As I said, this blog is going to mostly focus on food. So it seems to make sense to start with last week…
Nick was in London for the week, and I was on leave, and I think we spent most of it eating and drinking! Tough I know.
We started relatively simply, with Lola’s cupcakes in Selfridges, on Monday afternoon
Nick’s Red Velvet and my Cookies and Cream. Yum!
Tuesday after giving the legal notice for our marriage, we went to St John Bread & Wine, the original in Spitalfields. This was somewhere that Nick had wanted to go for ages, and I was pretty excited about it too. We are both pretty adventurous eaters, so the idea of nose-to-tail eating was appealing.
We started with a kohlrabi and shrimp salad. It was very pretty and very light, and a perfect first course.
Next up was probably the stand out dish of the meal. It was liver and foie gras pate, on sourdough bread (such good bread) with capers. It was thick and creamy, very rich, and absolutely amazing. In fact I’m still dreaming about eating it again!
Third up, amazing jerusalem artichoke salad with capers and a creamy dressing. The artichokes were roasted and they were incredible!
Finally, ox heart salad. Again with rocket and capers (I guess they had a few of those around!). I’d never had heart before, and I’m not sure I loved it. Nick described it as a combination between steak (in terms of texture) and liver (in terms of flavour), which was pretty accurate!
The next day was Nick’s birthday, and his present from me was lunch. I had decided a couple of months ago that I wanted to take him somewhere really great for lunch as we could go midweek. After a lot of research, I opted for Hibiscus, Claude Bosi’s two star restaurant in Mayfair. They have a pretty incredible lunch deal, for three courses, half a bottle of wine, coffee and petit fours. The room at Hibiscus was lovely. Quite simple, but warm, and busy enough to have a nice buzz without being crowded. The art work on the walls was really interesting, amazing pictures from around the world, and we really enjoyed looking at that.
We started with olives and salted caramel nuts, which were surprisingly good nuts! We tried quite hard to hang on to them, but they took them away once they brought our food.
An amuse bouche of mushroom in coconut milk and curry powder – amazing!
We then shared our next two courses:
Grilled octopus, and pork pie ravioli – the best dish of the day – it sounds a bit odd, but was amazingly tender pork, cooked like pork pie pork, in pasta with a mushroom jus.
Partridge with romesco, cauliflower, capers and raisins, and veal cheek with amazing truffled parsnip mash.
Nick wouldn’t share his birthday dessert, warm chocolate madeleines with whisky cream, pistacho, and coffee sorbet – all his favourite flavours! I had the caramelised blonde chocolate tart. We then had a lot of petit fours – three types of aerated chocolate and three types of madeleines, leaving us pretty full and happy!
But, even so, we managed to fit in a bit of dinner that night anyway! We went down to Sager + Wilde in Hackney, just five minutes from our flat and somewhere I’d wanted to go for ages! It was pretty busy, but we stuck around and got a table where we were able to enjoy a lovely French white, followed by a pinot noir, and shared a plate of cheese and a proscuttio and cheese toasty – an amazing end to the day!