Just arrived back from London. Here are the food (and beer) highlights.
St. John - St. John St.
Excellent meal. Knowledgable and friendly staff.
Native oysters - exquisite, and the mignonette was great as well.
Roast marrowbone and parsley salad - How could I not get this with all the great reviews it gets? Excellent combination of flavors, the rich fatty marrow with the fresh tart parsley, caper, and shallot salad, with sea salt on good grilled bread. A winner.
Venison pot roast with quince, and sides of mashed turnips, quince paste, and green cabbage. Hearty, rich, sweet, delicious. Even the cabbage tasted so fresh and good.
Apple and Calvados pudding with butterscotch sauce and cream. Fantastic.
India Club - Strand
An odd place to find, very spartan. Good chicken dopiasa (excuse my poor spelling) and dry vegetable curry. Great value. Know your Indian food because the menu gives no explanations, tear the the tiny glossaries out of Time Out Eating & Drinking (which is what I did).
Abeno - Museum St.
Delicious!! And the staff is so friendly. They specialize in okonomiyaki, which includes cooking pancake-like items on the griddle on your table. I started with avocado and tofu gyoza (cooked in the kitchen) and then had the griddled cake with konyakku (yam-type thing), corn, pork, rice, topped with Japanese mayo, a fruity-vegetable sauce (?), bonito flakes, and dried powdered seaweed. Yummy stuff.
Mela - Shaftesbury Ave.
Delicious. Started with uthappams which were fantastic. Then tandoori salmon - what a great way to eat salmon. Even the cold vegetable garnish/side was good.
Borough market - worth the trip. Lots of yummy looking things. I was heading to tea so only had a coffee at Monmouth. Lucky Londoners who can graze and buy here regularly.
Cheese picnic - Neal's Yard Dairy
Stilton, Cheddar, goat, and Lancashire, with great bread, and a bottle of Sicilian chardonnay from Odd Bins. Heaven.
Tea - Savoy
Great tea sandwiches. Very good scones -- love that cream. Pastries are just average. Beautiful room. Very comfortable seating - plush. A "have to do it at least once" experience.
Fish and chips - Fryers Delight - Theobald's Rd.
Plaice and chips, and mushy peas. Fish is fantastic.
Ice cream - Marine Ices - Chalk Farm Rd., Camden
Oysters and Sancerre - Harrod's Food Hall - pricy but nice
Good pubs with great cask ale:
Lamb - Lamb's Conduit St.
Jerusalem Tavern - Britton St.
Museum Tavern - Great Russell and Museum Sts.
Princess Louise - Holborn
Plus so much to do -- a great city full of history with super museums and art.