The Dairy, Clapham, dinner

Menu from an (à la carte) dinner at The Dairy in Clapham, South London, with food by Robin Gill:


Galician octopus, tomatoes, fried bread, roof top herbs

“Willy’s” Mackerel, Swiss chard, bonito butter

Chicken oyster, crispy skin, wild mushrooms, English asparagus

Rooftop beeswax custard, Earl grey

I heard some good things about The Dairy, from chefs and food writers alike.

And while there were some nice things on the menu, there was one thing that persisted. The savoury dishes veered too far on the salty side. It wasn’t necessarily because they were over-salted but rather, the combination of all the ingredients made it so.

In the end, it put me off. I hesitate to go back but it had promise.

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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