Rogues

For my birthday this year some of my lovely friends took me to Rogues for dinner. A recommendation from my friend Rup who had seen it recommended on Instagram. We had drinks at the Queen Adelaide across the road, with my friends also gifting me tickets to see James Norton in the new hit play ‘A little life’. We then heading over the road for dinner.

As it was a special occasion and because it was almost impossible to choose from such an intriguing and interesting looking menu we all went for the tasting menu. I’ve attached a picture of the full menu below and all the dishes with an asterisk next to them are part of the tasting menu. We started with a potato & thyme sourdough with Bovril butter and pickled walnuts. Not usually a fan of Bovril, but this really worked, a beautiful salty umami hit. Then on to the bites/starters section of the menu, the standout here was the rabbit Bolognese with pearl barley and Isle of Mull cheddar. So full of flavour from the gamey rabbit, the best bolognese I’ve ever tasted, I wish I could create a bolognese even half as good as this at home.

Then on to the large plates/ mains. The exceptional dishes here were the roasted cod collar with katsu curry sauce and grilled gem lettuce. A really unusual, but tasty part of the fish. Then a pork chop with one of the best romesco sauces I’ve ever tasted. I genuinely wanted to lick the plate to mop up every last morsel. Outstanding.

At the end of the meal after a pudding of carrot cake with miso caramel and custard, they bought out some beautiful madeleines, (still warm from the oven) and a lovely bespoke birthday card that all the staff had signed for me. It was a lovey touch and one I’d not had before at a restaurant. Usually restaurants just shove a candle in the pudding or if you’re lucky write your name in chocolate on a plate.

Particularly shout out to the lovely girl who served us all night, she was excellent and made the already beautiful dinner even better with her fabulous service. She was even kind enough to laugh at my friend Simon’s terrible Dad jokes, surely a sign of good service if ever there was one.

The meal came in around £100 each per head, which might sound like quite a lot, but for the quality of the food and drink we thought excellent value for money and you certainly would struggle to find anything of a similar quality for that price anywhere in central London. I can’t wait to go back.

Ain’t too proud

Ain’t too proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is the West End debut of the 2018 jukebox musical all about the classic R&B Motown band, The Temptations. You’ll know them from song’s like ‘My Girl’, ‘Get ready’, ‘Papa was a rollin’ stone’ and of course the song the title of the musical comes from ‘Ain’t too proud to beg’. It’s from the same producers that did Jersey Boys, the brilliant musical about the Four Tops, as such it does feel very similar in style. As it was press night we had an extra special guest appearance at the end of evening from the founder and only original Temptations member left in the band, Otis Williams. I went with my friend Simon and we loved it.

& Juliet

Loved, loved this musical. Utterly camp. All the music is my exact era as a grew up. Britney Spears, Backstreet boys, N’Sync, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson and a bit of later stuff by Jessie J. Fantastic songs, I wondered how they got the right all the rights to the songs and it wasn’t til afterwards that I realised that all the songs were all written by Swedish pop songwriter extraordinaire, Max Martin, who has had more number one hits than any other songwriter in history.

The story is loosely based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ but with a comedy musical twist and focuses on a “what if” scenario where Juilet doesn’t die at the end of the story. It’s cleverly done and really fun. Really enjoyed it and as a jukebox style musical it was great to know all the music and be able to mouth along to all the songs.

 

Sister Act – The Musical

I had such a fun evening yesterday at the press night for Sister Act – the Musical at the Hammersmith Apollo with my friend Craig. This production has been delayed and delayed because of Covid and originally the main role of Delores was meant to be performed by Whoopi Goldberg, who was obviously the actress in the original movie. Anyway now because of the delay they have drafted in the wonderful Beverley Knight instead. She’s literally come almost straight off the musical ‘The Drifters Girl’ with barely a chance to rest, she’s a very in demand star and you can tell why with this show. Her voice really is phenomenal, she is so great in this role. Truly one of the best vocalist and. performers in musical theatre at the moment, Jennifer Saunders who is playing Mother Superior was hilarious, her comic timing as you would expect is spot on. The supporting cast is similarly superb, particularly note must also go to Lesley Joseph as an ageing rapping nun. Keala Settle most famous for her role as the bearded lady in the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ and her beautiful performance of the song ‘This is me’ (for which she was nominated and imho should have won the Oscar for) was great but almost felt overlooked with such an all star cast. This has to to be one of the best shows on in London at the moment and I highly recommend catching it while you can.

Thai Curry Tonkotsu

By now if you’ve read my blog long enough you’ll know my favourite ramen chain in London is Tonkotsu. This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary of their founding. As part of the celebrations they have partnered with Anglo Thai chef John Chantarasak to offer a Thai Curry Tonkotsu. The dish, available at all Tonkotsu restaurants from the 8th to 30th of June, features their signature 18-hour pork broth enriched with lardo and a spicy northern Thai curry paste. It’s topped with thin-cut homemade noodles, braised pork belly, pickled mustard greens, spring onion, coriander, a lime wedge, seasoned egg and crispy fried noodles. I tried it yesterday and it was very good. Not too spicy, some really interesting flavours and the crispy noodles added a lovely texture contrast.