Fish & Chips on 9May2015

fish & chip

£5 cod & chips

after porthgwarra, we took a short drive to sennen cove on 9.5.2015.

it was past 2.30pm. sun was still bright.

we saw a sign for fish & chips. we turned into a carpark next to a pub restaurant & saw a sign lunch specials:£5 cod & chips outside the shop.

inside, a blackboard said the same thing.

a nice cornish pub restaurant

a nice cornish pub restaurant

it was a nice pub. wife ordered a draft beer.

fish & chip place on the way to sennen cove

a nice cornish pub restaurant

the £5 cod & chips was still available even though past lunch time.^^

fish & chip2

£5 cod & chips

£5 cod & chips

£5 cod & chips

it was just average. & a huge portion. chips were not tasty, peas not great here too. i added a lot of vinegar & salt. haha!

fish was actually ok, but like wife said, cod here is just white fish, somehow a low grade white fish. i wonder.

still, this was no worse than poppies fish & chips, the best in london, maybe this was better!

c.h.e.f andy

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Cream Tea & Porthgwarra Hike on 9May2015

privately owned porthgwarra cove

privately owned porthgwarra cove

porthgwarra (in cornish means a very wooded cove) is in fact quite accessible from porthcurno, probably an hour’s walk along the southwest coast path.

we were not certain of the weather & the terrain, so decided to head back to our car after reaching st leaven’s church.

so after minack theatre & the short porthcurno hike, we took a drive instead to porthgwarra. the access road is tricky as for quite a long stretch it is only 1 car width. it seems pure chance that 2 vehicles do not ended head to head & having to reverse (couldn’t imagine how?) but i guess probability of that is low because so few vehicles. there are intervals where there are wider space for 2 vehicles to cross. still we manage to reach & leave portgwarra w/o any difficult manoeuvres.

slipway and winch at porthgwarra

slipway and winch at porthgwarra

apparently porthgwarra cove & the winch & slipway are privately owned, though public are allowed to use them.

porthgwarra cove cafe

porthgwarra cove

porthgwarra cove cafe is left of this building & there is a large carpark beyond that which the cafe proprietress charged £2 for the parking. quite ok.

cave tunnels

cave tunnels

we followed the signs & got up to the southwest coast path.

looking down, some kids were playing hide & seek at a cave tunnel below. seems that there were more tunnels at the foot of the cove’s slipway is a tunnel dug by tin miners from St Just to give farmers horse-and-cart access to the beach to collect seaweed to use as a fertiliser.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

we were blessed with glorious sunshine. the walk was very pleasant, good wind, not too chilly.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

for this section, the walk was quite gentle, not too much difficulty.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike16

porthgwarra hike

we reached the gwennap head lookout station (national coast watch institution).

maybe in the distance is land’s end. the southwest coast path would lead us to land’s end. at our slow progress maybe 1.5hrs. but we were being conservative, uncertain about the sudden change in weather & not wanting to trek back to the car if we went  too far. so we decided to turn back & drive to sennen cove afterwards & walked from there to land’s end.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

there were these red & black cones along the ridge. we were wondering what they were & the use?

it was until later that i learned that they are “Trinity House navigation daymarks on Gwennap Head”, and “When the red cone obliterates the black and white one the observer at sea is directly above the dangerous Runnel Stone”. wow!

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

we shared one £5.25 cream tea at the porthgwarra cove cafe.^^

we were not so enthused with this cornish cream tea/devonshire cream tea thingy. just scones & clotted cream. when i read up, they say in america the fat content of clotted cream will make it by definition butter! i do like butter & especially homemade name/fruit preserve etc so i am ok with scones & butter/jam. one is quite enough though. these scones a bit of the crumbly type & not really so “pang” aka tasty.

