Self Walking Tour of Lisbon to Castelo do Sao Jorge on 28Mar2016

Rooster of barcelos

Rooster of barcelos  

the rooster of barcelos is sold everywhere. we saw them at sourvenir shops as we walked the town on 28.3.2016. ^^

see legend of rooster of barcelos – so if the man to be hang was innocent, the dead rooster would crow again…

walking from tartine the breakfast place to the arc then to castelo

walking from tartine the breakfast place to the arc then to castelo

after a great hearty breakfast at tartine, we took a walk to arco da rua augusta & the praca do comercio on the way to the castelo.

we followed the tram 28 route, but decided to walk both onward & return journey instead of taking the tram.

arco da rua augusta

arco da rua augusta 

we saw the arc along the route..

streetspraca do comercio 2

arch to praca do comercio 2 arch to praca do comercio 3

a victory monument to commenorate the reconstruction of lisboa after the 1755 earthquake..

loggia

loggia 

on the left facing the praca is the supreme court building & on the right the ministry of justice.

praca do comercio 3

praca do comercio 

the praca, square of commerce, looks over river tagus.

it is also referred to as the terreiro do paco or palace yard of the pacos da rebeira (royal ribeira palace) which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, followed by a tsunami & fire that destroyed mist of lisboa..

arco da rua augusta viewed from praca do comercio

arco da rua augusta viewed from praca do comercio  

the square is a pleasant expansive space with government buildings on the sides.

statue of King José I @ praca do comercio

Statue of King José I, by Machado de Castro (1775).

the statue of King José I, by Machado de Castro (1775) stands at the centre of the praca. the king on his horse is symbolically crushing snakes on his path.

Go cars-€60 for 4hrs

Go cars-€60 for 4hrs 

after the praca, we spied some go cars rental. there were tourists riding these along the streets.

Go cars-€60 for 4hrs2another model

my son had taken it previously when he was here in 2011.

wife & i were not taking it so my son & daughter did not take them this t

santo antonio church

santo antonio church 

on the way to castelo, we passed by the santo antonio church.

santo antonio church2

santo antonio church  

it’s a nice little 18th century baroque catholic church.

santo antonio church3

santo antonio church 

took a shot of the nave, low lighting not so clear.

santo antonio church4

santo antonio church 

nice murals of biblical stories…

street mosaic art

street mosaic art 

alfama is the oldest district with interesting maze of narrow streets, historical buildings & tiled roofs.

there was an interesting street mosaic art…

after that we turned left uphill towards the castelo de sao jorge.

& after the castle, we had excellent chorizo, cheese & port at winebar do castelo.

street & tram 28 route

street & tram 28 route 

after a satisfied meal, we walked further along the tram 28 route.

street & tram 28 route2

street & tram 28 route 

streets3

street & tram 28 route 

to miradouro de santa luzia…

rest stop rest stop view

a very nice lookout over the alfama terrain, castle & all the way down the lezo estuary to river tagus.

view of 25th apr brudge

view of alfama district view of alfama district2

view of castelo do sao jorge from miradouro de santa luzia

view of castelo do sao jorge from miradouro de santa luzia

a view of castelo do sao jorge from miradouro de santa luzia…

view of alfama district3 view of tagus river view of tagus river2 view of tagus river3

looking over the tile roofs to the tagus river…

streets4

streets5

we debated whether to take a tuk tuk, & decided to just walk back.

nice joint nice joint2 nice joint3

nice joint4

nice joint5 restaurante chapito a mesa

on the way back we passed by a delightful restaurant on a terrace slope.

beautiful place. a hip place to chill out.

at the top before the entrance to the restaurant is a curio, sourvenir shop.

houses architecture3 architecture2 architecture

took some photos of the buildings/architecture…

alfama district

interesting streets…

shops

nearer the apartment

nearer the apartment2

after that its going back to our apartment.

after passing rossio square, we walked up the slope of calcada do carmo, then up the steps of calcado do duque & back to our apartment.

the restaurants were serving tables on the steps.

it was a wonderful relaxing walk after a great breakfast & port cheese lunch. still we need our rest & cuppa at the apartment.

in the evening we went to jose avillez’s cantinho do avillez for dinner.

daughter decided to give it a miss & skipped dinner. guess she didn’t miss much. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Castelo de Sao Jorge on 28Mar2016

castelo sao jorge

castelo de sao jorge

castelo de sao jorge, a moorish castle, occupyies a hilltop location in alfama, the ancient district spreading over a charming locality of narrow streets with historical buildings on the tejo esturary between the castle & tagus river.

walking from our apartment to the arc then to castelo

walking from our apartment to the arc then to castelo

after a great hearty breakfast at tartine, we took a walk to arco da rua augusta & the praca do comercio on the way to the castelo.

we followed the tram 28 route, but decided to walk both onward & return journey instead of taking the tram.

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

we passed by the winebar do castelo on the way up, and afterwards having visited the castle we had a most delightful port, chorizo, prosciutto & cheese session at the winebar.

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

there were buskers & street artist & stalls peddling artifacts. 🙂

busker playing the austrian hang

busker playing the hang

in particular there was an excellent busker playing the hang.

this guy was just so supergood! ^^

it was just incredible, the soothing sound flowing out with the hand movements, very soothing like the music they play at the spa…

watch the top video. ^^

castelo sao jorge

castelo sao jorge

the castle grounds….

castelo sao jorge

castelo sao jorge

the barbican walls…

the fortified central keep of castelo sao jorge 

the fortified central keep of castelo de sao jorge

the fortified central keep of castelo sao jorge 

the fortified central keep of castelo de sao jorge

a major restoration was undertaken in the 1920s.

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

the castle was designed to withstand long siege & incorporated strong defensive fortifications.

