Scallop with pork and apple at The Lawn Bistro

A cosmic journey at The Lawn Bistro

If I wrote the Socialite Diaries as well as the Leiths Diaries, then this would surely be the second installment. But despite being referred to as such on a seemingly regular basis, this occasion was really about food.

My friend and I took a little journey to Wimbledon village last weekend where the chef of The Lawn Bistro, Ollie Couillaud, re-created a selection from his menu in miniature, just for us. He called it a cosmic journey. We called it delicious, amazing, sumptuous and more lovely things. The chocolate dessert, in particular, warranted an expression which bordered inappropriate. Just as well our dining neighbours were too busy coveting our food to notice.

This is a collection of food shots from the night:


Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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