Jump to content


participating member
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by PoppySeedBagel

  1. Well we had a great time in CPH. Thanks to a blog (http://verygoodfood.dk/eatcph/) we had superb meals at Kødbyens Fiskebar ( in a very edgy area - look for the fire outside), and at Manfreds & Vin. We also found ourselves staying near an excellent place - Torvehallerne. For anyone who knows London it's like Borough Market only with lots more places to sit and eat. Wehad reasonabley priced, excllent breakfasts there at Laura's, and a confit de canard sandwich in a baguette from the savoury side was gorgeous. We also had brunches and some snacks at Café Norden. This is a lovely place, and a brunch literally kept me full all day - and that's without cheese. Despite loving herrings and smørebrød I didn't manage to get any - mostly due to my enormo-brunches. I did find that Danish restaurants don't take kindly to complaints - the only poor part of the meal at Manfreds & Vin was the coffee which was thin and stewed. I mentiond it to the waiter and in UK it would not have been charged for - but Mnafreds kept it on the bill. We also ate in our hotel a couple of times for convenience (Ibsens). The first time MiniPSB had a full size pizza which he enjoyed, and it had an Italian-sized (smallish) helping of cheese on it, but it was enormous. So the second time he asked for a small one - which came loaded with cheese. We therefore asked if he could have one like the one the previous night, only small. Again in UK I am sure this slightly unreasonable request would have been met, in what was after all a fairly expensive reataurant (it was only a Margarita so the ingredients cost pennies) - but not here - three enormous men stood over my poor son who's only 13 and argued with him! In the end they did agree to redo the pizza - but then they charged the full price, so we might as well have gone for the larger one and wasted half! Heyho - everyone else was charming and we loved CPH, and had some very good food. Enormous portions too but I think the Danes must work it off cycling.
  2. I am fluffing this thread in hopes of an update from some kind people - we are going to be in Copenhagen/Malmo for 4 days shortly, staying in Vendersgade near Rosenborg Palace. Like the original poster we are after delicious authentic local food, in simple good value places. Our hotel seems to do good breakfasts, but we will be happy to pop out for brunch if there are any worthwhile places. We will have just a simple lunch (sandwich or salad), so I am looking for recommendations for that, and for good places for dinner. There seem to be some great high-end places, but what about the good value places that you go to more every day?
  3. Oli what time were you there on Saturday evening? We ate at 19.00 and it was buzzing downstairs then.
  4. We went on Saturday for dinner - it was fabulous again - stand-out dishes were the asparagus with hazelnuts, the salmon with grapes and the chocolate with basil moss. The only dish that I didn't think worked was the pastry cream tart which was like an upmarket banoffi pie without the coffee and was too rich and ceamy for my taste. The menu does move but slowly, and I do love it. Often delicate flavours pass me by (looking at you G. Ramsay) but these are delicate yet memorable.
  5. It could mean fine oat meal - but when I have had none I have put the rolled oats in the processor, and the recipe worked fine.
  6. I went to Dabbous yesterday, my birthday, and it was fabulous. The bread in a bag business came imto its own as we only ate a bit, so I took it away with me, saying I could give it to a colleague whose birthday is soon and had wanted to book at Dabbous for that but left it too late. I can vouch for the bread being delicious toasted. Anyway - yesterday - we all ate from the set lunch menu. I started with the mixed alliums in a chilled pine infusion mentioned by David above - it looks just as beautiful as in his photo, and I was amazed at how perfectly the onions were cooked - neither too crispy nor too soft. It tasted fresh and delicate, with just enough pine flavour to give it a bit of contrast. I then had barbecued wild ling, iodized sour cream, beetroot & watercress stems . It didn't seem barbecued to me - poached more like, but oh it did taste of the sea, as promised from a reduction of oysters and other things the names of which I have forgotten. Truly a fabulous dish. Then the three of us shared homemade black pudding with mango chutney and a fried organic hen egg. This was so rich one portion was just enough for us - this had far richer flavours than the starters and fish dishes, and it was gorgeous to taste, though if I were being very picky every component had the same texture, and something a little crispy would have been welcome. We then all had the iced lovage. One liked it, but couldn't eat more than a mouthful as it dried her mouth too much; I managed about 1/3 then the incredibly intense lovage got too much, and one loved it and ate it all. The texture, and balance of sweetness were superb; it just needed something calm and creamy to balance the intensity of the taste for me. The tiny cannelés served with the tea were gorgeous. And the head waiter, who overheard my saying my colleague had been disappointed not to be able to get a table, gave me a few sans cherry, to give to her, which made me (and her) love it all the more. I had wndered if it would be very echoey, with all the hard surfaces, but it wasn't and once you're inside, the industrial setting is actually surprisingly relaxing. The service was charming throughout. I am booked for dinner in June, and am really looking forward to it. I wonder if the tasting menu will have the same things on it - it does look as though the menu doesn't change very much, comparing what David had in March with what I had in May.