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

& sits on a high vantage point over the tejo estuary…

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

looking over the tagus river..

peacock in the castelo grounds

peacock in the castelo grounds

peacock in the castelo grounds

peacock in the castelo grounds

there was a peacock walking the grounds. beautiful creature. 🙂

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

it was a wonderful place to walk around & loiter & look over the historical buildings & old town..

c.h.e.f andy

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Ticket & Schedule – http://castelodesaojorge.pt/en/tickets-schedule-and-information/

Transport – Bus 37 & Tram 12, 28

Quite Average Food Relatively Expensive Dinner @ Cantinho do Avillez on 28Mar2016

grilled scallops

grilled scallops – €21

cantinho do avillez

cantinho do avillez

we read that jose avillez is one of the most respected chef in portugal, has 4 restaurants in the chiado, and belcanto has earned 2 michelin stars, the first in 2012.

so we made reservation at the next best thing, cantinho do avillez, his canteen on the next road, for more casual dining & easy on the wallet evening outing on 28.3.2016. ^^

daughter wasn’t keen so we went with son for 3pax dinner. 🙂

restaurant was like fully booked & people were waiting at the bar area drinking & then brought to the tables.

bread & dip

bread & dip

bread

bread

there was a cover charge of €2.85pax.

quite ok as we were served nice bread with something like a bearnaise buttery dip.

dip

dip

bread & dip

bread & dip

can’t remember what it was, but it was good with the bread.

tuna tartare

tuna tartare – €11.85

tuna tartare

tuna tartare – €11.85

tuna tartare was with asian sauce.

tasted ok to me, but a far cry from what we had the day before at mercado timeout market la…

heavy & earth i should say both in taste & even in presentation.

wife was totally unimpressed.

scallop cerviche

scallop cerviche – €8.45

scallop ceviche was better. but again quite ordinary.

scallop cerviche2

scallop cerviche

of course it’s still cheaper than an equivalent dish in a good restaurant in singapore. anyway, so so la…

pig trotters with chick peas2

veal trotters? with chick peas – €6.50

pig trotters with chick peas

veal trotters? with chick peas – €6.50

pretty good dish for me. the trotters were like deboned, so only left the gelatinous gummy skin etc.

i should say a tasty dish & something i liked & easy to eat…

lamb with cous cous2

lamb with cous cous – tagine codeiro – €18.45

black pig with cous cous

lamb with cous cous – tagine codeiro – €18.45

son had the lamb.

he certainly liked it. i didn’t mind it too.

but it was like just ok-ish.

for example, the likewise middle-eastern braised lamb shoulder preparation at honey & co london was WAY better than this la…

black pig with black beans

black pig with black beans – €19

black pig & black bean sauce

black pig & black bean sauce – €19

i wanted the alentejano black pig this time. it was good too, charred & flavourful.

but we just had the black pig risotto at scaramento the evening before, & that was considerably better, and came with a very good standard mushroom risotto to boot.

mediocre food

average food ???

wife had the grilled scallops for main (top photo),

clearly competent, and a fair portion. a good main nothing to complain about.

3pax euro115

damage = 3pax euro115

the bill came to €115 for 3pax including bottle of wine.

it’s about same price as what we paid for 4pax at sacramento.

 

ok maybe we were too critical..to be fair food was competent & not really mediocre but just overrated & underwhelming…basically better & cheaper elsewhere la..

quality, quantity, price, overall experience not 1/2 as good as at Sacramento last evening la.

overall, it was still a good meal for me only unimpressed, unlike say at scaramento, mercado ribeira timeout market, & later at DOP in porto.

c.h.e.f andy

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Cantinho do Avillez
+ 351 21 199 23 69
Rua dos Duques de Bragança, 7
1200-162 Lisboa

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 12.30-15.00 and 19.00-00.00
Saturday and Sunday: 12.30-00.00
Closed on public holidays: For dinner 24 December and all day 25 December

Delightful Port, Chorizo & Cheese @ Winebar do Castelo on 28Mar2016

ruby port & tawny port - proscuitto 24months & 36months, 3 chorizos & cheese...3 port, 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo

3 port, 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo

this winebar was recommended by son. he came with a friend some years back. 🙂

it’s a nice place. we saw it on the way to castelo de sao jorge, so after the castle we stopped by & enjoyed the port & cheese on 28.3.2016. ^^

wine bar do castelo

wine bar do castelo

it’s a cosy little place, with limited seating. 🙂

wine bar do castelo3

wine bar do castelo

good recommendations also by tripadvisor. 🙂

ruby port & tawny port

ruby port & tawny port

we were introduced to white port, ruby port & tawny port.

port are wine produced from red grapes grown in the duoro valley & fortified by addition of garpe neutral spirit (brandy) to stop fermentation, & so sweeter. tawny port has prolonged slow oxidation in wooden casks. it turns amber brown colour & is smoother, nutty & taste like brandy.

We had 2 ruby port €6 each & a tawny port €9

We picked 2 ruby port €6 each & a tawny port €9

we picked 3 port – 2 ruby port €6 each & a tawny port €9.

& a platter comprising 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo to share among 4pax. 🙂

olives & bread

olives & bread

the bread as always were very good.

the olives here also good quality, not the bery cheap salty type eg we had at a porto market

extra virgin olive oil & compote

extra virgin olive oil & compote

very good extra virgin olive oil.

& with the cheese & chorizo we also had very good fruit jam & compote.

3 chorizos & cheese...3 port, 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo(2)

3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo

the platter was really something.

3 very good quality 24mths & 36mths proscuitto (or aged ham) including alentejan black pig, 3 different chorizo & 4 cheese.

proscuitto & chorizo were so flavourful. i enjoyed all of them & the cheese. they were especially good when taken together with the port, though i can’t take much wine or liquor.

this was the best wine & cheese experience i had. service was excellent, with very good introduction & explanation of the port, proscuitto, chorizo & cheese.

c.h.e.f andy

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LISBOA – LISBON, CASTELO DE SÃO JORGE, PORTUGAL
Winebar do Castelo – wine by glass and wine shop. Outstanding Portuguese wines, old Port and Madeira wines. Exceptional selection of the best Portuguese cheeses and fine charcuterie.
Opens daily 12:00 – 22:00
Located on the entrance of St. George Castle, in Lisbon, Portugal.
Address: Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão, nºs 11 – 13
T: + 351 21 887 9093
E: winebardocastelo@gmail.com

Great Breakfast Joint @ Tartine on 28Mar2016

breakfast @ tartine

breakfast @ tartine

we had a long & fun day on 27.3.2016, waking up in the wee hours to catch a taxi to luton to board a flight from london to lisbon.

so we all had a restful sleep, and planned for a later breakfast on 28.3.2016. ^^

wife & daughter had done their yoga.

daughter read about tartine (a short walk from our apartment) so we decided to go there for breakfast. 🙂

tartine pastry

tartine pastry

a tempting display of pastry…

tartine

tartine

we were seated on the inside next to the small outdoor section..

tartine

tartine

it was past 9am & not so many customers…

egg cream pastry - the best!

egg cream pastry – the best!

the pastry counter lady said this egg cream pastry was a popular item here.

i think it was the best, better than the natas & other portugese pastry we had & subsequently…

natas @ tartine

natas @ tartine

the natas here were good too.

i would say this was better than the natas we had at paradia portuguesa @Praça Luís de Camões.

