The Best Breakfast, Excellent Host & Stay at Glencree House B&B on 9-12May2015

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

after picking up our car from keddy upon arrival at penzance station, we drove 1.1miles (according to googlemap) to glencree house bed & breakfast in like 5 mins.

glencree house bed & breakfast

glencree house bed & breakfast

wife booked this place for the next 3 nights, 9-12.5.2015. it was an excellent choice.

breakfast at glencree

breakfast at glencree

andrew, the host, was really friendly, cheerful & helpful. he was very busy of course managing the breakfast. the settee was not occupied, and later as he cleared 1 table, he welcomed us to take from the breakfast spread. we took some coffee.

lynsey guided us to couple maps from the bookshelf & andrew told us we could take them with us in our car. we forgot to return the maps when we checked out on 12.5.2015 for st ives. so on 14.5.2015, after leaving st ives, we passed by glencree house & returned the maps. :-)

breakfast room at glencree house

breakfast room at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast was as good as shown on the B&B website!

andrew - great host glencree house proprietor

andrew – great host glencree house proprietor

we later checked into trevose harbour house B&B at st ives, which was another excellent & much more luxurious B&B. breakfast was almost identical though trevose had a bit more expensive stuff, but we both agreed the breakfast at glencree was better. must be andrew’s cooking!^^

smoked salmon on scarmble eggs at glencree house

smoked salmon on scarmble eggs at glencree house

we had breakfast for 3 days. for the first breakfast on 10.5.2015, my wife had the smoked salmon on scrambled eggs.

it was good, but obviously my big breakfast was better, so my wife switch to that for the next 2 days.

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

no need to ask why big breakfast? 2 sausages, 2 back bacon, 2 over easy, good helping of button mushrooms, 1 large tomato, & beans.

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

the farm sausages & baked beans i could do without so i skipped those the next 2 days. this guy’s over easy really good standard. haha! :-)

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

i liked the kellogg’s fruit & fibre very much.

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

well, actually i liked the strawberries & blueberries very much!

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

& they go so well with the kellogg’s fruit & fibre.

bread butter & jam

bread butter & jam

on the second day i also had the bread. i liked especially the homemade jam, fruit preserve.

we had a really excellent & enjoyable stay at glencree house. :-)

the room?

room was ok. ours on level 3. room was not big but quite ok. bed & bedding were ok. good coffee bags & lots of tea. toilet was small but ok. towel reel was heated in the evening. we never used the tv. wifi in room was ok, sometime a bit slow. basic room really, well provided for the price. we were happy with it.

c.h.e.f andy

Minack Theatre & Porthcurno Hike on 9May2015

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

we were greeted with a morning of glorious sunshine on 9.5.2015. ^^

after depositing our luggage at the glencree house B&B, excellent place we would be staying for the next 3 days, we drove 9miles to minack theatre. :-)

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

there was a large free carpark. we paid the £4.50 entrance fee. these days we view entrance fee as contribution to upkeep a place people want to visit (which is exactly what is for!), so we think only whether we want to visit a place, not the entrance fees. haha!^^

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre is literally an open-air theatre carved out of granite cliffs at porthcurno! 

it’s the most famous cliffside open-air theatre in Britain, possibly in the world.

minack theatre

minack theatre

we could see the lizard peninsula & lizard point in the distance. :-)

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

porthcurno beach (from minack theatre)

porthcurno beach (from minack theatre)

& porthcurno beach. :-)

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

it was the work & devotion of rowena cade, who owned & started the project in the 1930s.

minack theatre10 minack theatre11 minack theatre12minack theatre10

many concerts were held at this place & continues to do so. :-)

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

porthcurno

porthcurno

there is a route leading down to porthcurn0 beach. :-)

porthcurno beach

porthcurno beach

very small beach!

minack theatre, southwest coast path, porthgwarra

minack theatre, southwest coast path, porthgwarra

we took the southwest coast path, access from the minack theatre carpark. such a wonderful walk! :-)

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

the meadows. i learned that meadow is an unwooded grassland primarily for making hay & not gor livestock grazing.^

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

such beauty!

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

this is porthchapel beach.

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

we walked through the farm.

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

st levan’s church

& arrived at st leaven’s church. :-)

st levan's church from up the road

st levan’s church from up the road

we took the road back to minack theatre.

that’s the view of st levan’s church from up the road.

