Transformation is a word that I think can be rather overused in restaurants, especially those that remain in the same premises and serve the same style of food. I first visited Gauthier during it’s first year and remember having a great meal but other than being given the option of bacon bread in the bread selection and a perfect risotto I couldn’t tell you anything more about the food we had that night, but having since returned (a couple of times) things have rather changed (and they STILL serve bacon bread). read more…
Whenever a restaurant has a sizable waiting list you seem to get one of two experiences; either it blows your mind and is worth the wait or you leave thinking that all the build up and anticipation was really not worth it. The Hand and Flowers refers to itself as a ‘pub restaurant with rooms’ and we had over a 3 month wait for a table and a chef, Tom Kerridge, renowned for cooking food with ‘big flavours’ (in other words, my favourite type of food) who has wowed on each TV appearance; things were stacking certainly stacking up to go one of two ways here. read more…
I’ve never been the biggest fan of the burritos sold in their restaurants but the ones sold out of their food vans are a very different thing! All the ingredients brought their own taste and texture to the dish (especially the rice) with not a hint of blandness to be seen. Slight down-mark for a hot-sauce that I think could be knocked up a few notches but other than that a great addition to the London burrito scene; I hope it sticks around.
But how does it rank in my list of London's best burrito?
Bite sized reviews - for either when the experience was too short to fully judge or for when I don't have the most time to get words down in internet.
The pork broth was indeed as rich as you may have heard of with a near cream like texture and full on meat flavour which ended up tasting more meaty than the accompanying pork slices! The ramen noodles were clearly fresh with no hint of clagyness – it was certainly a very good bowl of noodles. Of course that is all it is though so if you’re not a fan of soup noodles dishes you’re not going to find your perfect match here. It’s certainly flavour of the month at the moment and I wouldn’t queue up for hours to eat there; I would sneak in for a sneaky bowl if there was no queue though.
The iconic New York based burger bar arrives in London; however about 3 years too late. It was a higher than normal standard ‘dirty burger’ with nice juicy meat, oozing cheese and fresh vegetables but the problem I had was the niggling thought in the back of my mind that I could have avoided the queues and got a dead hippy from the Meat Market a mere hop, step and a jump away. Back in the days when GBK was home of the UK’s better burgers this would have been a god send but you can get good burgers, indeed some bloody great burgers in London now.
OIL!! Both savory dishes I ate were totally flooded in oil (see photo) and that took a lot of enjoyment for me out of the meal. Being by the sea in Brighton I wanted some nice fresh fish which I did find but their fresh and clean flavour was totally masked. Star of the show was the thick cut of plaice on the bone – while not the easiest cut to eat (lots of hidden bones) it was perfectly grilled with delicious crisp skin, even with all that oil. There was definitely potential in the concept – but first a better olive oil topper is needed!