Alyn Williams at the Westbury – Measured Cooking

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Alyn Williams at the Westbury
Westbury Hotel
37 Conduit Street
London, W1S 2YF
Tel. 0207 183 6426

Food type: Modern French

Nearest tube: Bond Street/ Oxford Street

Website: Alyn Williams

The summer heat is still pretty unrelenting but I had to nip in to London for the sole purpose of having a morning suit tailored. Our wedding is not until next year, but I do like to be organised and not leave things to the last minute. When it comes to tailoring, there was only one destination I had in mind – Saville Row. I had an appointment for 10:30 with Dege & Skinner which would give me plenty of time until our lunch booking at nearby Alyn Williams at the Westbury for 13:15. Surprisingly, the whole process went very smoothly and by 11:30 I was done and dusted, with my measurements taken and a (chunky) deposit paid. So off we went to Selfridges to kill some time for a bit of shopping before our lunch.

Restaurant

Restaurant

We arrived at the restaurant 15 minutes early, having decided that any more time spent shopping was a bad idea for our wallets. We were warmly greeted by our hostess and led to our table – a large one in the corner with a comfortable sofa. I had booked via their website using Opentable which offered the tasting menu at lunch with a glass of bubbly for £65. The  same tasting menu would otherwise cost £70. To be honest I am not too fussed about the glass of bubbly and would have ordered the tasting menu anyways but I will not scoff at saving £5 (he says having placed a deposit for his suit). As a nice touch, they also have a fully composed, well thought out vegetarian tasting menu, not some random dishes cobbled together in a panic from the main menu with the meat element removed. There is also a set lunch menu on Saturdays at £35 which is excellent value. Do note that during weekend dinner, they only serve a tasting menu. 

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Soya, Woking – Heatwave Day 4

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Soya
5 Goldsworth Road,
Woking GU21 6JY
Tel: 01483 770667

Food type: Korean/ Japanese

Nearest tube: Woking Overground Train Station

Website: Soya

Soya Restaurant

Soya Restaurant

Another day of unrelenting heat and I have stupidly managed to get myself sun burnt simply by lounging around the spa pool. I was due to meet some friends later that evening for dinner to catch up on life in general and discuss some of my wedding plans. We all decided Woking would be ideal as it is easily accessible from London and there are some decent dining options here. My friend suggested Soya, a Korean-Japanese hybrid restaurant on Woking high street. I haven’t had Korean food for quite some time now so we agreed on that option.

If you are looking to book the restaurant, just be aware that there are two branches of Soya – one in Woking as mentioned above and the original branch in Weybridge which is fairly popular with the hospital staff living nearby. The Woking restaurant is fairly spacious with each table fitted with a hot plate for Korean BBQ purposes. The menu is fairly large with the usual suspects of Japanese sushi/ sashimi/ tempura options and a larger selection of Korean dishes.

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Sushi Nara, Staines – Heatwave Day 3

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Sushi Nara
1 Church Street,
Staines,
Middlesex, TW18 4EL
Tel. 01784 558066

Food type: Japanese

Website: Sushi Nara

Sashimi Selection

Sashimi Selection

I had to nip in to work for my annual appraisal despite being on leave (thank you very much Shipman… NOT!) With that going smoothly, I had plenty of time for lunch before trying to sun my skin into submission. My initial plan was to head to the Guildford branch of Sushi Nara since it was not too far away from work, but I soon realised that parking around the area was not that easy. With my heart already set on a quick Japanese bite, I made the quick decision to drive to the original branch in Staines.

The restaurant is easily located at the end of Church Street near a pub. The premises are tiny with a sushi counter and a couple of seats downstairs and the dining room upstairs. The restaurant is relatively popular during lunch with officer workers dropping in for a quick bite given their affordable prices. They also provide a takeaway service if you are too busy at your office desk.

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Medlar, London – Heatwave Day 2

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Medlar
438 King’s Road,
Chelsea,
London, SW10 OLJ
Tel. 020 7349 1900

Food type: Modern French

Nearest tube: Sloane Square/ Fulham Broadway (a bit of a walk from both)

Website: Medlar

Ahhh! Good ol’ England. We moan about the weather when it is wet and rainy. We moan about it when it is freezing cold. Yet when the sun comes out and it is nice and hot, we will still moan about it. On the hottest July day in many, many years, my fiancee decided it would be a good idea to have lunch outdoors in the sweltering heat. Now there aren’t many restaurants in London with options to dine outdoors but our favourite, Medlar, was one of them so the decision was easy. Continue reading

the Glasshouse, London – Heatwave Day 1

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The Glasshouse
14 Station Parade,
Kew, TW9 3PZ
Tel: 020 8940 6777

Food type: Modern British/ French

Nearest tube: Kew Gardens

Website: The Glasshouse

I am pretty glad to have taken some annual leave this week what with the excellent weather – you don’t say that too often when you live in England. My plan for the day was to have a quick lunch and then head off to my local spa to enjoy some of the sunshine. I was not very keen on travelling down to London by train with the heat, so a restaurant within a reasonable driving distance and ample car parking space was essential. Unfortunately Hedone is only open for lunch from Thursday to Saturday so it was either La Trompette or the Glasshouse. I haven’t been to Glasshouse in quite some time so I thought I’d try my luck as a walk in customer.

The restaurant has pretty much kept the pricing pretty steady since I last visited some years back. 3 course lunch is £29.50 and dinner (pretty much the same menu as lunch) is £47.50. There are a few dishes with supplements but on the whole the menu sticks to the pricing formula. I absolutely hate restaurants with a fixed price menu only to have supplements for half the items on the menu (there is one specific restaurant I am thinking of here!). They have gone through a few head chefs since my last visit with the current head chef now Berwyn Davies.

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