Monday, 13 December 2010

Two soups

A nice warming bowl of homemade cawl. A nice warming bowl of onion soup from Concrete. Ready to order, sir?

Monday, 22 November 2010

Roll with it

Some chicken thighs in tomato sauce from Marks & Spencers, eaten while watching Nigella cook "an unusual slow-cooked melt in the mouth Asian Braised Shin of Beef topped with a crisp hot and sour shredded salad".

English gentleman

A slightly poncey full English breakfast with an alarming-looking fried egg and a quenching drink made from cranberry, rose and elderflower or something at Canteen. Nice. I had a peppermint tea too, which was very refreshing.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Hanging over

An apple juice, an Earl Grey tea and an absurdly floppy microwaved cheese and tomato croissant at "tea drinking place" – ahem – Yumchaa – AHEM – in Soho. A hangover cure of sorts. All on a nice tray with elephants on. Lovely and relaxing.


Some asparagussy faffiness, some cute bread all tucked up in bed, abundant glassware, Sir actual Tom Jones (not pictured), a man on a motorbike (not pictured) and a lot of red wine (not pictured) at the BSME Awards 2010.

Agora: Too Meaty For Crows

Agora is a chain of restaurants that brings meat to your table, and slices it into your plate until you have to have to go outside and have a sit down, away from the meat. But before that happens, you get to take your plate to a salad buffet, which - for a salad buffet - contains a lot more meat than you'd think.

On this plate: garlic rice, chicken stroganoff, peppers, lumps of cream-smeared chicken, stuffed olives, salami, flavoured wet carrots, roast "bliss" potatoes and a pickled gherkin, all set off with a certain amount of powdered substance that I can't honestly identify. I thought it might be nuts, but it didn't taste particularly of nuts.

England sandwich

Posh chain restaurant Leon have drastically faffed around with their breakfast menus. It's out with the breakfast baps and in with the slightly silly breakfasty "New York Breakfast" open sandwiches. And these. Which I could get addicted to. Bacon and cheese grilled sandwiches. Toasties, basically. Tidy. It's nice to have a reason to eat cheese for breakfast.

I said "breakfast" and "sandwich" a lot there...

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Hi, my name's Ribzilla

A limited-time special from Famous Dave's. The Ribzilla is a single rib, snapped with some force from the body of a cow. It's basically a steak hanging from a large bone, that you can rip out and use to ting your empty glass, letting the waitress know you require more beer.

The item kissing against the middle of the rib is a plain, sweet muffin. There is something perverse going on here, and I'm not sure I want any part in it.


to last Sunday's roast dinner, again at the Griffin.

Let's get quizzical

A really delicious beef casserole, enjoyed by a member of the Ménage à woof team at the Vauxhall Griffin quiz night. Especially delicious with a generous dollop of brown sauce.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

An ideal for living

A perfect night in: sausage pasta with mozzarella on top, premixed gin and tonic in a can and The Seeds Of Doom on DVD.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit

Slightly poncey Welsh rarebit with a poached egg on the side at Canteen.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Dream of protein on a plate

A Sunday roast - the first of the autumn - at the Vauxhall Griffin.

The spirit of the (saus)age

Some snacky sausages for a Saturday night at Zeitgeist @ The Jolly Gardeners. I love how the sausages are presented to look like they're in bed together, their meaty heads resting on a mustard sachet pillow.

Monday, 20 September 2010

From bad to wurst

Homemade currywurst. And then the following night, the leftover sauce used up with some chicken goujons. Lush. There's a currywurst museum!


Saturday, 11 September 2010

Tart tart

A really delicious bakewell tart brought in to work by Emily and an exceedingly crumbly gooseberry and elderflower tart from the Royal Festival Hall.

Twin dins

A pair of chicken dinners.

Mega bites

These aren't just pork bites filled with tomato chutney, these are Marks & Spencers pork bites filled with tomato chutney.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Healthy competition

A cheese burger, potato salad and a halloumi kebab at the spectacular Wine Vs Cheese Vs Pie Vs Mash yesterday.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Prize gala

A slice of gala pie with some tangy homemade plum chutney and lovely chunky piccalilli, pre-quiz sustenance at the Vauxhall Griffin. Recommended!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Archives of pain

A chocolate croissant and a black coffee outside the National Theatre. Somebody was playing the guitar.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Fine wining #1

Presenting Evita peppermint liqueur, number one in an occasional series of interesting boozes. £5 from a shop on Turnpike Lane.

Butchers boys

Cockles and laverbread, deep-fried brie, garlic bread, lamb, steak and pork. Loads of excellent home-cooked Welsh loveliness at The Butchers in Llanddarog.

Flamin' gala

Pies (pork and gala) and plenty of other Welsh goodness at Tenby indoor market.

Sunday, 8 August 2010


Two breakfasts at the lovely Plough hotel in Rhosmaen, South Wales. A poached egg and beans on toast, and then the following day, a vegetarian breakfast involving an impressive Glamorgan sausage.