December 01, 2014

Winter Food Review

It’s been a very foodie few weeks so far, not gonna lie. I thought I’d round up the best three places I’ve eaten over the last week or so because I’m still thinking about these meals. Look, I’m not the best cook (understatement of the century) so I’ve always had an extra level of admiration for chefs, it’s like another art-form. It’s an incredible talent and hardworking skill to craft perfect signature dishes, and although I cannot cook such meals, my taste-buds can definitely appreciate them. Sometimes I have to pinch myself at just how amazing some restaurants in London really are.

1. Bonneville, 43 Lower Clapton Road

I live really near this Parisian-inspired dimly-lit restaurant and yet I’ve never stumbled in. How I missed it, I am not sure. As you enter through a velvet curtain you are immediately hit with a very pleasing atmosphere, a buzz of people catching up with friends, and the smell of Christmas spirits circulating the air. ALSO: the vintage crockery is amazing. Loved it.

bonneville

I sampled the following:

Smoked salmon on rye bread with cucumber and dill
Duck Liver Parfait with port braised shallots
– Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with toasted hazelnuts
– Brased short rib with pomme dauphinoise – this was my second favourite
– Pumpkin goats cheese tartthis was my favourite

We finished ourselves off with a Le Chat De Noel which was a chestnut liqueur and Champagne and then….my ultimate new favourite HOT BUTTERED RUM (rum, maple syrup, apple juice, butter and spices). I thought I liked mulled wine, but not as much as MULLED RUM! It was absolutely amazing, and warmed the cockles (is that the phrase?) It was festive, warming and so so tasty.

thebonneville.co.uk

*The lighting was really dim so sadly I didn’t manage to take any good pictures : (

2. Stelle Di Stelle, Acqua Panna Pop Up, Harrods

Five Italian chefs and THREE Michelin stars next to this particular meal, it was honestly the best Italian I’ve ever ever had. Hosted by Annie Féolde’s of the world famous Florence-based Enoteca Pinchiorri, it was mouth-watering. THAT EGG. Best egg I’ve ever had. I was invited along by Acqua Panna PR to a sit-down dinner at Harrods ground floor pop-up basement with the chefs having 13 Michelin stars between them all, some having worked with Annie for twenty-five years in Italy. It was so lovely to meet her and her team, who were like family, building a yummy empire together.

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Annie’s gorgeous menu was:

Poached egg with Alba white truffle and Grana Padano cheese fondue
Fusilli al ferretto with artichokes, scampi and liquorice powder
Bread, chocolate, oil, salt (Annie said this dish was inspired by what children have in Italy as a special treat)

Harrods Stelle Di Stelle

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3. Mayfair Kitchen, Stratton St

Hooray for a cheeky outing with fellow Debriefers  Anna, Stevie, Chemmie and Natalia. On arrival we were shown our table but then able to pick our own meat or lobster from a cabinet of amazing meats on display, and the waiter talks through exactly where they’ve come from. (Yes, the lobsters were still moving.. which resulted in mixed reactions from the group, personally that doesn’t really bother me). There is an open-kitchen and I’ve always really enjoyed restaurants that are part of a bigger hotel, gives an added busy atmosphere. I’ve always loved chilling out in hotels, especially hotel bars, there’s something so relaxing and sophisticated, and so much CHOICE. Plus lots of interesting people passing in and out, and friendly staff who love the hustle and bustle of the building.

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I chose:

– Hand-dived scallops, smoked British Ham, bean emulsion and fine herbs
– Hung and aged veal chop, 20oz 40
– Two sides: Lobster mash, tarragon and capers 11 & Wilted spinach
– Warm flourless clementine and chocolate cake

Thanks so so much for having us – it was an absolutely incredible dinner. I know Anna was very happy with her massive lobster  – who knew you could get so much lobster meat out of each inch of it?

mayfairkitchen.co.uk

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