72QT

OK, the food was nothing to write home about. Barely enough to write a blog about. To be fair, 72QT (http://www.72qt.co.uk/) doesn’t claim to be an out and out restaurant. It’s actually a Latvian guesthouse which seasonally offers meals on the weekends if you book in advance. Which we did, but the single lady on staff was overwhelmed by a misordering party of 8 next to us. Eventually, she got to us and the food arrived in short order, accompanied by a tall, cool Valmiermuižas beer (at the very least 138 points in Latvian Scrabble). The beer was lovely. The fish soup was meh, the chicken and Latvian Bubble ‘n’ Squeak needed seasoning, but was fine. The pudding was a confusing Latvian thing which was strawberries covered by gritty cream and on top of meringue meets set condensed milk, but it went down well enough (like your mum).

Luckily, the food was secondary for this represented a momentous occasion. Charlie Del Monte doffed his cap and acknowledged two other visionaries who have embarked on the same cuisine quest. I was joined by Jaklien from the Passport and Toothbrush blog (http://www.passportandtoothbrush.com/) and Sean from the Around The World in 196 Tables blog (https://aroundtheworldin196tables.wordpress.com/). It was a meeting of the heavyweights in the eating in restaurants representing each country in the world in London genre. You could tell how overawed the onlookers were by the way they pretended to totally ignore us. It can be lonely on such a noble quest … or is it the most noble quest ever? Probably.

Of course I’m terribly manly and have virtually never cried about this being a lonely quest. Still, I took succour from Jaklien and Sean. Though they asked me to give it back. Their blogs are definitely worth checking out. First of all, they have a passing interest in decent photography, syntax and grammar which I definitely do not have of. Jaklien is an actual blogger and has adopted the quest … actually The Quest … as part of a wider blog and is going continent by continent. She knocked out Europe already and is now working her way through Africa (like your mum). And Sean has set himself the target of completing The Quest within 2 years. He cheerfully concedes that this is an ambitious target, but The Quest isn’t for the faint of heart. No. It is for the pre-diabetic, enlarged of liver and those capable of googling where a restaurant from Bhutan is.

So thank you 72QT for hosting us and for studiously ignoring us for about an hour so we could catch up. I shan’t be eating there again, but I’m interested in visiting Latvia and drinking more of your delicious beer.

£58 for three including boože. They don’t take cards which is a queefing pain in the cleft when the two closest ATMs are on the fritž (like your mum).

LATVIJA! PASSPORT AND TOOTHBRUSH! AROUND THE WORLD IN 196 TABLES!

Fish soup. When I think gourmet I think fish soup.

Fish soup. When I think gourmet I think fish soup.

Believe it or not the thing on the right is a bit of chicken not flakes from Pizza the Hutt's face.

Believe it or not the thing on the right is a bit of chicken not flakes from Pižža the Hutt’s face. We ordered Riga Black Balsam, kind of a Latvian Jagermeister, as a disgestif. I misread and thought it was Black Ballsack which I thought was a little edgy, but ordered some anyway.

Very nice beer. I'm pretty sure it was Valmiermuižas but my phone died so I didn't take a picture and I failed to make a note. Citizen journalism everyone. All is forgiven, come back Brian Williams!

Very nice beer. I’m pretty sure it was Valmiermuižas but my phone died so I didn’t take a picture and I failed to make a note. Citižen journalism everyone. All is forgiven, come back Brian Williams!

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that hanging above the door is the Latvian flag.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that hanging above the door is the Latvian flag.

the big board latvia

72 Queensborough Terrace
London
W2 3SH
Tel: 020 7229 1652
http://www.72qt.co.uk/

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