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

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 eatthai 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 brick lane markets at shore ditch, 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 rendang, slightly 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. 🙂

chilli cod

chilli cod

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

Fabulous Lunch @ Dinner by Heston Blumenthal on 15May2015

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

wife booked a 3pax lunch at 2 michelin star dinner by heston blumenthal at mandarin priental hyde park on 15.5.2015.^^

it was difficult to book, so we reserved in advance some weeks before.

dinner has 2 michelin stars, was the first restaurant outside bray by blumenthal started in 2011. blumenthal started the 3 michelin star fat duck in bray in 1995 & earned his first michelin star in 1999 when he was 33! fat duck was rated no1 of the world’s 50 best restaurants by pellegrino & second on several years after the french laundry & farren adri’s el bull etc. 🙂

dinner by heston blumenthal

dinner by heston blumenthal

ambience was first class.

the open kitchen

the open kitchen

huge open kitchen with many chefs. i did not read up on dinner, but at fat duck there had 42 chefs to 42 tables, like 1 chef per table!

bread

bread

bread

bread

good bread & butter. the crusty kind & very fluffy inside. 🙂

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

i read a wee bit on meat fruit & recipe only lately before this trip. wasn’t quite sure what the fuss about a chicken liver pate. i was just saying to my wife “it’s just a chicken liver pate” before we ordered it.

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

it turned out that it was simply magnificent!^^ .the best i ever taken…

it was a parfait as it was mousse like in texture light & very smooth & there was slight citrus tanginess..

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

meat fruit chicken liver parfait

well what do you expect when it’s the the famous meat fruit by heston blumenthal. ^^

hay smoked salmon

hay smoked salmon

son had the hay smoked salmon, with smoked beetroot.

hay smoked salmon

hay smoked salmon

hay smoked salmon

hay smoked salmon

the lightly smoked salmon was delicious & quite refine.

ragout of pigs ear

ragout of pigs ear

but we were sold by the server, so my wife & i both ordered the ragout of pigs ear on toast. 🙂

ragout of pigs ear

ragout of pigs ear

ragout of pigs ear

ragout of pigs ear

& it was an outstanding dish. the pigs ear gelatinous texture was exquisite & the sauce & flavours in this preparation was simply special. 🙂

it was robust as the salmon was understated, but very tasty & not satiating as expected. 🙂

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

for the mains, again my wife & i went for the more adventurous belly pork.

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

pork belly 30hr sous vide at 60degC with peas

actually belly pork is these days staples in most fine dining restaurants & nouveau cuisine, still this was quite special, 30hrs sous vide at 60degC. the texture was very tender & totally consistent

i am not a fan of peas, but the combination of belly pork, the sauce & the peas was quite sensational.

pollack - cod like flaky texture

pollack – cod like flaky texture

pollack - cod like flaky texture

pollack – cod like flaky texture

pollack - cod like flaky texture

pollack – cod like flaky texture

my son decided to take the pollack. it was supposed to be cod like with flaky texture. it was pretty good really but could not really count as my favourite fish like chilean seabass. & neither was it better than the fish we had at-

(1)tolcarne inn at newlyn, cornwall

(2)gurnard’s head restaurant, treen, cornwall

rhubarb ice cream with custard tart

rhubarb ice cream with custard tart

for dessert i went for the rhubarb ice cream with custard tart. it was a very good quality dessert. rhubarb had the lovely slightly sour flavours & the custard tart was smooth, not too sweet & the creme brûlée burnt top finish was quite nice.

tipsy cake dessert (good but ordinary)

tipsy cake dessert (good but ordinary)

tipsy cake dessert (good but ordinary)

tipsy cake dessert (good but ordinary)

my wife ordered the tipsy cake. according to the server this was the most difficult dessert to make as the pastor chef had to manage the temperature & to add liquor to the brioche at specified intervals. the roasted pineapples was the easy part.

for us though this was good but ordinary so in a way quite disappointing (unlike the meat fruit). the simple, incredibly pretty & much tastier combination of roasted pineapples at porthminster cafe was so much better than this!

