More excess from 2003

More evidence of the super-ripeness of 2003 grapes. This doesn’t really make for a refreshing drink on a hot afternoon. Riesling Kanzemer Altenberg Alte Reben 2003, van Volxem A very dense nose of ripe fruit, it smells quite Muscatty so overt is it. There is a bit of citric fruit as well, but it could […]


Bentley’s Oyster Bar is rubbish

Bentley’s Oyster Bar Review I suppose I could be a bit more lenient on Bentley’s as we dined on a Sunday but I’m not going to: it was terrible. It is not a bad dining atmosphere in the oyster bar, but it began to drag a bit as we were sat there with nothing to […]


Best in London so far

Sushi-Say review When I was asked to book a sushi place for Sunday lunch I was a tad surprised; Sunday hardly seems like the best day to be seeking the freshest of fish. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded as this turned out to be the best sushi meal I’ve had in London. As a South […]


More food than you might expect

Yauatcha review Yauatcha is quite an impressive looking place in the middle of Soho. Upstairs there is a tea room with little cakes on offer, downstairs is the main restaurant which is the site of the best dim sum meal I have ever eaten. The restaurant itself it quite stylish, with plenty of room between […]


Full of goodness

My lunch today was Sillfield Farm Bury-style black pudding. These are sold as whole sausages that you can slice up and fry. Jolly good they are too. They have a reasonable content of grain and fat, but stuffed with rich, cooked blood. This is the best black pudding I’ve had, and I heartily recommend that […]


Good food, less good wine list

La Brasserie Ma Cuisine Bourgeoise review Yes, I admit it has an awful name, and the outside looks frankly hideous, but we dined very well. The menu has loads of French Brasserie favourites, so many recognisably fun things that the choice was difficult. Daniel and I ordered a different starters each and swapped half way […]


Last night’s general drinking #7

A couple of bottles of Burgundy in a restaurant; one good, one not so good. Macon-Clesse Cuvée Tradition E. J. Thévenet Domaine de la Bongran 1998, Jean Thévenet The nose was really quite ripe, but it had definite hints of oxidation. The palate was surprisingly acidic for all its weight and fat. It was reasonably […]


Last night’s general drinking

A couple of bottles of Burgundy in a restaurant; one good, one not so good. Macon-Clesse Cuvée Tradition E. J. Thévenet Domaine de la Bongran 1998, Jean Thévenet The nose was really quite ripe, but it had definite hints of oxidation. The palate was surprisingly acidic for all its weight and fat. It was reasonably […]


My turn again

The neighbour and I are having a deeply philosophical conversation. I cannot quite remember what it was about as I have just popped a bottle of hopefully lovely Volnay. Sloo… Volnay Premier Cru les Chevrets 2001, Jean Boillot et Fils A beautiful nose of ripe red fruit, it has a degree of rhubarb character to […]


I got the neighbour to open something too

Considering this wine is 14.5% I surprise myself that I like it. Moss Wood used to make both a wooded and an unwooded Semillon. They recently decided that unwooded was best and now make only that. Semillon 2001, Moss Wood The nose suggests this is a good fighting wine. Lots of alcohol sweetness, ripe lemony […]