Two places worth trying
I should disclose that I am discussing the possibility of a book with the Chef Kuldeep Singh, but that should be a positive as I certainly would not spend any of my own dosh on something or someone who was not worthwhile ( ex-wives not included )
This is a new-ish Indian restaurant run along the lines of a Dehli dhabar and the food is prepared to an enormously high standard. A careful use of spicing, interesting meats ( quail and guinea fowl ) and just the most wonderful desserts ( Misti Doi and Rabree - Yippee!! )
The cooking is pretty sure and the service is warm and friendly. The fact that I have been there eight times in four weeks speaks volumes. Also, not that these things matter ( except perhaps to Andy :) ) it has been nominated for both the Best Indian Restaurant and Best Restaurant category in The Carlton Food Awards.
Pretty good for £40 for two
No1 Blossom St
This is a peculiar little place and when I had dinner there on Wednesday night, it was pretty full of city types drowning their sorrows ( whats the difference between a pigeon and a NASDAQ trader? The pigeon can still leave a deposit on a Porche-boom boom!)
The restaurant is smack bang in the middle of Jack the Ripper country in Londons East end and while it is primarily a city lunching spot, it is a good place for dinner. A charming room and a lovely courtyard which, if this were not England and therefore only having three days sunshine a year, would be great to eat out in
The cooking is strong and the menu, while not desperately inventive is to the point. Starters of Fois Gras and Carrot and Ginger soup were disappointing, but the main course of a shared Chateaubriand was the single best piece of beef I have ever eaten. Pink and melting, but seared on the outside. The chips were also pretty good, rather like me, thick and fatty.
The wine list is the real weak link and not wanting anything too heavy I settled for an inconsequential Brouilly at £25.
Puddings were OK, but I never enthuse about puddings. Strictly for the birds
£85 for two including wine