Posts tagged ‘London’
The inclined reader will have noticed my increasing interest in Japanese food. After holding a talk, I unfortunately had to excuse myself from the corporate standup lunch and headed out to a very important meeting. I had a date with myself at the Bincho Yakitori to taste the Yakitori. The place is quiet large, and I selected a small table near the entrance. The sake selection was large and Ihad an interesting experience after talking with the (not quite fluent in english) waitress. The masu (wooden box for serving sake), does change the taste of the sake, making it a bit more mellow. After trying that out, I can confirm this. The food was okay, I liked the pickles, wasn’t a big fan of the daikon salad and thought that the bacon was too thin on the different sticks. Finances:
When do you know that the thrill of air travelling has slowly evaporated ? When the fine meal consists of a Ham salad bloomer and you can buy the same thing off the trolley of a british railway company. Unfortunately mine escaped from the package while I wasn’t paying attention, but the gin and tonic helped to overcome the sudden loss.
There are places which you might not wander into without having some solid information, and the Lahore Kebab House is one of those. Located in a rougher part of London in the East End – why is it that larger cities are never nice and clean – this is one of the few places serving real pakistani cuisine. Not having been exposed to cuisine from South Asia to a large extent, obviously London is a good place to catch up. Walking into the second floor of the Lahore Kebab house, it feels a bit like the dining hall of a school or a university, there’s not much flair to the decor and it is a tad grimy. First surprise is when I ordered a beer, that they do not serve alcohol. Second surprise is, that you pop down to the minimarket across the street, buy two bottles of (imperial size) beer to go with your meal and that is totally okay with the restaurant. Food was great and it was much better than the original setting made me believe it will be. Crispy fried onions, crunchy and tasty Papadom, fresh vegetables, tasty chicken and lamb, Biryani rice (similar to fried rice) and high quality nan bread were served in quick succession. If you’re on a business trip on London and your colleagues are up for great food, skip out on the posher south asian cuisine places and head right down here, you will be rewarded. I forgot to take a picture of the bill, but believe me if you’re accustomed to prices in Zurich – this place is a steal.
Sitting in a luxurious economy seat, I’m finally happy to leave behind Heathrow Terminal 3. Seldomly have I experienced such a dump – old, unkept, dirty, and full of tacky stores. Asides from that three thousand regulations and now you’re not even allowed to swear and ramble at the security check due to some great british law…. The meal from London to Tokyo was very nice, they served cold soba (buckwheat noodles). I wasn’t crazy about the rest, but happy enough that there was one decent item.