& perhaps pasteis de belem’s was a bit better than this

portugese sweet croissant

portugese sweet croissant

we ordered the portugese version of croissant just to try.

this however was disappointing. the french croissant is much better for my palate.

soft boiled egg with toast

soft boiled egg with toast

son was hungry, so he ordered a soft boiled egg with toast. not my kind of food.

expresso with cream

expresso with cream

wife took a expression with cream & i took my usual flat white.

the coffee here was good. 🙂

a nice relaxing breakfast before we start out to alfama district & castelo de sao jorge. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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TARTINE PADARIA & RESTAURANTE

RUA SERPA PINTO, 15 – A

TEL: +351 21 342 91 08

MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 8AM TO 8PM

SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS: 10AM TO 8PM

Our Best Dinner in Lisbon @ Sacramento Restaurant on 27Mar2016

octopus split for 4pax

grilled octopus split for 4pax

we had quite a full day on 27.3.2016-

it’s time to have a nice dinner & relax! 🙂

sacramento restaurant3

sacramento restaurant

we didn’t have a restaurant in mind so i looked at the google map which showed the restaurants nearby as we walked along rue do carmo past saint justa elevator.

with luck on our side, we picked sacramento. not a promising name, certainly not portugese sounding. the deco was described as funky in one guide. seemed a bit cheesy to me, somehow reminded me of a certain jack’s place at havelock road in the early 1980s?

well, turned out to be the best restaurant & best meal we had in lisbon.

nice bread

nice bread

we were served some nice bread & nice extra virgin olive oil.

it must be said that all bread at all meals we had were very nice here in lisbon, & also later porto.

chorizo & cheese

chorizo & cheese

we had a chorizo & cheese to share.

all very nice, but not really better than mercado timeout market or comparable with the excellent chorizo, cheese & port we had at castelo winebar the next day…

for today we waited an inordinately long time (like 1 hr+) for our food.

(it was ok at our next visit for dinner the evening before we left for porto).

not acceptable really, and the restaurant probably knew it.

we ordered a grilled octopus to share, and the restaurant split into 4 plates for us.

each plate had really a huge portion, plus very nice spinach to boot as side (top photo)!

we all agreed this was the best octopurs we had, better than at lake como, at lake marggiore, at cinque terre & of course singapore!

entrecote steak

entrecote steak

we ordered a main each, so 4 mains, & we shared the food anyway.

wife had the entrecote. it was very nice. the piece i had was quite marbled and very flavourful.

kurobuta with funghi risotto

black pig with funghi risotto

son had a black pig with funghi risotto.

incredible is the word!

(we had dinner at cantinho do avillez the next day. this is the “canteen” of 2 michelin star chef jose avillez who helms belcanto on the next street from cantinho. 

by comparison with sacramento, cantinho was overrated & the dinner entirely underwhelming, unfortunately…)

kurobuta with funghi risotto

black pig with funghi risotto

the black pig was a really huge serving, very well charred, very flavourful & marbled. a really excellent meat!

kurobuta with funghi risotto

black pig with funghi risotto

& the funghi risotto was excellent on its own, equal or better than a very good italian restaurant in singapore, and its only a side!

salt cod

salt cod

daughter had a salt cod.

poultry chorizo with rice

poultry chorizo with rice

& i had a poultry chorizo with rice. 🙂

both these dishes would have been very good restaurant standard dishes standalone.

salt cod is not a favourite for all for us. still it was very well done.

the poultry chorizo was not quite what i expected. i though it might be a chicken breast fillet which could be very tender & flavourful done in a good restaurant. it as instead a croquette deep-fried item. not my favourite preparation. still it was done well & tasty.

like the salt cod, this was more robust than fine food, and we already shared very good entrecote & black pig.

the rice was also very good. it’s different from the risotto, not as creamy, but tasted very good as well. of course we did not take most of it, just too much carbs la…

sacramento restaurant

sacramento restaurant

dinner was like €130 for 4pax, really excellent for the price! maybe we were just hungry la…

only complaint was the long wait…fortunately that was not repeated at our next visit.

restaurant largo

restaurant largo

on the way back to our apartment we passed by restaurant largo, with very tempting display of seafood & crustaceans!

well there were too many eating places we wanted to go, so in the end we did not go this one la…

c.h.e.f andy

Walking Around in Lisbon on 27Mar2016

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

after returning from jeronimos monastery & belem tower etc,

we had a nice cuppa (there was no nespresso capsules so we made filter coffee from some leftover pretty good coffee powder) & rest at the apartment before going out for an evening stroll.

daughter booked a nice spacious 200sqm 3-bedroom apartment at rua da misericórdia 98 for our 4pax lisbon stay.

it was a short walk past the st rogue church to the square,Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara, where some street stalls are peddling handicrafts, ginjinha (cherry wine) & small eats. 🙂

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre2

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

nice view of the surrounding.

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre3

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

the jardim…

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre4

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

terraces…

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Olá a partir de Lisboa! ^^

greetings from lisbon!

there is always romanticism associated with these streetcar transport of yesteryears.

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria2

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Calçada do Lavra

Calçada da Gloria

 

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria3

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

the gloria furnicular, opened to public in 1885, traverse an axis that slopes 17.7%, from Avenida da Liberdade to the Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara.

street art or grafitti

street art or grafitti?

street art or grafitti@Calçada da Gloria

street art or grafitti @ Calçada da Gloria

street art or grafitti @ Calçada da Gloria2

street art or grafitti @ Calçada da Gloria

there were no lack of loud wall graffiti along parts of the sloping calcada da gloria.