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

it was a short walk back to minack theatre, like 1/2 mile.

garden alongside minack theatre

garden alongside minack theatre

we arrived where we started, the garden landscape & carpark entrance to minack theatre. such a wonderful morning walk.

after porthcurno, we drove further to porthgwarra. it was a bit of a u-turn in terms of the route, about 3.5miles.

Sleeper Train & Car Rental – Cornwall Holiday Planning on 8-9May2015

single sleeper cabin

single sleeper cabin

wife planned the cornwall trip & the journey to penzance.^^

we took the sleeper train from paddington at 23.45pm on 8.5.2015 & arrived next morning 7.55am at penzance, cornwall. :-)

it was a good plan. penzance is a great base to explore cornwall. we walked-

the minack theatre, porthcurno, porthgwaraa, sennen cove & land’s end on 9.5.2015;

cape cornwall, botallack mines & dined at gurnard’s head restaurant on 10.5.2015;

the lizard peninsula, starting from kynance cove to lizard point to lizard village & back kynance cove 11.5.2015;

st michael’s mount in the morning before driving to st ives on 12.5.2015.

after day we spent 2 nights at st ives.^^

the advantages are that –

(1) the day journey london to penzance takes 5hrs & cost £215 while the sleeper takes 8hrs, we arrived fresh & no time lost & it cost £100 more per trip (i.e. per night). we had separate cabins (connecting cabins onward journey non connecting return journey). the double bed sleeper cabins were full otherwise the cost is £70 a night no more than a B&B. :-)

breakfast - croisant

breakfast – croisant

breakfast - bacon sandwich

breakfast – bacon sandwich

breakfast was like irrelevant.

penzance station

penzance station

europcar VW Golf

europcar VW Golf

 (2) we did not want to drive long distances & picking up car from penzance, we drove less than 200miles in 6days, very short distances & quite perfect for us at our age.

we picked up a VW Gold at europcar located right at penzance station. it was a manual car. the automatic cost like 2x more!

we booked the car from rental cars.com which is like a broker/consolidator. the actual rental company was keddy (euorpcar). we guess keddy is like a second brand for europcar.

the car rental price was not that much different, however the waiver of excess insurance by rental cars.com was like 1/2 of keddy & europcar. actually we can claim excess from our usual travel insurance, but usually we just took up the insurance anyway to have less hassle. in this case we found out only at keddy that it does not actually, so it served no purpose to take up the insurance. this was because it was not excess insurance by keddy but by a third party rental cars.com so we would have to pay excess of £1000 & still claim from rentalcars.com. might as well claim from amex.

anyway, journey was smooth & not a scratch. i made sure i took all the photos for record when we returned the car & dropped the key at penzance.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Son Made Dinner for Mom & Dad on 17May2015

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

son made a really yummy dinner for us on 17.5.2015. ^^

we were flying back to singapore on 18.5.2015. :-)

2 days before he went to chinatown to buy the guo tie 锅贴 because my wife wanted it. :-)

the guo tie 锅贴 was really yummy! i wonder if i could get the same from qoo10?

brocoli

brocoli

brocoli

brocoli

apparently son had a ottenlenghi cookbook. he was telling us about pan charring the broccoli on high heat. :-)

carrots & onions

carrots & onions

carrots & onions

carrots & onions

he also made some carrots & onions.

making quinoa

making quinoa

& cooked the quinoa. that’s who my wife learned from, so these days we cart back the quinoa & wife cooked that often for her packet lunch & my dinners.^^

making quinoa, carrots & onions

making quinoa, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

the quinoa, broccoli, carrots & onions dish was really good! not sure if it is a ottolenghi recipe?

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

but the guo tie 锅贴 was the best.

i didn’t know the cooking method previously until i last visited son in august2014 & he cooked guo tie 锅贴 for me. son said just follow instructions. :-)

you actually add water & oil in a frying pan (seems counter intuitive but that is the standard method) & place the guo tie 锅贴. so the guo tie 锅贴 is cooked as the water evaporated & when oil is left guo tie 锅贴 is cooked & browned.

so simple. so yummy!

guo tie 锅贴 quinoa & wine

guo tie 锅贴 quinoa & wine

cheese jam grapes

cheese jam grapes

after the guo tie 锅贴 & quinoa & wine, we had cheese jam & frozen grapes.

