Forgot to regale you guys with a description of my lunch last Saturday at the Engineer on Gloucester Avenue. I actually took notes (but I've lost them so I'll try to do this from memory...)
Rainy, rainy day. Got there just in time to avoid downpour. Had already had breakfast so only had mains & wine...(also, as we passed Chalk Farm tube I got a Pavlovian craving for ice cream - funny how that happens just as we are in the Marine Ices Zone).
Atmosphere: soothing and terra-cotta coloured. Ate in the restaurant not bar area. Not as crowded I anticipated, I guess Saturday's not as kids-oriented or newspaper-brunchy/roasty as Sunday. Can't recall if there was music playing so if there was, perhaps it was unobtrusive and Moby-esque (!)
Service: casual though not aloof; waiter was a blond Rasta via South of France.
Food: I had upmarket kedgeree (smoked haddock on long grain rice, with poached egg; perfectly seasoned so that it had a good kick but didn't leave me with turmeric breath or chartreuse colored teeth)
My date had Bugs Bunny wrapped in bacon, with prunes on a bed of spinach. Also good - the sweetness of the prunes were a nice balance to the saltiness of the bacon though they weren't pitted, and the pits were unnecessary and would have been easy enough to remove. The spinach was a bit boring though, a dash of pepper or some garlic wouldn't have hurt.
Wine: 1/2 bottle of Ch.-neuf-du-Pape Cuvee de Sommeliers 1994...and can I just say that I am crazy about restaurants (and before them, the chateaux themselves) that offer decent wines in half-bottles because I just can't hack more than a glass or two with lunch, and I hate to waste it (or be less wasted than my date!)
Dessert: I refused to be tempted because I had my heart set on gelato (which was yummy).
Two thumbs up!
By the way, anyone know of a place in London besides Marine Ices that sells home-made ice cream or gelato 'artigianale'?
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