Thursday, September 22, 2016

YummY! - Sausage & Mash @ The Slug and Lettuce London

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Sausage & Mash @ The Slug and Lettuce London
London, United Kingdom - September 2016
I had always have a craving for Bangers and Mash since my childhood days of reading the Beano and Dandy comics. The last time that I managed to realise my childhood craving was having them at the Queen & Mangosteen in Singapore.
Now I am in London, the home of bangers & mash and was on the lookout to try some again. Fortunately on the second day of our holiday in London we joined the Sandemans Free Tour of London and the walking tour ended at a pub - the Slug and Lettuce in Victoria.
Miracles of miracles! For here I will be able to savour pub grub and definitely among them should be bangers and mash!

The Slug and Lettuce is quite a large pub, with a new, bright look. Patrons can sit at the bar or at the many tall tables and chairs.

Here's the bar counter. Yes, they have a full range of ales, beers and hard liqiour; and the friendly, smiling bar tender is eager to serve them out for us to imbibe.

I tried to order Bangers & Mash; but the waitress remarked that don't have them. They do have Sausage and Mash, well I guess they should be the same and went ahead with the order.
True enough, when they came they were banger-like sausages; and not those German weiners. They came with three thick sausages lying on a thick pile of mash surrounded by brown gravy; looking like some odd castle with a moat.


I dug in. Yes these were definitely good. The sausages had coarser meat with spices and herbs within the ground meat. Lovely! Just the way I would have expected it - nice to bite on and very tasty with the spices and herbs delivering a good underlying flavour.

My neighbour had this pan-fried salmon, they looked so, so good that I just had to borrow them for this photo.

THE SLUG AND LETTUCE @ VICTORIA
17-19 Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7799 1620
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slug.victoria/
Email: SLUGANDLETTUCE.VICTORIA@STONEGATEPUBS.COM
Web Page: http://www.slugandlettuce.co.uk/slug-victoria/menus/
Hours: Mondays to Wednesdays - 10am to 11pm    |    Thursdays & Fridays - 10am to 11:30pm
Saturdays - 11am to 9pm     |     Sunday12–6PM
GPS: 51.49673, -0.13547
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YummY! - Lobster Noodles @ Mandarin Kitchen London

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Lobster Noodles @ Mandarin Kitchen London

Bayswater, London, United Kingdom - September 2016
We were about to leave for a short holiday in Europe and one of the highlights were what food that we should not missed there. Sure I can check on the net, but there is nothing like getting first-hand experiences from friends. Here I have an advantage as I am a member of the Makan Club, a Facebook group of people who have delicate tastes for food and share the experiences unselfishly. I just posted a question of what good food to eat or not miss at the countries we were visiting. And a long list of replies came back.
So here we are at Mandarin Kitchen on our second day in London. Makan Club member Mike Wes has recommended that we not miss the lobster noodles at this restaurant. After finishing the dish veraciously to the lust drop of the gravy, I must agree with Mike - don't miss this Lobster Noodles when in London! Many thanks Mike, it was a very good call.


We started off with something light, an appetiser of Steamed Scallops In Light Soy Sauce. These came serve in their shells with some glass noodles atop and garnished with a bit of fried garlic and spring onion bits.


The scallops were fantastically fresh, tasty and exuding flavours of the sea. It was a great idea to add in the glass noodles as these took in the essence of the abalone in the sauce, making the noodles themselves very tasty too.


Next was a simple soup - Shredded Pork, Bean Curd (Tofu) Vegetable Soup With Salted Duck Egg. The bean curd had been diced into small manageable cubes.


It was a very good balance with the shredded pork imparting their flavours into the soup and the bean curd balancing it off with their blandness. The small amount of salted duck eggs were just enough to add an oomph to the soup without being overpowering.


An finally came the piece de résistance - the Lobster Noodles! The captain advised us that since there were three of us we should have ordered doubles, and double it was!


The noodles came with two medium sized lobsters, both looking very red. On the platter they looked huge, covering almost the whole dish until we could hardly see any noodles.


We moved the lobster pieces aside, and some steamy aroma wafted upwards smelling very good of lobsters... just the smell of it was making us hungry!


Here's our individual servings. The noodles are "sang mee" noodles, something like wantan noodles but not as springy. The dish was cooked with some sliced ginger and long cuts of spring onions.


The chefs had done this dish very well, the lobster flavours had imparted well into the gravy bringing their tastes into every bite-ful. And the gravy itself was suitably thick to "stick" onto the noodles.
And the lobsters? I had had lobsters and the ones I took previously did not leave much of an impression on me as I found their meat a tad tough and not as flavourful a large prawns. But these one here were so much different - meat softer and easy to bite, and full of succulent essence.
We were provided with shell cracking thongs; but again the chefs had done their work well. The claws had been cracked without leaving nasty shell bits behind, and even the legs had cut slits in them so they could be easily opened to get to the meat... there was no need for us to use the thongs.


Mandarin Kitchen has a cosy interior, with soft lighting enhance by mood lighting spotlights...


... just the right ambience to enjoy a wonderful meal.
For the three of us, this sumptuous meal came to £106/=; rather reasonable considering that we had two lobsters.

Mandarin Kitchen has quite an extensive range of more delicious dishes. Below are their menu:
Mandarin Kitchen Hot Appetisers menu.


Mandarin Kitchen Vegetarian Appetisers menu.


Mandarin Kitchen Cold Appetisers menu.


Mandarin Kitchen Soup menu.


Mandarin Kitchen Duck & Pancakes menu.


Mandarin Kitchen Lobster menu.


Mandarin Kitchen Crab menu.


Mandarin Kitchen Speciality menu (abalone & shark's fin).


Mandarin Kitchen Fish menu - Sea Bass/Turbot. Dove Sole & Chilean Sea Bass Fillet.


Mandarin Kitchen Fish menu - Red Snapper Fillet & Eel.


Mandarin Kitchen Fish menu.




















MANDARIN KITCHEN @ BAYSWATER
14-16 Queensway, London W2 3RX, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 7727 9012
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mandarin-Kitchen/143049875727256
Web Page: http://take-a-way.co.uk/menu/3349/mandarin-kitchen-bayswater/
Hours: 12:00 pm to 11:50 pm (Everyday)
GPS: 51.5108, -0.18689
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