Honeymoon Dining Diaries: Afternoon Tea in London

The Date: May 17, 2010

The Place: The Georgian Restaurant at Harrod’s

The dining room had a great atmosphere. Not shown here — the piano player. They had some lovely layout designs that could be useful for the upcoming restaurant I’m opening back at my home town. If you have decided to go down the same road, then check out Shawarmapressfranchise.com/ for their help.

The “Meal”: We ordered one full-blown afternoon tea, featuring a plate of sandwiches, a plate of breads and a plate of pastries. Then, we ordered one additional tea with a single course of sandwiches.

Our platters — sandwiches on the bottom, scones in the middle, pastries on top

Kelley exhibiting some fine tea sipping form.

Paul with the pinky extension

Everything so clean and shiny

It was all delicious — Kelley wanted to lick her plate clean!

And then there was the table next to us, which featured two women and one little girl, maybe 4 years old. Well, she wasn’t quite into the classy tea experience. So, she played with her food. At the end of their tea time, their table looked like this:

For comparison sake — this is the final view of our table:

Honeymoon Dining Diaries: Night Two Dinner in London

The Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Place: The Ebury Restaurant in Chelsea (London)

The Website: http://www.theebury.co.uk/

The Atmosphere: First off, it should be noted that we weren’t intending to go here. We had come to the Chelsea neighborhood with the intention of grabbing a quick bite to eat then joining up with an organized Pub Walk. We consulted the Zagat iPhone app for a place to dine and it directed us to what sounded like a fantastic Italian place. Unfortunately, they didn’t open until 6:30, and it was 6:00. And the pub walk was at 7. So, we expanded the search and Zagat also gave high marks to the Ebury. We were lucky to duck in when we did too, since the only downpour of our entire honeymoon struck while we dined!

Overall, the atmosphere was very upscale/casual/modern, the crowd was small (it was a rainy Sunday night, after all) and trended to roughly our age range. The menu was classy, and we were able to select a nice bottle of wine.

Kelley’s Main Course: Risotto primavera: peas, broadbeans, fresh mint, spring onions. This was really tasty, and Kelley has never met a risotto she didn’t like, so this was a hit.

Paul’s Main Course: Roast lamb rump, olive oil mash, olives and sundried tomato au jus. This was also quite delicious. The olive oil mash was a nice complement to the tangy sweetness of the au jus.

Dessert: Kelley got an espresso that she poured over a scoop of ice cream. She loved it. I got a glass of port wine. I loved it.

Honeymoon Dining Diaries: Night One Dinner in London

The Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Place: Some pub in London

Appetizer: Duck Liver Pate – this was quite delicious. In fact, it was Kelley’s favorite part of the entire meal.

Paul’s Main Course: Burger and Fries – Yeah, a pretty boring selection, but this was after some 12 hours of traveling, two airplane meals, and a bunch of walking in London. So, I was hungry and a burger sounded great, specially when it came from the best burger restaurant. It hit the spot.

Kelley’s Main Course: Kelley was looking for something like Shepherd’s Pie, and this sounded like it on the menu. It turned out that it was more of a Chicken-Asparagus pot pie. Combined with the “bitter” London beers that she didn’t like either, Kelley was pretty disappointed.

In Law Valentines Weekend

A week spent fighting with a cold has left me with some catch-up to do here.

Kelley’s parents came to visit on Valentine’s weekend. We headed to lunch at the Iron Horse hotel, where we all had Bloody Marys — which came with pickle, celery, brussels sprout, olive, pepper and of course, slim jim. No beer chaser though, since the Iron Horse doesn’t have draft beer.

Following lunch, we headed to the Harley museum, which was surprisingly fascinating.

Then, it was back to our place for dinner. It was a slow cooker meal from good ol’ Christopher Kimball: Slow-Cooker Chicken with White Wine, Tarragon and Cream

On the side, we had Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Figs from the New York Times.

Of course, I sorta failed in not having some fresh bread to go with this meal.

Il Mito – Trattoria e Enoteca

We went on a date tonight. Like, to a real restaurant and everything.

We had originally planned to head to La Merenda, but discovered that they were on winter break at the moment. After a throwing a few options around, we decided to head to Il Mito, which is roughly 30 blocks from our house. We had both dined at Il Mito years ago when it was closer to downtown, but neither of has been to their new Wauwatosa location before.

A quick recap of our meals (and boy, the iPhone camera does not do these dishes justice at all)

I had the Filet di Maiale alla Tuscana, basically pork medallions with a white bean/sun-dried tomato sauce, accompanied by a sage and spinach gnocchi. Everything about this was delicious, from the tender sage-ey gnocchi to the moist bean-coverd pork. This plate ended up completely clean by the end of dinner.

Kelley went with one of tonight’s specials, basically a salad-stuffed ravioli served with shrimp and chicken sausage. There were no complaints from her side of the table either. The ravioli was perfect, and had Kelley itching for another crack at making some homemade ravioli. This plate was akready pretty clean when it made it’s way back to be washed.

And, to wash everything down, we split a bottle of Chianti.

Overall, we had a great time. The food was great, and it reminded me of the time I went to this mobile raw bar called Red Oyster. The food there was simply perfect. Their approach is a lot of fun and original, and it makes for a pretty memorable and fun experience actually! I was reminded of that, as there were a few pleasant similarities.

The wine was really nice, the service was perfect, the atmosphere was very comfortable, and Chef Feker even stopped by our table to joke with our server at one point.

We’ll be back.