Year ago – London Calling!

From my

From my older blog, which I’ve decided (more or less from my own will) to continue here. Though it is an old one it’s so tasty I can’t leave it somewhere nowhere.

” I ADORE London . Even whent it’s raining. And I guess You just ought to have rain in London. After seven hours delay at Okecie Airport, cancellation of two flights and some problems with the third one finally I’ve arrived to London in one piece.

Though I’ve spent there only two days (which were quite busy and packed with totally non-leisure things) I had some time for myself (shopping, eating, eating, strolling, shoppping, just regulars;-).

Chapter One : Food
Asian Tomato Cheese Pizza St. Martins Lane Hotel

This one has been eaten round 1 a.m. as an after-arrival dinner (breakfast) . On flat crunchdough You get buffallo mozarella, souce from cherry tmatoes, honey, sweet chilli and basil. With some water cress on the top.

St Martins Lane’s restaurant is called  Asia Cuba and its name fully describes what is served inside among Phillipe Starcks bizzare furniture. It is a true, unconfused fusion cuisine based on tastes from Carraibean and Asia. Fresh, tangy, spicy and SIMPLE – great.

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Fresh Wafers with Raspberries St. Martins Lane Hotel

I must make a confession – I LOVE hotels’ breakfasts. All that dried fruits in sepaarte bowls, chopped straw/blue/red/berries, melons, kiwis, fresh pineapple, baby bananas, nuts,oats, grains, seeds – everything You need to make You Own Best Muesli or Oatmeal.
And those freshly backed mini croissants, danishes with peaches, pain au chocolat, bagels. Tiny balls of salted butter, petite jars with orange marmalade, cherry confiture and lavenda’s blossom honey. And…waffers, pancakes. Really, if I had to choose my last meal on Earth it would be a breakfast at St Martins Lane.

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Granola with Vanilla Youghurt and Plums Compote Great Pulteney Road

After a few hours of walking tehre and back again it’s time for some light snack. What You say for a thick greek plain youghurt with plum and spice compote or orange blossom honey and home made granola?

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Raisin Pastry & Mini Blueberry Muffins Great Pulteney Road

So small, so sinless – cinamon roll and mini blueberry and lime muffin.

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Bucattini and Cherry Tomato Salad, Garlic Bruschetta Great Pulteney Road
And for lunch – simple salad mixed green leafs,  grilled cherry tomatoes, small mozzarellas, artichokes, dripped with white balsamico. Served with grilled focaccia, sweet potatoes, asparagus and broccoli.

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Belgian Chocolat Moussse& Mascarpone Mousse with Seville Oranges Compote

Desserts two ways. No 1 – dark chocolate and orange mousse with raspberries and white and black choc garnier. No 2 -simple, but delicious –  mascarpone whipped with thick greek youghurt with Sevilla’s oranges, cardamon and roasted almonds. Great mix of creamy softiness of cheese and sharp, tangy taste of fruit..

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Rice Croquettes The Wrapping
About the very place -The Wrapping – I will write You later. Now about the food, cause this should be served fresh, dont’ You think?

Instead of zillions of alike appetizers – one but great finger food – rice croquettes. Inside of deep fried rice balls You could find pieces of cucattini, tapenade, prosciutto, salmon or
shiitake filling.

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Asparaguss egg Florentine The Wapping

First course: (veg. option) grilled green asparagus served with shiverings of truffles, parmeggiano and egg en cocotte. Freshly baked ciabattini and few drops of extra virgin olive oil and You’re in heaven!

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Aubergines Gnocchi
Must say it’s been a long time since I have eaten such a surprising dish. Or rather a dish which surprises with subtle hidden tastes. Inside of those grilled aubergines rolls the ches has hidden a longish gnocchi with raisins, sage and pine nuts.
All was served with sweet’n’or souce form fresh, grilled cherry tomatoes, raisins and garlic. Spnkled with crashed black pepper and parmiggiano shreads.

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The Classic Spring Triffle The Wapping 

Trifle is the most English dessert. really. The one served in The Wrapping was soo simple, soo delicious and soo amazingly un-trifle 🙂 There was a whipped cream with vanilla beans, rhubarb compote with honey, sponge soakd in liqour and crushed amarettis. can I have some more, please?

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