Ah, Saturdays in Marylebone! The Passionate Eater team was walking the neighborhood, getting videos at the library and buying supplies for a dinner party. Famished, we stopped for lunch for the first time at Two Points Bar and Kitchen (26 Crawford Street (08701 190205, www.twopoints.co.uk) for a pint and some Thai food. The interior is 'modern pub', the only Thai touches were a potted ginger flower and a 'spirit house' up on a high shelf with offerings of liquor and fruit; oh, and the waiter himself. The walls are white, decorated with lots of mirrors and dark bead board waiscotting. It's a small place, but a nice place to relax and have a drink. Now, the Thai menu is NOT the standard Thai pub fare, bland, greasy overcooked chicken green curries with no vegetables. Instead the food passing by to other tables and what we ate looked freshly and competently made, full of vegetables with a respectable heat and a homemade taste. We had Keng Pa (Jungle Curry) with lamb and Keng Ghae (lamb red curry with coconut milk and pineapple, potatoes and lots of fresh vegetables--zucchini, peas, bamboo sheets, bell peppers). The heat was respectable, but balanced and included the taste (and observable presence) of herbs such as basil, lemongrass, and lime leaves. Each dish was 6.65 pounds (a decent serving of jasmine rice is another 1.65). The menu looks promising with seafood specials. They also say they do a Sunday roast (?!). The meal was fairly good value (the servings were fair enough, not huge), good Thai food, nice place to have a drink near the Baker Street tube station. We'll be back when we get our next craving for Thai.
Later we happened by La Masseria Apulian Delicatessan (69 Upper Berkley Street, 020 7535 8575). Very exciting to find a place that is trying to bring Puglian Italian to London. Small deli counter (cheese, prepared dishes and various salumis) and lots of dry goods and bottled specialties like fava bean pure and sauces. Some fresh pastries much like the ones we used to have in Naples. We bought some small round red peppers stuffed with anchovies and some pasta. They were closing up, but the super enthusiatic ladies running the shop gave us a taste of some marinated wild radishes, which were a wonderful combination of sour and bitter. I love that Southern Italian taste for bitter greens in olive oil and vinegar. If you are near Edgware Road and Marble Arch, drop by this place.