1. To the Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge, which is undergoing a massive renovation to the exterior, giving it a fancy new frontage. We treated ourselves to an overnight stay which was simply exquisite, as was this Prêt-á-Portea afternoon tea, enjoyed on our balcony. That place is pure luxury.
2. Koffmann’s at The Berkeley is one of those institutions you don’t hear much about. Our splendid dinner of coquille St. Jacques, roasted whole leg of milk fed lamb and this pistachio soufflé however was proof enough it’s worth screaming from the rafters.
3. Bernardi’s in Marylebone has started serving weekend brunch and this pork and fennel sausage sandwich with a fried egg and n’duja mayo, oh, and melted Fontana cheese, is a thing of beauty. They also offer unlimited Bloody Mary’s, and particularly good ones at that, for £16.
4. Richard Corrigan knows how to throw a St Patrick’s Day bash. A good few pints of Guinness later at his eponymous Mayfair restaurant, this chicken pie helped soak up the iron overload. There was some good singing too.
5. We were kindly invited to a day at Cheltenham races. Although the manly environs, sweaty bars and pints in plastic cups might not be my thing, The Lucky Onion’s No 38 The Park, a boutique bed and breakfast not far from the racecourse, was far more up my alley. This onglet and eggs set me up for the day.
6. See Woo Foods, China Town’s most popular supermarket, celebrated the opening of their new live seafood counter by hosting a lunch at Imperial China. Plates of turbot, lamb cutlets, roast duck and pork all hit the spot. These lobster noodles were finger lickin’.
7. Bone Daddies’ Bermondsey restaurant in an industrial estate down sleepy side road (currently only open Saturdays) is a real charmer. Specials of chicken katsu curry and soft shell crab ramen, not to mention fried chicken, show why Bone Daddies is still one of the best.
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