Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hawksmoor Spitalfields: My Guide to choosing a Hawksmoor Steak

I had the best steak of my life at Hawksmoor. It needed no frills, no sides, and no sauces; it was just beautifully grilled and amazingly succulent meat. One piece of advice – go with a group of friends.

You see this isn’t a place for a romantic date for two, this is the type of place you go with a gluttonous group of friends so that you can justice to all the meat and sides.

You need to do this because the best cuts come in gigantic sizes like 800 to 900 grams. I mean on a good day, I could do maybe 300 gm but sharing a 900 gm steak between two people is so out of my league. I went with a friend and we finally settled for the Rib eye and Fillet which totalled 750 gm and ordered 2 sides – a light healthy salad and some yummy unhealthy triple cooked chips. But I wished I could have tried more – I wanted the creamed spinach and the mac n cheese and all that good stuff.

That’s when I realized you have to come in a group. It’s way more cost effective because then you can share the gigantic 900 gm steak between four people and get to try all the delicious sides on offer.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

L'Escargot: Elegant French Brasserie in the heart of Soho

Right in the middle of all the chaos of Soho, stands L’Escargot - a French restaurant that's been around from the 1920’s. The moment you walk into the old townhouse, you feel transported straight to Paris with their bistro style menu full of all the French classics.

I had the Coquilles St. Jacques – three tender wobbly scallops baked with bacon, garlic and majoram and some sides of haricot beans and dauphinoise potatoes. And oh my god, beans have never tasted so good - garlicky and crunchy, I couldn't get enough of them. And those dauphinoise potatoes – divine. Well, truth be told, any food cooked with loads of butter and garlic is going to taste great.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sixty One: Fine Dining on offer at in Marble Arch

One evening, I found myself walking up and down Upper Berkely street near Marble Arch searching for the elusive new restaurant Sixty-One. London streets are known for their random numbering but despite checking Google maps – I found myself in front of an abandoned entrance where No.61 should have been. After calling them, it turns out the restaurant is across the street, way down the road – bizarre.

Anyway, the elusive Sixty-One is a rather new restaurant – only months old and despite having a pricey looking a la carte menu, they offer 2 courses for £19 and 3 courses for £34 as well. Incredible because for the quality and service provided, it was a great value. We got a lovely bread basket with the most delicious airy butter. The starters were a delight – simple yet gorgeous salad of marinated beetroot, blue cheese and walnuts for me which looked so pretty on the plate and for my dining a companion – ‘Pig on toast’ a porky pate on toast which was again very nice presented.