Smoked potato and poached egg ravioli with lightly roasted garlic emulsion (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Chelsea)

4/5 - Admittedly, by the time this reached me my appetite had waned and the spectre of fullness was hanging over me. I was delighted to find that the poached egg hidden inside the ravioli was perfectly oozing, but struggled to eat the whole thing - not just due to fullness, but because it was so rich. The potato puree was definitely smoky, and also a little unappealingly grainy when tasted on it’s own. Refreshingly vibrant smashed peas sheltering underneath provided much-needed relief from the heavy ravioli. Rather than garlic, the sauce smacked of parmesan, and had a lovely flavour that was sadly overpowered by smoke and yolk when eaten in concert with the main element. A highly impressive dish - perhaps a little too rich for my indelicate palette!

Roast dinner with family for Xmas. Clockwise from top: roast potatoes, Quorn fillet baked with cheese and peppers, cauliflower and broccoli cheese, Brussel sprouts and stuffing.

Roast dinner with family for Xmas. Clockwise from top: roast potatoes, Quorn fillet baked with cheese and peppers, cauliflower and broccoli cheese, Brussel sprouts and stuffing.

Spinach pastry with roast vegetables, potatoes, lettuce and yoghurt (Debate, Parliament)

Spinach pastry with roast vegetables, potatoes, lettuce and yoghurt (Debate, Parliament)

Potato, cheese and tomato pastry. Salad with mozzarella, tomato, black olives, cucumber and rice (Terrace, Parliament)

Potato, cheese and tomato pastry. Salad with mozzarella, tomato, black olives, cucumber and rice (Terrace, Parliament)

Chips! (Kerbisher and Malt, Mortlake)
Very nice chips. I had lots of little crispy ones which suited me just fine.

Chips! (Kerbisher and Malt, Mortlake)

Very nice chips. I had lots of little crispy ones which suited me just fine.

Vegetable korma, sag paneer, Bombay aloo, plain rice and garlic naan bread (Indian Diner, Victoria)

Vegetable korma, sag paneer, Bombay aloo, plain rice and garlic naan bread (Indian Diner, Victoria)

Isn’t airplane food disgusting? The vegetarian option always turns out to be vegan. This was dry tofu scramble with nasty potatoes. I managed to eat it all but it was not pleasant. On the side was a tough, chewy raisin bagel and a pot of fruit salad which you can see I already ate before I took this photo. 

To give Air Canada some credit, at least this was an interesting and original breakfast concept for plane food.

Isn’t airplane food disgusting? The vegetarian option always turns out to be vegan. This was dry tofu scramble with nasty potatoes. I managed to eat it all but it was not pleasant. On the side was a tough, chewy raisin bagel and a pot of fruit salad which you can see I already ate before I took this photo.

To give Air Canada some credit, at least this was an interesting and original breakfast concept for plane food.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese burrito – with fried potatoes & chili aioli (Hot Beans, Toronto, Canada)

I had to go back to Hot Beans to try this burrito. I saw them making it on my first visit and it looked like my dream food combination. Sadly in execution it lacked cheesy flavour and was verrrry dry and stodgy. I couldn’t even finish it. Perhaps I need to make my own version at home…

Mac ‘n’ Cheese burrito – with fried potatoes & chili aioli (Hot Beans, Toronto, Canada)

I had to go back to Hot Beans to try this burrito. I saw them making it on my first visit and it looked like my dream food combination. Sadly in execution it lacked cheesy flavour and was verrrry dry and stodgy. I couldn’t even finish it. Perhaps I need to make my own version at home…

Vegetable sausages with mash, green beans and onion gravy (River Restaurant, Parliament)

Vegetable sausages with mash, green beans and onion gravy (River Restaurant, Parliament)

Vegetable sausages, roast potatoes, cabbage, and onion gravy (River Restaurant, Parliament)

Vegetable sausages, roast potatoes, cabbage, and onion gravy (River Restaurant, Parliament)

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