Galvin at Centurion

Continuing with the Glavin’s brothers and this time it is their latest restaurant, Galvin at Centurion. Their newest venture is located on a stunning golf course in Hertfordshire which is only 10 minutes drive from St Albans city centre.

Galvin at Centurion

The menu is simple with a range of choices, including some of the well known dishes from the Galvin’s brothers.

Starters I had Galvin’s signature dish, Lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais & pea shoots (£14.50). The dish was beautifully cooked with full of crab meat. It definitely did not disappoint.

Galvin at Centurion

Mains I choice the Roast corn-fed chicken, griolle & onion tart, mushroom & thyme veloute (£22.50). From just reading the menu I was not sure what to expect, but it was a clever combination. The chicken on its own did not have much flavour, but it did not need to because the flavours from the tart and sauce. When you put every single ingredients together it brings the whole dish alive. All the flavours from each component on the plate worked well together.

Galvin at Centurion

Dessert I went for my favourite soufflé. That evening they were serving Soufflé of Provence apricot & Valrhona chocolate (£8.50). Unlike the ones at Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin Bristrot de Luxe which comes with chocolate sauce. This version did not come with the chocolate sauce. I actually prefer it to come with chocolate sauce and it does give that extra touch watching your waiter pouring it for you. Neitherless the soufflé itself was nice and light. I defintely would not want to share any of Galvin’s soufflé.

Galvin at Centurion

We finished our meal with complimentary chocolate truffles and macaroons. I remember having these at their other Galvin branches.If you are a fan of dark chocolate like me then these chocolate truffles are gorgeous.

Galvin at Centurion

Galvin at Centurion is a lovely place to dine and I would recommend to visit. It is in Hertfordshire which you can make a day out of it by doing a day trip to St Albans. But to get to the Centurion Club you will need a car as there are no public transport link. If you want to get a glimpse of the beautiful view looking out to the golf course then you go when it is still day light.

Visit my instagram @CheCheMui for more highlights of the other dishes that we ordered.

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Galvin at Centurion
Centurion Club,
Hemel Hempstead Road,
Hemel Hempstead,
HP3 8LA

http://www.centurionclub.co.uk/section/3/1/galvin-at-centurion

Galvin La Chapelle (Galvin Gastronomic 5-course Menu)

This Summer has been gastronomic and I am really grateful to be able try out so many new openings and revisiting some of my favourite places.

One of the place I revisited was Galvin La Chapelle. Over the Summer they offered their Galvin Gastronomic 5-course menu for £29. It included Galvin’s signature dishes including two of my favourite dishes, their Dorset crab lasange and soufflé.

Galvin La Chapelle

The Galvin gastronomic journey started with the Parfait of Goosnagh duck liver, Rhône peaches & pain d’épices. The duck liver parfait was light in flavour and creamy in texture. It went well with its friend, toasted bread. The slice of peach pair well with the parfait to make a good mouth cleanser.

Galvin La Chapelle

The second course was my beloved Lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais & pea shoots. I was intrigued to see if it was as good as the one I had at their other restaurant, Glavin Bristrot de Luxe. The verdict is it did not disappoint and was as gorgeous as I remember. The dish was full of flavour and the combination of the lasagne, crab meat with the light sauce worked well.

Galvin La Chapelle

It was follow by our third course which was the Pot roast suprême of Landes corn fed chicken, risotto of girolles & soft herbs. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this dish, as I am skeptic about ordering chicken especially the chicken breast as it tend to be dry. But this chicken was beautifully moist.

Galvin La Chapelle

The fourth course was the Fourme d’Ambert, grape chutney & walnuts. You will need to love your strong cheese to appreciate this dish.

Galvin La Chapelle

For the final and fifth course was the Raspberry soufflé, Valrhona chocolate sauce. It was beautiful to watch our waiter split open the soufflé and pour the valrhona chocolate sauce in to it.

The soufflé was light and the sharpeness of the raspberry was balanced out by the chocolate sauce.

Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle

We did have an additional course which we did not need after the 5 course gastronomic feast. But a birthday is not one without a birthday cake and we ordered one directly from Galvin La Chapelle.