a most enjoyable dinner with wife & son before departing for singapore next day.

c.h.e.f andy

Anniversary Dinner Dishes Experimentation on 20May2015

flamed squid with spinach sauce

flamed squid with spinach sauce

i am doing 5 dishes for our coming 29th anniversary.^^

steamed mussels

flamed squid in spinach saucy

curry cod

pan grilled lobster

roasted pineapples

4 of the dishes (excluding lobster) were inspired by our lunch @ porthminster cafe at st ives.

i experimented on 3 of the dishes today on 20.5.2015.^^

torch - present from a friend diner

torch – present from a friend diner

i saw the photos of the monkfish curry & flamed squid at michael smith’s porthminster cafe. cannot find the recipe on google. i guess the chef is not that famous. so i tried to recreate the dishes w/o the recipe. :-)

my wife’s friend who came for dinner twice bought me a kitchen torch. that was more than a year ago. never used it yet.

i tested it, pretty easy to use. :-)

flamed squid - learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid – learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid - learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid – learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid

after i cross-cut the squid & seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper, i flamed it on a frying pan. quite smooth going. i knew it was not sufficiently cooked. so i fry in butter over high heat. the key was not to overcook the squid or it would become tough & chewy.

green pepper onions spinach sauce

green pepper onions spinach sauce

i created my own spinach sauce recipe using 1/2 onions finely sliced, 1/2 green pepper cut into small pieces, and a bunch of spinach (only the leaves). i fry in butter the green pepper & onions, & added 1tsp of garlic & 1 tsp light soy sauce. when the onions & green pepper softened, i added the spinach leaves. then i emptied them into the blender & added 2 tablespoon olive oil. i did not have chicken stock so i opened a can of straw mushrooms & used about 2 tablespoon brine from the canned mushrooms.

and blend.

the sauce was really good. first class!

flamed squid with spinach sauce

flamed squid with spinach sauce

when serving, i heat up the spinach sauce, plated it & placed the flamed squid on top.^^

st ives porthminster chef michael smith's flamed squid

st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s flamed squid

hasn’t got the looks of st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s flamed squid. the dish overall was superb!^^

thai yellow curry paste

thai yellow curry paste

thai yellow curry gravy

thai yellow curry gravy

curry gravy

to give bulk & colour, i cut 2/3 of a yellow pepper to small pieces, 1/2 onions thinly sliced, & the leftover stalk of the spinach in small 1cm cuts. i fried them in butter to soften, added 1 tsp light soy sauce & 1 tsp chopped garlic, 2 tablespoon olive oil & some brine from the straw mushrooms and then blend.

i added 2 tablespoon of coconut cream to a pan, heat to boil then added 1.5tablespoon of thai yellow curry bought from sheng shiong, and fried the paste to get the aroma. then i added the blend & more coconut milk.

the yellow curry (above photo) was really flavourful & yummy!^^

mussels & manila clams

mussels & manila clams

i bought mussels & manila clams from sheng shiong. there were no more mussels in the aerated water so i picked up a packet mussels from the chiller display section. they were supposed to be still live but evidently not as fresh.

curry manila clams

curry manila clams

curry manila clams

curry manila clams

when serving i heat the curry gravy on high heat, added the manila clams & cover to steam the clams, & added chopped tomatoes, then spinach leaves.

i think i made a mistake by adding white wine & a bit more brine from the straw mushrooms.

the curry clams (above photo) looked lemak & beautiful. taste wise it was still flavourful but somewhat diluted & not as intense as before.

st ives porthminster chef michael smith's curry monkfish

st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s curry monkfish

this (above photo) how the st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s curry monkfish looks.

mussels

mussels

mussels

mussels

steamed mussels

i made the mussels my usual way, just adding more butter, fry the sliced onions, ginger & orange peel then added white wine & steamed the mussels in the covered pan over high heat.

st ives porthminster's mussels

st ives porthminster’s mussels

we took the mussels at porthminster cafe (above photo). it was excellent. my version was nowhere near in taste.

the results-

the flamed squid was excellent! squid was tender, succulent, tasty & my own green pepper, onions, spinach blended gravy was super. this dish is good!

the curry manilla clams was intended to be the curry base for my curry cod (replacing the monkfish) was very tasty & flavourful before i added the clams but became diluted, still tasty but less intense…need to make it thicker next time.

