the Thames. Vile sandwiches.
If you get a chance to go out into the countryside, there's a fantastic restaurant near Shere called Kingham's. Wonderful to have a lazy lunch under the trees on a warm afternoon...Multi course for a steal.
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