We ate 2 kinds of borscht – one with dumplings, the other with vegetables – in a this polish restaurant in Williamsburg, where I felt right at home (though I have to say that grandma’s stuffed cabbage is still without real competition…)
So for those of you looking for a good place to eat in London, here’s a list of a few places I had the chance to visit. The list was composed with the kind help of Ofer, my local culinary guide to London.
Roof top boundary: A nice place I recommend visiting in the evening when the weather is pleasant, since you’ll sit on the roof, in the open air. For dessert you should try the excellent Pavlova. we shared it (5 of us) and it felt like an amusement park for adults.
In this place I had the best meal of my visit. I ordered the business menu, which is served even on weekends, and includes a three course meal for 27£. We added 15£ for 3 glasses of wine – one for each course.
We opened with a wonderful fennel cream and lemon jelly with a touch of black olives.
For the first course I had the egg dish, which came in a beautiful glass bowl filled with egg mousse and wild mushroom sauce. Inside the bowl rested peacefully a small tasteful cracker. The first bite brought out a sigh of joy, a joy that hasn’t stopped till the last bite. It was a surprising delicious plate.
For the main course I had lamb stake with thyme and tempura vegetables, which was very good but not amazing like the first two plates.
For a side dish I got a wonderful leek fondue soaking in butter and parmesan cheese.
To save the indecision regarding dessert we simply took all three available option on the menu and divided them between us. And so we had a cheese plate,
and excellent coconut cake with white chocolate mousse, lime and blueberry which was served with a refreshing raspberry sorbet,
and a plate of five tarts: chocolate, lemon, coffee, cinnamon and pistachio.
To sum it all up: it was an amazing lunch, the memories from it will be with me for a long time and I strongly recommend you all to pay this restaurant a visit as soon as possible.
Recommended food in Greenwich:
Hola Paella, Spanish tipico food, 7-7A Greenwich Market, Greenwich, London SE10 9HZ. It is always a good idea to eat Paella as a filling and budget meal.
Heap's Sausages - 8 Nevada Street, Greenwich, London SE10 9JL. T:020 8293 9199 www.simplysausages.co.uk/about-us You can watch the team making the sausage live in the back of the shop/restaurant. Not cheap.
A MUST is Goddards pie & mash shop - a great value. The restaurant is located at 22 King William Walk Greenwich SE10 9HU - close by the Turnpin Lane/King William Walk entrance to Greenwich Market. The Cutty Sark DLR station is north-west to the restaurant.
Vietnam Restaurant in 17 - 18 King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9JH T:020 8858 5888. The service could be slow and indifferent - when they fill up...
When I called my two (real) grandmas to say happy Passover, I asked each one what’s her recipe for Charoset. My polish grandma said “apples, English walnuts (Juglans regia) and wine”. My Yemenite grandma said “fresh dates, date dough, date honey, and if you want you can add raisins or ginger”.
We chose the Yemenite version, and for a lack of dates we decided to give it a Latin twist, using tamarind instead (also known as Indian dates; in Hebrew, one should note, a date is called “Tamar”). But after we discovered that the tamarind dough in the market is made with the tamarind seeds inside, we went back to the polish version, and though how we can improve it. We decided to add some raisins, honey and ginger. Instead of English walnuts (we couldn’t find any) we used almonds. For anyone who is interested in traditional Jewish Passover food (with a Guatemalan flavor), here is the recipe:
Just mix everything together in a fancy bowl.
one of the best things in Istanbul is the food. You can enjoy Kebab in different shapes, forms and flavors (with eggplants, with pistachio etc.), and in most local restaurants you’ll find a side dish of vegetables and bulgur with tomato sauce. A plate with kebab will cost you 12 TL and more, and in the more touristic sites you might have to pay double. The most popular soup in the city is lentil soup, which is served with a slice of lemon and hot pita bread. No matter where you’ll go, someone is bound to offer you some Rahat Lakum (“Turkish Delight”), but we preferred the fresh kanafeh, which was a bit different from the orange kanafeh we knew from Israel.
Shabu Shabu: the name of this plate is onomatopoeia, and it derived from the sound the ingredients make when stirred in the cooking pot. When you order shabu shabu, you get thin slices of meat which you deep inside a pot of hot water. Usually the water also contain some vegetable and some tofu. This plate is not recommended for people who like their meat well done.
Jin ding xuan Jiu lou is part of a Cantonese restaurant chain. The restaurant is near the south gate of Ditan Park. The food was pretty good. We set in a room with a rotating table, and ordered a lot of plates, so I don’t remember exactly what I had…except for the wonderful Dim-Dam. The prices are very reasonable, and you get a good value for your money…
Bear in mind that the place is usually crowded, and not very intimate, so don’t plan any romantic dinners there… and it’s open 24 hours a day.