It was a chocolate sponge cake which was an indulgent and just thinking about it while I am writing this make me want to have a piece now.

The layer of sponge and cream was just perfect and although the cake looked rich it was not at all. The sweetness was just right for me. Even the birthday boy was impressed and said it was the best birthday cake he had this year!

Galvin La Chapelle

Previous review of Galvin La Chapelle: https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/galvin-la-chapelle/

(Not sponsored. Menu and prices are correct at the time of visit)

Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square,
London,
E1 6DY,
UK

https://www.galvinrestaurants.com

Cafe Damoa (Bingsu – shaved ice dessert)

Cafe Damoa is a casual cafe located in Golders Green (north west London), that serves Korean and Japanese food. It is also a place for Bingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert).

Cafe Domoa

For those who follow me will know what is bingsu (also known as bing) because it is actually not ice but milk that is turned in to snow that you can eat. You expect a light fluffy texture that goes creamy like ice cream when it melts in you mouth.

Domoa offers a variety of bingsu and in two sizes – small and large. Options of flavours includes Red bean, Strawberry, Blueberry (£7.90/£12.50), Oreo…etc

The Matcha (£8.90/£12.90) bingsu comes with red beans, mochi, corn flakes and a scoop of matcha ice cream. If you do not want a particular toppings the cafe is happy to exclude them or serve them separately.

Cafe Domoa

The Mango (£7.90/£12.50) bingsu is my current favourite at Damoa. The shaved ice is made up of fresh mango pieces, a scoop of mango ice cream and sprinkled with mango sauce.

When you compare the bingsu with the one at Shibuya, then Shibuya bingsu lead. That is why they are known for their bingsu in London.

I felt that Damoa’s matcha bingsu lacked green tea flavour. It was just the matcha ice cream that had the green tea flavour. May be they could had sprinkle matcha powder over the shaved ice. However, Damoa’s mango bingsu was delicious and the flavour was better than the mango bingu I have had at Shibuya.

Cafe Domoa

As well as bingsu for dessert the cafe also serves waffles which can be ordered on its own or as a set which come with coffee or bubble tea. Yes you heard it! Damoa also sell Bubble Tea (£3.40) with a choice of topping (tapioca pearls and popping boba).

Cafe Domoa

Damoa does not only serve drinks and dessert. They also offer a range of savoury dish such as sushi, noodle soup and bibimba dupbap (rice and salad). I have not yet had the chance to try their savoury dishes to be able to share with you.

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Cafe Damoa
32 Golders Green Road,
London,
NW11 8LL,
UK

https://en-gb.facebook.com/Cafe-Damoa-170800179961870/

Shangri-La at The Shard (TING lounge)

I still remember my first visit to Ting restaurant a few years ago which was not just the beautiful view, the lovely fragrant but their impressive service. With a wonderful previous experience, I decided to book lunch for my brother’s birthday and this time I managed to book the Ting lounge. The menu at the lounge is different to their restaurant where afternoon tea and a dedicated lounge menu with a range of Asian dishes is served.

The seating at the lounge are lower than the restaurant with big sofas. They were still comfortable to dine in but were more suited for afternoon tea then a main meal. There are table seatings in the lounge area and these are the ones which will give you front row view of London.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Although, Ting serves both afternoon tea and a lounge menu, you will have to choose either one of the option. I was hoping that the ladies in the family could have had the afternoon tea and the men in the family who prefer not to have the fancy three tiers to have the Asian dishes from the lounge menu.

As we had to select either one, we opted for the lounge menu as it cater for everyone and we could try Ting’s south-east Asian dishes.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

From the south-east Asian dishes, I ordered their Hainanese Chicken Rice (£18). This is poached chicken served with ginger flavoured rice, chicken broth and condiments. It is one of the signature dish in Singapore and I was intrigued to know what Ting’s Hainanese chicken rice would be like.

The presentation was beautiful and came as I expected for a Hainanese chicken rice. Each component of the dish came on one tray. The poached chicken was taken off the bones and beautifully cooked with succulent meat, including the chicken breast that tend to be driest part. The rice had a light ginger which went well with chicken.

