23 August 2014

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Blog Reviews from FoodGoblin - London Dining


London Dining

  1. It’s just recently that I have begun my voyage into ale. Before about a year ago I wouldn’t touch the stuff – vile, blokey brew – but having started food writing, I’ve gradually been dragged kicking and screaming into a slow appreciation of it. This final notch in my hops-supping bedposts has cemented my current admiration for beer; The Dragonfly Brewery at The George & Dragon in Acton, which I headed to for its launch last month. The first thing I liked was the venue itself. Being from Yorkshire, oh aye I love an oldy woldy pub– and this brewpub is set in a 17th century coaching house; all open beams, dark corners and low ceilings. This theme continues up to the rear bar where airy high ceilings and shiny towering copper fermentation tanks stand in stark contrast...

  2. Growing up, every Monday on my way home from netball practice I’d stop off at the local Morrison’s at around 8pm. 8pm was a special time in the Wetherby branch. At 8pm they’d take all the hot plate food out, bag it and slash the prices by about 90%. Greed was probably my predominant adolescent quality and so I’m sure you can appreciate what an exciting time this was for me. I’d grab all sorts to scoff, but my very favourite was always the whole rotisserie chickens. Browned and dripping, sweet and succulent, I’d inhale one whole before my bus had even arrived. I never really thought more about the rotisserie chicken. That was it; part of my weekly tapestry, peculiar to the Wetherby Morrisons and nothing more. I certainly never, when slurping these slippery morsels, appreciated the rich heritage dish of the rotisserie chicken nor knew it was a French one that dated as far back as 1248 and the court of King Louis IX. In fact, this only came to me recently, when invited to try out a riverside restaurant in Canary Wharf, Le Secret des Rotisseurs. Le Secret is a family run, achingly French establishment. When told this, I’d expected a poky, quaint venue and was surprised to find a huge, ultra-modern space, glass fronted onto the Thames. The dining room is staged by the hugest, most beautifully engineered custom rotisseries, upper balconies hosting chairs taken from the Eifel Tower and an open fronted wine cellar. Filled totally with Bordeaux, of course. The family are from that region and source all the wines themselves from some smaller, lesser known vineyards...

  3. Published : Monday, 12th May 2014

    Boom Burger | Boom Burger - Notting Hill, London

    Boom Burger - Notting Hill, London 05/12/20140 Comments Recently I popped down to Portobello Road, Notting Hill, to check out a new burger joint that has been on everyone’s lips since it opened, Boom Burger. It’s ‘USP’, so to speak, is its dishing up of Jamaican themed burgers. With very little idea of what the hell that could entail, I headed down to try it out. It’s nestled in a tiny unit on Portobello Market row and from the outside looks like nothing. Inside has a couple of booths and a large open fry kitchen which you order straight from. The menu is small and burger-centric: 3 different burgers (Jerk chicken, veggie or beef) and plantain chips or fries. Their signature beef burger, the ‘Boom Burger’ comes in at £8 with cheese and thing called ‘bacon jam’ which sounded so marvelous that it immediately decided my order...

  4. Published : Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

    Karpo | Karpo

    When the storms set in blowing trees on our nation's rails and causing as great a standstill as London Midland strikes, no longer let us wring our hands in greyscale waiting rooms, munching on some toxically processed cling film snack. Head on over the road to a little place I discovered the other week; Karpo, set in the Hotel Megaro. This little nook boasts a shady, subterranean cocktail lounge, the Megaro Bar, rimmed with contemporary low slung sofas, with just the right amount of cosy to go with their cool, and a sophisticated drinks menu. Try the Lavender Hill Mob Fizz for a light spritz of summer’s field freshness, or go heady with a Perry Mason and the Perjured Parrot, made from Four Roses bourbon and pear cider. I drank both and wobbled more than wandered my way up to the main Karpo dining room for some modern British chow...

  5. Published : Friday, 28th March 2014

    1701 | Restaurant 1701 - A Journey into Jewish Food

    When the opportunity presented itself to dine at not only the UK’s sole fine dining Jewish restaurant, but one set in the heart of Britain’s oldest synagogue, I happily accepted. Restaurant 1701 is modern and bright, at odds with its ancient foundations, and of a cut glass fine ambience. A 7 course tasting menu with accompanying wine flight is offered journeying the Jewish world, and it was with Ukrainian Jewish that my excursion began. To start; borscht. Now, we all know borscht, but not like this; piping hot, with a spherified ball of tart balsamic, cutting through iron rich beetroot and followed with a fiery burst of horseradish. It’s probably the first time I’ve enjoyed borscht. ‘Sabich’, a marriage of my twin favourites of aubergine and Japanese, I was always going to love...