I used to got to Quaglinos a lot in the early noughties when I first moved to London, I’d not been for years though. So when my friend JP invited me for Sunday brunch with some of his friends I was delighted to return to an old favourite. We were going to their ‘Soul Sunday’ brunch which for £49 each includes a starter, main course, a pudding and unlimited wine. To start I had a lovely chicken liver parfait with compressed apple. Then for main I had roast beef and all the trimmings. Unfortunately they had completely ran out of roast beef and so gave me a ribeye steak instead, which although very nice and considerably more expensive was not exactly what I ordered or was expecting. however they did very kindly knocked it off the bill without me even asking which was very good of them. For pudding I had a lovely, if a little small, treacle tart. It was lovely and rounded the meal off very nicely though.
After more than a few cocktails we started to get a bit hungry so we got the hotel staff to book us a table at the W Hotel’s on site restaurant Naam. From the bar the hotel staff arranged us a chauffeured golf cart to take us through the vast estate to the stunning beachside restaurant. It’s a Japanese style restaurant and we had wonderful sushi. The waiter took this lovely photo of us together at the table. After I posted into Instagram everyone kept on saying what a beautiful couple we made and when we going to get married. Well sorry to disappoint, Andrew is very dear friend to me, but definitely not my boyfriend! I loved this restaurant though, if you’re in Koh Samui I really recommend either staying at or visiting this restaurant and hotel.
Hoppers is the cheaper sister restaurant from the people behind the Michelin starred Trishna and Gymkhana. It’s named Hoppers after the traditional Sri Lakan egg pancake bowls that they serve. It’s another of those annoying no reservations restaurants. So they put your name down on a list and they give you a rough time a table will become available and then give you a buzzer that lets you know to come back when you’re table is ready. The buzzer works over quite a distance so you don’t have to stay at the restaurant, we actually went for a drink several streets away and it worked fine. We waited about an hour for a table, which given it was a Friday night we didn’t think was too bad. We had a couple of delicious Indian inspired cocktails to start and then on to the food. Obviously we had to go for the the classic Hopper which the restaurant is named after. We had it with two karis (curries) one lamb and one black pork and a rather spicy sambal (chutney). All utterly delicious with some really unusual flavours, pretty good value for Soho as well. I will be back.
For my birthday this year I decided I fancied going for dinner somewhere special, so decided to go out with my friend Marc to Dinner by Heston Blummental. I’d be wanting to go for ages so it seemed as good an excuse as any. We had a couple of cocktails at the bar at the Mandarin Oriental, the hotel in which the restaurant is situated before moving through to our table. For starters I ordered one fo their signature dishes, the meat fruit, a chicken liver parfait covered in a mandarin gel made to resemble an actual real piece of fruit. Apparently it’s the most instagrammed dish in all of London. It’s certainly impressive and realistic looking as you can see from my pictures. It wasn’t a case of style over substance either it was as delicious as it looked. For main I had pork, it was nice, but of all the dishes maybe the least successful. For dessert we had another of the restaurants signature dishes, the tipsy cake, which diners are advised to order in advance To allow for the gradual alcohol basting of the cream filled baked brioche. It’s served with a beautifully spit roasted caramelised pineapple. Delicious. We also had liquid nitrogen ice cream that they prepare table side, a bit gimmicky but impressive none the less. Also as it was my birthday they very kindly sent me another pudding on the house where the chefs had written me a happy birthday message in chocolate. A lovely meal all in all, really enjoyed myself.