Thursday, August 7, 2008

London! Food review! Week 1

I was over in London from July 22 to 5 Aug for a short holiday, and so I got to try delicious London Food! London food is really quite mid-budget, in the sense that you won't get any hawker-centre two buck freebies anymore, everything starts at a minimum of 7 pounds upwards, but boy do they have alot of variety, being in this most cosmpolitan city of nearly 8 million inhabitants. So let's do this in chronological order:

Day I - Four Seasons Duck
Four Seasons has, arguably, the best roasted duck in the world. Everyone who has gone to London has said, you must try the Four Seasons duck. Wenen was telling me that he was dreaming about it (before I had left). So the first night B and I made our way to Chinatown gerrard street where we tried the famed Four Seasons Duck. So,was it any good?
You bet. it sure was. When I first sank my mouth into the delicious duck, I was like, OOOOOOOHHH, WOW,....ooohhhh, nice.....the duck was really very very good, goblets of pleasure oozing out from every morsel balanced by silvers of fat and crisp skin. The secret was probably in the combination of (1) very flavourful duck probably reared in some English farm or something that is just better-fed and (2) the delightful almost-caramelised-glazed sauce poured over the duck which is probably a mixture of sugar, oyster sauce, dark sauce, etc. that probably has been caramelised for a while which really blends with the duck perfectly. go and try.
it was a bit fatty so no (10/10).
(Pictures are on top)

Day II - Belgo's Centraal
Having stayed at Holborn many thanks to B, it was very convenient going for eats and covent garden was just nearby. Belgo's was one of the places gangwei recommended and it was indeed a good recommendation because it served the best belgian food in the city at that price level. It was really like being at Brussel Sprouts in Singapore, same concept of mussels, fries, washed down with beer. cant go wrong with that.
And best of all, it's cheap.
Seriously, 5.90 pounds for a set lunch from 12 to 5pm for a beer (Crystal only), half a kilo of mussels and fries. it's a really good bargain.
How was the food?

The mussels were sweet and quite delicious: the sauce was the classic one with white wine, celery, carrots and onions; it was alright, however perhaps i prefer brussel sprouts for the variety of sauces they offered. however the fries here were better, as they were more thinly cut (not as thin as macs but maybe twice as thick), and nicely salted. (7.5/10)

I ordered a Rochefort 8 and was seriously impressed; it had lashes of caramel and all sorts of dark rich flavours....yet it was easily drinkable, great beer. (9/10)
(Dont be fooled by the words 'Westmalle' - its just the cup)

Day 2 -High Tea at Wolseley
NO photos were allowed....
Wolseley is a hip restaurant along Picadilly; and it has a lovely ambience - when you step in the walls were largely in black and there was a large clock in the middle with something that looks like a fireplace.....and everything was very hip and posh and really very nice and beautiful. amazing.

We ordered cream tea and the scones were really quite good, very traditional served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The afternoon tea was also rather refreshing.
Good meal and quite cheap, ten pounds.

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