Dish of the month - December 2012
Ha, thought it would be good to make sure this happens for December as I like these posts :-)
Anyway, a good excuse for me to rave about the cheesecake with a kind of crisp vermicelli base and drizzled with honey and nuts at Honey & Co. on Warren Street. A dessert to die for - luscious, light, brilliant contrast of textures. Had it twice now and both times it's been fantastic.
I generally love this place anyway - it's round the corner from my office and I can't get enough of it. Lunch options fantastic, but also their breakfast ones are great too. Had the most wonderful merguez and tomato sausage "roll" with egg the other day. Fantastic.
Would love to know your choices!
We haven't been out much this month, but what comes to mind are the chocolate profiteroles at Pearl. They were seriously bad for my diet but worth every calorie.
It's not been the most outstanding month of the year, even though there's been a Michelin 2* meal in it. And I'm actually not going for a Ledbury dish. Looking through my notes, I first scribbled down the king prawns patia at Cafe Spice Namaste. They were good,. Really good.
But my overall "bloody hell, that was good" dish of the month was the lamb kleftiko at the Stolen Lamb in Wilmslow, Cheshire. It was everything you want a kleftiko to be - an oozing, unctious stew - ideal for a cold, wet northern night.
For me it's either the Byron Triple Cheesemas seasonal burger. (= two 6oz hamburgers, onion and spicy sauce + three cheeses - American cheese, Emmenthal and Monterey Jack).
Or perhaps the ramen at Bone Daddies, when friend and I made an impromptu visit one evening. Actually, their karaage chicken was incredible, too.
Slim pickings this month.
Would have to plump for the poori masala at Sarvanaa.
I have had better poori and the potato masala was a little underspiced. But the second gravy was so delicious I can taste it now. A great whack of fennel and spice I could have drunk a pint of it.
I wish I still worked there, it sounds fantastic! "It" being both the cheesecake and the sausage roll.
OK - I guess I'm basically a person of simple pleasures. Since writing about the profiteroles, The other day I had a delicious roast beef and horseradish sandwich - fantastic roll - and perfect onion rings. We found a terrific pub in Betchworth and the warm fire and surroundings were great for a pre-holiday lunch. I'll be back at The Dolphin when I want a good meal near home.