Very pleasant but non-spectacular food in a grand, albeit comfortable, setting. Not sure about the 3 stars based on this visit.
LEEKS FROM « ILE DE FRANCE » grilled, seaweed butter, tartar of “Perle Blanche” oysters, spring onions and lemon
MACKEREL in a jelly of white wine, flavoured with herbs and blackcurrant, and horseradish sauce.
LINE-CAUGHT WHITING FISH FROM SAINT-GILLES CROIX-DE-VIE in a crust of bread with almonds, “New-Zealand” spinach and olive oil flavoured with curry and péquillos pepper
SAND SOLE cooked in a meunière style, stuffed with young onions and black truffles, poultry juice with brown butter.
A Knightsbridge North Indian place that seems popular with Andy Hayler among others. It was good overall, strong flavors and good cooking. Although I could still taste garlic the next morning so maybe not a first date place…
Warm fruits of the sea, linguini and shellfish cooking juices
Newlyn line caught cod, salted cod brandade, chorizo, baby squid, squid ink aïoli
Isle of Gigha halibut, shellfish bouillabaisse, pancetta, saffron rouille, sea kale
Peanut and banana, chocolate ‘old fashioned’, nutmeg coral, banana ice cream
We had a pretty good meal here from start to finish. The mackerel was the worse dish, it was poor compared with the raw fish dishes at the The Clove Club a couple of weeks before. Everything else, however, was good and the whole experience was very present. This was a good value dinner.
Pig’s head croquette, kimchi
Mackerel, beetroot, wasabi
Hand-dived scallops, Jerusalem artichoke
Mallard, tea broth
Fallow deer, charred lettuce, mole
Chocolate bar, peanut butter praline, peanut ice cream
I finally made it here and wish that I had come sooner. This was one of the best meals I have had for a while in London. The cod and the second dessert were just average but everything else was great.
Sea Robbin Tartare, Kabosu, Turnip & Horseradish
Raw Orkney Scallop, Hazelnut, Clementine & Perigord Truffle (£12 Supp)
Roast Cornish Cod, Carrots, Seaweed & Orange Butter
Yorkshire Suckling Pig & South Indian Spices
Amalfi Lemonade & Sarawak Pepper
Warm Blood Orange, Ewe’s Milk Yoghurt & Wild Fennel Granita
So first there was Zaika and then the Tamarind group decided to re-open the site as a brasserie, One Kensington, well that did not work out so Zaika is back again.
The new Zaika’s menu seems a touch less Western fusion as the old one did and some of the dishes that the tandoori prawns were very good. However, the service was terrible, it took about an hour for our mains to show up. Our friends also found this to be the case on a separate visit- lets hope they sort this out as I would be afraid to go back until I have heard that they have
Murgh Handi Lazeez
Bone Daddies has opened up a new branch in the Whole Foods flagship in Kensington. The menu is similar to the Soho one.
YELLOWTAIL SASHIMI chilli, ponzu, coriander
TENDERSTEM BROCCOLI yuzu kosho mayo
Chicken and Prawn gyoza
TANTANMEN 2 tantanmen, chicken mince (chicken bone broth)