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Posted by NYprof on 11/19/2009
On a recent trip to London I had one of the best meals ever in that city. This was traditional English cooking at its best. I've always marveled at the high quality of the ingredients available to English restaurants and the low quality of their cooking, especially on the middle end of the price spectrum. Yes, one can get fine meals for a fortune. But my wonderful meal at St. John was very fair in price. It began with Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley salad. The unctuous marrow was perfectly set off by the acidity of the salad which also had capers and a fine dressing. My very attentive and knowledgeable server recommended a wonderful ale which went well with the salad. I love eel and have it broiled when I'm in Venice and smoked when I'm in Holland. It's very hard to find it in NY. St. John's was both smoked and boiled! It sat on a very thick slice of scrumptious bacon which itself was on a mound of what tasted like equal parts mashed potatoes and butter. A unique and perfect combination. Unfortunately I had a concert to attend and didn't have time for desert. But next time I'll make an evening of it and sample their puddings.