Showing posts with label opera. Show all posts
Showing posts with label opera. Show all posts

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Review: Brasserie Blanc Covent Garden, London

In London this weekend I managed to find a little slice of heaven in the hell that is Saturday afternoon shopping in Covent Garden. I was meeting my best London girl to seek out a specific dress at a particular shop so we were forced to brave the hoards of tourists and die-hard weekend shoppers. Our afternoon out led us to wander around Covent Garden market after lunch and we stopped off at Brasserie Blanc, the chain of French brasseries from chef Raymond Blanc, for fortifying crêpes and wine.  

The Covent Garden brasserie overlooks the Opera Terrace, with two outdoor seating areas to enjoy drinks and snacks and an indoor restaurant for those sampling the brasserie menu. I liked the simple red tablecloths, BLANC emblazoned wooden crates and crêpe-shaped menus. We enjoyed glasses of chilled Sauvignon Blanc, served in small glass tumblers, and a delicious crêpe generously filled with chestnut purée. The sweet, nutty filling reminded me of my favourite French liquor, crème de châtaignes, and the dusting of sugar and delicate flaked almonds made me yearn for the best freshly baked croissants only found in French bakeries and markets.  Parfait!

I'm looking forward to sampling the brasserie menu on my next visit...

Enjoy! :-)

Brasserie Blanc Covent Garden
35 The Market
Covent Garden
Tel: 0207 379 0666

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Steak in the Snow

This weekend, in Graz in Austria, I sampled the best steak I've had in a long time.

Last night at the restaurant of the trendy Hotel Wiesler, amidst original street art murals, stripped back walls, and an edgy artistic crowd, I forgot all about the minus 15 degree temperatures, constant biting wind and gusts of cold, wet snow outside and tucked into a glorious rib eye steak. Perfectly cooked and so tender the knife sliced through the meat like butter, the generous sized slab of beef nestled on a funky wooden board alongside pommes frites, homemade coleslaw and a pot of chilli sauce.

If you're feeling adventurous pop over to Graz in Austria and try out the restaurant's fabulous menu of traditional and international dishes for yourself. You can even stay in one of the achingly hip zimmers at the hotel - or try it's classy and well-priced sister hotel, Das Weitzer, a few doors down. Whilst there you might as well make a weekend of it. If that's the case, I can thoroughly recommend a trip to the opulent Graz Opera house and a fascinating elevator ride up to the top of the Schlossberg.

Enjoy! :-)