Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Japanese Scotch Egg: Tsuru Sushi, Bishopsgate

I’ve always found the concept of the lunch tweet a little weird. There are people on my Twitter feed who I have never met nor will ever meet, yet I know every lunchtime what they’re tucking into. I sigh and my finger hovers over the unfollow button which perhaps makes me a tad hypocritical as I found myself the other day sharing my lunch with Twitter. I felt a compulsion to tell people how good the Tsuru Scotch Egg is. Twitter listened and so I’m sharing it with you.

I can’t resist a Scotch Egg at the best of times whether hard boiled supermarket fare or freshly made and slightly runny. Add a Katsu curry sauce and rice and I’m anyones.

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A shichimi sea salt mix with added kick provided a salty edge best washed down with a crisp Asahi. Whether the Scotch Egg has a Japanese equivalent I’m unsure (please comment if there is) but this is up there with the better pub efforts I’ve had and although the curry sauce sounds like a strange Asian twist on a classic it works.

Tsuru Sushi, 201 Bishopsgate (off Primrose Street), EC2 4AB

November 24, 2011

Know Your Apples: Cider Tap, Euston

There was a time when Cider was my drink of choice. When I would happily guzzle pints of Woodpecker and Strongbow until I felt queasy and yes now and again painted the pavement with my nights consumption. I was, I’ll add, a teenager. Back then, if you had placed most “proper” ciders in front of me I’d have laughed at the flat, cloudy pint and demanded my fizzy muck. I’m a little older and hope to say a little wiser but cider is pretty much still a mystery to me. Stood in the Cider Tap in Euston I’m flummoxed. Cue helpful American barmaid, who does a great job of making a recommendation and we are not displeased with the result. Perhaps she’s just glad that we don’t tell her she’s got an accent as seemed to be the standard response.

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The sister of the Euston Tap is still a work in progress with banging heard from upstairs and stock piled in the upstairs area but I’m told (via Twitter) that it’s going to do for Cider what the Euston Tap opposite did for Craft Beer. If I was in pedantic mood I’d suggest that this may involve precariously manoeuvring pints of cider up a spiral staircase (the two Taps being opposite each other in identical gate houses). I’d actually say that the Cider Tap will do more than it’s established twin, which by no means was the first on the scene, but this feels like it is. Sure you can get a good range of Ciders else where but this has the craft vibe to it that is doubtless some part of the craft beer surge in recent years.

Although I won’t be diverted from the Euston Tap that often I’ll definitely be back for a little more education.

Cider Tap, Euston Road, NW1 2EF

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