Saturday, August 23, 2014

Adesso - Richmond

It was a beautiful sunny day in London so my friend and I decided to venture out of the city and into Richmond. We went for a long stroll through the park where we saw deers and slowly built up quite an appetite by the time we got back into town.
Richmond is not short of restaurants and pubs, but we wanted to eat at a non-chain and settled on Adesso (an Italian restaurant actually run by Italians). What won it for us was the outdoor seating and the cured meat hanging from the celings.
Garlic bread
The staff were absolutely lovely, really attentive and helpful. My friend and I shared the garlic bread, which looked like a mini pizza. It was light and crispy, the perfect appetiser as it didn't bloat us.
For my main I chose the Rigatoni Siciliana, which was Rigatoni pasta with homemade Sicilian sausage with courgettes and a light pistachio cream sauce.The sauce was to die for, it was creamy, had nice flavours and wasn't too thin. The Sicilian sausage had a peppery kick to it and it was good to see they weren't stingy on quantity. My only negative was that some of the pasta could have been boiled for a few minutes longer, I found some parts a bit hard.
I don't think I'd come back here again, Adesso didn't really give me the wow factor and I'm sure Richmond has a lot of better restaurants to offer.
Rigatoni Etna
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dotori - Finsbury Park

There is only one reason why I'd be near Finsbury Park and that's to go see Arsenal play. Usually I stop off at one of those hog dog vans on the walk towards the Emirates Stadium, who charge a premium price for a bit of meat and bread but after reading so many positive reviews on UrbanSpoon about Dotori, I thought this place was a must visit.

As recommended on many of the reviews, I booked a table and I was really grateful that I did. The restaurant got so busy and if there was an empty space there would be a reserved sign on the table. My impression is that Dotori is run by a family, as we arrived dot on 12pm and they were all seated around a table eating their lunch.

Restaurant before the influx of hungry people
One thing I didn't know was that their sushi chef doesn't arrive until around 1pm on Saturdays and we couldn't afford to wait until then as the Arsenal match started shortly after. I was bit disappointed about this as I had really looked forward to trying out their sushi dishes. Despite this there were a lot of other dishes I wanted to try, such as the spicy pork bbq. This was dished up on a sizzling hot plate with lettuce and soy paste. The meal was really good, the meat was tender and had a hot spice to it, but lacking on the lettuce to meat ratio, I think there should have been more lettuce to eat with it.

If I remember correctly my friend had the pork tonkotsu, it was a big slab of breadcrumbed pork on a bed of rice. Great value for money.

Dotori is a restaurant I would highly recommend and is defintiely one of London's cheap eats. If you want to make sure you get a seat then do book in advanced as the tables fill up quickly.

Laminated sushi menu
Spicy pork bbq with lettuce
Pork tonkotsu
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