dish of the month - feb 2013
- abby d Mar 4, 2013 04:55 AM
so what wowed you last month?
I didn't eat out very much so it's easy for me - my vote goes to a Hawksmoor burger - the monthly special with jalapenos.
We ate at the Bell Inn. It's in Brook near the M27. The lamb really was delicious. My only complaint would be that the accompaniments, Anna potato and other veg, all were the same color as the lamb! Portions aren't huge but the service was friendly, and we were staying there that night so it was handy. I once ate at The Thatched Cottage, but that was ages ago and I don't know what it's now like. Back then, it seemed good.
Given that I'm not really a dessert person and the very phrase fusion food sets my teeth on edge it's a suprise that my dessert at Kopapa is the best of Feb 2013.
Blood orange ganache with blood oranges, poached pears and corriander cress.
The ganache was very rich but cut by the tart blood oranges. The corriander cress with the slightly caramalised pear slices was a great flavour combination.
Having spent most of the month in Tenerife, my choices are very limited. So limited that I cannot claim a "wow" or anything approaching. But, to play along, the best was a pork belly dish at Manchester's Kaleido. Though the portion size was taking the piss. The best thing we ate there were the chips - can I claim them?
Oh, that one is easy for me... finally made it to Bincho Soho and had an early dinner feast.
My favourite - the chicken skin skewers.
Pieces of thick skin scrunched up and threaded onto the skewers in folds, and grilled so they're both crunchy and yet soft.
I tried Bone Daddies for the first time, and while it isn't incredible by any means, it was the best ramen I've had in London.
I had a really excellent dish from Sichuan Kitchen which is on a new little menu that is only in Chinese. I think the waiter called the dish "cold pot fish." It's some sort of reference to the addition of oil and how it makes the wok cold while making this. The dish is hot and is very similar to water cooked fish, but it was loaded with really crisp Chinese vegetables. About 3 types of mushrooms, lotus roots, cabbage, and a few other things were swimming in a hua jiao laced broth. Really good and probably my favorite dish this month. I'll get a pic up eventually.
Hyakula from De Namaste nepalese in Plumstead. Doing for lamb ribs what Tayyabs and a few others do for chops. Crisp, charred, fatty, unctious with a fantasic dry spice powder to dredge them through. Greatful to Mr Fores for another cracking recommendation.
We had been lucky enough a week or two earlier to spend some time in Aspen. Whilst the skiing is great and the town is full of restaurants catering to the well-heeled, they were almost universally disappointing. Fantastically marketed and presented and impeccable service and vibe etc, but so often the cooking felt like it was being done by someone who read about what it should be like in a book somewhere.
De Namaste - a very basic caff, even by the standards of the unfashionable end of South East London - knocked everything we had tried on or trip into a cocked hat. Flavours, taste, newness (for us!). Honest and tasty food that put a big smile on our faces to be back in London again.
Skiing in Plumstead is a bit crap though....