  7. I forgot to report back after our trip last year - it was very good, but I can't recall the details and I have booked again for this year's holiday.
  8. I have always avoided Morrison's since I grew up in Leeds, and in the 80s their shops sold lots of biscuits and not much else. Then they took over Safeway in our Surrey town about 8 years ago. I tried some of their fruit & vegetables, found them tasteless, so unless I really needed anything at short notice, always avoided shopping there. However, it is surprisingly good for garden plants (superb clematis £1.79!), so I do still pop in and recently noticed they have increased & improved their fresh ranges - last weekend, I got some fresh galangal, & lots of chillis of different strengths, for example. Mind the flat leaf parsley was half yellow (cleverly packaged so I didn't notice too). And in season it's the place for Yorkshire forced rhubarb. Waitrose usually sells Dutch forced rhubarb - upon which, as a Yorkshirewoman, my opinions are unprintable.
  9. We ate at The Walnut Tree last night. It was a very good meal, beautifully executed, but all 3 of us were a little underwhelmed. We like simple, gutsy food, and in London like eating at places Iike Les Deux Salons, just like Shaun Hill. This was more refined cooking than there, and just didn't work as well for us. There were few stand-out dishes or flavours that made us go 'wow'. The only thing that really stood out for me was some dauphin potatoes - perfectly crisp and light. I had expected pommes dauphinoises, so when they produced fritters to go with my already-fried cromeskie, I wished they had suggested that this wasn't a good idea, though dauphinoises would have been on the rich side too (plain potatoes weren't on offer). To be fair I was having a starter of sweetbreads and cromeskie with sauerkraut as a main. For my starter I had asparagus with Jersey Royals and morels ( and broad beans and young carrots). Every vegetable was perfectly cooked, but so delicate in flavour that the sauce, a lightish hollandaise, totally overwhelmed the flavours. The ice creams served with the puddings were beautiful, but MrPSB's chocolate pithiviers was very dry, and unsubtle. MrPSB tends to have chocolate pithiviers whenever he sees it, and this was nothing like as good as the Simon Hopkinson versions of days of yore.
  10. We have just eaten at The Hardwick, and all really enjoyed the experience. The food was really excellent, especially mini-PSB (age 12)'s pigeon chorizo and lentil starter, and his sucking pig main. My confit of duck hash with duck egg tasted very good but I would have preferred just plain confit, not the hash for a better texture. I had steak with bearnaise sauce and triple cut chips. The steak was fabulously tasty and tender and the chips were just divine: perfect. I am not normally someone who chooses steak and chips, but this was worth it. The portions are enormous, so we just had the petits fours with the coffee as our pudding, and excellent they were too. In fact the details were all very good - for examle I noticed the napkins were exceptionally silky, and had been beautifully ironed, by hand not by a laundry. The staff were charming, and the service very swift. We were slightly surprised by how busy it was on a Monday night, especially as it's not cheap. It is goOd value though for food of this quality and inventiveness. I wish it were in Surrey...
  11. Thanks for the help - I have booked at The Walnut Tree, as we're more 'gutsy' food and 'good dining' people rather than 'fine dining'.
  12. <Fluf> Has anyone been to the Crown recently? We're going to be in Raglan around Easter, and this looks like a good place to try. Or would The Walnut Tree be better? Or anywhere else?
  13. I like the sound of that place in Marylebone... I needed a lunch place a couple of days after I had posted this, so was inspired to give it another go. I had Cornish crab to start which was very good,very fresh, but all white meat, and I actually prefer brown. Then red mullet with dried tomatoes and romanesco broccoli. That was really sensational. If I were being picky I would say it was slightly too oily, but the flavours combined really well, and it was all perfectly cooked. Gorgeous. I'd forgotten how nicely, though simply, things are presented. And the service is charming and efficient.
