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Table Talk

And so to food By Amanda Menahem

The interior at Park Chinois


ovember started in the most hipster of fashions, with a day trip to London to visit Climpson’s Arch, an artisan coffee

the Michelin starred Peruvian restaurant. I

and the other a chocolate, both housed within

had been once before with my foodie friend

a chocolate avocado shaped shell. Totally

(and ex) Andy. Peruvian cuisine is joyously

delicious, as were the pisco sours.

roaster housed within an arch in Shoreditch (of

unfamiliar, novel and delicious. We started


with a sea bass ceviche and Lomo steak beef

impromptu lunch at Food for Friends. Being

both starving and indecisive on this particular

After the tour and a tasting, I began to wonder whether the recruitment policy discriminated against those without copious facial hair until I spotted one young clean shaven chap. “Oh he’ll be fi red soon” was the response when this anomaly was mentioned. After this entertaining visit, I headed (with my colleagues) to Lyles – the epitome of hipster dining and with a recently awarded Michelin star. The décor was a bit stark and industrial for my taste but then that’s hipster for you. The food, however, was excellent. I

For dessert an avocado and chocolate mousse proved divine and, I suspect, not at all healthy

Back in my beloved Brighton I enjoyed an

day I greedily ordered two starters as well as a main (which was only salad so that’s ok right?). First up, tempura fried courgette fl ower stuffed with goat’s cheese mousse. Perfectly cooked and excellent in both taste and texture. Crisp (but not greasy) batter giving way to light tangy mousse. Then a superb dish of king oyster mushroom with yolk and celeriac puree – autumn on a plate. Finally,

loin with yellow Ají sauce and coriander

halloumi salad with cashews, mango and

cressbeef (both £14). For mains I just had

avocado, it sounded a strange combination

buttermilk and followed with mallard duck.

to have the suckling pig with chicharron,

and I was curious. It totally worked. One

My colleague’s mushroom carpaccio starter

sesame seeds, celeriac and elderberry (£28

negative from a really good lunch - the

was stunning with intense depth of fl avour.

but so worth it). For dessert an avocado and

service was a bit offi sh on this particular day.

The only disappointment was a rather dry and

chocolate mousse (£9) proved divine and, I

Hopefully a temporary issue.

ordinary frangipani tart.

suspect, not at all healthy. Interestingly the

Dinner the following week at Semolina

avocado had been made into two types of

was at fi rst superb and then disappointing.

mousse – one purely a sweet green avocado,

A starter of scallops and celeriac puree was

started with a dish of pumpkin, chestnut and

Later that week I returned to London for a lunch date. My companion and I chose Lima,


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