c.h.e.f andy

Another Enjoyable Dinner @ Tolcarne Inn Newlyn on 14May2015

sacllops & broadbeans

sacllops & broadbeans

our london sleeper leaving penzance at 9.45pm & we planned to return the car to europcar penzance station & drop the key at 9pm. that left us sometime to kill so we decided to go back to tolcarne inn for dinner at 7pm on 14.5.2015.

dinner was as enjoyable as our first here on 9.5.2015 though we were nearing our quota of fish having eaten mostly or almost exclusively fish in this cornwall trip. haha!^^ we left st ives at 4pm as planned & drove to mouse hole (pronounced “mowzul”) and walked around the small town a bit. had sometime before dinner, so filled up the car with unleaded & parked at a newlyn carpark (£1.50 after 6pm) & went to mackerel sky newlyn for a flat white before walking over to tolcarnes inn for dinner.

sacllops & broadbeans

sacllops & broadbeans

as before there was no menu & we just ordered from the blackboard, since they do their daily menu depending on what they got from the newlyn market. we each ordered a scallop. this time there was no scallops with apple sauce, which was excellent last time. the scallops were just as well done, and the broad beans were very sweet & combined well with the tasty scallops. still the scallop apple sauce last time was an unmatched experience.

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

wife ordered a ray & potato terrine. 🙂 we shared all the food anyway!^^

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

ray & potato terrine

the ray & potato terrine was really good, quite exquisite, somehow the combination of fish & potatoes & herbs was really perfect. there was the aioli sauce (like alio olio butter) & some vegetables. hmmm…maybe i will try cooking this! 🙂

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

the last time we had john dory. we were having a discussion to the server & the next table old couple who were served the last piece of turbot then about plaice & lemon sole & turbot & they were saying turbot was like the top of the range. probably so, i recalled we had that in jaan’s 8-course degustation dinner as well.

this time they have turbot, no john dory.

 pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

 pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

 pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

pan-fried turbot with lemon, salsify dates & red wine sauce

it was a very good dish, very well done & the sauce with a bit of tangy lemon & sweet date was good…better than the john dory i guess, though both dishes did not blow me away.. the next day son had a pollock at dinner by heston blumenthal which had a flaky, cod like texture. i guess all the fish were as good as they get already, though i still think they were no better than the chilean seabass (patagonian toothfish) at les amis or indeed that which i was served on board SQ!

c.h.e.f andy

Very Delicious Lunch @ Porthminster Cafe St Ives on 14May2015

roasted pineapples

roasted pineapples

we had a very delicious lunch at porthminster cafe on 14.5.2015.^^

we ordered a crabmeat seafood linguine & mussels. both dishes impressed us. later we ordered a roasted pineapples dessert. that too impressed, very much indeed. 🙂

we checked out before 11am from trevose harbour house B&B. we were taking the london sleeper from penzance station in the evening at 9.45pm.

over the last few days, we had been to-

minack theatre at porthcurno, porthgwarra, sennen cove walked to land’s end before excellent dinner at tolcarnes inn on 9.5.2015

cape cornwall, botallack mines ending at gurnard’s head restaurant on 10.5.2015

lizard peninsula, from kynance cove to lizard point to lizard village & back to kynance cove on 11.5.2015

st michael’s mount & gardens before lunch at mackerel sky at new street penzance before driving to st ives & walked around the beautiful city, harbour & beaches & had a sunset dining at porthmeor cafe on 12.5.2015

took scenic train to st erth, walk back from carbis bay to st ives, drove to gurnard’s head restaurant for lunch then hike to gurnard’s head on 13.5.2015.

so today we were just walking around town, harbour & beach again & went to barbara hep ford museum before setting down to lunch at another beachside portminster cafe.^^

porthminster cafe

porthminster cafe

nice ambience, though not as captivating as the sunset dining at porter cafe. 🙂

mussels

mussels

the mussels were superb, superlative!^^

mussels

mussels

mussels

mussels

very tender, sweet & the gravy was excellent. i am going to try cooking this again, though i used the cheap local mussels in singapore. 🙂

