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Bloggers Barbecue at the Ship Wandsworth

Being chastised immediately on arrival at the Ship by the lovely Gail for not Blogging enough, it seems prudent for me to counter that vicious, if entirely accurate, claim with a post about the wonderful evening that we all just spent there..

I’ve liked the Ship for a while, having been to a couple of masterclasses at the place and, while it’s kind of tucked away, the location is great, down by the river and no distance from Wandsworth Town which is pretty easy for me to get to unlike most of London from where I’m staying at the moment.

It was great to know that there was going to be a bunch of people there who I hadn’t seen for months as well, even if my London head isn’t really on again yet, and may not come back at this rate.  My Blogger head certainly wasn’t really on, my camera remaining firmly in pocket the entire night..

So anyway, I won’t reel off a list of bloggers present, I didn’t meet half the assembled anyway, but it was a thoroughly pleasant bunch with literally no maniacs present at all.  I can skip over that part and allow myself more time to wallow in the food; the food that left me so full that I wasn’t able to carry on drinking the lovely Sambrooks Wandle ale or even find room for the cocktails on offer.

~ To Start ~
Smoked Fish Platter with Chili Squid, Chorizo, Pea and Fennel Salad and Oysters

The smoked fish was a wonderfully presented platter with huge rock oysters, salmon and haddock as well as tuna fishcake things  on little cracker whatnots.  Initial yum factor kicking in nicely, we didn’t have long to wait before the next course of more traditional barbecue fare came rushing out behind.

~ Miniature Mains ~
Sliders with Bacon and Cheese in a Homemade Bun
Cocktail Sausages, Mustard Mayonnaise Dip
Butterflied Lamb leg, Rosemary and Chilli Jam
Trimmed Dingley Dale Pork Ribs, Smoky Coca-Cola Sauce
Falafels, Homemade Sweet Chili Dip
Platters of Mixed Salad, Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese, Fries, Coleslaw and Nicoise Salad

Where to start with this lot.. I’ve been informed that the “sliders” were more mini-burgers than bone fide “sliders”, but since it was the first time I’d come across the term (they don’t eat beef in India ALRIGHT?) I wouldn’t have even known what it meant.  They were very tasty and smothered in gooey cheese.
This is just another example of the battle I have between my self-destructive side and the part of me that wants to become some sort of enlightened yogi.  I can’t have everything though, so on Tuesday I chose burgers.  The falafel was good as well though, and that would probably fit into a sattvic diet, but really, who am I kidding.
In fact the best part of the mains was undoubtedly the most meat-oriented and probably unhealthy, given the coca-cola sauce which was of course all shades of wrong on the one hand, and all shades of right on the other.  There is no middle way here, apart from maybe the lamb, that was nice, with a dipping jam, I mean it’s not quinoa but it wasn’t fatty..

~ Desserts ~
Summer Fruit Eton Mess
Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream
Jaegerbomb Jelly

Yes, you read that last one correctly; and amazingly they were pretty nice.  I didn’t sleep especially well that night though so perhaps the red bull still did its evil work..
I really should have waited for the Eton Mess though rather than dive in with the jellies because the mouthful I had was in-credible, summer fruits and just mouth-watering. It was ultimately maddeningly frustrating that none of us could manage to fit more than a mouthful at this stage because it was one of my favourite parts and the plate we had was enormous.
So a very successful evening but like I say, I didn’t take any photos so you’ll just have to imagine; suffice to say, The Ship is somewhere I’ll be going back to.

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Gelupo in Soho

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From the Bocca De Lupo team accross the road this is an awesome Ice Cream parlour/coffee bar/deli offering some fantastic flavours.

Pear, Cinnamon and Ricotta, Pistachio and Ricotta, Coffee and Honey in the ice cream were fabulous and unusual.

The sorbets were where it came into its own though I think, we were dubious but while tasting were told – they don’t taste like sorbet – and they really don’t.

Chocolate was rich and dark while the coffee was just unbelievably good, like a creamy iced coffee in a tub. Matched with the coconut to take the edge off, what a treat.

The deli is fab as well, with a range of frozen sauces that you could probably pass off as your own, some fantastic meats, olive wood implements and even a whole octopus in the freezer.

Check out my review of Gelupo – I am Marshy1903 – on Qype

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Polpetto

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This delightful little new addition to the Polpo family just above the French House is a small, reasonably priced and atmospheric place with some excellent food on offer.

