18-20 Southwark Street, Borough Market, London SE1 1TJ
Tel: (020) 7357 8880
Having to queue for an hour to get a seat at this bustling tapas bar is annoying, but it’s well worth the wait. They don’t take bookings and you just have keep grinning at the waiter and reminding him you’re still there while you enjoy a sherry at the bar. Dishes change regularly but my favourite delights include a whole deep fried Monte Enebro goats’ cheese smothered in orange blossom honey and meltingly tender rare fillet steak with caramelised onions and Torta de Barros cheese on toast. It’s rich, but can easily be washed down with carafes of tart red wine…
85 Kentish Town Road, London, NW1 8NY
Tel: (020) 7485 1166
Just a few doors down from perennial favourite Café Bintang…
Guanabana is Spanish for ‘soursop’, a fruit native to the West Indies which apparently has a delicious white pulp with tones of fruit candy and smooth cream, with flavours ranging from ranging from a strawberry-pineapple mix to sour citrus [where do I source a soursop?] It’s tricky to eat, as the white pulp contains large seeds, and the pockets of soft flesh are surrounded by fibrous membranes. The soursop is therefore usually juiced rather than eaten directly.
I recommend the grilled snapper on a bed of bitingly fresh spring onion, lime, coriander and tomato salad. The ‘curry goat’ is also good, although confusingly, it’s made with lamb according to the menu… Continue reading