Paul – London
We visited London for the day to shop, eat and catch a show, and it didn’t take long for the eating to begin. We dropped into a branch of drool-worthy bakery Paul to buy some bread to nibble on then and there. We each chose a Fougasse – olive for mum and I, bacon for dad. As nice as the Fougasse was, I wish I’d also gone for the bacon as the olives weren’t the strongest.
Harrods/Dum Dum Donutterie – London
Wandering round the food hall in Harrods, I quickly spotted doughnuts from Dum Dum Donutterie, a doughnut company who are based in the Shoreditch but also provide some goods to Harrods. I follow their Instagram account and have been drooling over their doughnuts for a while now, so I couldn’t pass up a chance to try one of their doughnuts, which are baked not fried. Thus, mum and I shared one of their gigantic Zebra Doughnuts – a cronut dough filled with chocolate mousse and topped with more chocolate. The sugary, soft dough gave way to a smooth, light and creamy mousse. Yum! Dad, meanwhile, chose to have a Portuguese Custard Tart from the patisserie counter. He rather enjoyed it, as the tart was beautifully light with perfectly cooked pastry.
Strada – London
We are big fans of the Edinburgh branch of Italian chain Strada – the food is great and the staff are super friendly without being obtrusive or obnoxious. On the basis of this, we decided to eat in one of the London branches before heading to the Savoy Theatre to see Gypsy. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived, though it soon filled up and the few staff wee run off their feet. For starters, dad ordered the Calamari – a dish which we should all be experts on by now! He enjoyed the delicate squid, and said that it was well cooked, although he still prefers the flavour on the squid in Wagamama. Mum and I shared a favourite of ours – the Antipasti Platter. The platter includes a selection of meats, mozzarella, tomato and delicious bruschetta, but we were disappointed that our favourite component was missing. The olive tapenade that usually comes on the board is delicious but, despite it being on the menu, we found a few whole olives instead. The rest of the board was still tasty though, so I will forgive and forget, for now.
You’ll have learnt by now that dad is always looking for the spiciest dish on the menu, so he chose the Orecchiette Pugliese – pasta with sausage, ham, broccoli and chilli. He was happy with his choice, so it must have had a bit of spice to it! Mum thoroughly enjoyed her dish of Cavatappi Pollo Creme – corkscrew pasta with chicken and mushroom in a creamy tarragon sauce with salsa verde. Tarragon is a bit of a departure for mum, but she was very pleased with the new and different tastes in the dish. My Rustica Pizza was topped with mozzarella, sausage, artichokes and capers. The base of the pizza was nice and thin without being too crispy, and the topping were very tasty – although more sausage would have been nice. However, after tasting mum’s pasta I couldn’t help but be a little jealous, and I definitely know what I will be ordering next time I’m in Strada!