Monday, October 20, 2008
Bill for four of us, inc drinks, came to £62.
Units 1 & 2, Riverside House, 2A Southwark Bridge Road, London United Kingdom SE1 9HA
Tel: 020 7620 0162
Thursday, June 26, 2008
We were instructed by our host, a master in old school business lunches, that this was to be a POETS day (piss of early tomorrow's saturday). So we started as we meant to go on in the Captain Kidd pub.
The last time I was in Bordello's was about six years ago when several friends lived in and around Docklands. It's hardly changed at all, still fresh and buzzy - you still get pizza the size of dustbin lids and vast troughs of pasta. As a consequence the pudding menu is a little uninspired but we were quite entertained by the crèmée brûylée or some such on the menu.
This is a very good Italian restaurant, the food is unfussy, tasty and confidently done. It seems to be the in place for City bods to escape to at the moment, but equally good for the locals in the evening and weekends. We had calzone, two seafood linguine, asparagus risotto and mushroom tagliatelle, assorted standard desserts, four bottles of wine (the house wine is very drinkable and apparently better than a lot of the other stuff on the wine list), then limoncello and grappa (don't ask). I didn't wave my company plastic but I think it was about £250 inc service.
7.5/10 - a little hard to get to, puddings need a boost, and the grappa gave me a hangover. *:) The pasta was delicious though.
75-81 Wapping High St, Wapping, London, E1W 2YG
Tel: 0871 2238032
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Pudding... oh, pudding. Magoo had vanilla and gingerbread cheesecake, I went for the chocolate fondue. Cheesecake light and fluffy but bijou portions, fondue was a little cauldron of dark melted chocolate sauce. Oh yes, all for me. With marshmallows and fruit and biscotti to dunk in it. Oh for a larger stomach.
So, all in all an excellent lunch, well done Gordon and all involved. Great flavours, extremely well planned restaurant (down to the enth degree - just watch them change a table cloth!), relaxed atmosphere, great location to wander out for a post-prandial around the Serpentine.
9/10 Well worth a booking.
(But I'm going to give the Millennium a 9.2)
Two G&Ts in the bar
Friday, April 20, 2007
We shared lovely light crispy pizza-based garlic and tomato bread for starter, with two Pimms and a still water (can you guess who had the water?). Then three dishes of pasta: canneloni, penne with salmon and pappadelle with chicken and mushrooms, all delicious.
This all came to £51 inc service.
7/10 - delicious food, good value, needs some redecoration downstairs and less dictatorial waitresses. Upstairs I'd rate 7.2/10 - ace food, better service, but rather cramped and could do with a more exciting wine list.
28 Leadenhall MarketLondonEC3V 1LR
Monday, February 12, 2007
Anyway, the food in Tas is Turkish and was great - very fresh, good portions, good variety, lots of vegetarian options. To make life easier for groups there are set starters - hummus, falafels, tabulleh, yoghurt with garlicky broad beans and so on, and then you pick a main. Tas Special was good tender lamb, several mixed grills got good reviews, someone had a mountain of calamari which was excellent. Service was great, we had several waiters looking after us and they were friendly and speedy. The Turkish house wine was unexpectedly pretty good, although having come from Vinopolis we were all rather more critical than usual! And it was good value too - £24 each was pretty good considering the amount we drank.
Well worth a try. 7/10
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Anyway, Guiseppe's was the venue for the team Xmas lunch / afternoon slide under the table. We were very well looked after indeed. We had mixed starters at their suggestion (the calimari was perfect,) then variously pasta, escalopes and liver and bacon. The L&B is fantastic, cooked to a T. Veggies could use some similar inspiration it must be said.
Selection of cakes and so on - not their forte - for dessert. And drinks... the brandy / grand marnier combo tastes much better than you'd think, but the boys were suffering after two (two doubles in a glass each time - you do the maths), especially after the amount of vino consumed.
I don't even want to go into the subject of the bill, after all that lot...
Still, well worth a look in. Handy for the station and Borough Market too.
47/49 Borough High Street
(under the arch)
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Also on it's website they say that: 'it has been proved that as well as good food and good company the only other real way to make yourself happy is by stealing office stationery.'
Tel: 020 7247 4369
3 Crispin Place
London E1 6DW
Note: Since it's redevelopment last year, Spitalfields is well worth checking out. Lots of new bars and restaurants, trendy shops, and posh new area of market along the lines of Borough / Greenwich with food, crafts and textiles.
