Category: Xander

Double Byron burger

Byron burger (a small chain expanding across London)  does a fantastic burger. Look how deliciously medium rare it is, like I asked for it! mmm. I ordered a double burger and separated the two layers with a layer of chips which I steeped in hot Cholula. It was a delicious way to line...

Starter’s orders

I attended the Sunday Jazz brunch at the East India Club again last week and piled my plate high (twice) with starters. Smoked salmon, couscous, beetroot, piece of salmon with cucumber slices on top, tomato and onion salad… I drank White Burgundy followed by a Red Claret that accompanied...

Goes to figure

I noticed that the fig tree in my garden was beginning to leave windfalls in the ground. Windfall figs tend to break open due to the long fall, hard landing and soft fruit so there is often little that can be done to keep them, although on occasion I...

A good bite

I started with the oysters as a light bite to start with, before moving onto a special of the day. I forget the name of the fish now – there is a good chance it was a John Dory. The teeth looked ferociously sharp and the flesh of white...

La saliere – Monaco

La saliere is an Italian restaurant in the fontvielle district of Monaco. I hadn’t been for about 3 years so it was with slight trepidation I noticed they had refurbished the place – had it changed owners? The menu looked good, and I chose the crab and pineapple salad,...

Tartare for now

Steak tartare is one of my favourite things in the world. This one didn’t disappoint, it was a simple dish in a simple restaurant, nice chips, big hunk of raw meat mixed with capers and seasoning and a nice glass of chilled rose....

Outflanked

My first meal in Nice set the tone for the entire visit; good food and wine. I started with this little pastry tart filled with cherry tomatoes and went on to have a steak of a cut that is rarely found in England. I believe it was a bavette....

Criterion

The criterion restaurant is very near piccadilly tube, near the Eros statue. This was fortunate because it was pouring with rain. We went to have a set-meal offer – 3 courses and a glass of champagne for £29. Summary: great decor, average food that didn’t quite ‘work’ and rather...

A tortilla masterclass

It has been a long time since I actually used this blog to explain how to cook something simple, cheap and delicious. So this blog is that, in a long-winded and unexpurgated form. For this you will need: one medium sized potato, bigger than an egg, smaller than a...

Testicules de mouton

Yes – I ate sheep’s balls. Finely sliced, crumbed and fried. They were very tender, melt in the mouth but not full of flavour. After eating a whole plate they’d become rather bland. Perhaps they could have done with a side salad or something to jazz up the flavours...