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,
Published on Dec 16, 2016
Published on Dec 16, 2016
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