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

the crabmeat seafood linguine was another huge pleaser!^^

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

linguine was al dente, and the crabmeat added special texture, freshness & flavours to the already tasty dish. 🙂

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

newlyn crabmeat seafood linguine

good prep crabmeat though very expensive in singapore, and the cheap ones i got from sheng shiong & ntuc were useless, and i sure not doing it from fresh crabs, so this has to stay as seafood linguine w/o crabmeat.

roasted pineapples

roasted pineapples

we were very impressed with the roasted pineapples. it came with lychees, coconut ice cream, a mango pudding & coconut flakes. i am going to do this myself but using fresh mango. ^^

roasted pineapples

roasted pineapples

porthminster cafe

porthminster cafe

the owner chef was born in australia. he published a cookbook which we flipped through while having lunch. i am going to try out couple of the dishes, a flamed squid & a curry cod (replacing the monkfish).^^

c.h.e.f andy

Another Great Lunch @ Gurnard’s Head on 13May2015

gurnard's head

gurnard’s head

after a very pleasant morning walk from carbis bay back to st ives, we decided to do the gurnard’s head hike in zennor.

of course keeping in mind doing lunch again at gurnard’s head (the restaurant) on 13.5.2015, after an excellent mother’s day lunch on 10.5.2015.^^

lunch menu

lunch menu

weekday 2-course lunch was just £16, cheaper than sunday lunch. 🙂

pork rillette

pork rillette

pork rillette

pork rillette

i had the set lunch. both main course choices of lamb shoulder or sole were ok for me, but my wife don’t take lamb much so i had the sole which was excellent the last time i had so i was happy to have it again! 🙂

i ordered the pork rillette. i liked duck rillette which is usually served as a nicely braised & tender pulled duck meat in duck fat, very flavourful. the best duck rillette i had was at the clifford.

this pork rillete was presented in a pressed, terrine form, and did have bit of pulled texture. anyway it was very flavourful & nice.^^

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

dressed crabmeat aioli

wife ordered ala carte.

she had the dressed crabmeat appetiser dish. we took 1/2 a share & swapped dish as usual.

we both thought the pork rillette was a far better dish. crabmeat sandwiches were famous in cornwall & we had a very good one at sennen cove. the mistake here was the dressing. next time when we see ‘dressed” we would ask for the dressing to be serve separately. this felt like thousand islands kind of heavy dressing (we like never take thousand islands)..the aioli could not rescue it. such a waste as the crabmeat here always sweet & tasty on its own w/o any dressing.

whole megrim sole

whole megrim sole

whole megrim sole

whole megrim sole

my whole megrim sole as tender, sweet, tasty as ever. especially with the pickled capers & the olive oil sauce. truly excellent!

duck leg

duck leg

duck leg

duck leg

wife decided on the duck leg. we asked the server & she kind of said it was like a duck confit.

wife actually liked it. i thought nothing of it though. it tasted like the cold storage roast chicken flavour (where the roast flavours is concerned). duck was ok. i think even the duck leg confit at concetto or saveur’s duck leg confit was far better than this.

flat white

flat white

we had a flat white. it was only £2.50. & this here was really good, such a great cuppa!

c.h.e.f andy

Sunset Dining @ Porthmeor Cafe on 12May2015

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

after visiting the charming st michaels’ mount & gardens in the morning followed by lunch at mackerel sky at new street penzance, we arrived at our wonderful trevose harbour house B&B at st ives on 12.5.2015 about 3pm.

we had a nice walk around the st ives harbour & beaches & went to dinner at porthmeor cafe at 8pm.

