Haozhan

I have wanted to visit Haozhan for a very long time. Its claims are tall – modern oriental dinning experience. There is certainly something different here. The dishes are tasty and well done. But, for some reason, everything is very very unhealthy, doused in oil. I must admit that after a long summers day of sipping wine, bubbly and pimms, I really enjoyed it. Though, I have feeling that I may hesitate to go back there soon.
We had soft crab shells and spicy quail for starters. For mains, we had mongolian beef fillet curry and  schezwan roast duck. The meat was tender and there was plenty of flavour. If only they could douse it with less oil …
8 Gerrard Street
London W1D 5PJ
020 7434 3838

Tierra Brindisa

A delightful place with a bistro feel, serving exquisite tapas in Soho. We had duck salad with dandelion, watercress, hazelnuts and beetroot vinaigrette, warm squid salad with saffron potatoes, piquillo peppers and parsley, crispy pork belly, olive oil mashed potatoes with pimenton de la vera, lamb chops and finished with an orange sorbet and pistachio ice-cream. Excellent! The food is delicate, yet lively. Fresh ingredients and done to perfection. The wine list more than sufficient and not too pricey. We were able to get a sofas on the pavement, which is the best seat in the restaurant. Every one that went by looked at our food with envy, which may have added a notch to the experience. Highly recommended. Continue reading

Winchester

What a gorgeous day. Spent it in Winchester, first having a nice open air lunch at a friends place and then ambling around town in the sunshine. It is a small town of 40,000 and hour’s ride from London. It is charming with the a brook running through the city. There is the famous cathedral, the 15th Century Cheyney Court and the Priors Gate next to it, Military Museums and of course the Winchester School. There is also a nice ice-cream van outside the Bishop of Winchester’s residence which cannot be missed. It was great fun getting into line with all the kid then lolling about with the cone in hand. A perfect summer’s day finished off with champage in the friend’s garden.