Review – Dragon Palace, great dim sum in Earl’s Court

Looking for a cheap and cheerful place for lunch close to my flat I searched my endless list of food blogs for a dim sum place I had a vague idea about close to Earl’s Court station. Thanks to the ever knowledgeable Mr Noodles I found Dragon Palace, a little gem of a place on Earl’s Court Road.

As recommended by Mr Noodles we decided to go for dim sum with a side of Singaporean Needle Noodles. Mr Salted Cod also had a Won Ton soup to start the meal, which was perfectly light and tasty. We had Gar Herng Yee Mai Gor (Village Dumplings) which were beautiful parcels filled with red tilapia and vegetables, Ha Gau (prawn dumplings) filled with incredibly fresh prawns, Char Siu Cheung (BBQ Pork Cheung Fun) thick rolled noodles filled with lovely barbecued pork and War Tip (Shangai dumplings) which were pan fried and filled with pork and vegetables. The dim sum was all really tasty and the parcels beautiful and thin as they should be. The accompanying noodles were definitely not necessary towards the end but were still amazing. Completely transparent and cut in small pieces, the noodles were smoky and salty and mixed with fresh vegetables and prawns in a slightly dry sauce.

From left to right: Cheung Fun, Shangai dumplings, and Needle noodles.

Service was also really good (always an important point for me) with the waiters being extremely attentive but not too invasive. The total came to £24 for two people with service included and way too much food. All in all this is a great choice for lunch in Earl’s Court and would be great for dinner with friends as there are a few big tables.

Review – The Bluebird Restaurant

Today I will be reviewing the very posh completely-out-of-a-student-budget-your-parents-are-in-town Bluebird Restaurant I went to when J’s parents were in London a few weeks ago. The Bluebird Restaurant is a posh Chelsea establishment on  Kings Road and call itself, “the place to see and be seen in Chelsea”. Although there is a lot of that attitude among the people dining there, the restaurant itself, the staff as well as the food are pretty unpretentious.

We started with the complimentary basket of bread, which was ok, but nothing special either, and a bottle of Malbec, recommended by the in-house sommelier, which was perfectly full-bodied. We moved on to starters with potted shrimp and crab for me, and salt cod scotch egg for everyone else. I guess I should have stayed true to my roots because the potted shrimp and crab was supbar, a bit tough instead of creamy and lacking enough bread, while the other started seemed to be widely appreciated by everyone else.

My main of roasted duck was much better, served with apples and red cabbage in a port jus, if a tiny bit too sweet.

J’s mum had the fish and chips as she had never tried one before. She did like it, but mentioned the batter tasted a bit too much of oil.

J and his dad thad these impressive sirloin steaks, which I can guarantee were amazing! Tender, perfectly charred and accompanied by perfectly cooked chips.

We ended the meal with a dark chocolate fondant which was perfectly oozy with chocolate and coffee. The meal ended on a bitter note when by double espresso turned out to be an espresso with a bit of water which did not taste like much.

All in all this is a good place for a nice, relaxed, more expensive lunch. But maybe stick to that amazing steak.

Rating: 7/10.

Menoo – Review

(Photo via Yelp)

As the West London member of the meat ball & cod fish duo, my first review is on Menoo, a delicatessen shop/café near High Street Kensignton, where you can buy and sample Mediterranean foods.

They have a choice of salads, sandwiches, pastry based savoury dishes, and some roasted meats (on the day we were there). They also seemed to have a fairly wide choice of sweet pastries and cakes. To order you choose your food from the counter and the waiter brings it to your table (heating it up if necessary).

Both J and me had a slice of spanakopita, a greek spinach ‘pie’ made with fillo pastry, feta cheese and spinach. I also had a side of cold collared greens. The only other time I have had this Greek speciality was when a friend made it and these were fairly similar. The only flaw I would point out was the slight dryness of the pastry. Apart from this, there was good ratio of delicious cheese/spinach/pastry. My side of collared greens was great too – sour, seasoned with an unidentifiable fresh herb.

The service was very friendly and the waiter automatically brought tap water to the table, which I find to (unfortunately) be very rare in London.

We paid just under £10 for the two slices of spanakopita and the side of greens, which left us feeling very satisfied.

All in all a great place for a quick bite when in the area: nice fresh food, very friendly staff and good value for money (especially for the overpriced area!).

Rating: 7.5/10.

Address: 25 Kensington Church St., W8 4LL (020 7937 2867).