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Brief Dickensian Trip to London in January 2012

  • Gman Jul 21, 2012 12:05 PM
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A quick trip over from Paris to take in the Dickens 200th Anniversary….

LA FROMAGERIE, Moxon Street, Marylebone. This cheese shop/gourmet food shop/wine bar/café is lively and fun and the food is delicious. Had a creamy and delicious crème de celeriac soup with truffles and a kind of play on bangers and mash: local saucisson covered in a rich onion gravy over mashed rutabaga. Divoon. Bman had the ploughman’s lunch which was a lovely selection of cheeses, breads smoked ham and relishes. Tall, moist, yummy Banana Bread and Carrot cake for dessert. Would eat here once a week if we lived in the neighborhood. Think we had a few glasses of wine and coffee too. 52£

THE GOLDEN HIND – 73 Marylebone Lane. Turns out our super-power works in the British Isles as well: we brought snow to London. It is coming down heavily, and we are happy not to venture too far. Houndies led us to this classic chip shop in this charming neighborhood. Crowded but we were seated within a few minutes. As advised, brought our own wine which was opened at table (1£) and had the classic battered haddock for me, cod for Bman, chips and peas. Vinegar, natch. Very low on ambience, but high on spirit, and some say among the best in London… It was snowing, the windows were steamy, rather merry. 22£

CAFÉ ROUGE. Nice looking large brasserie opposite St. Paul’s. Croque madams and frites. Passable, but not much more. Probably best for tea, coffee or a drink.

CAFFE CALDESI – Marylebone Lane. Opposite of the Hind, which is closed as it is a Sunday. Nearly didn’t make it into this place either… can’t say whether everyone’s exhausted from the snow or just plain quiet on Sundays…. Nice looking first floor corner café with more seating above. Also offer extensive list of Italian cooking classes. Started with some Bresaola and bread and Rigatoni. Next, Bman had Pollo alla Limon accompanied by the “best spinach ever!” and I had Polpette Con Polenta and finished with Panettone Bread Pudding and a Tiramisu, all washed down with a bottle of Nera d’Avola, Angelo Sicilia. (20£) 94£.

GESSLER AT DAQUISE. South Kensigton. Hopped on the tube headed for the V&A and decided we would sniff around for a lunch place once there. This little Polish place intrigued, and seemed more interesting than the touristy places on the square. Started with hot borscht with dumplings (moi) and pierogi (meat, cheese and our surprise favorite, cabbage) and then Kura W Rosole (Chicken in a Lemon Sauce) for Bman with noodles and broth, all assembled table side and Pulpety Cieleci (Veal meatballs with dill and gravy and mashed potatoes) and carrots for me. A bottle of something red from Roussillon. It was all quite satisfying, if the setting was a bit retro-ascetic. 62£

GIRAFFE, Marylebone. Was meeting a friend and wanted to find somewhere nearby that would be easy for her to find and close to a train. Didn’t realize at the time that there are, like, 30 of these resto’s in the London area, but it was fine. Shared a mezze platter and nachos and then I had schnitzel and Bman had a club sandwich. We drank a bottle of Pinot Noir and shared ice cream at the end. All of it fine, nothing memorable except the schnitzel might have been a bit greasy… 53£ for 2 of us.

Thanks Houndies for the help.

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  1. Thanks for reporting back; always good to get external opinions as well! Glad you liked Daquise, it's one of my favourites. In the Marylebone area, I'm also quite fond of Le Relais de Venise, a chain that serves excellent steak frites.