July/ August Medlar Round-up

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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

Instead of posting regularly about my visits to Medlar, I have decided to do a monthly round-up of my meals there and the new dishes tried. As usual, I have popped in every fortnight or so and have managed to try most of the new dishes on the menu.

Boneless chicken wings with coco beans, fresh corn and Australian black truffle

Boneless chicken wings with coco beans, fresh corn and Australian black truffle

Of the new starters tried, my favourite was the Chicken Wings with Australian Black Truffles – the deboned crispy confit chicken wings were sat on top of a lovely fricassée of coco beans, corn and broad beans. Australian winter black truffles are a relatively new addition to the British dining scene and are completely different (and cheaper) than Perigord truffles and it added a lovely earthy note to balance the freshness of the dish.

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Bonhams, London – Bidding For Success

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Bonhams
101 New Bond Street
London W1S 1SR
Tel. 020 7468 5868

Food type: Modern European

Nearest tube: Bond Street

Website: Bonhams

Challans Duck with Beetroot

Challans Duck with Beetroot

With a day off work, I decided to meet up with Andy for lunch which was actually an excuse to drink some nice wine. He suggested Bonhams, which was on my list of restaurants to visit so it was an easy decision of where we would dine.

Bonhams opened this year in 2015 with very little media fanfare. Unlike other restaurants, it was opened with the main purpose of having a convenient place for the auction house to take their clients to for lunch. It explains why Bonhams was initially only open for lunch, with a Thursday ‘supper club’ a relatively new addition.

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Pied à Terre, London – Marcus’ Magic Hat

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Pied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NH
Tel. 020 76361178

Food type: French

Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road

Website: Pied-à-Terre

First off, many apologies for the dearth of updates on my blog. When I started writing again my aim was to write on a regular basis which is feasible based on my current work schedule. However, the hospital I currently work at is undergoing a shortage of doctors and I have volunteered to help cover the shifts. As such I have been back-logged a fair bit and in the coming weeks you will see a fair few number of posts of my recent meals.

Menu

Menu

It has been a while since I wrote about Pied à Terre, so much so that Marcus Eaves has replaced Shane Osbourne as their head chef. Marcus of course used to cook at their sister restaurant, L’Autre Pied before taking on the head chef role at Pied à Terre when Shane decided to exchange London for Hong Kong – he is currently cooking at Arcane, which I will visit during my next trip to Hong Kong in November.

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the Crown at Bray, Bray – McHeston

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The Crown at Bray
High Street
Bray, SL6 2AH
Tel. 01628 621936

Food type: British

Website: The Crown at Bray

the Crown

the Crown

When it was announced that Heston would be taking over the Crown, it was met with some degree of resistance by the local community as this was he last remaining standalone boozer in the village. The fear was that the boozer would be converted to yet another gastropub serving food which would be unrecognisable to the locals. Furthermore, Heston already owns a gastropub some 50 yards down the road (the Hind’s Head) serving his modern reinterpretation of classic English dishes.

Thankfully, the menu keeps it simple with easily recognised classics such as Fish and Chips, Burgers, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Eton Mess on the menu. Where at the Hind’s Head, the signature Heston tricks such as dried ice is in full flow, the Crown focuses on executing the classics well. For those who have seen his TV series “In Search of Perfection” you will appreciate the amount of work put into these dishes.

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The Hind’s Head, Bray – Heston Magic

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The Hind’s Head
High Street
Bray, SL6 2AB
Tel. 01628 616151

Food type: British

Website: Hind’s Head

The Hind's Head

The Hind’s Head

Are you a chef?”

That was what the maitre’d asked me at the end of my lunch at the Hind’s Head. By the end of my meal here, I had eaten enough food to comfortably feed two people – such was my enjoyment of Heston’s food. He later went on to explain that it was usually visiting chefs who would try a wide variety of dishes on their quest to gain inspiration. And why wouldn’t they when the food here is cooked to such a consistently high level.

The menu here features what your usual suspects of British favourites. The evergreen bar snacks of scotched eggs (complete with a runny egg yolk centre) and devils on horsebacks are present along with other staples like pea and ham soup and steak and kidney pudding. Being a Heston Blumenthal restaurant, they also feature historical recipes such as Quaking Pudding updated for the modern-day palate. If there is one criticism it is there is very little change with the menu. Going through photos of my previous meal here some 5 years ago, the menu remains practically identical bar 2 or 3 changes.

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