The duck and porcini meatball was delicious and moreish, with a sumptuous sauce that begged to be licked off the plate. It isn’t that sort of place though. The Melanzane parmigiana was, as my companion stated, the single-most umami thing in the world. Just bursting with flavour like you would not believe.

For the mains we got Crispy soft shell crab, parmesan batter and fennel salad which, apart from being dripped all over my companion was pretty good. It was the least exciting of all the dishes to be fair, the batter a bit too overpowering and the salad, while pleasant, didn’t really taste of fennel. This went with Zucchini fries, cut thin and a little salty but y’know, yum.

Then, after reminding the staff we had ordered two mains, the Grilled sliced flank steak with white truffle cream was just great. Truffle sauce was delicious and the steak was so rare and tender, this went great with the Polenta bianca, a creamy comforting delight.

Overall, lovely experience, the staff were a bit ditzy at times but the food made up for it. Just a note, they don’t take bookings in the evening so timing is everything…

Check out my review of polpetto – I am Marshy1903 – on Qype

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The Light House

The lovely Mathilde, from MathildeCuisine recommended this place in Wimbledon when I needed somewhere nice to take my Mum a couple of weeks ago, and a very good choice it was too.

We picked up on the offer on their website for 3 courses and a glass of wine for £20 which is very reasonable as long as you can get down there relatively early on a weeknight.

The dining room was airy and uncluttered with a nice atmosphere and although the staff seemed rushed off their feet as the evening wore on, did a pretty good job of keeping us fed.  I particularly liked the bar top covered in fresh produce, which hopefully they use, rather than just for show, although it looked great.


beef & pork meatballs with new potato, sour cream & dill pickle

Starters of Beetroot, goats cheese, vine plum tomato & frisee salad and beef & pork meatballs with new potato, sour cream & dill pickle.  The meatballs were rich and tasty, nicely cut through by the pickle and cream while my Mum was very happy with the goats cheese.

Main courses were slow roast pork belly with pea mash & green beans and baked salmon with herb couscous, spiced aubergine & yoghurt, although the salmon had finished by the time we ordered so was replaced by cod.

The fish was great, particularly the spiced aubergine which frankly, I could have eaten as a dish in its own right.

For dessert a vanilla pannacotta with blueberry sauce and a white chocolate & almond parfait with strawberry ice cream.

Again, both delicious, the parfait was heavy going after the first two courses but I got through it.

Overall, an excellent evening and some lovely food at a very reasonable price, particularly considering the location in Wimbledon Village.

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Galvin Bistrot De Luxe

Galvin Bistrot De Luxe on Baker Street is celebrating it’s 5th birthday and it was as part of these festivities that I was invited along with some eminent food bloggers to a dinner showcasing some of their signature dishes over the years.

We were greeted in the cosy basement bar area by Sarah Galvin who explained the use of the space for Jazz nights and how the area as a whole had been extended from what used to be a car park.  It’s a lovely and unpretentious place, buzzing upstairs with friendly staff looking after the patrons in the elegantly decorated interior.

We were greeted with the house version of the French 75, a cocktail with the punch of a 75mm howitzer which was originally created by WW1 pilot Raoul Lufbery.  Champagne, lemon, sugar and calvados (which is the Galvin twist) make one mighty kick of a drink.  The house aperitif throughout the month of September, this will certainly get the tastebuds firing.

All the classic dishes we were served are back on the menu throughout September in celebration of the birthday and we had a meaty treat.

The Entree, a Terrine of ham hock & fois gras and onion confit was hearty and delicious and paired with a fruity Riesling.  An excellent, filling start to our meal that set the standard of high quality, rich ingredients.

The main course was a Pithivier of wood pigeon & quail, Chantenay carrots and a red wine jus.  The French take on a pie was immensely rich and full of flavour, the buttery carrot puree was fantastic and the jus a mouthwatering gravy.

Rich, meaty and fulfilling, just the thing for a night when the heavens had decided to open and shower a humid Baker Street with a tropical downpour.

The Roast Figs with Lavender Ice cream where a little disappointing, the figs losing their flavour it seemed; however, the chocolates flavoured with fresh mint were delightful.

Sarah Galvin was a delightful host and the evening was a great introduction to what the Bistrot has to offer.  Well worth getting down in September to help them celebrate..!

Thanks to Sauce Comms for the invite.

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