Sunday, 31 August 2014

L'Autre Pied

Marylebone's finniest

L'Autre Pied is one of my favourite restaurants in London, the cooking is unique with an elegant and creative touch. Head chef Andy Mc Fadden really is a supreme talent and I am a massive fan of his cooking style. This time I headed back for its tasting menu, knowing that it would be another great evening of food treats and guaranteed to be better than its noisy neighbour Chiltern Firehouse, which is over-hyped, overpriced with average food.

amuse bouche
salad of radishes, black quiona, creme fraiche
poached cod with brassicas, squid ink and pine nuts

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Kitchen Table

Spectacular fine dining

Tucked behind the ever popular champagne and hot dog bar Bubblesdogs, Kitchen Table by James Knappett offers one of the most spectacular fine dining experiences in London. With less than 20 bar seats surrounding a small kitchen with all the food cooked in front of you, more than 10 courses served using some of the finest ingredients.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Patty & Bun

The winger dinner

1 year on, I returned to Patty & Bun due to my limited time and had to settle for something quick in Marylebone. I walked past Patty & Bun and there were no queue so I decided to give it a 3rd chance. I actually had an awful time from my 2nd visit but perhaps it could only improve after 1 year and at a less busy time. I went for the infamous ‘Winger Winger Chicken Dinner' and it was fast food at its finest, the flavour of the sweet smoked BBQ sauce was perfect, just as was the nicely deep fried confit wings. Not too dry and freshened up by some spring onions. 

BBQ wings and thunder thighs
Monthly special
Smoky Robinson

I also had the chance to try out the thunder thighs aka chicken thighs with jalapeno butter sauces, it was mildly spicy with a rather thick texture, the portion was big and it could have been a main on its own. The 'smoky Robinson burger' was a big improvement from one year ago, the mixture of garnishes were flavorsome and had a great balance, however the meat itself was a touch lower in quality compared to Honest Burger. Overall it was by far a much more pleasant experience and the confit wings truly were some of the finest wings in London, I can't get enough of it.

Food 3.5

Service 4
Ambience 3
Value 3

£20 per head with a beer

54 James St, Marylebone

London, UK W1U 1EU

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Bone Daddies

Ramen champion

I returned to Bone Daddies after almost 1 year since I last visited, out of the three ramen joints ( The other two being Shoryu and Tonkotsu) which opened at similar times in Soho, I found Bone Daddies just had that extra edge when it comes to the use of stock and texture of the ramen. There were also a selection of interesting small plates, such as the chasu pork and corn croquette. The soft shell crab was also excellent, not overly dry with rich flavours that contrasted it with the green chilli ginger sauce.
Bone Daddies
soft shell crab 
Dipping ramen 
T22 with soy ramen, chicken, cock scratchings
Kimchee ramen

Dipping ramen is the perfect ramen dish for summer, served cold with spring onion and chashu pork, the grilled chashu pork was easily the best I've tasted in any Japanese restaurant in London while the hot chicken bone broth was rich and blessed with lovely savoury flavours. The Kimchee ramen was powerful and bold in taste with a Korean touch: prawns, mussels and chilli in a hot and spicy fish broth, definitely not for the light hearted. Bone Daddies doesn't do classic, it is all about ramen dishes with creative elements which make it stand out above the rest, with an edgy and contemporary setting which proves to be a very successful formula. 

Food 5
Service 4
Ambience 6
Value 6

£24 pp

31 Peter St, London, Greater London W1F 0AR

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Casse Croute

Classic French goodness

Casse Croute is a little French brasserie on Bermondsey Street, it has gained a reputation of serving some very classical French cooking at a very affordable price. It really depends on how you view the matter, the reception answers your phone call in French, so is the menu. So you either think Paris (the stuffy part) has come to London or it has added a little authentication to the place.

Casse Croute
duck salad