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria4

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria5

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

the furnicular ends at Avenida da Liberdade leading to praca restauradores. 🙂

praca da restaurandores

monumento dos restaurandores

the square….

national theatre d maria

national theatre d maria

national theatre d maria2

national theatre d maria

we walked over to the national theatre.

praca dom pedro IV

rossio square @ praca dom pedro IV

praca dom pedro IV2

rossio square @ praca dom pedro IV

fronting rossio square, which pays homage to Pedro IV, King of Portugal.

there was this famous ginjinha sem rival …

everyone was queueing up.

my son bought 2 cups. it was pretty strong & sweet wine with cherries at the bottom.

later we learned that in many places you are served with a chocolate container & finished off with the chocolate. didn’t have that this time though. 🙂

streets - rue do carmo

rue do carmo

we were 1/2 window shopping & looking for dinner place by now, walking up rue do carmo.

queue for santa justa elevator

queue for santa justa elevator

santa justa elevator

santa justa elevator

the santa justa elevator was round the corner, cost €5 for 2 trips.

there was a long queue.

i looked at the google map which showed the restaurants nearby.

with a spot of luck, we picked sacramento, and that was the best restaurant & best meal we had in lisbon.

we liked it so much we went back again the evening before leaving lisbon for porto. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Jeronimos Monastery, Discovery Monuments & Belem Tower on 27Mar2016

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

after having the “best” natas (portugese egg tarts) at pasteis de belem, we walked over to jeronimos monastery on 27.3.2016. ^^

unfortunately it was the easter weekend, & the monastery was closed. it felt strange to us, since one should expect bigger crowds & visits on public holidays, but i guess everyone deserve to have their day off.

we knew of this of course, checking on the various websites to see if it was open, but we had to manage our itinerary & had to settle for just seeing the outside of the monastery.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

the construction of the monastery & church started in 1501 & took 100 years to complete.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

built to commemorate vasco da gama’s voyage, it was also his final resting place where his tomb was laid by the entrance.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

it is a prominent example of late gothic maneuline architecture in lisbon, a richly ornate & complex architectural style.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

the cloisters certainly looked magnificient on the e-guides.

there were sea monsters, corals, sea motifs carved onto each column… too bad we were not able to view the inside.

Jardim da Praça do Império

Jardim da Praça do Império

we crossed over to the gardens, adjoining jardim de belem.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

& took a shot of the monastery from across the road.

Jardim da Praça do Império

Jardim da Praça do Império

the anchor….

Jardim da Praça do Império

Jardim da Praça do Império

& fountains….

discoveries monument

discovery monuments

lead to the discovery monuments, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, by the tagus river…

discoveries monument

discovery monuments

& celebrate the age of exploration during the 15th & 16th centuries….

discoveries monument

discovery monuments (western profile)

there were 34 statues of explorers on the western & eastern profile. 🙂

discoveries monument

discovery monuments (eastern profile)

on the eastern profile, henry the navigator carrying a model of a carrack sailing ship, stands at the front.

discoveries monument

at the discovery monuments

discoveries monument

at the discovery monuments

from the discovery monumnets, we could see the 25rh april bridge, lisbon’s “golden gate bridge”. 🙂

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

view from top of discovery monuments 

view from top of discovery monuments

admission is €4 for adults. there are family, school & senior citizen concessions.

there is a small marina on the east side of the monuments.

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

& view of cristo rei (Christ the King) across the tagus river, lisbon’s equivalent to rio de janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer. 🙂

view of cristo rei from discovery monuments

view of cristo rei from discovery monuments

& a zoomed-in look at the christo rei….

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

view from top of discovery monuments 

view from top of discovery monuments

on the western side is the tower of belem in the distance.

view3 from top of discovery monuments

jeronimos monastery

& looking back, the monastery & the gardens.

we took a short stroll to the belem tower & the jardim da torre de belem.

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

belem tower, alongside jeronimos monastery, is a UNESCO world heritage site.

it was built in a similar late gothic manueline architectural style with cloister & charming loggia on a small island in the tagus & connected to the shore, completed in 1519 in the early 16th century.

jardim da torre de belem

jardim da torre de belem

jardim da torre de belem

jardim da torre de belem

the park & open space in front of the tower.

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

after the belem tower, we took a cab back to apartment for just €8.10 though cab driver appropriated & did not return change for €10. 🙂

for 4pax it was quite convenient & more economical way to travel. the tram 15e was €2.85pax & took a long time & also we would need to change to the subway or walk back to the apartment from the ribeira at cais do sorde

c.h.e.f andy

Natas Heaven @ Pasteis de Belem on 27Mar2016

nata - portugese egg tarts

nata – portugese egg tarts

after a wonderful lunch at mercado timeout market, we took the tram 15e to belem to look at the monastery jeronimos, discovery monument & belem tower on 27.3.2016.^^

the tram was really crowded, there were many stops.

we needn’t worry about where to stop. there was the tram map of course, but it was very crowded & hard to see at times. there was also google map so we knew where we were.

anyway tram stop was basically next to pasteis de belem, in operations since 1837.

we saw the pastry shop, the tram rounded the corner about 10m & stopped.

there was a queue already for those buying takeout. we got a table so no need queueing. queue was a lot longer when we left, right to the corner near the tram stop. why bother i wonder? but maybe there are people buying like 50 or 100 pieces?

some write-ups claim pasteis de belem sells 15,000 pieces a day & ever up to 50,000 max!

nata - portugese egg tarts

nata – portugese egg tarts

it was very good.  a lot better than paradia portuguesa certainly.

price was not much different, €1.05 vs €0.95 at paradia portuguesa & most nata shop, but not sure whether it was a bit more or takeout price a bit cheaper.

the restaurant can seat 400pax. 🙂

pasteis de belem

pasteis de belem

of course they sell various pastries.

pasteis de belem

pasteis de belem

actually except for my daughter, 3 of us not really the dessert type so we only wanted to try nata.

pasteis de belem factory line

pasteis de belem factory line

son & i went to the back & took some photos at the kitchen.

pasteis de belem4

pasteis de belem factory line

it was good marketing.

pasteis de belem factory line

pasteis de belem factory line

they basically have it like a display with huge glass panel for people to see & take phots, selfies etc of the kitchen staff assembling the natas.

jukebox? or money countng machine?

jukebox? money countng machine?

we are mostly not really fan of natas, but they are really quite good in portugal. natas here are eggy, softer & not too sweet (unlike the ones in singapore where the custard like agar agar), & they can grow on you. so i didn’t mind them.

i had 1/2 portugese tart back in singapore last week (some random one someone bought). basically inedible!

