Fabulous Steak, Great Ambience 3pax Dinner @ The Greek Larder on 28Apr2017 (3pax RI Mates Trip London & Wales 27Apr-11May2017

crevette saganak £9.50

met my 2 RI bros at Kings Cross St Pancras Regent’s Canal exit..no problem for them, they said – directions was clear..

Giffgaff SIM card working well. so we had whatsapped each other when they arrived at Heathrow T4.

i had intentionally passed by dishoom on the way. queue was like 40pax & 1.5hrs & had to queue physically not by taking queue no. dishoom was off…

so after putting down the luggage at the apartment, we decided to go to The Greek Larder at Arthouse for dinner instead..

greek larder

nice place, great ambience & crowd.

nice crowd – great happening place

imo as much happening place as dishoom.

difference is – we got table immediately.

nice crowd – great happening place

great food, wine, and we had some dessert also.

my friends had moscato too. celebrations!

bread

and service was good, friendly.

we had water. and they replaced the bread & butter when we finished the first.

angelo, the waiter from latin america (forgot the country) was cheerful & friendly. he took photos & also had a photo together with us after dinner.

crevette saganak £9.50

the greek prawn dish, crevette saganak, had a nice presentation (top photo & above).

prawn is prawn, so good if ordinary, the salsa was good with the prawns. may look at some online recipes later.

grilled octopus £13.50

the grilled octopus was good, especially the “chao-ta” bbq flavours. not enough i think. the texture itself slightly tough, not tender enough, not quite the standard of the italian dish at lake como, milan & cinque terre.

still it was a good dish, quite pricey now at £13.50

salt cod £8.50

my friends heard about the salt cod & didn’t mind to try it.

one friend said it was a bit salty but quite ok with the skordalia mash(greek potato & garlic spread) …overall quite ok dish..

grilled steak – about 300g = £23

the best turned out to be the grilled scottish steak. it’s done like the italian tagliata (which means serving the steak in slices).

grilled steak – about 300g = £23

it was done nicely medium rare.

i think it was about 300g – anyway a very good helping for 3 of us.

grilled steak – about 300g

& came with nice mushrooms & tasty mash.

grilled steak – about 300g

the steak, though grass fed & not top quality, was very nicely done – sweet, tender & flavourful.

desserts

my friends wanted to try the desserts.

galaktoboureko – traditional greek custard pie

we ordered 2 desserts to share. i am not a dessert person. so i took just a little to try. both desserts were competent. not my kind of dessert, but pretty ok standard..

galaktoboureko – traditional greek custard pie

galaktoboureko is a traditional greek custard pie.

carmelised icing, custard inside…

baklava & ice cream

baklava is a filo pastry with chopped nuts & cream layers. ok too.

the bill – £85.50

dinner was £85.50, inclusive of 12.5% service.

not including the 2 moscato & dessert, it would be £54 for the food alone, 3 appetizers & one main to share for 3pax. i think quite ok price in London.

chef & kitchen – greek larder

the servers & chef all quite cheerful, and the overall ambience was quite engaging. a place to come back again.

c.h.e.f andy

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King’s Cross Apartment 27-29apr2017 (3pax RI Mates Trip London & Wales 27Apr-11May2017 )

2 bedroom apartment near king’s cross st pancras

my son & a friend stayed in a 2-bedroom apartment near king’s cross. this period they were away, so my 2 close RI bros joined me & planned for this London/Wales trip.

i arrived via Qatar (S$1,035) 1 day earlier on 27apr, as the pricing of direct flights by SIA (about S$2,200) & BA (S$1,580) simply made no sense to me.

my 2 friends arrived via MAS on 28apr.

my son & his friend kept the apartment pretty clean & neat. a good space of sitting, dining & kitchen.

2 bedroom apartment near king’s cross st pancras

& 2 bedrooms, the master room which my son used (& i used during this period) was the bigger room.

2 bedroom apartment near king’s cross st pancras

the room my son’s friend used has the same double bed, which my 2 RO bros used during this period.

king’s cross st pancras station

this the King’s Cross St Pancras exit direction of regent’s canal.

i arrived late in the evening, about 11pm when i reached the apartment. flight arrival was 8.40pm & still quite long queue at immigration, and the piccadilly line from Heathrow T4 to King’s Cross St Pancras about 55mins.

the apartment may be near King’s Cross St Pancras, but it is still 1km 12mins walk.

king’s cross st pancras station

this looking back at the station exit.

instant noodles

i kew i would be lazy to go out just for makan myself so i brought along 2 packets of instant noodles.

the convenient stall along yorkway & copenhagen street corner was still open at 11pm so i grabbed a bottled water, milk & tray of 12 eggs.

instant noodles

on 28apr, i took 1 hard-boiled egg for breakfast.

instant noodles

& later i decided on the soup noodles for lunch & added another egg. did not in the end took the goreng noodles so left it in the apartment.

nespresso

& helped myself with the nespresso.

there was NOT enough nespresso for 3 of us for that many days so i brought along a packet of 3 in 1, and also bought a freeze dry coffee from waitrose later.

anyway my friends don’t take coffee like i do, so most of it were left in the apartment.

queue to take train to Harry Potter hogwarts school of magic at 9&3/4 platform

my friends were arriving about 7pm on 28apr.

i went early & passed dishoom. the queue was 1.5hrs, and it is a physical queue not by queue numbers, otherwise i would pick up a 1.5hrs queue number, settle my friends in the apartment then go dinner at dishoom. too bad!

queue to take train to Harry Potter hogwarts school of magic at 9&3/4 platform

i went by the harry potter magic 9 and 3/4 platform. there is like forever a queue here of fans or people out for a good time paying money (all £9.50 for on photo) to have a go at being photographed as the next wizard or witch.

well watching is FREE!

harry potter shop next to 9&3/4 platform

& of course the shop next to the platform to magically spend more money.

google building

google had committed to building a vast campus for 7,000 employees (apparently to continue despite Brexit) next to its existing google building.

very exciting of course!

google building

ii took some photos & the next day my RI resident photographer friend took more photos.

google building

there were a few new dining outlets at this quite new google building – mexican tortilla, a middle-easrtern & a fast japanese joint with packed sushi sashimi, curries for dine in or take-away.

street stalls

the king’s boulevard walkway from the station exit to regent’s canal now has semi-permanent street stalls, even branded KERB!

street stalls

something that beckons…

street stalls

like a mini mini maltby or bricklane market….

king’s cross st pancras station

looking in the direction of St Pancras clock tower along pancras road.

king’s cross st pancras station

the open space at King’s Cross St Pancras exit.

google map showing the station exit to king’s boulevard, 9 & 3/4 platform, google building & St Pancras where we collected our rental car on 30apr.

regent canal

after collecting my 2 friends, we walked past regent’s canal.

regent canal

this like the cleaning up of singapore river, haha!

granary square

walked past granary square, past the Arthouse, then along copenhagen street to our apartment.

after that we went to Greek Larder, located at the Arthouse, for dinner.

c.h.e.f andy