Sunday, 27 July 2014

Morito

Spanish quick fix in the city


Morito is a popular tapas bar that serves Spanish and North African dishes in the city, I became a fan after my first visit back in March and  got a chance to taste its signature pork belly again at the Spanish Festival and I just couldn't get enough of it. This time I dropped by for an early evening fix as I was in a rush and once again Morito delivered some fantastic plates of food.
rare beef with garlic

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Koya

Black board only


This is my third time now back at Koya, the key to avoid the super long wait is to visit early Monday or off peak hours as every time I walked passed Frith Street, people were just crowned outside Koya, not even the Koya Bar just next door managed to reduce its fan base and it is rare to see a restaurant this popular even though it has been around for a while now.
grilled aubergine & beef shabu udon

Monday, 21 July 2014

Meat Market

Meaty mess


The Meat Liquor brand shows no sign of losing its hip factor, you can still see the outrageous long queue at its flagship joint near Bond Street at peak time but for some reason, even at weekends, Meat Market in Covent Garden is surprisingly quite most of the time these days. Maybe partly due to the US burgers invasion of Shake Shack and Five Guys opening in the area and the lack of physical awareness, as the very place itself is located on the second floor of the Jubliee Market Hall.
Meat Market
fires and wings
monkey figers

The bingo wings and monkey fingers were spicy but not overly challenging on the palate, with a hint of sourness in the mix and I really enjoyed it with the cold blue cheese dip that it was served with. The Meat Market special Black Palace was a real beast with lovely grilled onion and black pepper sauces glazed over the meat without flooding it all over, it was a much needed improvement compared to my previous visit. And easily the best burgers in Covent Garden.
green chilli burger
Black Palace

Having said that, I can confirm the food at Meat Market is more or less the same kind of quality compared to Meat Liquor and Meat Mission. The only difference is that you order just like in any other fast food place with no table service. Without the fuss of queuing, Meat Market is a great alternative to Meat Liquor and it isn't too far away and you can be in and out in less than 30 mins to make it ideal for a quick meal. After all, who needs table service when all you want to do is just dig deep and dirty for some good old fashion tasty burgers.

Food 3.5
Service 3
Ambience 5
Value 5

£16 per head

The Deck, Jubliee Market Hall, 
Tavistock St, London WC2E 8BE

www.themeatmarket.co.uk

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Club Gascon

Deal and no deal


I find deals can be dangerous territory in a fine dining level, the idea of a deal or promotion from high end restaurants usually means they are trying to recruit new customers or trying to fill out tables at less busy times. Sometimes this is a good opportunity to get customers to experience what the restaurant can offer at an affordable price but at the same time the cooking just doesn't live up to the expectation due to lesser use or ingredients or lack of attention.
Club Gascon
amuse bosch

Monday, 14 July 2014

Osteria dell' Angolo

Italian in Westminster


Osteria dell' Angolo, a smart Italian restaurant located in Westminster, offers regional cuisine in a classic manor with a modern twist. Head chef Massimilano Vezzi created a brand new menu for the summer inspired by his Neapolitan background. As part of a tasting event, we were offered a selection of small plates to get an idea of Osteria's style of cooking, the evening kicked off with seared scallops and what a great start it was. The scallop was fresh and had a mild spicy flavour from the paprika, the garnish of black olives did a great job to add a nice mild earthy depth to the shellfish and I was deeply impressed by it. 

Osteria dell' Angolo
seared scallops with paprika and black olives
Sicilian octopus carpaccio
home cured beef with red chared leaves
Scialatielli from sorrento with fresh crab
suckling pig belly with potatoes, spring onions & capers

Sicilian octopus on the other hand was a little weak, the celery overpowered the tender octopus in both texture and taste, which was a shame as the octopus on its own was wonderful. The kitchen's special, Scialatielli from Sorrento was a very interesting pasta dish, the crab meat and grilled courgettes were light and sweet but the seasoning was a little heavy for my liking. Best dish on the evening has to be the slow cooked suckling pig belly. The balsamic sauce reduction matched the soft and tender meat really well while the mini capers added a lovely bitter and earthy taste. Overall it was above your standard average Italian experience, Osteria's managed to pull off some very authentic Italian flavours in a smart surrounding which should delight the locals.

47 Marsham St, London

http://osteriadellangolo.co.uk/


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