Terry’s chocolate orange

It’s been a UK staple for 85 years (since 1932). Terry’s chocolate orange is a ball-shaped assembly of orange flavoured chocolate segments. You tap the ball at one end and the segments fall apart. Production was moved to Poland after the York factory closed in 2005. It’s a great...

IDS ice-cream

Les Deux Salons is a rather nice brasserie just off Trafalgar Square. It does a range of mostly French-style dishes. Their onglet steaks are pretty good, chunky instead of thin, and served with rather good chips. The ice-cream was a puzzle, though. The initials IDS were on the accompanying...

Not quite champagne and caviar

The “champagne” is vintage cava, which is actually better than the cheaper champagnes, and quite a good deal better than prosecco. But it must be vintage cava. I usually buy it when it’s reduced to about £7 for a 75cl bottle. The ‘caviar’ is Onuga, a created name designed...

Cork & Bottle cheeses

The Cork & Bottle wine bar just off London’s Leicester Square has long been known for its food.  Their raised ham & cheese pie has been a legend for 4 decades.  Their selection of cheeses is outstanding, with hard, soft and blue cheeses, plus sheep and goat’s cheeses as...

Snacks on a plane

This was the first course on Aegean Airlines.  It featured smoked salmon trout, stuffed peppers & octopus salad on eggplant mousse, and a glass of Le Vigneron Grec 2016 (Assyrtiko with a touch of Muscat)...

Greek finger food

I was at a conference in Delphi, where they served a buffet lunch.  There was a selection of Greek dishes.  I chose a ham and cheese crepe, a spinach and ricotta puff pastry, herb infused chicken on a skewer, and pieces of sheep’s milk cheese.  It wasn’t actually finger...

Baltic fish pie

I went back to Aster, the new Nordic-style restaurant at Victoria.  This time I sat in the ‘cafe’ part and ordered Baltic fish pie.  It was very unusually presented, with peaks of potato mash charred at the tip.  The fish pie underneath was good, with lots of fish chunks...

The excellent Olive Grove

The Olive Grove at Cambridge never disappoints for its excellent food and service. This time I had Kotosoupa – velvet chicken soup with vegetables & lemon, then Arni Filleto – skewered lamb neck-fillet served with potato wedges, pitta bread & Mediterranean salad, with a dip of yoghurt & cucumber...

Arctic char at Aster

A whole slew of new restaurants has just opened at the new development at the foot of Victoria Street.  I tried out Aster, a Nordic style place, and had Arctic char, hot smoked, with Greenland prawns, aubergine caviar and dill.  The fish was beautiful, decidedly smokey in flavour....

Chorizo balls

It was my first time at De Luca Cucina, an Italian restaurant in Cambridge’s Regent Street. I tried a new dish, chorizo arancini stuffed with fontina cheese served with a cucumber yoghurt.  It was deliciously good.  I followed it with oven baked fillet of salmon with a pistachio &...