Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Lazy Posts of 2012: Part 1 - The Pricy Ones

There seems to be a trend of “lost posts” going on at the moment, posts which got lost in the draft sections of their blog archive. This post is not a lost posts writeup, but a lazy posts write up. This has nothing to do with being lost, these have been sitting penned in ink upon my notepad next to me, staring at me whenever I sit down to type anything at my computer.

So here they are, the lazy posts, written up lazily, but hopefully with enough to help make you decide whether it could be your cup of tea, or just another herbal teabag destined to be languishing at the back of your store cupboard. Part one (oh yes, there will be at least THREE parts) will be about the places on the slightly dearer end of the scale.

The Classic Posh One: The Square, Mayfair

The Square Book Launch

Now, I really should have written something about this earlier, because the food was very very well executed, and as good an example of classic French techniques as you will find anywhere in London, I would imagine. I was there for a little blogger dinner for the launch of Phil Howards new cookbook, an anthology of savoury recipes. Apparently, this had been many years in the making and I can see why. It’s a beautiful and bountiful cookbook containing recipes for beginners up to the pros.

The Square Book Launch

In summary, a flawless masterclass of classic cooking.

Check out the book HERE, and more photos of the food HERE.

The Square - 6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU

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Square Meal

The Next Big Thing: Upstairs at the Ten Bells, Shoreditch

Upstairs at the Ten Bells

In a stark comparison to the Square, the food I ate at the Ten Bells with the Young Turks in residence was about as cutting edge as you can find in London at the moment. Formed by a few guys who have come from some of the best restaurants in the world, expect pine flavoured fried chicken, mackerel with pickled melon and olives, and one of the best dishes I had in 2012, a pork, sweetcorn and peach dish which inspired me to cook something similar at home. Suffice to say, it wasn’t as good.

Upstairs at the Ten Bells

Upstairs at the Ten Bells

I love what these guys are doing, and their residency at the Ten Bells is now permanent with some of their chefs still working in the kitchen (led by Giorgio Ravelli). The Young Turks will be opening up their own restaurant in Shoreditch Town Hall soon. Destined to be a success so keep your eyes open for this one.

Upstairs at the Ten Bells

For more pics, please click HERE

Upstairs at the Ten Bells - 84 Commercial Street, London E1 6LY

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Square Meal

The One Where The Scary Chinese Owner Gets Me Into A Headlock: Hunan, Pimlico


Hunan had been on my to do list for as long as I have been writing this blog and is quite an institution down in Pimlico. The principle is old school Cantonese banquet, a never ending sequence of dishes which only stops when your stomach yields and waves the white flag. Getting a group together is not essential, but it is quite an experience best shared with others.


Over the course of the evening, we covered a whole selection of food groups, from the humble green bean to every meat known to man. Half the time I had no idea what I was eating, but that mostly didn’t matter, it was all pretty decent. There is no heavy seasoning or use of MSG, with the aim of letting the main flavours come through central to its ethos, although slightly unfortunate in some instances where lack of seasoning was definitely an issue. On the whole though, loved Hunan, it’s conveyor belt of mostly excellent food and a hat tip to the chef who having smacked me round the head and got me in a headlock, was great entertainment (for my friends mostly).


Click HERE for more pictures of the meal.

Hunan - 51 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE

Hunan on Urbanspoon

Square Meal


Caviar_girl said...

ah I agree about the 'draft' posts! i have so many, and the ones on the dearer side of the scale are generally harder to write about for some reason :)

Hollow Legs said...

I went to Hunan YEARS ago, and it was with only one other. Seems a revisit is due with more people, as I really enjoyed it.

(That is an AWESOME photo.)

Guisy Sal said...

Looks like a good place to visit when we go over to london for the summer. It'll be a good variation to see an asian restaurant without the conveyor belt and with a somewhat western feel.