First day in London!
(photos will be uploaded soon, when i get back to Singapore) - right now just marvel at the food.
Touched down at 2.40pm local time (+1 GMT), took the tube to my friend's place at Holborn. Having figured we were very near The Lamb, one of those "old-school" Victorian pubs heavily recommended in London Guides such as the Beerfly, BeerAdvocate's travel counterpart (www.beeradvocate.com), we went in to the pub to take a look.
Indeed the ambience was really quite traditional. Dark panelling, wooden floors, chairs, tables, ceiling, everything; large mirrors and antique lights - you get the point. This is how a pub in one of Thomas Hardy's novels would really look like.
However the beer was nothing fantastic. Young's ale was disgusting, like drinking urine. I'd try something better next time. The fries and garlic bread were nothing much to shout at also, poor british.
Okay, so for dinner we went to this really authentic Hong kong restaurant called Four Seasons (no relation to the hotel) - which serves the best roasted duck you'd ever find in the world, and I'm not joking. Everyone has been raving about it (anyone who has gone to London, that is), and so I had to try it out for myself! So was it any good? you bet.
First bite - ooohhhh, wow, in heaven, there's something just undescribable, just magic, the heady flavourful duck meat, the crisp tasty skin and the ooohh-so-unhealthy-but-so-darn-delicious fat underneath - and doused in the sweet, salty, oyster, slightly caramelised sauce (im not sure what they put in that, but it sure tastes good) - wow. that was really nice. i was quite impressed i finished many slices of the duck. And I'm a duck fanatic, seriously. goodwood park hotel's duck was superb, but this was really quite extraordinary (although it wouldn't be fair to compare the two). Mm. still brilliant.
The duck: 9.5/10
The other dishes were good; the black pepper beef steak was nice, the beef was nicely tender without being too spicy; the kung-pao chicken was a bit more tomato based than I'm used to and without the Sichuan dried red chillis that are supposed to characterise the dish, while the squid was not too bad; but still, go there fo rthe duck. It's in the heart of Chinatown, at Gerrard Street off Leicester Square.
Mm for more shopping for tomorrow's entry!