Posts Tagged ‘mussels’
I love, love, love to stop at The Grill on the Market after a visit at The Barbican. Just along the Smithfield Market, meat there is simply superb and their mixology always surprising. To celebrate the summer, the menu is now paired with 4 special cocktails infused with garden herbs. Could not resist! Come on, let me make your mouth water.
As starters, we chose the chicken skewers, made ever so tender by a honey and rosemary marinade. A sweet final note, very fragrant, beautifully presented on a slate like a zen garden. In parallel, the mussels in a cream and white wine sauce is unctuous, the sea food super fresh, the chopped onion almost comfit and the sauce so silky you will want to drink it spoonful after spoonful…
The signature dishes are no doubt the steak cuts. Juicy, matured for 28 days, always perfect. The luxury part fo it is their surf’n’turf which I can only recommend. Foe each selection of meat, you can add a skewer of garlic gambas or – my absolute favourite – prawns, crayfish and scallops, so delicate and so refined. For this has been thought the Whisky Thyme, powerful, sharp but also floral with jasmine, thyme and lime. It lingers on the tastebuds beautifully, enhancing the juices of the meat.
I fell this time for the tuna in its crunchy sesame coating. Pink at heart, simply seared, offering two textures and finishing on the nuttiness of the seeds. Do mix a little soy sauce with the wasabi and add just a drizzle to counterbalance the softness with just a hint of spice. On the cocktail side, The Botanist really seduced me. Vodka, rum. elderflower liqueur, served as a long drink with lemonade and topped with amaranth. So very refreshing, bubbly and complex, your eyes will soon sparkle with extra happiness.
In the garden herb creations, do give these a try too: the Watermelon and Sage Sling (Fresh watermelon, sage, gin, watermelon syrup and lime juice) and the Raspberry & Thyme Martini (Thyme, raspberry puree, fresh apple juice, vodka, Chambord, lemon juice and sugar syrup). These will be served until the end of August. Enjoy!
Chocoholics, your choice is easy. The Warm Chocolate fudge cake is pure decadence, moist with an intense ganache… For a regressive pleasure, ask for the Fresh berry trifle. Open the jar and smile - it’s the hundreds and thousands effect. As for taste, dip your spoon down to the bottom to enjoy all the layers. Cream, jelly, fruit, a little firework and soft as a cloud.
For the perfect conclusion, try their other sweet dream idea, And so to bed cocktails. Jaffa cake, Parma violet, Toffee apple, Lemon drop… Childhood flavours beautifully concentrated that will make you go “oh, wow”!
The grill on the market
2-3 West Smithfield
London EC1A 9JX
Know what I like best in London? The cheerful touch of crazyness, the freedom to be creative, different.
Example - this guy who decided one day to commute by canoe-kayak. Fabulous. I have been searching for an equivalent since (as there is no canal on my way to the office).
Meanwhile, here is a cocktail of plans to enjoy the so British city this week-end:
* David Lynch fan? Twin Peaks is back, just for one night this Thursday.
* Free ice-cream at Dri Dri on Friday. Come on, you can’t say no to this.
* Calling all chocaholics – check out those yummy walks!
* Wake up the sumo in you - it is all for a good cause.
* Get your ticket for Taste of London – quite expensive but you will not be able to resist the menus for long.
* Pretend you’re in Tokyo and have a karaoke party. This hotel dedicates rooms with cocktails and outfits.
* Black Peper? Lavander? Marmite? Paul A Young just opened his new Soho shop.
* Smile with this dog show. Lookalike competition: which 4-pawed-cutie will look the closest to Queen Victorias’ dog? Which other will be the best Victorian fashioned?
* Find happiness (and/or a good bargain) at Wimbledon’s car boot sale, the best around according to Time Out.
* Tea in a park? Yes, call it med-tea-tation.
* Ignore cinema chains. Independant ones have so much more charm.
* What if it rains? Have a virtual walk.