La Bodega Negra, Soho

It’s a hazy, warm evening and you’re walking through Soho, weaving in and out of the crowds in search of refreshment and possibly dinner.

Head to La Bodega Negra on Moor Street, sit in the window on the right, a small window bar with only two seats – a pleasant distance away from the hub-bub of the main restaurant area and a welcome distance between you and Soho’s bustling side roads.

When I was there I chose the original frozen margarita and the chef’s selection of 6 tacos. It was just the right amount of food for a light dinner.

However if you’re feeling ready to brave the mean streets of theatre go-ers, then you should head over to Gelupo on Archer Street for a delicious scoop of gelato.

Also! If you like tacos then make sure you go to Tortilleria El Pastor @ Stanworth Street, under the railway arches near Bermondsey / Maltby Steet Market. Their tacos are excellent.

✌🏻 KF

L’Entrecôte

L’EntrecĂ´te — here’s what you need to know:

There is one starter (lettuce-and-walnut salad), there is one main course (steak-frites), dessert is optional and the house red wine is essential. Welcome to L’EntrecĂ´te, one of my all-time favourite meals.

L’EntrecĂ´te is the collective name of a group of restaurants that were created by the Gineste de Saurs family. There are three groups of restaurants, each with the same concept but their own variation of the unique butter sauce that accompanies the steak.

I’ll refer you to the Wikipedia page for the full history of the L’EntrecĂ´te dynasty and restaurants.

Le Relais de Venise in London

In London there are three branches, and I’d recommend visiting Le Relais de Venise at Throgmorton Street in The City. I’ve also visited those in Marylebone (long queues) and Soho (poor service) and find Throgmorton Street’s branch relatively easy to get a table on short notice and the service is always excellent.

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Le Relais de Venise, City of London
Le Relais de Venise, House Red, available in Half or Whole bottle
The starter: “green salad dressed with a tangy mustard vinaigrette and crushed walnuts”
The main: “the best steak frites in town served with our famous sauce”

L’EntrecĂ´te in Bordeaux

The restaurant spans 3 floors, each decorated differently but in keeping with their brand. Be sure to have a peek in the the kitchen (visible as you go up to the second floor) and arrive early to avoid the fast moving, if very long queue.

Outside the restaurant
Le Bordeaux de L’EntrecĂ´te, House Red, available in Half or Whole Bottle
The starter: “salad with nuts”
The main: “finely trimmed sirloin steak (slice of beef of 170 grams) accompanied by its famous secret composition sauce, homemade fries at will”
The kitchen!

Le Relais de L’EntercĂ´te: to be explored…

Thoughts and images are my own. Quotations are from the respective restaurant websites.✌🏻 KF

Cornerstone

Cornerstone @ Hackney Wick, is a restaurant by Chef Tom Brown, previously Head Chef of Michelin starred seafood restaurant Outlaw, at The Capitol Hotel in Knightsbridge.

Grab a beer at Beer Merchants Tap before heading over to the restaurant, it’s a one minute walk away.

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The menu:

You are encouraged to enjoy a few dishes, and a Tasting Menu (all items with an * for ÂŁ45). We opted for the Tasting Menu, in order to try a few dishes, and added the sourdough – because I love bread, and I especially like sourdough.

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Sourdough Toast with Coral Butter, toasted on a grill
Sourdough Toast with Coral Butter, toasted on a grill

 

The Tasting Menu:

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Pickled Oyster with Celery, Horseradish and Dill
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Raw Hand Dived Scallops, with Isle of Wight Tomato Dressing
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Baked Fennel, Anchovy and Spenwood
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Roast Hake, Cafe de Paris Hollandaise
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Ray Wing, Spiced Aubergine Puree, Basil, and Ginger
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Cider Braised Cuttlefish, Lentil, Apple and Spring Onion Dressing
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Apricot Crumble, with Clotted Cream, and Lemon Thyme

 

Menu and pricing as of May 2018. Images are my own. ✌ KF