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Hunan, Belgravia, lunch

Steamed fish roll, Hunan, London

Rough draft of a menu from a lunch at the no-menu Hunan Restaurant (many of the dishes are in the Hunan cookbook): Pork mince in a lettuce wrap Cucumber noodles Spinach roll Red oil beef Spinach stuffed prawns Chicken with dou ban sauce Chicken wrapped asparagus Bamboo cup soup French chips Stir-fried liver Steamed fish roll Cold…

Heinz Beck’s Apsleys, The Lanesborough Hotel, Knightsbridge, Review

Scallops and asparagus at Apsley's, The Lanesborough Hotel

The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner London SW1X 7TA The Lanesborough Hotel is one of those sharp imposing buildings that, if you were a tourist, you would almost be too afraid to enter. Its markings are so understated that, in the most part, it’s only identifiable by the lines of Rolls Royce that pull up outside. But…

Haggis and whisky tasting at Boisdale

Haggis at Boisdale

Boisdale of Belgravia is at 15 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX Ahead of Burn’s night on the 25th of January, I was invited to a lunch time blind tasting of haggis and malt whisky at Boisdale of Belgravia. Boisdale is, for some, synonymous with Scottish food. The owner, Ranald Macdonald, is a Scotsman whose family’s roots can be traced back…

Truffle making with William Curley

Lucy at work at William Curley

Dark chocolate truffles are the only kind of confectionery that I find absolutely irresistible. I like that they offer all the taste of dark chocolate without the bitter after taste. I love the way they release a burst of rich chocolate intensity before gently melting away on your tongue, always leaving just enough flavour to…