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Food Destination @ Mercado da Ribeira Timeout Market on 27Mar2016

tuna tartare

tuna tartare

one of the exciting places, a major food destination, we read about was mercado da ribeira.

so after putting our bags in our chiado apartment, we walked down to cais de sorde & a short distance to mercado.

mercado da ribeira timeout market

mercado da ribeira timeout market

this was lisbon’s main market since 1894. time out lisboa magazine took over management in 2014. the market stalls selling fresh produce are open 6am to 2pm.

the food court on the western side of the building, opened in may 2014, has canteen styled community tables, opens everyday 10am to midnight sun-wed & 10am to 2am thurs – sat.

what is exciting is that it features many many brand/chefs from portugal’s top restaurants & shops.

mercado da ribeira timeout market

mercado da ribeira timeout market

lisbonlux also provided a comprehensive listing of the boutique stalls at the market, selling food “from seafood to steak sandwiches, hamburgers, sushi and ice cream, among other specialties”.

prosciutto, cheese, wine from manteigaria silva

€10 prosciutto, cheese from manteigaria silva + wine

we started with a €10 prosciutto & cheese plate from manteigaria silva. the white wine was costly at €6 but very good. the extra virgin olive oil was another €1.50 but it was very good indeed.

prosciutto was average, not specially “pang”, cheese was good.

prosciutto, cheese, wine from manteigaria silva

prosciutto, cheese, wine from manteigaria silva

the platter didn’t look like a lot but was pretty ok to share, and the bread was very good (portugese bread everywhere we go in lisbon & porto were very good) & fantastic with the olive oil.

tartar-ia @ mercado timeout market

tartar-ia @ mercado timeout market

next we had tuna tartare from tartar-ia.

tuna tartare

€18.75 tuna tartare

not only it looked exquisite.

it was the best tune tartare i ever had. but it came expensive though, €18.75 for 150g.

tuna tartare

€18.75 tuna tartare

you can call it explosion of flavours. don’t know what were the condiments but everything combined fabulously, fromt eh fragrant extra virgin olive oil to the truffle oil, wasabi mayo? etc…

just wonderful!

steak tartare

€13.50 steak tartare

tuna tartare was so good we decided to try the steak tartare.

steak tartare

€13.50 steak tartare

it was excellent too, though nothing so wow like the tuna tartare, and cheaper.

we also had a white & then a red from tartar-ia…white was not as good as the one from manteigaria silva. red was very good. 🙂

cakes from Nós é Mais Bolos

cakes from Nós é Mais Bolos

we rounded off with some cakes from Nós é Mais Bolos

not know what to order we asked for recommendations, and got the chocolate cake & egg cream cakes.

chocolate cake

€4.50 gigi’s chocolate cake

both were quite unsatisfactory!

gigi’s chocolate cake was too sweet, very so-so, somethin i would not take in singapore.

egg sponge cake

€3.50 egg sponge cake

the egg sponge cake, they claimed best in the world. what can i say, non-descript, forgettable…

the next day i had an excellent egg cream cake at tartine. that was memorable.

portugal (both lisbon & porto) had excellent nata, the portugese egg tarts (& i didn’t know how good they were until i try a random one in singapore few days back, and that was literally unedible by comparison), and many other great pastry, so we don’t really need this.

mercado da ribeira timeout market

mercado da ribeira timeout market

we left mercado & took the tram 15e to belem. this photo from across the road as we walked to the tram station nearer cais de sorde.

c.h.e.f andy

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Opening Hours-

Sun – Wed: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Thu – Sat: 10:00 am – 02:00 am

Lisbon Flight & Accomodation – Easyjet & Airbnb on 27Mar2016

easyjet - luton to lisbon

easyjet – luton to lisbon

we had early dinner at sen viet on 26.7.2016 as we were flying early the next day by 6.45am flight from luton to lisbon on 27.3.2016.

flight departure by easyjet was 6.45am.

we planned to be at the airport by 5.15am & the journey form son’s king’s cross apartment to luton airport took 1hr. so son booked a cab at 4.15am.

it just so happens that at midnight, uk reverse daylight saving so clock was reset forward 1 hr so we actually had to leave king’s cross apartment at 3.15am (reset to 4.15am). there were 4 of us & we decided to set the alarm for between 2.15am & 2.45am.

Easyjet actually offered to check in one bag for free. since we already purchased 1 check-in luggage, no delays to put in second free check-in luggage. we think the reason is that for budget airlines, passengers tend to not pay for check in & have too many hand-carries so not enuf cabin space.

there is no immigration at luton from uk to portugal (i guess to EU countries), but there was a passport verification table after airline check-in.

there is no time difference uk & portugal. our flight was delayed almost an hr in departure but caught up a bit so arrival was about 10am instead of 9.30am.

daughter booked a nice 3 bedroom airbnb apartment in chiado, quite a good, central location. we also had an airport pick-up for i think ¢32 from lisbon portela airport to our chaido apartment (8km). not really so costly since there were 4 of us.

on 31.3.2016, daughter had to return london then singapore early. we went with her to baxia-chiado station. it was a 40mins journey by subway to airport & cost ¢1.25.

hall - Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

hall – Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

daughter booked a 3 bedroom apartment for 4 nights. it’s huge 200 sq m apartment & cost was about S$1000, so S$250/night for 4pax.

the partner robi met us at the apartment. the cleaners were at work. still, we were able to get the keys & leave our luggage in the apartment.

living hall was great, heating, hot water, noise insulation, wifi all great! ^^

had some problem getting the cable & tv channels as everything in portugese. anyway son was able to connect the hdmi cable to watch movies.

master - Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

master – Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

the bedrooms & toilets were great. didn’t have shampoo, tooth brush/paste/shaver like hotels, but we were equipped so ok.

2 other bedrooms - Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

2 other bedrooms – Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

bedrooms were all huge & well lit.

kitchen - Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

kitchen – Airbnb 3 bedroom apartment at Rua da Misericórdia 98, Lisboa

kitchen was huge, but did not have any nespresso capsule for the machine. someone left some filter coffee so we had that couple times before we grabbed some nespresso capsules (cheaper than london. so in fact we bought like 25 tubes & got a intro gift capsule holder.

paradia portuguesa @ Praça Luís de Camões lisbon

paradia portuguesa @ Praça Luís de Camões lisbon

we left the apartment & grabbed a nata at the corner paradia portuguesa @Praça Luís de Camões.

nata - portugese egg tart

nata – portugese egg tart

nata was great, eggy not too sweet nice crispy, fluffy pastry, though later we had better ones at belem & also at tartine. 🙂

walking down to cois do sodre

walking down to cois do sodre

we walked down the street towards cois de sodre.

this the riberia area where we can take a ferry across to cucilhas.