Although the Hainanese chicken rice is £18 which is not cheap. But we did get what looked like half a chicken and off the bone. I was pleased with the quality that I was happy to pay for this price and with the bonus of the view.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

As well as south-east Asian dishes, the lounge menu also offers a range of middle eastern mezza and British dishes including salads, sandwiches and burgers.

We tried one of the chef special main course, Roasted South Coast Cod (£22) served with crushed Jersey Royals, samphire and cucumber butter sauce. The fish was cooked perfectly to give a silky piece of fish. It was a nice Summer dish to have for lunch or dinner.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Ting lounge has a selection of dessert and the birthday boy ordered the Raspberry and Vanilla Cheesecake (£8) served with Raspberry jelly and Raspberry sorbet.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Ting will also provide the service for you to pre-order a celebration cake directly from them. I pre-ordered a fresh cream strawberry cake for the birthday boy. It was different to the one I ordered in 2014 as this was more like a mousse cake.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Overall the food was good and I would go back for the Hainanese chicken rice again. My only disappointment in my latest visit was the service at the lounge was not as good as the restaurant. Although it was nice to not be rush for the restaurant, we felt there was a lack of attention from our server. Brushing this to one side for a special occasion we still enjoyed a wonderful lunch.

Shangri-La The Ting Lounge

Review of Ting restaurant click here: https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/shangri-la-at-the-shard-ting-restaurant/

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TING (Lounge)
Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel (At The Shard)
31 St Thomas Street,
London,
SE1 9QU,
United Kingdom

http://www.ting-shangri-la.com

DOZO Soho

Dozo is a Japanese restaurant with two branches in London and one of these is located in Soho. The restaurant serves a range of sushi including morden sushi maki rolls that are known as Dozo rolls.

We tried the Tiger Maki (8 pieces) – tempura prawn, tobiko, cucumber, avocado & lettuce (£13.80).

Dozo Soho

My favourite is the Volcano Maki (8 p pieces) – eel, leeks, bonito flakes, eel sauce, avocado & mayonnaise (£15.80). Combination of all the different flavours with Japanese mayonnaise makes a sauce that is addicting.

Dozo Soho

As well as sushi the restaurant also offers a selection of noodle and rice. We tried their Curry Tori Don deep-fried chicken cutlet in breadcrumbs with Japanese curry sauce on rice (£8.80). I felt the curry sauce was on the watery side. Compared to the sushi the presentation of this dish was lacking.

Dozo Soho

Overall sushi was better than their non-sushi dishes and it will be the Dozo rolls that you will want to order when you visit.

Dozo Soho can be a popular place and I do advise that you make a reservation. We did turn up and managed to get a table for three people with no wait. However we only had the table for an hour and half.

Dozo Soho
32 Old Compton Street,
Soho,
London,
W1D 4TP,
UK

http://www.dozosushi.co.uk

Samarkand London

Samarkand London recently opened their doors with Uzbeki style fine dining experience. If you are wondering what is Uzbeki cuisines than keep reading to find out.

Smarkand

The restaurant has taken over what was originally the site of Fino restaurant. The layout has not change much but it has been transformed to give a feeling of luxury.

Smarkand

While we waited for our food to arrive we were served complimentary toasted breads. They were warm with a slight smokey flavour. The bread is best enjoyed when they are warm because once cold they lost their attraction.

Samarkand

Our first round of food started with the small plates. The Somsa (£4 per parcel) are hand-made puff pastry parcels filled with beef & lamb. The parcels were beautifully made which reminded me of the Chinese roast pork puff pastry. But for the price tag they are premium puff pastry.

Samarkand

The Baklajon (£4.50) is Uzbek style smoked aubergine caviar. You could really taste the smokey flavour in the mashed aubergine which came served with tiny slices of rye bread.

Samarkand

Manti are traditional uzbek hand-made dumplings. Each serving comes with three mantis and is offered in two different filling – pumpkin (£6) or beef and lamb (£8).

The manti pastry was not too thick and it was still moist when it arrived on our table. It was served with a tomato base sauce that tasted like a bolognese sauce. It went well with the manti especially the one filled with beef and lamb.

