Friday update

It is Friday again, and that means a little London update from me.

It has been a short week because of the Monday bank holiday, but I still managed to go out twice. On Wednesday I met Gaby at Busaba and enjoyed calamari and a crab pad thai. Delicious, and I really must say that this restaurant chain is great value for money. The food is fresh, tasty and cheap and although dining at communal tables with benches the interior is very pleasant with dark wood and burning incense.

Yesterday I met up with four girlfriends at da Polpo, where I have been before, and we had a great time as always. It is another great-value-for-money-place and it is nice to go out with friends for a nice meal without it being too expensive.

I have not made a weekly menu for next week, because we are going away, but during this weekend we will enjoy the following, probably:

Have a great weekend!

Da Polpo

I told you briefly that I had been to the faily newly opened Italian Da Polpo in Covent Garden. With me was my colleague Caroline, who just like me appreciates good food.

We ordered the special of the day; a mackerell tartare with horseradish sauce and flatbread. I really enjoyed the tartar but the horseradish was a bit strong. We also had the chilli and garlic prawns and grilled foccacia, which both were good and just what we expected really. The foccacia was less spongy than most but still really nice. The prawns had a nice spice coating as well as the spicy oil. After we’d enjoyed the prawns we realised that the rocket left in the oil was almost as good.

We had to try one of the meatballs and opted for the spicy pork and fennel ones. They were lovely in consistency, just the right amount of heat and you could really taste the fennel seeds. We also tried the asparagus with melted tallegio and ham, which basically was a tomato free pizza. Absolutely lovely.

Both of us enjoyed all the dishes but the favourites were the meatballs and the asparagus and taleggio pizza. We also came up with the brilliant idea to eat our way through the menu. Not in one go though, but we will definitely be back. Soon.

The restaurant has a nice rustic interior and the menu is your placemat. The service was quite good, but maybe a bit slow considering the restaurant wasn’t full up. But the reason why I like this place is the good value for money. The food was very good, and plenty of it, and still the bill only came to £30 for both of us.

Da Polpo
6 Maiden Lane
Covent Garden

My London week

I sometimes feel I don’t have time to update the blog about all the nice places I visit in this lovely city, so every Friday I will try and tell you about my week and what I have been up to.

Twice this week, have I had drinks at the London institution Gordon’s Wine Bar. The bar is situated by Embankment station and has plenty of tables outside as well as nice wines to reasonable prices. They have nice food here as well, and you buy it next to the bar. Most common is the excellent selection of cheeses and condiments, but they have salads, chilli prawns, squid, chicken scweres and much more.

I have also been to da Polpo in Covent Garden for the first time. It is newly opened and similar to its sister restaurants Polpo, Polpetto och Spuntino; they serve rustic Italian food to very reasonable prices. (A more descriptive review to come.)

This weekend we are venturing out of London, to visit Christopher’s mother in Buckinghamshire. The train journey only takes 30 minutes, but it is real countryside here with nice pubs, walks, cute shops and fresher air. We’re probably having a barbecue on Saturday, which is such a treat for someone living in a flat!

Have a fantastic weekend, guys!