the mussels not so great. did not have fresh live mussels at sheng shiong today bought the packet ones which claimed live but not as fresh…anyway my recipe need some rethinking.

c.h.e.f andy

Bricklane Market & Street Eats on 17May2015

vietnamese prok baguette £4.95

vietnamese prok baguette £4.95

son brought us to brick lane market in shoreditch on sunday 17.5.2015.^^

this the first time here for my wife & me. :-)

we took the hammersmith line to liverpool street. the last time i came here was with my son in jan2011 when i came with him for his college interview & we went to dine at marco pierre white steak & alehouse (so so only, i only started blogging in mar2013).

old spitalfields market

old spitalfields market

we passed by old spitalsfield market on the way. :-)

old spitalfields market

old spitalfields market

food trolleys.

on the way to bricklane market

on the way to bricklane market

juice stall.

bricklane market

bricklane market

bricklane market

bricklane market

bricklane market. my youngest daughter kind of place.

bricklane market

bricklane market

& my music buff friend’s heaven – beatles, pink floyd, kate bush, sex pistols. ^^ i what sapped the group..”lau nuah” he said.

bricklane market openair food trolleys

bricklane market openair food trolleys

bricklane market openair food trolleys

bricklane market openair food trolleys

broing me only interested in food. :-)

vietnamese food trolley

vietnamese food trolley

the vietnamese food looked delicious, and the aroma wafted as you walked past.

we had the vietnamese pork baguette, £4.95 cut into 3 pieces. quite ideal really. pork was really good, flavourful. & baguette was good too. i can probably eat one myself though i usually would not. too much carbs. taste was similar to my own vietnamese pork.^^

thai food trolley

thai food trolley

thai food trolley looked good too, the curries looked attractive & yummy. :-)

bricklane market

bricklane market

we walked down brick lane. wife took a smoothie. nice.

cab cafe at bricklane market

cab cafe at bricklane market

cab cafe at bricklane market

cab cafe at bricklane market

there was a coffee stall serving out of an old london cab. :-)

salt beef bagel

salt beef bagel

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

there was a obviously popular salt beef bagel stall.

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

queue was like 25-man long, from outside into shop & u-turn back. either it’s really good or a queue just attracted more to queue. :-)

salt beef bagel £3.70

salt beef bagel £3.70

salt beef bagel £3.70

salt beef bagel £3.70

and it was good! bagel itself nowhere as nice as the baguette for vietnamese pork. but the salt beef (with texture & taste of corn beef. i guess it was in fact corn beef) was good. wife didn’t like it as she said it tasted like the student days luncheon meat kind of. for me & son it was good.

we did not try the ones at borough market last time as we already ate the other food, but this looked just as good & cheaper at £3.70.

brick lane

brick lane

shoreditch

shoreditch

we walked to the junction & walked to busaba shoreditch where we had an excellent thai food lunch.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Thai Food @ Busaba Shoreditch on 15May2015

grilled chicken green curry fried rice

grilled chicken green curry fried rice

wife & son had been talking about busaba thai food, especially the grilled chicken green curry fried rice. i had googled too, & that was 1 most recommended dish by many reviewers.

on 17.5.2015, son took us to bricklan markets at shoreditch, 1st time my wife & i were there. he found a newly open busaba shoreditch down the road. we were early, the first customer. service was excellent.^^

busaba shoreditch

busaba shoreditch

busaba shoreditch

busaba shoreditch

place had great ambience. we sat at a glass conservatory section with good sunlight. :-)

chang beer

chang beer

son had chang draft beer. it was good, light & fragrant.

white wine

white wine

wife had white wine. think it was £3.50. good serving, very affordable. :-)

calamari

calamari

the grilled chicken green curry fried rice was a truly outstanding dish. grilled chicken was so flavourful with the bbq flavours, & the fried rice was fantastic!^^

we ordered the calamari. it was nicely grilled, very tasty. it was not much of a fritter. batter was very light. for me, squid was just a wee bit tough (meaning overcooked). both wife & son liked it though. & i liked the flavours too, though i think texture wise a tender squid would do a lot better! :-)

massaman duck curry

massaman duck curry

the massaman duck curry was a great surprise!

i would instinctively go for fish. but the reviews for the tilapia fillet curry was kind of between neutral to negative. the lady server also recommended the duck, so we had that.