we had been reading about cacilhas & cristo rei & ponto final restaurant. but the driver who fetched us from airport & robi gave a very different picture. to them, cacilhas was a by-the-way destination of no great consequence.

we went there still on our last day at lisbon, but it slipped down the list of must dos.

from cois de sodre, mercado timeout market was a very short walk. we had lots of great food adventure there. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Good Vietnamese Food @ Sen Viet London on 26Mar2016

rice paper rolls

rice paper rolls

a very enjoyable morning at maltby market, but enough of sandwiches. ^^

i thought of having vietnamese food.

son’s favourite, banh mi bay was closed for easter weekend.

we found the next most convenient, sen viet, which was within walking distance from son’s apartment. still it was quite far maybe 15mins when we walked, and after dinner it was raining quite a bit, luckily we could call uber cab, & cost us very little to get back.

sen viet

sen viet

place was quite well patronised.

google reviews

google reviews

& much as summarised in google reviews.

bun cha

bun cha

the bun cha was very good. excellent bbq flavours for the meat & prawns which was fresh & succulent.

bun cha

bun cha

we ordered a second helping. ^^

duck curry

duck curry

we tried the duck curry.

i didn’t think much of it..i thought curry was not “pang” ie flavourful & duck was soft no texture, but wife & children all liked it.

fish in claypot

fish in claypot

i liked the claypot fish dish, maybe it was mackerel. anyway i like the fish & taste of the dish.

after dinner, rain was too heavy for us to walk back. luckily we were avle to call an uber cab quite easily.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sen Viet

Address:
119 King’s Cross Rd, London WC1X 9NH, United Kingdom

London’s Best Street Food @ Maltby Market on 26mar2016

maltby market

maltby market

son brought us to maltby market on saturday 26.3.2016. ^^

i have been to several street markets already, namely –

for me, maltby market is clearly the best. 🙂

chicken & waffle, cheese & waffle

chicken & waffle, cheese & waffle

we started with southern fried chicken on waffle & goat cheese & fresh figs on waffle.

waffle on

waffle on

the stall is waffle on.

waffle on

waffle on

we were early at 11am, the place was still not crowded.

chicken & waffle, cheese & waffle

chicken & waffle, cheese & waffle

first time i tried savoury dishes on waffle, and they were very good. o guess it’s similar to duck & waffle, which son had mentioned many times but i have yet to try.

cheese & fig & waffle

cheese & fig & waffle

the combination was quite new to me.

cheese & fig & waffle

cheese & fig & waffle

goat cheese, pungent & slight salty, with fresh figs & blueberries actually went very nicely with the waffle. a favourite for me here.

chicken & waffle

chicken & waffle

the southern fried chicken was done very nicely, well marinated & tasted great! 🙂

chicken & waffle, cheese & waffle

chicken & waffle, cheese & waffle

the combination was new. chicken while good not so special for me.

cheese & gamon ham toast sandwich

blue cheese & ham grilled cheese sandwich

we had wanted the chorizo, but the stallholder told my son the blue cheese was the best, so he got us a blue cheese & ham grilled cheese sandwich.

cheese & gamon ham toast sandwich

blue cheese & ham grilled cheese sandwich

& it was superb! really so good, hard fight for me between this & the cheese fig waffle.

toast sandwich

grilled cheese sandwich

this supposed to be one of london’s best grilled cheese sandwich, the cheese truck.

there is another stall kappacasein at borough market (which i have not tried yet).

sub cult gourmet sandwiches

sub cult gourmet sandwiches

what can i say?

it’s one good eat after another…

sub cult gourmet sandwiches

sub cult gourmet sandwiches

sub cult’s gourmet sandwiches were just as enjoyable, and the crowd testified to that.

sub cult gourmet sandwiches

sub cult gourmet sandwiches

looked so good…

pork & seafood sandwich

pork & seafood sandwich

son & daughter bought a pork & seafood sandwich.

rather unusual combination i would have thought, except that it was very good. a lot of fresh & plump scallops & prawns, and grilled pork collar? anyhow it was very good.

hanger steak - 180g

hanger steak – 180g

wife remembered she had very good hanger steak here.

we all love hanger steaks.

steak & chips

steak & chips

we enjoyed the first steak.

steak & chips

steak & chips

and ended up getting a second serving.

hanger steak - 180g

hanger steak – 180g

hanger steak must be done rare, is tender & very flavourful. 🙂

smoked salmon

smoked salmon

hansen & lydersen seems to be a quite notable seller of smoke salmon. we didn’t really want smoke salmon though.

lemon tarts

lemon tarts

the lemon tarts were great.

lemon tarts

lemon tarts

not too sweet & just nice texture of custard. very good tart base.

chocolate roll2 chocolate roll3 chocolate roll4

doughnuts

doughnuts

& very good doughnuts, but that really not my kind of food.

maltby market2

maltby market

greek stall

maltby market

beef sandwich stall5

maltby market

maltby market is very small by comparison with borough, so if you are going just for street eats, this a really compact place just a single street with so many good eats. borough market of course has a lot more stalls to buy fruits, jam, produce, also ice cream & good coffee.

c.h.e.f andy

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Maltby Street Market can be found at LASCCO Ropewalk, 41 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA

Trading hours:

Saturday 9am-4pm

Sunday 11am-4pm

The Book of Mormon Musical on 25Mar2016

directions to prince of wales theatre

google mapping directions to prince of wales theatre 

son made a reservation for 2 tickets for the book of mormon at prince of wales theatre.

wife & son already watched the musical so it was for me to watch with daughter while wife & son have their evening together.

we had to collect the tickets from the box office 1/2 hr before the show starts(7.30pm).

so we finished off our coffee at monmouth & took a 10mins walk down shaftsbury avenue to prince of wales theatre.

genting casino on the way

genting chinatown casino on the way 

i didn’t realise but seems that genting owns the largest number of casinos in the UK with 47 casinos.

at prince of wales theatre

at prince of wales theatre 

the theatre with 1,160 seating capacity looked completely filled up.

the book of mormon is a religious satire musical.

it was hilariously funny & wholly irreverent la…lol! 🙂 making fun of everything from religion to sex.

it was vulgar, offensive, laced with profanity, sacrilege! pokes fun at itself & everything else, and totally witty & engaging.

it’s a Broadway musical from the creators of “South Park” (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) and the composer of “Avenue Q” (Robert Lopez).

