- Werner Kattinger
Just back from a long weekend in London and here is where we lunched:
Notting Hill Brasserie, on your recomendation, fellow chowhounders. Very nice, starting with the cool but very tastefully decorated interior and great service. We were there on a Sunday and had thus the oppurtunity to attend the Jazz-brunch, good but not too dominating music and great food (roasted peppers and a raw tuna salad as starters then classic roast of lamb). Good half-bottle of red wine.
Benares on Berkeley Square, also on posters´ recomendations. Excellent modern Indian cuisine and presentation. Only the supposedly sophisticated dessert (some Icecream-concoction with -minimal- coulis and chocolate sauce) was mediocre. The sorbet was fine though.
Little Italy (21 Frith street, from Dean St.), where we dropped in as we did not have enough strength to proceed to Charlotte Street and it had the nicest streetside tables. Very good, salad of mango and tuna, avocado salad with shrimps, seared tuna and seafood pasta; nice half bottle of white wine.
An outlet of the Thai chain Sri Thai in Soho, very good the starter of raw tuna with coriander (yes, I like tuna), the rest OK but not exceptional in any way.
The bar/brasserie at the Harvey Nichols department store for breakfast. A very nice terrace, the weather permitting (although the iron chairs keep all the night´s cold and are meant for British backsides rather), the food-hall is bright but very mess-hall like. The food (fruit salad, fresh OJ, bagles with salmon) very good.
Nobody will be surprised if I add that all the quality had its rather high price.