Eating Well in London





gnudi overhead


My son’s lovely wife Nicole has a true passion for food, and our trips to visit them in London inevitably become culinary extravaganzas. She works for a group of restaurants, and it’s a case of “you mean they pay me to do this?” Well, not really, she works very hard and the restaurant business is challenging, but being around all that amazing food and the people who make it happen is a big plus for Nicole. We went to two locations of Vinoteca, her company, and they made us feel like genuine VIPS. Above you’ll find her photos of this moveable feast—apologies to Hemingway.

From the top pic down…

Went to Trompette, a fine French restaurant, for Christmas eve lunch, a traditional English event. Here are the restaurant’s signature trompette mushrooms, so called because of their horn-like shape, atop a waffle-like wafer.

Home cured bresaola with mixed salad leaves and parmesan.

Crisp suckling pig shoulder with greens and polenta.

Hole in the wall Turkish restaurant close to our kids place provided one of the best meals of our trip, including char-grilled minced lamb combined with light seasoning, wrapped in thin home made bread topped with butter, tomato sauce and yoghurt.

The best pub food bears no resemblance to the cold sausages of my youth. Nicole’s restaurant friends told her about a pub in Brighton, and they were not wrong. This is hand rolled gnocchi (called Gnudi because it’s stuffed with ricotta, not potato.)

A majestically risen soufflé is topped with apple crumble and ice cream. The heat of the soufflé melts the ice cream and the result is unlike any apple crumble I’ve ever tasted. Heavenly!

In addition to our stomachs, we fed our heads as well, seeing two plays. Belleville is an American play which was receiving its London premiere. The Ferryman is a new Irish play set in the 1970s. I thought both plays were going to be comedies, nothing particularly challenging. We were on holiday after all. Well, Belleville ended with a suicide, The Ferryman with multiple murders on stage. Good thing we ate before the plays. 


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