Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Dinner

Saturday, quiet day. The morning started with a pleasant surprise. On Saturday Kitchen a BBC show the special guests were Michel Roux Sr and his son Alain Roux. Their restaurant Waterside Inn at Bray has 3 Michelin stars. They were utterly delightful and charming.

Arti had to meet a friend for lunch. So I was on my own. I had a Chinese Soup Noodle with roast pork for lunch at a small nondescript Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. Arti had a lavish Tapas meal.

I had a quick round of the HMV store at Piccadilly and headed back. We had a dinner date with our friends so we set out to visit them. 

Dinner was at a local pub now morphed into a gastro pub. It was absolutely full with rich Hampstead residents dressed in summer clothes, loads of linens and shorts and open sandals. The menu promised a lot but failed to deliver. The most surprising dish was a broad bean paste flavoured with spring onion to be spread on toasted country bread. This was sold as a Broad Bean Bruschetta. Very nice. For starts we shared a plate each of Italian and Spanish Choucroute. Very nice, very clever. A selection of cured meats done in Spanish and Italian style with a bit of Manchengo and Parmesan garnished with Cornichons and Capers. Very clever very attractive dish. No cooking required, just buy every component from outside serve it up and add value that goes straight to the bottom line. Same concept as serving booze. Clever. For mains, I had a monkfish and Arti had Royal Bream with Samphire. Both competent but for some reason disappointing. The restaurant was obviously stretched to the limit with the number of punters. See the website if you like.


Sunday today is to start with a visit to the Farmers Market, the F1 race, reading the Sunday Papers.

Please do see the photos attached.

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