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London Stopover: Caviar House & Prunier, LHR Terminal 2

Melanie Wong | Dec 25, 200504:03 PM

Last month I had the chance to stopover in London for some snacking at the airport and a dinner in town on my way to and from Porto. In the outbound direction, I had lunch in Heathrow's Terminal 2 at Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar.

I ordered the Balik Duo, £16.00, which is Tsar Nikolaj fillet plus Balik tartar served with a simple salad. When the plate was presented, it struck me as the grown-up (and more expensive!) version of Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes we make in the States for kids. I also had a 125ml glass of the Caviar House Champagne, £7.50.

While the cross-cut thickish filets were unique with ultra-soft texture, I can't say I was particularly impressed with the taste of the Norwegian smoked salmon. The cure and the smoking were very delicate to show the flavor of the fish, such as it were. The tartar blended with a bit of creme fraiche was more interesting.

The Champagne had zippy acidity and abundant bread dough. It finished a bit short but was a nice house pour.

The total for lunch was £23.50, not including service. After running my credit card, I discovered that there was no way to add in more for a service charge. I left a $5 bill, devalued though US currency may be. My Amex tab converted £23.50 into $42.57. I'm glad I tried the smoked salmon, but I would probably have been happier with a plate of oysters on the half-shell.

Link: http://www.balik.ch/en/news/default.asp

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