Posts Tagged: gluten free London


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Nov 13

L’Eto

L'Eto

L’Eto on the King’s Road in London is a smart, chic cafe open all day long for breakfast, lunch and dinner, both to take away and eat in.

As you walk in you are greeted with enormous platters of delicious looking salads in front of you alongside delicately decorated cakes and gorgeous chocolate truffles piled onto silver platters. It all looks very inviting and is available to takeaway throughout the day. Not only would it make an excellent lunch, they do a brisk trade in takeaway quiches and meats for supper, too.

I decided to sit in and try the restaurant menu. To start, I tried a Crab and Avocado salad with soy and lime dressing, made with generous chunks of avocado, crab, black sesame seeds, fresh coriander leaves and finely chopped red chilli. It was vibrant and fresh tasting but substantial for a starter.

For the main course, I tried the Steak marinated in garlic and rosemary. The flavour of the steak was superb. It was juicy and tender, and full of flavour. With this, I tried a side of spring greens, which was a mixture of Tenderstem broccoli with kale, cooked al dente and topped with toasted flakes almonds. It was a really substantial side and would be enough for two people to share.

To finish, I managed around half a piece of the 73% chocolate cake. It’s described as chocolate fudge cake, but I’d say it is more of a deep and dense flourless chocolate cake. It was very rich and intensely flavoured and was a great way to finish a meal with coffee.

L’Eto is a lovely place to stop for a drink and food at any time of the day, and is highly recommended for its fresh, delicious food served in generous portions.  Lunch will set you back around £10-15 if you eat in, £7-10 for takeaway and dinner varies from £15-40 per head.


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Jul 13

A trip trip to Christopher’s

Christopher's

Christopher’s

Christopher’s restaurant is a firm West End favourite in the heart of London’s Theatreland. It’s been open since 1991, but has recently reopened following an extensive refurbishment. It is famous for it’s America theme, offering a wide range of fish and meat dishes, including old favourites such as steak, lobster and surf and turf and now offers some interesting modern dishes such as ceviche and tuna tartare, and classics such as Caesar salad, and pasta and risotto dishes.

Christopher’s has recently reopened following an extensive makeover and looks wonderful. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Christopher’s Martini Bar, which is very glamorous indeed and offers a very wide range of delicious cocktails and drinks. We particularly enjoyed the strawberry and lychee martinis. It’s a really lovely space to sit in and would be perfect for a celebration or after work drinks. Upstairs is the main restaurant and the tables enjoy the most lovely view looking down over Waterloo bridge to the other side of the river. The dining room is very elegantly decorated and feels grand, but comfortable and intimate with a relatively small number of tables.

To start, we both could not resist the grilled asparagus with truffle oil and parmesan. It was very nice; four short spears of asparagus topped with parmesan cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil and priced at £11. Starters are priced between £8 and £14 and main courses between £18 and around £40, although you can splash out on a fillet of Wagyu steak for £68 if you wish.

To follow, we shared the grilled lobster and a fillet steak: two of Christopher’s signature dishes. Both were very good – both dishes were clearly made using excellent ingredients and cooked very nicely. The sides of sweet potato mash with maple syrup and fresh vegetables were really very good. Steaks, for example are mainly sourced from the US, but there are some Scottish steaks on the menu, too.

Sadly, we couldn’t manage anything for dessert after our feast, but there were some seriously delicious sounding treats on the menu. We really enjoyed our evening at Christopher’s. It is a great place to meet with friends, and a stylish and romantic place to spend an evening in the centre of London. We can’t wait to return already.


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Nov 12

Eating out in London – No 67 Restaurant

 

No 67 Restaurant is based in the South London Gallery in Camberwell, South London. It is open throughout the day, and has, more recently, started opening into the evening, enabling visitors to stroll around the gallery and stopping for some food. With the quality of catering on offer in galleries and museums variable at best, I was interested to see what was on offer here.. Although you are able to stroll easily from the galleries into the restaurant, it feels separate and cosy, unlike the canteen feel of so many gallery eateries.

It was early evening when we visited and the lighting was most atmospheric, with bare-bulb lights dangling down over each table providing the only light source. The dining room has a very intimate feel, and the modern, slightly edgy interior feels in keeping with this area of London.

As we took our seats, we were brought the menu and offered a drink right away. The wine list offered a good choice of bottles and we chose the Sauvignon de Touraine by the glass, which was very drinkable. The dinner menu is short, and changes daily. Starters are around £4-6 and mains around £12. Wine starts from around £5 per glass to £25 for a decent bottle. The kitchen opens into the dining room and the smells of cooking wafting out into the dining room were most enticing. Upbeat jazz played softly in the background, punctuated by the clatter from the kitchen all lend themselves to the cosy and warm feeling as we perused the evening menu. As I gazed around the room, I noticed all tables were taken by 8pm, which seemed pretty busy for a wet Wednesday night. With couples chatting and friends giggling, it felt as though everyone was having a good time.

My sister and her boyfriend accompanied me for the evening. Lucy is vegan and I had been rather disorganized and not given the restaurant much notice that she would be coming. In fact, I am embarrassed to admit, I only called them an hour before our reservation. We were very pleased that they had taken the trouble to prepare her a special menu. Not only was there a good choice, but also we took it as a good sign that the kitchen staff are able to be creative and cook from scratch.

To start, I had a very tasty dish of thinly sliced raw pumpkin, topped with a delicious minty yoghurt dressing, which was very well seasoned. Andy had the rarebit, which was very intense and dark, flavoured with Guinness and Worcestershire sauce. It was a little intensely flavoured for me, but much enjoyed by Andy. Lucy had a very thick and gorgeously coloured beetroot and tarragon soup, which she thought was nicely flavoured.

Moving onto the main course, Lucy had a specially created barley risotto, topped with chargrilled aubergines and artichokes. It was very pleasant main and was much more creative than the vegan offering at so many restaurants. For my main, I had a grilled leg of lamb with polenta and braised runner beans. The portion was enormous and quite well executed. I would have liked to have seen the runner beans de-strung, as they were rather tough, although very tasty in a rich and flavoursome tomato sauce. Andy had the braised leg and cured breast of duck with courgettes and mint, which we struggled to find fault with.

Desserts at No 67 were a highlight of the menu. Lucy and Andy chose a chocolate sorbet, served with salted caramel and toasted hazelnuts, which was very good indeed. The sorbet was dark and intense, and lifted with the salty caramel and crunchy nuts. I went for the selection of English cheeses. I only wish I had not been so full, as it included Bragstone, Colston Bassett and Lincolnshire Poacher.

No 67 is a very pleasant place to eat if you live locally or are visiting the area. The food is very good, and the atmoshpere is most enjoyable. Dinner and a gallery visit is a most enjoyable way to spend an evening and is strongly recommended. The restaurant is also to be commended for its flexibility when it comes to catering for guests with specific dietary requirements.

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