It is always a good test of a kitchen to see how it performs when the Head Chef decides it’s time for a holiday. Where better to do this than at one of our favourite restaurants the Straight + Narrow in Limehouse – and so we did! Putting our trust in Chefs Jack and Drew… Continue reading When The Chef’s Away……
“Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen” so the song goes and we were lucky enough to find a true example of this in a charming little restaurant called Hyttefadets Pub on Nyhavn (the street with all of the coloured houses on the Nyhavn canal). Wandering around the City on a damp day, we had worked up an appetite… Continue reading Hyttefadet Pub & Bar – A Danish Delight
I wrote a review about One Canada Square in 2015 where I attributed a dining experience to a poor night in the kitchen. Since then we have had many excellent meals at One Canada Square – until a couple of evenings ago when it came to a crashing halt. I find it difficult to write… Continue reading One Canada Square – a falling icon?
It’s always fun cooking with my great-niece Reya – although only having seven tender years behind her, this young lady knows what she wants from the kitchen! So this time it was Beef Burgers for dinner. First the INGREDIENTS: 900gms (2lbs) of Minced Beef – pick a mince with a 15% fat content! 1 Onion… Continue reading Cooking with Kids – It’s Burger Time!
I find myself writing again about the Straight + Narrow restaurant in Limehouse… well, it is on my way home from the train station and it is all too easy to siddle in with my pathetic excuse “I’m too tired to cook myself”! Rather than a complete review of my meal, I just had to… Continue reading A Rave: WATERMELON and CUCUMBER from Straight + Narrow Restaurant, Limehouse, London
Restaurant Review – 4th July 2017 Restaurant: AVISTA Restaurant Address: 39 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HP Telephone: +44 (0)20 7596 3399 Website: http://www.avistarestaurant.com It is always lovely to be treated to dinner, especially when it is by my daughter. She picked the restaurant following a diligent amount of research and sourcing a Groupon voucher… Continue reading AVISTA Restaurant – Gorgeous in Grosvenor Square
Okay, it’s time for my second rant! Steak Knives…. What the heck is the point of steak knives? I am sick and tired of ordering a steak and then being handed a different knife that resembles something that might once have been owned by that famous frontiersman, Jim Bowie. A knife which, if I carried… Continue reading Steak Knives – What’s the point?
Well…. What a start to the Evening Standard’s London Food Month!!! Chef Dave Cousin at the Straight + Narrow in Limehouse has gone back in time for his inspired Childhood Memories Menu available during this June in London’s Food Month. Time proven classics – Crackling Skins, Prawn Cocktail, Chicken Kiev and Jelly & Ice Cream… Continue reading Childhood Memories @ the Straight + Narrow, Limehouse, E14
We are all aware of the celebrity and TV chefs who receive all the attention of our media. For the most part, such recognition is thoroughly well deserved, but there are hundreds of extremely talented chefs working across the London restaurant scene, most of whom go unrecognised. Where I am able to do so, I… Continue reading Dave Cousin – Head Chef, Straight + Narrow Restaurant
When I think of comfort food, it’s hard to get past a big plate of these slow-cooked, sticky Chinese Spare Ribs. They are a family favourite and I hope you’ll enjoy them too. This is the simplest of recipes (three ingredients) and although it will take you three, yes THREE, hours to make them, your… Continue reading Sticky Chinese Spare Ribs