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe

porthmeor cafe overlooks porthmeor beach. it has a casual, a cool ambience, great place to chill.

it was still bright at 8pm. we had a wondrous view of sunset as we dined.^^

seared scallops

seared scallops – £6.80

seared scallops

seared scallops – £6.80

we ordered 5 tapas & 1 dessert plus a prosceco. we felt the price was bit high for the portions.

scallops were good, nicely seared, good herbs & condiments. still the scallops at tolcarne inn were far better by comparison.

marinated aubergines

marinated aubergines – £5

marinated aubergines

marinated aubergines – £5

the aubergines were very good, great flavours.

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter – £7.50

the chef obviously had quite a bit of thai & asian influence.

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter

grilled tuna, thai peanut butter – £7.50

grilled tuna though was quite flat, not much taste, improved a bit with addition of quite a bit of table salt & taking with the peanut butter sauce.

grilled baby courgettes & fig

grilled baby courgettes & fig – £5.50

grilled baby courgettes & fig

grilled baby courgettes & fig – £5.50

the grilled courgette was not as good as the eggplant

seared duck breast

seared duck breast – £6.80

seared duck breast

seared duck breast – £6.80

seared duck breast was among the best dishes.^^ nice, tasty, firm duck breast. very good. i may try doing a sous vide seared duck breast again!^^

salted chocolate with clotted cream

salted chocolate with clotted cream

salted chocolate with clotted cream

salted chocolate with clotted cream

the servers made a mistake & we were served a dessert, a salted chocolate tart we did not order. we informed the server & she said we might as well eat it (w/o charge) since she could not serve it to anyone else. 🙂

it was very good though, in fact it turned out to be better than the grilled banana we ordered.

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

grilled banana, salted caramel, clotted cream

the grilled banana, salted caramel was not great.

flat white

flat white

coffee was good!

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

glorious sunset

& the glorious sunset, better! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Great Lunch @ Mackerel Sky Penzance on 12May2015

tasting board-aioli squid, chicken pate, cured herring, cheese platter, croutons, bread

tasting board-aioli squid, chicken pate, cured herring, cheese platter, croutons, bread

we checked out of glencree house B&B this morning & drove to marazion to tour the st michael’s mount on 12.5.2015. ^^

the castle & gardens were fabulous! 🙂

it was noon time & we were driving to st ives to check into our next B&B. instead of taking a snack/coffee or lunch at st michael’s mount village, we decided to drive back to penzance and have lunch at mackerel sky at new street, penzance.

it was a wonderful lunch.

mussels

mussels

mussels

mussels

we took the lunch special on the blackboard. it was mussels with chips. this was a mains size, quite a large portion, i think it was about £12.50.

mussels were really fresh, tender, succulent, sweet, and the gravy was really good too, very flavourful, better than many soup.^^

chips for mussels

chips for mussels

it came with a portion of chips, which were so so.

tasting board-aioli squid, chicken pate, cured herring, cheese platter, croutons, bread

tasting board-aioli squid, chicken pate, cured herring, cheese platter, croutons, bread

for the other main we took the tasting board, which cost only £9.75.

it was quite excellent. stye squid aioli was great as usual. chicken pate was ok, cured herring was average, not like the very good ones even on the streets in amsterdam! the olives, olive puree, croutons, bread & cheese were all good.

this was a good quality very affordable priced lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

Forgettable Meal @ Thai Moon Penzance on 11May2015

thai appetiser

thai appetiser

had plenty of western food, so decided to try out a thai restaurant right by our B&B, thai moon, on 11.5.2015.

thai moon

thai moon

view of the road from thai moon

view of the road from thai moon

the place was ok, looked a bit the traditional thai, not the modern chef managed type.

place was still empty when we got there at 7pm. we were seated by the window. the restaurant is on level 2, a nice look out on the mont bay.

thai moon set menu

thai moon set menu

we wanted some thai curries. they charged £2.50 for rice each. figures it would come to £27 for 3 dishes + rice, so we decided to take the set menu £37 for 2. the english proprietor (who married a thai wife in 2003 & started the restuarant in 2005) was flexible enough to allow for some changes of curries/dishes on the set menu

thai appetiser

thai appetiser

we had 4 appetisers.

