Thursday, October 14, 2010

20 Truly Great Dishes Eaten in London

I have selected twenty truly outstanding dishes that have been eaten in London over the last 18 months. They are rated outstanding or great because in my opinion they are not only beautifully executed by very talented and skilled chefs but they have been prepared with world class ingredients. To this end they are in most cases as good or more often better than the equivalent dish sampled anywhere else in the world.

Many of these dishes are on the surface simple like Zucchini Fritti, Zabalgione or various steaks. Sadly based on my experience in London most of the time ,these dishes are a massive disappointment due to poor sourcing and cooking, or, sometimes both.

If you live in London or are passing through I strongly recommend all the restaurants mentioned not only for the specific dishes but for a fabulous dinning experience.

O'Shea's of Knightsbridge Perthshire Black Angus Rib Eye on the bone at Goodman

Fish and Chips at 101 Pimlico Road

Rissoto with Black Truffles , Rousillion

Linguini alle Vongole l'Anima

Pizza with Chanterelle and Gloucester Old Spot Ham at Franco Manca , Brixton
Vitello Tonato , Giaconda Dinning Room

Zucchini Fritti at L'Anima

Zabalgione at Alloro

O'Shea's of Knightsbridge Perthshire Black Angus Onglet at Bob Bob Ricard

Frank Hederman Organic Smoked Salmon at Goodman , City

Crab with Crispy Noodles at Hunan

Sicilian Rabbit at L'Anima

Prawn , Vegetable and Fig Tempura at Sake No Hana

Spaghetti a la Bottarga at Sardo

Ris de veau aux morilles at Racine

O’Shea’s of Knightsbridge Munster Black Angus beef Côte de boeuf, Béarnaise sauce at Racine

Parmesan Custard at Le Café Anglais

Mini Doughnuts at The Harwood Arms

Steak and Mushroom Pie at The Anchor and Hope

O'Shea's of Knigtsbridge Pertshire Black Angus Bistecca Firoentina at Alloro


Fabricio said...

Mhh... they all look amazing! Very thorough work. I love Franco Manca in Brixton!

Anthony Silverbrow said...

Of the dishes I've tried I'm completely with you on Sardo's Spaghetti a la Bottarga and L'Anima's zucchini

Chris Rosam said...

A fine selection of dishes, superb.

Kavey said...

A great collection with some suppliers and some restaurants clearly delivering the goods again and again...

Alexis Gauthier said...

thanks for the risotto; you should pay us a visit here at Gauthier Soho, the autumn truffle risotto is amazing this year. 1 out of 2 truffles is currently to die for. serious.

Gastro1 said...

Fabricio , Anthony , Chris and Kavey thanks for stopping by and your comments.

Alexis I was in when you first opened and will be back very soon. I agree about the truffles both black and white Daniele Camera over at Alloro has in my opinion the best White Alba and spoilt us recently with Irish Rose Veal Carpaccio covered with The White Gold- then again he is from Piemonte.

Mzungu said...

A list of great dishes at great restaurants.
O'Shea's seem to be popping up again and again everywhere these days. I hope they do not let the fame go to their heads an d let the quality slide.

Gastro1 said...

Mzungu thanks for passing by.

O'Shea's beef and other meat is only available in a few select restaurants in London - top quality is scarce !

Going With My Gut said...

Adding Goodman and Anchor & Hope to my "get there pronto" list. Thanks for sharing


Greedy Diva said...

Brilliant piece! I love that you have included the doughnuts at Harwood Arms! I also second Alexis Gauthier's truffle risotto (which I had at Gauthier Soho for the first time last week), and also love the BBR onglet and the Goodman steak. You've given me quite a few to add to my list.

Douglas Blyde said...

Well done indeed.

davidconstable said...

Great post with photos. Must work my way through the list. Plus a blog with a different colour background other than white - I like your work.

Gastro1 said...

Douglas ,David thank you for your kind words.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! I'm actually dribbling.

I'd like very much to email you. D'you prefer to be incognito?


Gastro1 said...

Ellie you can connect with me on Twitter @Gastro1