I should get a job with the tourist board, me. *:)
Friday, October 13, 2006
Anyway, some friends of friends researched it, and it turns out to be not bad at all for a budget deli. Kosher middle-eastern food - vine leaves, pitta, kebabs etc - in bustling heart-of-London surroundings. Pretty cramped but once you are wedged in you are good to go. Comments that what you see on the laminated menu are what you get, are spot on. Cheap and cheerful, well cooked, and apparently there is a £3 pick-your-own salad bar too. Recommend the vine leaves and falafels, which were 'better than Waitrose' according to one of our party! Praise indeed.
Can't complain with the location - just south of Leicester Sq tube station, perfect for pre-theatre or before a night on the sherberts with friends.
£80 for five people, starters and mains, two bottles of house white wine.
Gaby's, 30 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DB
Tel: 020 7836 4233
Friday, September 29, 2006
I always end up having the following when I go, despite being sorely tempted by just about everything else: chump chop with an egg on top, bubble and squeak, spinach and cauliflower cheese. With red wine in varying quantities. If there is time (and space) after that, either apple pie and custard, or stewed cheese on toast. Stewed cheese is best ordered when sharing a booth with Americans - the look of horror on their faces at your 'dessert' is brilliant and always makes me chuckle.
Other options are full roast dinner, steak and kidney pudding, oxtail stew, fisherman's pie, gammon, mixed grill, steak... you get the idea.
Simpsons have recently introduced two vegetarian options onto the menu and have started allowing table bookings.
Four of us had main courses and lots of veggie side dishes, a bottle of wine and a couple of soft drinks for £53.
Rating - 7/10
38 1/2 Cornhill
Tel: 020 7626 9985
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I had Cajun fishcakes, Ruth had dim sum, then we both had Thai red fish curry. A glass of good white wine each (chenin blanc from SA), water and tea/coffees, less £15 voucher, plus service charge (automatically added to the bill - grr again) all came to £53.
Rating - 6.5/10
21 Wellington Street London WC2E 7DN
Tel: 020 7836 7161
Monday, September 04, 2006
There were however things like Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork Belly with Crackling, Loch Duart Salmon, Highland Venison, Roast Rack of West Devon Lamb and Grilled Bream & Cornish Scallops.
Fuller's draught London Pride ale in silver tankards
Warm Wiltshire Rabbit Salad with Black Pudding,Globe Artichoke & Ham
Cornish Mussels with white wine
Irish Grass Fed Beef Matured for 28 Days. Rump Steak,Wild Mushrooms & Red Wine
Steak & Kidney & Oyster Pudding with Green Beans
Samphire, & Chestnut Mushrooms
Buttered New Potatoes
Viu Manent Merlot Colchagua Valley (Chile) 2004
Queen of Puddings with Hot Apricot Sauce
Warm Chocolate Fondant with Pistachio Ice Cream
Pudding Wine Chateau Rolland Barsac (Sauternes) 2001 (glass)
Brandy & Port
All this came to £160
The London Pride is nothing like the gnats piss they serve in the City. An excellent drop. My rabbit salad had a superb balance of flavours (if that isn't too poncey a way of putting it, but it did). Magoo hoovered up his mussels and used up all the left over bread for the juice, so I presume that met with requirements. His steak, kidney and oyster pudding has often been fondly recalled over the past week or so as well. I was pleased to see samphire on the menu, it's a great veggie and makes me think of seaside summer holidays! The Irish beef was OK, but I get to eat a lot of good beef so it would have to be pretty special to stand out. (The Rules website says that they get in Belted Galloway beef every so often, so that could be worth checking out. ) The merlot was smooth and flavoursome, and good value at £20.
Queen of puddings was -oh!- to die for. Have one! Magoo found the chocolate tart rather hard going after his steak and kidney pudding, pastry possibly a little on the heavy side. Pudding wine, which I have got rather addicted to recently, the perfect light, honeyish slightly floral complement to my pud.
Service - not bad, a little slow in places but polite and helpful. We did not feel rushed.
Venue - go see it, imagine you were there when Dickens or Betjemen was, with a haze of cigar smoke obscuring the stag's crowns and old portraits of bygone personages, while you quietly check out the other clientele in the enormous mirrors.
020 7836 5314
35 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7LB