prawn fritters

prawn fritters

prawn fritters

prawn fritters

the prawn fritters was competent, like any good breaded prawn fritters in any western or japanese cafes.

thai fishcake

minced chicken deep-fried with bread

the minced chicken deep-fried with bread was competent also.

chicken satay

chicken satay

chicken satay

chicken satay

wife didn’t like the chicken satay as it did not have the usual satay bbq flavours, felt more like a fritter. peanut sauce was a bit sweet.

pork ribs

pork ribs

pork ribs

pork ribs

the pork spare ribs were done quite well.

yellow curry prawns

yellow curry prawns

yellow curry prawns

yellow curry prawns

the curries though was a huge disappointment. the yellow curry prawns were nothing like the thanying yellow curry prawns we had eons ago. prawns were fresh & sweet, curries were below par.

red curry beef

red curry beef

red curry beef

red curry beef

likewise the red curry beef, tasted nothing like red curry.

stir-fry vege

stir-fry vege

stir-fry vege

stir-fry vege

the stir-fry was ok like any average stir-fry.

egg fried rice & jasmine rice

egg fried rice & jasmine rice

egg fried rice

egg fried rice

we had egg fried rice & jasmine rice provided with the set. we finished about 1/3 of the rice.

overall the set menu was not any cheaper than ala carte as i figured the appetisers were 1/2 portion. we gave £3 tip so the bill round up to £40 which for us was very expensive for the quality of food.

i cant say it was not authentic thai, but it was very average street thai. It was certainly no thai express, and there would be no comparison with the authentic quality thai food at patara.

and here in cornwall we could get excellent food at gurnard’s head & mackerel sky at the same price or lower.

c.h.e.f andy

Great Lobster Seafood Penne Pasta @ Coach Coffee Bar & Bistro at Lizard Village on 11May2015

lobster seafood pasta3

lobster seafood pasta – £14

had a fantastic 5hr leisurely hike at lizard peninsula starting from kynance cove to lizard point to housel bay, then lizard village & back to kynance cove on 11.5.2015.^^

cornish pasty from ann's pasties

cornish pasty from ann’s pasties

cornish pasty from ann's pasties

cornish pasty from ann’s pasties

while at lizard village, we tried a cornish pasty, a tiny small one for £1.50 from the famous ann’s pasties, which 2 of us shared. 🙂

this seems to be a commonplace snack in many cultures, italy has its calzone & we have our curry puffs. 🙂 it was actually pretty ok, better than we expected. the minced beef & the fillings of potatoes, swede (yellow turnip) & onions were pretty tasty. for me always, the simple curry puffs taste better, mostly because of the curry, so fragrant & nice.^^

lobster seafood pasta

lobster seafood pasta – £14

we went to the coach coffee bar & bistro for a cuppa, a flat white. it was ok, quite strong but not as good as what we had at mackerel sky seafood bar the evening before.

we saw the lunch special on the blackboard & decided to order it, as it was a seafood pasta with lobster, mussels, squid etc for £14!^^

lobster seafood pasta

lobster seafood pasta – £14

lobster seafood pasta

lobster seafood pasta – £14

wow, it was good!

the tomatoes flavour were good, penne pasta was al dente, and there were quite a lot of lobster meat, fresh & sweet. the calamari fritters were great & the mussels were delicious, very tender & succulent! 🙂

the dish was not out of this world, but really an excellent take, far better than what we expected & at a very good price for the good serving & the ingredients.

