It’s true that the concept of “Polish cuisine” might dissuade people rather than entice them, but Ognisko certainly has a thing or two to say about that! Shrouded in classical South Ken opulence, the restaurant feeds upon its general members-only club to present an atmosphere of near James Bond vibe.
Etched into memory from that night was my trip to the toilet – and it wasn’t even the stained glass in the cubicle. As I went to the sink, a gentleman appeared, opened the faucets, poured soap in my hands, handed me a towel and closed the faucets for me. It was rather odd, and it was unfortunate that the food wasn’t nearly as memorable.
Japan has been a dominant force within gastronomy – with countless restaurants serving up delicious treats around the world. Eat Tokyo, a chain in London, seems to fall a bit short of the general Japanese standards.
The concept of “fusion” within gastronomy is one that I do not usually agree with – often either a front for not having to adhere to certain rules that have a point or at times just so you could sell both Korean and Japanese food but it’s not actually fusion (I’m looking at you, Melbourne). But I must say, seeing what was clear a hint towards Korean burrito (Korrito) sold me on the spot.
I had seen the words “Peruvian” and “brunch” mixed into what ended up being a delicious time over at Lima Floral, so was rather excited to see even more such opportunities closer by in Shoreditch. With glowing reviews everywhere, it was a bit of a downer to end up feeling rather lukewarm about the whole meal.
One of the first observations I would have in terms of Texas is how relatively early restaurants tend to close, with almost nothing open past 9-10 PM; this wasn’t ideal considering the direct flight from London to Houston lands quite late and you all know how important it is to start any trip on the right foot (which meant trying to avoid eating my first meal in the US at McDonalds, no matter how authentic that experience would be for this trip).
Korean food in London has always been associated with pricey menus – especially if one covets the juicy, delicious Korean BBQ joints. With its previous location just behind Tottenham Court Road Station, Seoul Bakery has popped back into existence to offer really cheap food – tho the attached hair saloon seems to have been lost in the process.