it was very nice indeed. i understand it is a “thai” dish mostly muslim origin, the curry texture was closer to redang, slither denser & powdery, but the herbs made the dish very flavourful, a bit strong i guess for those not used to it. i liked the dish. :-)

massaman duck curry

massaman duck curry

i was equivocal about the cod.

cannot really understand the cod fish in UK. cod seems to be among the cheaper fish here. its common in cod & chips (& very poor the worst i ever taken at poppies fish & chip at camden) & our UK friend & UK folks we talked to at say tolcarne inn newlyn thought so too & it’s a cheap fish you get at the super mart too. it is nothing like the premium cod we are used to in singapore or the chilean seabass (patagonian toothfish) which is my favourite.

anyhow this cod preparation at busaba was good, very tasty, credit not with the fish but with the preparation. my wife said just consider cod here as any white fish & anyway indeed we were paying the price for just any white fish.

this was a superb dining experience. i may yet try the grilled chicken green curry fried rice, and possibly the massaman curry at home. the main thing is to get the curry taste right. :-)

c.h.e.f andy

Good Value Lobster Sashimi Boat @ Eat Tokyo Holborn on 16May2015

lobster sashimi boat - £50

lobster sashimi boat – £50

son brought us to eat tokyo holborn for lobster sashimi boat on 16.5.2015.^^

my wife had went with him before. for me it’s the first time. his flatmate joined us so we had 4pax.

eat tokyo has 5 outlets in london & 6 branches in tokyo with 40yrs history. :-)

lobster sashimi boat - £50

lobster sashimi boat – £50

we ordered the £50 lobster sashimi boat.^^

well basically we came to take this lobster sashimi boat & son confirmed they had it on this day when he made the reservation. :-)

i think it was fantastic value. there was live lobster sashimi. may not be a very large lobster, but it should be 450g – 500g or so. :-) the pincers & legs were cooked & the rest sashimi. the head was used to make 4 bowls of miso soup afterwards, and it was a well done soup, very tasty!^^

atlantic surf clams, tako, hotate & clams

atlantic surf clams, tako, hotate & clams

it was a large serving. in addition to lobster, we had atlantic surf clams, tako, hotate & clams. the clams below the hotate was similar to mirugai (geoduck) but since it was sitting on a large clam shell, i guess it was the large clam variety.

toro, tai, saba, ika, salmon, hamachi

toro, tai, saba, ika, salmon, hamachi

& there was like 6-7 slices of toro and very good helping of the rest – tai, saba, ika, salmon, hamachi (pardon the poor photography) sitting on a whole sea bream!

£50 is fantastic value. in singapore the lobster sashimi alone would cost that & 2 slices of otoro (maybe equal to the 6 small slices) would be S$60.

spider maki & salmon maki

spider maki & salmon maki

spider maki & salmon maki

spider maki & salmon maki

spider maki & salmon maki were inexpensive, about £4 and £8 or so.

this may not be top of the range sashimi but it was far above average quality certainly singapore restaurant standards maybe 50% price. :-)

c.h.e.f andy

Best Meal this UK Trip @ The Ledbury on 16May2015

lobster in tea jelly

lobster in tea jelly

wife booked the ledbury for lunch today on 16may2015.^^

ledbury is always full, so she had to like try everyday in order to get an empty slot.

wife’s very close friend who lives north of london came to join us for lunch.

the ledbury is 2-michelin star, just as dinner by heston blumenthal is. from past experience, wife thought it is better. i went to both restaurants for the first time. :-)

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

we were served 3 amuse bouche. first was a smoked eel with meringue. great stuff!

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

amuse bouche 1=foie gras with jelly

second was a foie gras mousse in a cracker. it was literally bursting with flavours on the bite! super!^^

amuse bouche 2=dumpling

amuse bouche 2=dumpling

third was a dumpling with braised veal. yum! :-)

bread & butter

bread & butter

bread

bread

we had the crusty fluffy bread.

lobster in tea jelly

lobster in tea jelly

first course was lobster in tea jelly. this was excellent, top draw, as good as the jelly dish we had at jaan. :-)

crispy roll

crispy roll

crispy roll

crispy roll

& it came with a tasty crispy roll, similar to the one taste paradise served for their stone bowl sharkskin soup. :-)

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

the second course was a flamed mackerel. mackerel was very nice. somehow over here it is not as fishy as the mackerel & saba we had in singapore (though i love the oily saba equally).

