Month: June 2011

Caracter at Vinopolis

Visitors to London are often surprised to learn about Vinopolis, a commercial centre offering tours dedicated to wine and wine tasting.  It’s on the South Bank, quite near to the Globe Theatre.  A group of us visited its wine bar after...

Soufflé at Paramount

Seven of us were dining at Paramount with a magnificent view over London.  We began with Billecart Salmon champagne.  Then I ordered double baked roquefort soufflé with endive and pear salad.  It was utterly brilliant.  I followed it by ordering oven...

Two starters

The rain was just starting to signal the end of London’s mini heat wave as we hurriedly stepped into Tiles.  My lunch companion decided to have two starters instead of a main course, and we both ordered the same dishes. We...

Wobbley egg

I ordered the egg and anchovies on brown bread.   The egg was so lightly poached that it wobbled.  I had to use brown bread soldiers to mop it up.  It was excellent, as were the anchovies and bread....

Wairau River

On a very hot and somewhat humid day in London we sat at an outside table to enjoy lunch with a glass of a chilled New Zealand sauvignon blanc.  This was Wairau River, whose name means “many waters” in Maori.  The...

A rum banana

I wanted something to finish off my lunch with a slightly sweetish taste, but had no summer pudding left.  I spied a banana and bought it.  I like them ripe enough to mottle the skin, and this one wasn’t at that...

Hosting lunch

I had no problems serving lunch to a friend who came round.  I made an omelet from two large eggs, laid out pieces of smoked salmon, cut into pieces of about one inch by half an inch, on one half, sprinkled...