Finally, I get to try the flagship of the Salt Yard Group, Salt Yard on Goodge Street.
I was in the area checking out furniture (I feel another blog topic forming up) and hadn’t actually had any lunch, but was in between meals – so appropriately, some tapas was just the right food to have.
After all the “musts” at Austrian Ski Resorts, I just have to say these are all really musts for one resort: Lech am Arlberg, Austria – pretty much the only resort to date that I enjoy the whole package of.
And by whole package I mean not just the skiing, but the hotels, the facilities and of course the food.
Now it wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t try out the tea time treats. For this first said venture we headed out to one of the famous landmarks in Lech, the Gasthof Post. And as we were blessed by sunny weather we decided to take our afternoon tea outside on the terrace. Tea always served in a pot with an hour glass timer, we also added a hot chocolate to help aid our cake eating.
Finally we get to try Zuma – it was by luck really as after being told that it was difficult to get a table at short notice, we actually got one for lunch within 48 hours! All excited after being told by some that they thought it was far better than Nobu, I hurried along to meet my lunch companions, family, to see what all the buzz about Zuma was about. I thought I’d put a picture up of what you would not normally see, the wall full of bottles which was one of the views I had at my table, as an interior shot of Zuma London.
Cold, snowy & sleety… must be mad to go out to brunch with the girls and make it down to the Modern Pantry which is not in my neighbourhood. However a very quick & efficient over ground train to Farringdon gave me my usual first to arrive at the designated meeting place.
I was a little apprehensive as I was considerably early and knowing that it had been difficult to book a table at the right time I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the staff, very welcoming (perhaps helped that I looked frozen despite being totally wrapped up), and I was escorted to a very nice table on the first floor, promptly asked if I wanted anything to drink, and my caffe latte was immediately placed on order before I could disrobe myself of my rather excessive wintry attire.
I was introduced to Andrew Edmunds by a good friend as we were walking around Soho one Saturday afternoon. I think I was spoilt from the beginning as I liked the fact that there was no business card, and that we were given a menu to retrieve contact details from that was also hand written. If you were not specifically looking for the Andrew Edmunds, it can be easily missed as it has a discrete dark frontage. My first memories of the place was the wonderful smell of food when you entered the restaurant.
The Omakase continues… this time at Roka, Charlotte Street.
Being a rather cold and rainy/sleety day, it didn’t take much to persuade ourselves to go somewhere to keep warm and enjoy what we enjoy doing most… eat! So on this ocassion we turned to Roka. Having mostly experienced their Shochu lounge, I was glad for the opportunity to try their restaurant again and this time without a doubt, we didn’t look at the menu in detail, but made the decision of – let’s go omakase!
It is traditional for Chinese families to gather round for a meal on the eve of Chinese New Year. For 2013 it was the first time in a long while since I was able to do this with my sister and her family (minus one) so weeks in advance when my sister found out that she would be in London, I booked a table at Mandarin Kitchen in Queensway for our Chinese New Year Eve dinner.
If you’re ever in need of spaghetti with lobster, this is the place to go in London! Olivomare based in Lower Belgravia, not far from Victoria. My sister and brother-in-law are also fans and when they decided to visit London, they asked me to book a table before their arrival for lunch on the day they flew in.