it was a great evening to just relax & have to good laugh. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Coffee+Truffle Chocolate on 25Mar2016

cappucin @ monmouth

cappuccino @ monmouth

monmouth was nearby & they close at 630pm, so we walked over after burger & lobster.

we had a cappuccino but this time it was not good.

coffee @ monmouth

coffee @ monmouth

flat white was a whole lot better. the milk w/o foam blended perfectly with the c0ffee, so silky smooth!

flat white @ monmouth

flat white @ monmouth

there are many places in singapore with equally good coffee or better these days though.

truffle chocolate @ monmouth

truffle chocolate @ monmouth

son bought 2 truffle chocolates. they were quite good too.

c.h.e.f andy

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Moumouth Coffee

Address:
27 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EU, United Kingdom

Hours:

Other Days 8AM–6:30PM
Sunday Closed

Awesome Lobster @ Burger & Lobster Dean Street on 25Mar2016

£20 lobster

£20 lobster

it’s kind of inevitable that every time we visit london, we would frequent burger & lobster if we can. it is very much a go to place for singaporeans & everyone else. 🙂

i was here 8.5.2016 during my last london visit.

burger & lobster

burger & lobster

we were there before 5pm, and there was already a good crowd. 🙂

burger & lobster

burger & lobster

but no queue, so we got seated immediately.

£20 lobster3

£20 lobster3

it was a simple & great concept. they only sell 3 things here – whole lobster (steamed or grilled), lobster roll, a very nice brioche with lots of lobster meat, and a burger, all priced at £20. never tried the burger.

so it menu is very simple, they only have to source the lobster cheaply & priced them competitively at £20.

£20 lobster3

£20 lobster3

the maine lobster was a standard one and a 1/4 pounder = 680g, basically between 650g and 700g.

it was fresh and tasty, the bearnaise sauce was good, and fries were good too.

the grilled lobster was steamed then grilled. this time we tried a steamed lobster, an we all agreed the steamed lobster was better. 🙂

£20 lobster roll

£20 lobster roll

lobster roll was very good too.

£20 lobster roll

£20 lobster roll

the advantage is you don’t have to shell the lobster, dirty your hands etc, and in any case they have a fair helping if lobster.

we finished about 5.45pm & decided to walk over to monmouth to have a cuppa.

c.h.e.f andy

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Burger & Lobster

Address

36-38 DEAN STREETSOHOLONDONW1D 4PS
Opening Hours –

MON-WED: 12PM-10:30PM
THURS-SAT: 12PM-11PM
SUN: 12PM-  10PM

Reservations –

RESERVATIONS TAKEN FOR PARTIES OF 6-10 PEOPLE

A Walk in the Park = Holland Park & Covent Gardens on 25Mar2016

granary square @ king's cross

granary square @ king’s cross

after a great brunch at sunday, wife decided to go walk in holland park as there is a japanese garden, maybe we could catch some sakura? ^^

we walked past granary square to king’s cross station. there is a huge multi-billion redevelopment of king’s cross. granary square fronts central st martin university of the arts london.

granary square @ king's cross

granary square @ king’s cross

and cross the regent canal.

i had a nice walk along regent’s canal to camden market & to regent park & primrose hill. that was aug2014.

9 3/4 harry potter's platform

9 3/4 harry potter’s platform

& no one gets tired of taking a photo at the 9 3/4platform in harry potter’s realm.

road to holland park

road to holland park

we took the circle line & exited at nottinghill gate station & walked along holland park ave.

road to holland park

road to holland park

nice trees overcast sky, a mysterious, magical appearance.

road to holland park

road to holland park

we turned into holland park road.

holland park

holland park

it’s a good size park, 22 hectares, about the size of st james park & larger than green park.

by comparison hyde park though is 143hectares & kensington gardens 111 hectares.

holland park

holland park

there wasn’t much to see in holland park

holland park

holland park

we came here though to look at kyoto gardens.

nice flowers

nice flowers

spotted some nice flowers for a good composition.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

found kyoto garden. very limited though.

peacock

peacock

took a photo of the peacock.

squirrel

squirrel

& there was a squirrel.

squirrel

squirrel

nifty fella which made a reappearance later.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

a water feature.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

peace & calm.

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

nothing to show for sakura, just one solitary plant.

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

that’s all we got.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

kyoto gardens were constructed in 1991 with funding from japanese conglomerates.

but didn’t look particularly well maintained.

squirrel

squirrel

this fella came back.

squirrel

squirrel

quite a show-off

squirrel

squirrel

strutting around. 🙂

gelato mio

gelato mio 

exiting holland park, we found a gelato place down the road & stopped to have some ice cream didn’t think much of it.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

daughter & i were going to watch a musical this evening at prince of wales theatre, & son & wife were going to have their own tete a tete.

so we decided to go & walk around covent gardens, then have early dinner at burger & lobster.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

we exited at leicester square station & walked to covent gardens.

there were the usual street baskers. this guy was standing on air & he could flipped 90deg to horizontal….probably had some metal platform & braces in the boots & uniform. 🙂

covent gardens

covent gardens 

it’s quite fun living in these places. the street scenes just like in movies.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

we walked through the building.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

the jamie oliver outlet union jacks.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

& the apple market.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

then to the piazza.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

not too busy.

covent gardens

covent gardens

quite a number of tourists.

children did some shopping, daughter bought a dress at zara.

we then walked to burger & lobster at dean street for early dinner beofre 2 of us went to theatre.

c.h.e.f andy

Great Lunch @ Sunday Restaurant London on 25Mar2016

baked eggs, crab, toasted cornbread

baked eggs, crab, toasted cornbread

had a great 4pax family brunch at sunday cafe & restaurant the next day on 25.3.2016. ^^

it’s a place that gets my daughter excited, brunch, bread etc…

sunday restaurant london

sunday restaurant london

we slept late to recover from the jetlag the day before, but was early to arrive at sunday at 10.30am. the location at Hemingford Rd is just a 10mins walk form my son’s apartment. 🙂

this a chill place, obviously popular.

queue at sunday

queue at sunday

by the time we left 1130am -ish, there was a long queue outside.

baked eggs, crab, toasted cornbread

baked eggs, crab, toasted cornbread

we ordered a plate each.

baked eggs, crab, toasted cornbread was pretty nice.

corn fritters

corn fritters

& a corn fritters to share.

corn fritters

corn fritters

the plates were all nicely presented. corn fritters was ok.

