Ankur (Mumbai)

When in Mumbai in the past, we normally go to Trishna for some seafood but on this visit we went to nearby Ankur for a change. Most of the dishes were very good, especially the fish ones but actually the chicken tikka and 2 lamb dishes were also very tasty. The only thing I was not a fan of was the spinach and mushroom dish. The tandoori fish was superb!

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Masala poppadom

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Chicken tikka

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Fish curry

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Fried prawns

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Butter garlic crab (off shell)

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Tandoori pomfret

Cut

https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/london/45-park-lane/restaurant-bars/cut-at-45-park-lane/

The steak here was very good but not that much better than elsewhere and the tuna dish was excellent. The problem was the bill, I think I could have eaten in the Ledbury for the same money! To be fair the service was great and there were a few little extras thrown in (PF etc.) but at the end of the day this was a very expensive steak and chips.

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Big Eye Tuna Tartare, Wasabi Aioli, Ginger, Togarashi Crisps, Tosa Soy (half portion)

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1/2 a USDA Prime Black Angus Rib Eye steak (left)

1/2 Tasting of NY Sirloin (USDA Prime BA, South Devon Angus, Australian Wagyu/ BA)

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Sides (herb fries & Broccoli-Rapinin, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Garlic) and sauces

Jamavar

http://www.jamavarrestaurants.com/

This has gone straight into my top 3 Indian restaurants in London. Although, I may just still prefer Gymkhana , where I recently had the game menu again (Review of that menu from 2013). Conversely, I see Andy Hayler seems to love Jamar as well but he does not seem to rate Gymkhana in the same league, well each to their own…

I notice Jamavar also offer a game menu, however, in order to try some of their recommended dishes and to save time (and stress) ordering we went for the normal tasting menu. The food here was great from start to finish.

One minor blip was that they did not take our coats so I spent the entire meal with a large winter coat folded on the back of my chair- not ideal!

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Tellicherry Pepper & Garlic Soft Shell Crab damson chutney & garlic chips

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Lobster Idli Sambhar idlis, black pepper lobster & aubergine sambhar

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Malai Stone Bass Tikka mace, green cardamom & avocado chutney

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Tulsi Chicken Tikka sweet basil, pickled radish & raita

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Adraki Lamb Chops royal cumin, crushed onion, fennel & ginger

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Prawn Mappas raw mango, mustard seeds & shallots

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Carrot dish

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Prawn Mappas raw mango, mustard seeds & shallots

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Dhungar dal

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Wine & Brine (Moira, NI)

http://www.wineandbrine.co.uk/

This was the second of two meals I have had recently here and it is definitely the best food I have had in in years in NI, outside of Belfast. Although, my pet hate (and with many other places locally) is displayed here; many plates are not ‘full’ dishes, one has to order sides as well. To me, rather than being a sideshow, carbs and veg should be integral to dishes at this level.

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Scallop cooked over coal, seaweed dashi

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Roast fillet of sea bass, langoustine ravioli, broccoli leaf

Amber (Hong Kong)

http://www.amberhongkong.com/

My second visit here was for their comparatively good value Weekend Wine Lunch. Unlike some HK restaurants that have 2 stars, I think that Amber would still hold them if it was rated in any of the guides throughout the world.

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Amberjack served raw over stracciatella, with pickled cherry radish shaved green strawberries, wild fennel & fennel seed cracker

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Kohlrabi ‘cooked’ in lime juice & manni olive oil aka uni & schrenki caviar

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Line caught john dory wrapped in fresh wakame & steamed then served in frothy fukuoka clam emulsion with buana negi infused extra virgin olive oil

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Wild venison leg; roasted with caramelized parsnip roasted william pear & sauce poivrade

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Quince steamed with ‘vin jaune’, caramelized straw with lemon curd, hokkaido milk & taiyouran egg yolk ice cream

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