Date Night

Like the Italians, Friday night is date night with the wife, Saturday night is date night with the girlfriend. If by girlfriend you mean Xbox whilst Mrs Del Monte continues her charity work with the Harlequins 1st XV – poor thing, she’ll burn herself out!

We recreated our first date with a trip to the newly refurbished Karaoke Box (http://www.karaokebox.co.uk/). I say newly. Apparently it was tarted up early 2012. Bloody Mayans. Karaoke box is an excellent date activity. An hour of off-key extertions and you’re ready for some scran.

Unlike Polpo, you can reserve at Pix (http://www.pix-bar.com‎), which is a plus on Friday night, so we meandered along and got stuck in. The Pinchos are excellent and not too dearly priced. Favourites included the pea, soy bean, parsley and mint goo on bread, topped with a dollop of feta; flaked artichoke heart mixed with shaved manchego on bread; and something with foamed foie gras on. Even the tortilla was something to write home about. £68 for two including a superior bottle of Prado Rey which they claimed to have a “long dry finish”. Much like myself. I don’t even know what that means.

Apparently they’ve been around for years, with locations in Covent Garden and Islington and opening in Notting Hill. The one in Soho is an awesome little place with lots of intimate nooks (Like Father Callaghan’s secret tree-house – oh the memories!) and very friendly staff.

We popped into Fernandez & Wells (http://www.fernandezandwells.com/) for a digestif. It a place I can only find when I’m looking for somewhere else. It’s a great place for cava and to snaffle on ham. And it’s not heaving with turbo-douches.

EUSKADI!

KARAOKE BOX

Not pictured: My rendition of Your Mother's Got A Penis. She really have.

Not pictured: My rendition of Your Mother’s Got A Penis. She really have.

PIX

When an acupuncturist dreams of food. How many Us in acupuncturist?

When an acupuncturist dreams of food. How many Us in acupuncturist?

Thank God they only gave us small plates. Cynically, they wander about offering freshly made pinchos preying on my serano addled brain and hungriness.

Thank God they only gave us small plates. Cynically, they wander about offering freshly made pinchos preying on my serrano addled brain and hungriness.

The ham is having a meeting

The ham is having a meeting.

This photo makes it look like it wasn't very busy. It was very busy, And compliant with the fire code.

This photo makes it look like it wasn’t very busy. It was very busy, And compliant with the fire code.

The outside of Pix in Soho. Complete with hipster.

The outside of Pix in Soho. Complete with hipster.

FERNANDEZ & WELLS

Inside of Fernandez & Wells. As you may guess. The cava has not enhanced my photography skills. Not at all.

Inside of Fernandez & Wells. As you may guess, the cava has not enhanced my photography skills. Not at all.

As if more proof were needed that my camera skills are impaired by cava.

As if more proof were needed that my camera skills are impaired by cava.

Pix Pintxos
16 Bateman Street
London
W1D 3AH
Tel: 020 7437 0377
http://www.pix-bar.com

Fernandez & Wellsmore info‎
16 Saint Anne’s Court
London
W1F 0BF
Tel: 020 7494 4242
http://www.fernandezandwells.com/

Karaoke Box, Soho
18 Frith Street
London
W1D 4RQ
Tel: 020 7494 3878
http://www.karaokebox.co.uk/

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