& there was a mackerel tartare which was so very tasty with the light sauce dressing.

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

flamed mackerel

my wife & i both thought on the flamed mackerel alone the one we had at tolcarnes inn was even better than this. obviously that did not have the mackerel tartare & overall dining experiences & refineness were not the same.

we thought the strange cucumber with roasted sesame did not belong. maybe it was intended as a cool cucumber to cleanse the palate after the flamed mackerel?

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

the herdwick lamb must be the best lamb loin i had ever!^^

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

lamb loin was so tender & sweet & zero gamey taste. the end bit was just as flavourful with the lamb taste which i like anyway.

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

herdwick lamb, onions & leek flower

the onions were excellent & the leek flower (first time i ate one) was superb.

strawberry sorbet desert

strawberry sorbet desert

strawberry sorbet was good.

petite four=chocolate truffle

petite four=chocolate truffle

petite four=chocolate truffle

petite four=chocolate truffle

cinnamon stick with lemon

cinnamon stick with lemon

the petite four was pretty ok too.

the ledbury is 2-michelin star like the dinner by heston blumenthal.

dinner’s 3-course set lunch is £38 & ledbury’s 4-course set lunch is £50. so i guess it’s a toss-up & depends on the menu at the time. the ledbury offered 3 amuse bouche & dinner none.

just comparing what we had, the meat fruit at dinner had wow factor both the presentation to look like the perfect clementine & the bursting of flavours of the foie gras parfait. likewise ledbury’s lobster in tea jelly pleases in every department. given a choice i would pick the lobster jelly over the meat fruit.

the mackerel at ledbury was very good starter, especially the mackerel tartare. it was more ordinary & less unusual & pleasing as dinner’s ragout of pig’s ear. i liked both almost equally much.

the lamb loin was common dish exceptionally prepared. the sous vide belly pork is becoming a staple in fine dining also exceptionally prepared.

the desserts were just good & ordinary.

the overall dining experience at ledbury though trumps that at dinner. the amuse bouche & dishes were more refine & the ones at dinner were robust. i enjoyed both places & would return next time when i can get a reservation.

c.h.e.f andy

Shiok Indian Dinner @ Dishoom King’s Cross on 15May2015

chicken curry, paneer curry, lamb biryani, garlic naan

chicken curry, paneer curry, lamb biryani, garlic naan

we decided not to go far for dinner. & we decided we didn’t mind to queue for dinner this time.

still it was a long queue at dishoom on 151.5.2015 = 1.5hrs. son went to queue outside the restaurant first. when wife & i arrived 15minutes later, we got inside & waited at the bar area.

cocktail 1

cocktail 1

cocktail 2

cocktail 2

wife & son ordered a cocktail each.

dishoom king's cross bar area

dishoom king’s cross bar area

dishoom king's cross bar area

dishoom king’s cross bar area

it is a very pleasant & happening place. a great place to socialise. the bar is not quite the place for me as music is loud (not so loud here but still loud) and it is noisy with everyone talking. i can see why people love this place. i would not come myself (the bar place) but with family it was quite fun as they enjoyed the drink too. son’s drink was quite good actually. i would take it next time.

chutneys

chutneys

prawn fritters

prawn fritters

calamari

calamari

we started before 9pm & got our table at 10.25pm.

we ordered quite quickly, couple of finger foods like calamari & prawn fritters. the chutneys were served for general use & another one came with the prawns.

calamari & prawn fritters

calamari & prawn fritters

there were good. and we wondered why the restaurant would not serve them at the bar waiting area??

chicken curry

chicken curry

paneer curry

paneer curry

there were only 2 curries. son knew well both were good so we ordered both.

the paneer was good & the chicken was outstanding, very tasty & flavourful. i enjoyed both curries very much. :-)

lamb biryani

lamb biryani

& we had a lamb biryani.

the biryani was tops. really fragrant, not oily, and fantastic aroma, herbs & all!^^

the lamb was good, tender, a bit understated, felt like a good western or middle eastern lamb to me. i actually prefer some of the singapore ones with more intense flavours.

garlic naan

garlic naan

& we had one naan to share.

we were having a good laugh that it took us 1.5hrs to wait for dinner & just 15mins to wolf everything down. haha!^^

c.h.e.f andy