Samarkand

Shashlik is skewered meat which is flamed over the robata grill. The serving is one skewer per 100g. The quality of the meat was good, but it does cost when you look at the price tag. Whether it is worth their price tag it is debatable.

Samarkand

We selected three of the shashlik on the menu. Each one were good but my favourite has to be the Wagyu Beef (£28). As you expected from wagyu the meat was tender. For a more texture than the Bavette (£13) also know as flank steak, would give you that.

The Buttermilk Marinated Lamb (£17) was also very tender and beautifully cooked. It had a nice portion of fat and lean meat.

After trying Samarkand robato grills it was followed by the dishes from the main courses. One of them was the Jiz Biz (£26) which is a pan-fried rack of lamb served with potato cake and salad. The meat is tender but fairly fatty. If you compared it with the buttermilk marinated lamb than I prefered the shashlik as it was leaner meat.

Samarkand

The Chicken Tabaka (£21) was pan-fried baby chicken which had a tangy orange flavour. I felt the orange flavour was too strong and the chicken slightly over cooked.

Samarkand

Fried Lagman (£16) is hand-pulled fried noodles with lamb shoulder in a tomato & chilli sauce. The flavour to me resembled a Chinese stir-fried noodle.

Samarkand

Poached Rainbow Trout (£18) is served in a shellfish broth with vegetables and keta caviar. The presentation of this dish was pretty but the flavour was too fishy.

Samarkand

With the mains we ordered the Samarkand Plov (£28 to serve two people) which is a Uzbekistan’s signature dish, that is usually made on special day. The dish consisted of slowly cooked beef short rib that sat on top of rice mixed with carrots, onions, chickpeas and barberries. It is garnished with pomegranate and spring onions.

The cooked beef short ribs was beautifully soft that it almost fell off its bone. This dish definitely gets my recommendation as the one to order at Samarkand London.

Samarkand

Since we ordered the Samarkand Plov we did not need sides to go with our mains. But on my second visit we did try the Truffle potato (£4). There is nothing special about this dish which was simply sliced cooked potatoes with truffles.

Samarkand London has a small selection of desserts on the menu which meant we got to try all of them.

The Chilli & Thyme Poached Peach with pistachio Crumble and Ice cream (£7.50) was pretty in presentation. The dish had a combination of texture which worked well. The peach was soft and the crumbles gave it a crunch. The ice cream helped stick the crumbles to the peach together and was like a sauce to the dessert. Each item on the plate made great friends.

Samarkand

The Baklava cake (£7.50) was a nice version of baklava. Unlike a tradition baklava it was not too sweet and like its name it had more of a cake texture.

Samarkand

If none of the main desserts take your fancy then for some thing a bit lighter is Samarkand London selection of ice cream and sorbet (£6 for three scoops), which is offered in a selection of flavours.

Samarkand

Samarkand London has an extensive list of drinks to choose, including two pages of tea and at a range of price. The most expensive tea we spotted was the Yellow Tea for £20.

Samarkand

As well as a range of tea, there are a range of wines and Samarkand cocktails.

Samarkand

On my first visit I did not know what to expect for Uzbeki cuisine. But it was not at all that unfamiliar as the food had influence from Mediterranean and Chinese cuisines.

Overall the food at Samarkand was nice especially the meat. But the cost of dining at Smarkand London is similar to fine dining price, although it is not there at the top with the true fine dining restaurants.

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Samarkand London
33 Charlotte Street,
London,
W1T 3RR,
UK

http://samarkand.london

Dum Dum Doughnuts

Doughnuts have become more than the traditional version that is deep-fried and coated in sugar. At Dum Dum doughnuts theirs are baked. The doughnuts are a cross between a doughnut and crossaint.

Dum Dum Donutterie

There are variety of flavours to select. My favourite has to be The Zebra. This is layers of crossaint and chcocolate dough filled with chocolate buttercream, topped with chcocolate ganache.

Dum Dum Donutterie

What I like about the Zebra is the texture but also because it is not too sweet. It is so satisfying when you cut it in half to see the beautiful layers.

Dum Dum Donutterie

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Dum Dum Doughnuts
Unit 31, Box Park
2-4 Bethnal Green Road
Shoreditch
London
E1 6GY
UK

http://dumdums.co.uk