  14. I work just round the corner from Latium, and have been loads of times. I have never had a bad meal, and often some very good ones. But curiously, I forget about it when asked which are my favourite restaurants, and despite the quality of the food, and its good value prix fixe, I never choose to go there myself. I think it's because the rooms itself is a little lacking in character. I don't think it's hard to get a table, so perhaps others feel this way too...
  15. Some ideas from a really good London website: Londonist
  16. There was a recipe in the Telegraph last weekend! Otherwise try Carluccios or Fortnum & Mason.
  17. That part of London is probably the best area for picnic-style evening meals - the Ginger Pig's sausage rolls are especially delicious, La Fromagerie is fabulous, there are good bakers around there - Waitrose is good but not as good as the Marylebone independents IMHO. Except that Waitrose Indian Ready Meals are really excellent. Selfridges Food Hall as mentioned is very good. There are also all the Middle Eastern Places around Edgeware Road - try Green Valley on Upper Berkeley Street for a fantastic ME deli, and mountains of baklava and ME pastries.
  18. Glad you enjoyed it. Too late for your trip, but I had a lovely breakfast at Cecconi's in Mayfair on Sunday. Scrambled eggs with truffles - just the ticket. About the same price and quality as the Wolseley - different atmosphere - more continental in feel - very Italian, unsprpisingly though they do a full English. Fabulous coffee.
  19. As to what to do, I suspect most things will be shut - you could try churches (!). There should be a minimal public transport system running. It is probably worth just walking round, perhaps in the City (some bits), Spitalfields, Smithfield and/or the Inns of Court. Those are historic areas, with lovely old buildings and lots of atmosphere, especially when the streets are empty. See if you can download any walking tours or get a book of walking tours. Check opening/running times carefully - most of Britain shuts down on Xmas Day (I think - I've never been out to check.)
  20. I agree - try to make it special to the area/Scotland, and hot soup would be most welcome even in summer. Scotland is good for soups... For children, special hot chocolate would be good. One thing I hate from beach cafés is bad tea - polystyrene cups, tea bag left in.
  21. I have never been to the Bay, but saw it when I was in Penzance in the summer and notice that the website cleverly ensures that you don't see that the view can sometimes be of mudflats when the tides's out. If you are not tied to Penzance, have a car, or are happy to get the bus I'd recommend the Portminster Beach Café in St Ives. It's probably more casual than the Bay, and has a far better view... The food was really good when we were there in the summer, and I'd made sure we had a window seat, wich is worth doing. There are buses from Penzance to St Ives: http://www.cornwallpublictransport.info/bus_timetables.asp It seems no 17 is the quick one, across country. The 300 takes the coastal scenic route via Lands End, and having been along part of the route I think would be absolutely beautiful. St Ives is worth a trip - go the scenic route and come back across country perhaps as parking in St Ives is a nightmare even in the evening. Looks like the 300 also goes the quick way sometimes.
  22. Borough Market is owned by a charity, the objects of which are, per the Charity Commission website (excuse the capitals): THE PROVISION OF A MARKET AS A PUBLIC AMENITY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC AND THE RELIEF OF THE RATES FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INHABITANTS OF THE PARISH OF ST SAVIOURS, SOUTHWARK I suspect that the trustees were advised that they were not charging enough in rents to meet the second part of their remit - even assuming such an exclusive market met the first half...
  23. Has anyone been to Archipelago? Mini-PSB wants to go and try Gnu as his 12th birthday treat and uit claims to have had some good reviews but I am dubious... St John and squirrel sounds more the thing.
  24. Despite my last post, I did go for the pre-theatre recently - this occasion wasn't time-critical, we just wanted to eat early. And it was smashing. The service was really good - friendly, warm, and efficient. The food was just as good as before, and came with the right gaps.
  25. Given their review of the Elephant it doesn't look as though they set out to be critical, as such, merely to be food critics. I'd be pretty grumpy too after waiting that long, so would also expect really stunning food to compensate - and I agree the plates look a terrible mess, the food doesn't sound that inspired - given it's 2* I would expect a lot more. I agree M Caines seems to have handled it well. Obviously decided against the super-injunction approach. Each to their own though - I'd rather just eat the food, and possibly summarise afterwards on eG, as taking all those photos and writing it up in detail afterwards would take away my enjoyment of a good meal, and I'd comment at the time if it wasn't a good meal - or if it is I also say so. No-one has to read their blog of course.
  • Create New...