c.h.e.f andy

Marvellous Mother’s Day Lunch @ The Gurnard’s Head on 10May2015

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine

today is mother’s day in singapore,10.5.2015
(it seems that in UK it was 15mar in 2015, must confess i never knew that!). we all sent greeting messages, and my friends were quite active on the group whatsapps. ^^
yesterday morning on our first day arriving in cornwall, we were blessed with glorious sunshine when we visited minack theatre & hiked a bit at porthcurno & porthgwarra, and later from sennen cove to land’s end.
this morning, weather was ok albeit not a bright sunny day, we managed to visit cape cornwall & botallack mines.
the gunnard's head

the gurnard’s head

after botallack, we decided to press on to the gurnard’s head.
my wife had been reading about the restaurant, and it turned out to be such an excellent mother’s day lunch experience.^^
sunday lunch menu

sunday lunch menu

 we had 1 of the best lunches in UK 2-course for £18.50. my wife said she would skip friday’s set lunch at Dinner (Heston Blumenthal’s Pellegrino 50 restaurant) as it is no better than this!
rye bread

rye bread

rye bread

rye bread

we had complimentary rye bread. the butter was very tasty.

for appetisers, wife ordered a chicken ballotine & i ordered a ham hock terrine.

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine

chicken ballotine was excellent, light & fast with the sauce.^^

ham hock terrine

ham hock terrine

i was thinking ter kar tan (pig trotters jelly)! the ham hock terrine looked more like a luncheon meat or 镇江肴肉

this was quite excellent, very flavourful if robust. i was surprised that wife took a whole piece. & the sauce & sides were superb.

we were sharing the dishes, which was great as we each got to taste & enjoy the dishes w/o getting satiated with 1 portion. we were saying this was like a 4-course degustation lunch!

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

prime ribs with yorkshire pudding

for the mains we ordered the slow braised beef ribs, and the whole megrim sole.

beef was more like a prime rib or beef on a wagon. it was a good prime rib, but not the specialty standard of prime ribs at SCC (singapore cricket club). 🙂

the prime rib itself tasted pretty good. & the red wine sauce & condiments – chinese cabbage, potatoes, turnips & carrots etc were excellent too! i recall form my student days 30+years ago they used to match yorkshire pudding with roast beef, & we used to joke that roast beef was like paper – i.e. tough & tasteless. now with modern cuisine it was not just roast beef but a slow braised beef ribs preparation. 🙂

whole megrin sole

whole megrim sole

whole megrin sole

whole megrim sole

i had the whole megrim sole.

the fish was quite sublime, very tender & tasty!^^

i would say the sole was far better than the prime ribs, and for me much better also when compared with the very good hake & john dory we had last evening at tolacrne inn.

the food was excellent & wife was in very good spirits!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Lovely Mother’s Day Dinner @ Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar at Newlyn, Cornwall on 10May2015

£6.95 white wine mussels

£6.95 white wine mussels

after enjoyable walks at cape cornwall & botallack mines followed by a really scrumptious lunch at the gurnard’s head, we decided to have a light dinner on 10.5.2015.^^

mackerel sky penzance was closed for dinner on sunday, so we decided to try the new mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn (we saw the place when having dinner at tolcarne inn last evening. 🙂

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

according to their website, the seafood bar was only open on 1.5.2015. 🙂

we found a convenient parking lot (1 hr free) just facing the restaurant across a small stream.

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

it was 8pm & still bright outside. 🙂

there were like 3 tables including ourselves the whole time we were there.

we ordered just 2 small plates & a salad.

£3 salad

£3 salad

salad was great, refreshing, just cherry tomatoes, some diced tomatoes, mesclun, balsamic cream etc. 🙂

£6.95 calamari aoili

£6.50 salt & pepper calamari aioli

£6.95 calamari aoili

£6.50 salt & pepper calamari aioli

£6.50 salt & pepper calamari aioli is a popular dish, and it was good, nice batter, squid not tough, taste great.^^

£6.95 white wine mussels

£6.95 white wine mussels

mussels was great too, very tasty sauce (wine, butter, lots of onions lightly caramelised).

best flat white i had so far

best flat white i had so far

after that we ordered 1 flat white. that was the best i had so far during this trip, i think equal or better than monmouth, & better than the one i had at sennen cove. so we ordered a second cup.^^

