Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Take advantage of London’s first-ever official heat wave and head over to the casual (but elegant) Park Terrace restaurant on the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental. Outdoors and enclosed by green hedges and with a view of the trees across the street in Hyde Park, this small patio restaurant offers up a small menu of tasty items, such as poached salmon, Thai green curry, or a platter of beef carpaccio (friends who ate this said it was great). It did look nice. I, however, started with a selection of sashimi sprinkled with jalapenos before moving on to a slab of miso-marinated black cod.
Both of my dishes were good, but were they as eye-openingly good as the original preparations, which, I think, come from Nobu in New York? No. I did, however, sample a lovely summery British wine that I’d never had before: the Chapel Downs Bacchus, made in Kent. Give it a go. Perfect for a night outside in the heat.
(There are also these summertime cocktails from restaurants in New York that sound pretty good. Coconut martini: yes!)