Friday, 22 May 2009
My life is one that trangresses continents, nations and languages. Our dear Grandmother Princess Hannah Mebuliaghanje Jallah Adoki died ( RIP ) last year so I was summoned to her memorial in Lagos with the Family over the week-end. How lucky I am to have such a kind Family from my late great Mother Ibienebobo's (RIP) side. We laughed , cried, danced, ate and revelled - all in 4 days......Long live our Love!
The good thing in this world is even in the most dire financial climate people still have to eat well: so why not eat well. "Marketing is often seen as a luxury for the good times. But in reality, good marketing drives revenue streams – it’s an investment that pays. With many organizations cutting back on marketing, now is the time to take advantage and be aggressive." With that in mind I took a lovely Lady Client from the City to one of the square mile's most sumptuous restaurants - Bond's of Threadneedle. Time flies in good company : 2 hours flew in great stead, with laughter and without wine. Great to see you Amanda ;-)
High ceilings, lofty columns & all-round architectural grandeur betray Bonds’ origins as a City banking hall, yet for all the opulence there’s a pleasing economy to the approach here. Ingredients are fresh & seasonal, cooking avoids unhealthy excess, & the keen prices are entirely appropriate to the times. The kitchen partners super-fresh Dorset crab with creamy pea & pistachio bavarois & zingy pink grapefruit jelly. It also deploys layered boulangère potato with dried fruits & Provençal-style tomato as the convincing foil to pink Elwy Valley lamb. Presentation is tip-top. If you thought îles flottantes the dullest of French desserts, head chef Barry Tonks’s sensational reworking of the meringue & custard combo is a revelation. The wine list isn’t the City’s longest, but nevertheless embraces everything from a 1999 Château Pétrus at £1,300 to Three Choirs English rosé. Great feed !