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

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

Scrumptious Fish Dinner @ Tolcarne Inn Newlyn Cornwall on 9May2015

delicious pan seared scllops with apple sauce

delicious pan seared scallops with apple sauce

our glencree house B&B proprietor andrew recommended & reserved 2pax table for us at tolcarne inn on 9.5.2015.^^

restaurant had many good reviews on tripadvisor. should be great for pre mother’s day dinner. 🙂

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

restuarant was located in newlyn by the sea.

chef ben tunicliffe started abbey restaurant in penzance & won a michelin star in 2003. he sold out in 2008 & went into joint venture at another restaurant but later started tolcarne inn at newlyn in 2012.

the black board

the black board

menu was on the blackboard. it’s like 90% fish!^^

delicious pan seared scllops with apple sauce

delicious pan seared scallops with apple sauce

the pan seared scallops with apple sauce was absolutely magnificient! we saw an nice elderly couple (they were from devon) having that & my wife ordered it. the searing was perfect, texture was firm & scallops were sweet & excellent with the apple sauce. 🙂

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous

i took the server’s recommendation of pan-fried mackerel with crab cous cous. somehow they managed to make this as different from the japanese saba (oily robust flavourful which i also like) as can be. this dish was quite refine, almost like poached & pan-fried, without the strong robust flavours but very tasty. the crab cous cous & rockets were excellent sides.

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

tolcarne inn

the restaurant had a homely bar atmosphere & chatter. the server chatted a bit with us & the couple at the next table. 🙂

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

pan-fried hake with gnocchi

it was fish after fish, we had fish mains after ably executed fish appetisers, so we high into our quota of fish.

wife liked the pan-fried hake. it was supposedly cod like, but texture wise felt more seabass like. it was superbly executed, very crispy and tasty. the gnocchi & was were also excellent.

pan-fried john dory

pan-fried john dory

pan-fried john dory

pan-fried john dory

& the john dory i had was equally delightful.

i was telling the server that’s not my preferred fish (dory fillet in singapore like so so for me). he replied that perhaps i might change my opinion after this. haha!^^

i liked both the fish main dishes. i think they were quite excellent for a fish dish. of course i still generally prefer meat dishes to fish. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy