Category London

The Cuban

Everyone seems to be caught up and in the romance and drama of the football World Cup at the moment, and I must confess that I too feel pangs of excitement. Not because of the spectacle you understand (there are too many goals – what happened to the art of defending?), but because I know […]

Garufin

Think Argentinian food and you think steak. And nothing else. My image of all Argentinians is they have steak juice with their morning steak; they mount their steakcycles, zoom off to the steak factory where they rail over their failure to possess the sheep infested Falkland Islands. That’s their biggest gripe about the Falklands. It’s […]

Music For Liberia

Here’s what I don’t get: spicy food. I’m a fan of the spice and pretty darn manly with it. I go for Medium spice at Nando’s not Lemon and Herb like some lily-livered land lubbers I know. I’m pretty sure they’re the only two options a Nando’s. And on a cold winter’s evening in England, […]

Thai And Laos Street Food

Like Kate Adie in Iraq or John Simpson in Iraq, your fearless correspondent isn’t afraid of going into the war-torn devastation of untamed, uncivilised desolation. Can you point out any other food critic that would risk life and limb to go to East London for their readers? And I am a food critic, not a […]

Albannach

There’s been a lot of debate about whether Scotland is a real country or not. The jury’s out and no amount of devolving is going to clear this matter up. In my experience, the last thing Scottish people need more of is devolving. Don’t worry, I know this sounds insulting, but those Scottish that can […]

El Rincon Quiteño

I keep it to myself, so you probably don’t know, but I’m fairly awesome. Well, very awesome. Let’s agree on awesomely awesome. I nurse the birds I break back to health. I help little old ladies into busy roads. And I’ve kicked virtually no puppies this financial year. You get the picture. So when a […]

Lola & Simón

You still can’t believe it, but a year ago last Sunday Mrs Del Monte bowed to the inevitable and got married all over me. It was a brief but touching ceremony following her family tradition of punching all eligible women of our mutual acquaintance in the face. I thought that holding a roll of pennies […]

Ledbury Zepplin

My top 5 films, in strict reverse order, were: Eclipse New Moon Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Twilight Breaking Dawn – Part 2 My point is Eclipse sucked and everyone who likes it is a loser. My new top five films, in strict reverse order, are: The Host The Hunger Games Divergent The Hunger Games: […]

Prosperity Restaurant

Prosperity Restaurant (http://www.prosperity-london.co.uk) was converted from a café/Ukrainian deli to a restaurant last month so we got the impression that feedback was appreciated when we were done. Here is the feedback: Yummy! Mrs Del Monte and I met Stan and Knockers there relatively early and it was yet to get busy. It seemed awfully quiet […]

The Village

I’ve taken a deep interest in Somalia ever since Captain Philips did so well during awards season. I haven’t seen it, but the market has spoken and so the instant (+3 months) that it hit the screens I found myself at The Village (http://www.somalirestaurant.co.uk/) with Horse. Horse and I perused the ambiguous menu which told […]