 

courgette fritters, lots of avocado

courgette fritters, lots of avocado

daughter had a courgette fritters.

courgette fritters, lots of avocado

courgette fritters, lots of avocado

decent, nothing special, too much avocado.

crispy spiced lamb, flat bread

crispy spiced lamb, flat bread

for me the crispy fried minced lamb was the best.

crispy spiced lamb, flat bread

crispy spiced lamb, flat bread

i am the meat person, & not much excited about all day breakfast & brunches really.

smoked chicken, black beans

smoked chicken, black beans

wife had a smoked chicken, pretty good too, too much black beans.

smoked chicken, black beans

smoked chicken, black beans

i didn’t mind the smoked chicken.

flat white

flat white

we finished off with a cuppa.

not quite my kind of food, but i am learning to enjoy it with my children, and they were not bad really & none too expensive. i guess the london folks voted with their feet too.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sunday Cafe & Restaurant

Address: 169 Hemingford Rd, London N1 1DA, United Kingdom

Enjoyable Indian Food @ Dishoom on 24Mar2016

dishoom bar area

dishoom bar area

our first meal in london was early dinner at dishoom on 24.3.2016.

this a hugely popular place, and top in many reviews, and rightfully so.

the last time we were here on 15.5.2015 our queue was 1.5hrs.

cocktail

cocktail

this time we went early at 530pm. still the queue was 45mins. but it was quite ok since they have a bar area which is a rather pleasant watering hole.

my family not short of drinkers just that i am not one.

cocktail

cocktail

wife & son enjoyed their cocktail.

mocktail

mocktail

i had some non alcoholic. i didn’t remember what it was, but it was ok. the environment of dim lighting & high ambient noise didn’t encourage me to try to read the menu nor hear what the server said.

still, while i won’t go myself for a drink it was quite pleasant in the company of wife & son. daughter had not arrived yet, & son went to fetch her at king’s cross after our dinner.

dishoom

dishoom

noce place really.

dishoom dining area

dishoom dining area

i was just mentioning to my son that we had past the 45mins waiting when a server came to inform us the table was ready so we went to level 2.

egg plant, calamari, prawns

egg plant, calamari, prawns

we ordered 3 appetisers – deepfried egg plants, calamari, & chilli prawns.

a server came to inform us that as they made us waited a bit longer, all the appertiser were on them.

such excellent service philosophy! the 45mins was just an estimaet & we probably waited 5mins longer. very wonderful of them indeed!

egg plants

egg plants

egg plants were very good, their popular dish.

calamari

calamari

calamari were pretty good, but i had better. prawns ok.

rack of lamb

rack of lamb

the rack of lamb was excellent, another popular dish, very tender & flavourful not so lamby…

chicken curry

chicken curry

the curry was very good. the chicken dices were not that great this time, not so tender.

chicken bryanni

chicken bryanni

we had lamb bryanni last time. this time we had chicken bryanni. the rice was very good, and the chicken were moist & tender.

the last time i said tops. this time i think not as good but still a very nice bryanni.

garlic naan

garlic naan

& garlic naan was good especially to mop up the curry.

we had a very good dinner. i was a bit less wowed than the first time, but still it was very good food for the palate, very enjoyable & more so because they did not charge the 3 appetisers. so a wonderful gesture.

c.h.e.f andy

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SQ Lounge Food & Onflight Food 24Mar2016

laksa

laksa

we planned a family holiday, visiting son in london then traveling together to lisbon & porto 24mar-4apr2016. ^^

wife & i left on morning 9am flight to london on 24.3.2016. daughter travelled on a later flight.

SQ 1st class lounge

SQ 1st class lounge

i have not been to SQ 1st class lounge for a very long time.

for long flights i usually redeem business class using my credit card miles. & generally i used the asia treasure lounge which is smaller, quieter & more private.

SQ 1st class lounge

SQ 1st class lounge

the food at the 1st class lounge was very good though.

the laksa, other than not having cockles, was the standard of any good laksa, very tasty.

jui kueh

jui kueh

jui kueh was pretty good too.

jui kueh

jui kueh

not the chinatown jui kueh standard, but pretty good.

roti prata

roti prata

& roti prata was very good.

dimsum

dimsum

dimsum was competent, ok.

pancake

pancake

i also tried the pancake. ok but normally i would skip dimsum & pancake, this time just to try.

expresso

expresso

coffee & the twg tea bags always good la. 🙂

breakfast

breakfast

on board business class, i order a beef burger for the light meal & a chilean seabass for lunch.

croissant

croissant

i picked a croissant off the bread basket, it was pretty good. there were other rolls & bread, only so much you can eat.

fruits

fruits

a plate of fruits.

fruit yogurt

fruit yogurt

after that there was a choice of cereal etc i picked the fruit yogurt.

beef burger

beef burger

the beef burger was very good. i am not a burger guy so i don’t take many but this one would rate very high up, the patty, bun, salad, all good.

chilean seabass

chilean seabass

chilean seabass my favoruite fish for western preparation.

chilean seabass

chilean seabass

this was good, firm, tasty. on par with good restaurant standard.

chilean seabass

chilean seabass

mussels were good too.

cheese & fruits

cheese & fruits

after the main, there was cheese & fruits.

i guess overall, the onflight food on SQ biz class was a pretty good dining experience.

lobster thermidor - return flight 4apr2016

lobster thermidor – return flight 4apr2016

on the return flight on 4.4.2016, for book the cook i picked lobster thermidor.

lobster thermidor - return flight 4apr2016

lobster thermidor – return flight 4apr2016

they served a whole lobster, i think a whole 1 & 1/4 pounder 680g typewith the meat + 2 pincers on the 1/2 shell.

lobster thermidor - return flight 4apr2016

lobster thermidor – return flight 4apr2016

meat was fresh & tasty, sauce was good, just right.

lobster thermidor - return flight 4apr2016

lobster thermidor – return flight 4apr2016

the dish was competent, no wow (like the chilean seabass on my onward flight). can’t expect too much on board so i guess that was pretty good already.

mango jelly

mango jelly  – return flight 4apr2016

didn’t want ice cream. tried the mango jelly…very so-so.

pakthai

pakthai – return flight 4apr2016

pakthai was ok, again competent. anyway pakthai not my favourite, & i only picked it on return flight as the other options were the western food which i had more than fair share over the almost 2weeks travel.

c.h.e.f andy