Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Lockhart: serving Southern style comfort food in London

If I could, I would move to Seymour Place. There are so many great restaurants popping up in and around that area. And the best part is, they are not massively popular or trendy unlike most places you go to in Soho – so for the same quality of food or even better, there’s much less hassle making a reservation. These restaurants are central being right next to Marble Arch yet so unknown to the masses that they get to retain their local, neighbourhood feel and ..NO QUEUES! None of that “no reservation” stuff and even if you do turn up without one, they always try to accommodate you. I remember once we went to Donostia – the Basque tapas restaurant  on the spur of the moment  and were told it would be around 15 minutes and we could wait at the pub next door. 10 minutes later, one of the owners of Donostia pops by into the pub and tells us our table is ready! How refreshing is that?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pizza Pilgrims: Soho Pizzeria serving up Naples-style pizza

When I visited Naples, I had the best pizza ever. It was nothing like I had before – oozing fresh mozzarella and bubbling tomato sauce on top of a super thin crust with a few shards of basil strewn around. So utterly simple, delightful messy and totally delicious.

I’m happy to declare that pizza served up in Pizza Pilgrims came pretty close to that experience. We tried the Fennel Sausage and wild Broccoli pizza which was a big hit – tons of tasty sausage, broccoli and mozzarella and interestingly, no tomato sauce added.
Less successful was the Aubergine Parmigiana pizza where the cubes of aubergine tasted a bit under-cooked. I wished they had thinly sliced the aubergine like the pizza I had in Naples instead of dicing it up – it would have cooked better on the pizza. But other than that  I can’t complain. Super cheap – each pizza is about £9 to £11, tasty and filling and with drinks, we paid £15 per person. We also went at the magical time of 3:30 pm – hence we were able to waltz right in without having to queue for an hour (which was the time given to me last time I attempted going there)