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

mackerel sky seafood bar at newlyn

very light dinner, and cost very little. very nice pleasant ambience.

we enjoyed it very much, for a light bite that is.

c.h.e.f andy

Another Wonderful Dinner @ The Greek Larder on 8May2015

aperitif cucumber, apple, ouzo

aperitif cucumber, apple, ouzo

went back to the greek larder for 2pax dinner with wife this evening on 8.5.2015.^^ guess it was a bit lame as i was here with son & had a scrumptious dinner only yesterday. anyhow, wife arrived this morning & wanted this place, and we were taking the midnight 8-hr sleeper train to penzance this evening so not really interested to venture far just for dinner. transport in london is kind of tedious & tedium. 🙂

oysters £2ea

oysters £2ea

oysters £2ea

oysters £2ea

the photos this evening were a bit brighter & sharper as we were seated at a table by the window with good lighting & at 6pm earlier time than yesterday.

aperitif cucumber, apple, ouzo

aperitif cucumber, apple, ouzo

the aperitif was very light & interesting flavours that i also ordered 1 for myself after tasting what my wife ordered. ouzo interesting thing, anise flavoured, but needed distillation so not quite something we can replicate at home. Ouzo can be described to have a similar taste to absinthe which is liquorice-like, but smoother.

italian white

italian white – £7.95 250ml

the italian white was fruity & nice. 🙂

aegean prawns & calamari fritters

aegean prawns & calamari fritters

aegean prawns & calamari fritters

aegean prawns & calamari fritters

one new dish we ordered this evening was aegean prawns & calamari (squid) fritters. 🙂 very nice as expected (though we could have been more adventurous & ordered more greek specialities) since we knew the salt cod in batter was very good.

octopus with fava -split pea puree

octopus with fava -split pea puree

octopus with fava -split pea puree

octopus with fava -split pea puree

salt cod with soft boiled eggs

salt cod with soft boiled eggs

salt cod with soft boiled eggs

salt cod with soft boiled eggs

the other 2 items were same as what we ordered yesterday, namely the salt cod & the octopus. again we were provided with complimentary bread that was wonderful with the hummus. lacking in new adventures but well compensated by excellent taste, convenience (just short distance down the road from the apartment). 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Shiok (Satisfying) £20 Lobster Lunch @ Burger & Lobster on 8May2015

lobster roll

lobster roll

wife arrived this morning on 8.5.2015 & took heathrow express to paddington because we wanted to collect & change the sleeper ticket to penzance (cornwall) which could only be done at paddington & few other train stations. i went to paddington to meet her & came back to the apartment.

son was attending lecture & we had some matters to attend to. 🙂

we arranged to meet for lunch at burger & lobster dean street at 12.15pm. wife & i took bus 390 to tottenham court road & walked to burger & lobster on dean street. 🙂

we could only be seated when all 3pax arrived. our son came just few minutes later & we were seated right away.^^

burger & lobster dean street

burger & lobster dean street

the place was 1/2 full, but when we were leaving about 1pm+ it was pretty full. 🙂

lobster roll

lobster roll

this the place where you need only a drinks menu. for food its only (1)burger (2)whole lobster steamed or grilled (3)lobster roll.

wife ordered lobster roll which was easy to eat & also had very good brioche. i had at my last visit asked & was told that lobster roll only came with steamed lobster (as it was from a common pool). son & i ordered a grilled whole lobster each. ^^

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

grilled whole lobster

really enjoyable meal it was, every time!^^

lobster was fresh, sweet, came with excellent garlic butter dip. & i liked the bbq flavours. 🙂 there were chips (fries) & greens.

grilled whole lobster (all eaten)

grilled whole lobster (all eaten)

very shiok lunch!

after lunch we walked over to monmouth cafe at covent gardens for a nice cuppa (flat white). ^^

c.h.e.f andy