Monday, 13 February 2017

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

Sunday roast


Roast rump of Galloway beef, aged 40 days, Yorkshire pudding


Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is the less moral restaurant from the Galvin brother's empire. A French Bistro offering mostly classic French cuisine, along with some unique creations from the brothers. At Sunday lunch time, the restaurant switch it up with a British roast menu, offering roasted pork, chicken and beef. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is known for its excellent value for money cooking and the Sunday roast is no different because it costs less than £20 for 1 course. It has been a long time since I last had a good quality Sunday roast and given the good quality meals I have had from other Galvin restaurants, a visit for its Sunday roast has been high on my agenda. 

Galvin at The Athenaeum

Hotel dining with the "G" factor?


Chicken liver parfait


Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest creation by the Galvin brothers, it is only normal for foodies and fine dining lovers to take notice with this new opening. Galvin has already got several successful and highly popular restaurants in London, including the Michelin starred Galvin at the Window and Galvin la Chapelle. The Athenaeum is located inside a 5 Stars hotel with the same name on the floor, and judging from the menu, the food is very similar to Galvin's Bistrot de Luxe on Bakery Street, with a mixture of classic British and French dishes, along with some more "casual offering", such as pasta and soup.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sea Containers

Farm to table dining


Grilled Octopus Salad


When Sea Containers opened back in 2014, all the press were interested in the name of the restaurant and the hotel that "contained" the restaurant. I am a much more simpler guy, I am only interested in the quality of the cooking, the cost and the service level in a restaurant, everything else are secondary. Sea Containers is head up by Gus Crosby (Ex Launceston Place and Gordon Ramsay), and the restaurant champion local ingredients to provide modern British cuisine in a luxury setting, overlooking the river Thames. The menu is pretty straight forward, from salads, burger to grills, but don't just think this is another fancy bar and grill restaurant. 

James Cochran EC3

London restaurant of the year contender


Treacle cured salmon


For me, The Ledbury is the best restaurant in London and chef owner Brett Graham is a living legend in the fine dining world. So it was only natural for me to take notice when an ex Ledbury chef set up his own restaurant. James Cochran's restaurant in East London was launched in late 2016 and since then it had gathered some very positive reviews from the press. Just from reading the sample menu online got me excited, it had some very well thought out ingredients combination and the price seemed to be very reasonable. Not to mention that his restaurant had a hidden bar downstairs: BYOC, which was one of my favourite cocktail bars in London.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Kiln

Regional Thai cooking


Langoustines, Kaffir Lime & Sweet Mint


I am not a fan of restaurants that doesn't take booking, but every once a while, I am happy to bite the bullet, given if the restaurant sounds like too good to miss and Kiln fit into that category. From the same people behind the successful Thai restaurant Smoking Goat, Kiln is a tiny Thai restaurant on Brewer Street that does regional Thai food. The menu is short and diners are encouraged to order about 3 dishes each, similar to a tapas bar. The restaurant only offers counter seating behind an open kitchen, so it is not the best place for a large group.