• Bintang, Kentish Town
"Nyona" chicken didn't seem particularly Nyona in style to me. The marinate was yogurty and somewhat acidic and the dish on the whole a little off balance as a result. Served with a nice salad.
• Le Mercury, Islington
A good lobster/prawn ravioli, probably the least mushy ravioli I've had in a French restaurant. Packed with a good amount of the crustaceans, set off against spinach and a cream (in fact mostly cream) sauce.
An ordinary sea bass/loup de mer with a fairly crispy skin supported by minted potatoes coarsely mashed, and a duo of a red pepper sauce and pistou. Pleasant but nothing special.
The creme brulee, despite the small size, had a dense whipped butter like consistency and great flavour. The surface of caramelised sugar was light, almost ephemeral. A classic rendition, wished for more.
• Kam Tong, Chinatown
Featuring Singapore/Malaysian food with support of Kiasu in Bayswater. A fairly tasty Hokkien char mee (stir-fried noodles), much wetter than the versions back home, and the gravy full of porky goodness from crispy cracklings. Also had pork slices, small bits of squid, prawns and Chinese greens (cai4 xin1). Good to have a nice little side of chilli with belacan, wished they also provided a wedge of lime for a squeeze to perk up the dish.