Culinary gems from our recent travels…
A quick jaunt across the pond to London for work was the perfect excuse for some dining research whilst catching up with friends.
Duck and Rice
Same owners at Yauatcha / Hakkassan, they have elevated western style Chinese cuisine to date night fare. Described as a sort of “Chinese gastro pub”, the downstairs definitely feels buzzy and social with tall little tables and fun cocktail list. Navigate up the skinny spiral staircase and the atmosphere is more cozy. The little fireplace is perfect for chillier nights. Highlights from dinner included the cha siu buns (amazing) and sticky ribs, which were falling off the bones. As with a lot of London establishments, service is spotty and aloof at times, but great spot nonetheless.
Bob Bob Ricard
Sexy, cozy, decadent spot with a glamorous, clubby atmosphere. Romance is #1 on the menu. We went for champers but will be back to check out the food soon. If you’re in a booth there’s a little buzzer for champagne – just in case you’re in the middle of a very important conversation. The perfect date spot. Château d’Yquem by the glass on the cocktail menu!? yes please!
Outpost of the NYC location, situated right across the street from Selfridge’s food hall. Quirky and borderline gimmicky presentation of the food, it’s meant to be tongue and cheek. The prosciutto “if pigs could fly” arrives hanging on a little clothes line, and the tuna tartar cigar arrives on a plate of dry ice (“smoking”). Menu highlights were the drunken chicken parmesan (one portion is enough for two), and the truffle mac and cheese. Felt like a finance guy hangout (which is usually a bad thing) but atmosphere is lively enough that you can focus on your own chit chatting.