Lightly smoked with fig branches, pickled cherries, black olive, fresh ricotta. Tasting menu $95 Luce, San Francisco CA
I can certainly appreciate an artfully plated dish, but this is going a bit far maybe. There are literally only four tiny pieces of beets on this plate. I understand that there are many components here, but give me some more damn beets! LOL, I’m only slightly joking… The beets were delicious, and so were the pickled cherries. I think that was a beet gelee too, but don’t quote me on that.
Blooming chalk lettuce (Dudleya lulverulenta, Crassulaceae), West Field Road.
Grilled granary bread sandwich filled with prosciutto ham, mozzarella and topped with sundried tomatoes, black olives and gruyere bechamel. Servied with a salad garnish. £6.70 Patisserie Valerie, London ENGLAND
This was a great variation on the a croque sandwich. I think it was the combination of the crispy granary bread and the “Italian” toppings covered in gruyere bechamel, all broiled to bubbly perfection that made this dish delightfully interesting. Noms! And the “salad garnish” was more substantial than I expected, score!
Greek bread with green olives and cherry tomatoes. £2.20 Princi, London ENGLAND
This bread was pretty good. We ordered it because we didn’t recognize the name. It was jam-packed with olives which is great because I’m an olive fiend. They reheated it before serving so it was nice and warm! 🙂
Crossing the River Thames on the Hungerford Bridge.
Assorted cheese, olive, biscuit, raisin and hazelnut bread. Complimentary Z Hotel Soho, London ENGLAND
The Z Hotel had a great complimentary cheese and wine break available in the early evening. They set it up in their cafe and actually had a pretty good selection of snacks and alcohol. We only made it down for one evening, but we had a great time. I was generally impressed by the professionalism and service from the Z Hotel staff overall. Although the rooms were super small, the central location of the hotel was perfect for this visit! 🙂
Red wine. Complimentary
View of the Palace Theatre from my Z Hotel room, Cambridge Circus, West End.