1. Quiche Lorraine at The Delaunay Counter in Aldwych. The weather might have been terrible, but sitting at one of the outside tables with a warm quiche and flat white, watching the world go by, was good for the soul.
2. You can usually find Decatur at Druid Street Market every Saturday selling some pretty lush grilled oysters. He’s now heading up the kitchen at Pamela in Dalston. This whole buttermilk fried quail was the nuts.
3. Mick’s Garage in Hackney is a warehouse which is earmarked to be knocked down one day – until then, Crate Brewery have turned it into a bar and the chaps from Berber & Q are doing the food. Think smoked chicken shwarma, sumac spiced brisket and St Louis harissa pork ribs. Go.
4. A bag full of Vicky’s Donuts at the Mint Vintage clothing sale in Dalston Pier. The ones filled with a big ol’ dollop of Nutella in the middle were probably my favourite. Rumour has it she’s about to get her own donut shop in Dalston so watch this space.
5. Chris Rosam served better food at his dinner party than I’ve had in most restaurants recently. A fine piece of beef (from Nathan the Butcher) with celeriac puree, truffle and nasturtium was utterly divine.
6. It was my first year attending the British Curry Awards (or the ‘Curry Oscars’) and it’s quite a fancy do. Sharing a table with Prue Leith and her lovely husband was a highlight for me – along with a shed load of curry served from a sparkly Lazy Susan. Bling.
7. Deep fried mac n cheese, chicken wings and fries at MEATmarket in Covent Garden. The city might be overrun with junk food, but if you’re feeling a little worse for wear and have a serious dose of ‘hanger’ – you’re not likely to find better.
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