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London report - May 2015

beetlebug | May 20, 201501:31 AM

I've been in London for four days and having the best time. Sadly, I only have about 2.5 eating days left. Here is a summary of what I've had so far and I hope to update this thread in a more timely manner.

Cocktails at Evans & Peele Detective Agency (Earls Court) - thanks to boston hound Joanie for this tip. I loved this place. It's a tad hidden bc there is no address on the web site but my friend Google was able to help me. When you arrive you get buzzed in and meet with the detective in this cute little office. You state your case and then are admitted into the speakeasy. The drinks were fantastic. My first was a riff on the old fashioned but my second was the knockout drink. Laphroaig and Jura scotch with other things. It was their take on the sazerac and it was perfectly balanced. My friend had this cherry drink which sounds vile but was delicous and too easy to drink. Rosemary popcorn nibbles were a delicious plus.

Kerbisher and malt - fish and chips. I ordered the small portion of fried Colley. Beautiful and light batter my quibble is that it was under seasoned. When I tried adding salt, it bounced off. The curry dipping sauce was truly delicious.

Borough market - Cafe Drood. We split the kofte wrap and it was unexpectedly delicous. We arrived at the market when all the stalls had shut down. Super fresh lettuce with the the flavorful lamb made this the perfect snack.

Honey and Co - I was a bit peeved when I got here for a late lunch to an hour long wait. But it was completely worth it. The staff are so gracious and helpful. We started with the spring starter mezze plate so we could have a taste of everything. Standouts included the spring salad with peas and manouri cheese. For mains, we split the lamb schwarma and the manti dumplings. Dessert was the ice cream sandwich with tahini and date ice cream as well as a hazelnut financier to go. The whole meal was swoon worthy.

Barrafina - another swoon worthy meal. We got there before opening and sat right in front of the prep station/kitchen. I loved the setup and my favorite dish was the grilled octopus with capers. The special oyster (from Ireland) had a delicious mignonette but the special mushrooms were a bit disappointing. Not as flavorful as I expected. The Spanish cheese plate was a perfect ending to a lovely meal.

Tukdin - I was lucky that some local hounds were available for a hound dinner. This Malaysian place is a gem and we had a delicious meal. The highlight was the whole mackerel in a spicy mango curry sauce. I was pretty much spooning the sauce alone. Other dishes included the beef and bamboo with yellow curry, aubergine with chile sauce, rice with meat sauce, egg and fried chicken, shrimp chips and satay. The fried chicken with the rice place was fantastic and I could have eaten a dish of it. After we wandered to the Lebanese place next door for tea and baklava. The restaurant looked to have great potential and there was a pleasant heated outdoor spot. Lovely way to end a lovely dinner.

Leong's Legends - stopped here to get soup dumplings. There were fine, but I've had better the top was too thick and slightly dried and there wasn't enough soup.

Maotao Kitchen - post xlb and this place was great. I wish I could have ordered more. We settled on the roasted lotus roots (whoa), tofu with salted egg and fried hand pulled noodles. I generally prefer soup noodles but nothing peeves me more then bland broth with homemade noodles. Fried, they were delicious. There is a lot on this menu to explore.

More eats to follow.

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