REYKJAVÍK: Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur

This is the ninth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London

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When we were in Iceland, we joined a short 3 day tour with GoEcco to South Iceland. It was a great tour experience. We had a great tour guide and we were just a small group of 10, which allowed for everyone to get to know each other pretty well. On our second night, I was chatting with one of the tour guides at the lodge and we both agreed on how expensive Iceland could be. When I shared with her on how cheap food could be in Singapore, she declared that with that amount of currency, it would be almost impossible to get something similar or equivalent in Iceland.  Continue reading

REYKJAVÍK: Grillmarkaðurinn

This is the eighth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London

Every time I think about Iceland, I always remember the beautiful sunsets when we were up in the north. The days were short, but with good planning, we were able to see several beautiful landscapes of the country.
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Reykjavík: Matur og Drykkur

This is the seventh post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London

We’re going to take a short break from London now and explore some of the restaurants I was able to visit during our ten days in Iceland.

When one thinks about Iceland, food does not immediately come to mind as one of its highlights. Northern lights, the blue lagoon and the vast landscape of the country are immediate impressions.

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However, there is quite the burgeoning food scene in Iceland! If anything, it takes some inspiration from its Scandinavian counterparts, while keeping true to some of its traditional dishes. Continue reading

London: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

This is the sixth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London

If there was one restaurant that I really wanted to dine at in London, this was it. And since I was celebrating my birthday in London this year, this seemed like the perfect location to celebrate and have a nice meal at.

As luck would have it, L was able to join me for this foodie meal. We had very different lunch courses, so I’ll start with what she had, which was the set lunch offered by the restaurant (£40)

Starter: Hay Smoked Salmon (c.1730) with smoked beetroot, pickled lemon salad, parsley & sorrel
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Main: Roast Quail (c.1590) – with butternut confit, pumpkin puree & chard
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Dessert: Spiced Christmas Custard Tart (c.1730)
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The set lunch is certainly value for money and we thought that all 3 courses were well executed and very delicious. We liked how the set menu still followed the theme of drawing inspiration from traditional English cuisine by noting the year of origin of the dishes.

I ordered my lunch courses from the main menu instead and this is what I got:

Starter: Plum meat fruit (c.1500) – chicken liver parfait wrapped with a red wine jelly and grilled bread (£18.50)

I told L from the get go that this was the one dish I really wanted to try. Usually, the liver parfait appears like a mandarin, but due to it being the Christmas season, it was served as a plum instead. Either way, it was still exciting to cut into the “plum”, revealing the chicken liver parfait. The liver parfait was creamy and it was hard not to finish the entire “plum”. I guess the restaurant actually anticipates that one piece of grilled bread is not enough because halfway through, another slice was quietly placed before me. Perfect!
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Main: Powdered duck breast (c.1850) with braised and grilled red cabbage, duck heart, and pickled cherries (£38.00). Duck was cooked perfectly, loved the addition of the duck heart and the red cabbage
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Dessert: Gingerbread ice cream (c.1600) with salted caramel, mulled wine poached pear, smoked walnut mousse and pickled pear (£13.50). Perhaps it’s the part me which loves pickled stuff, but I liked the contrast of the pickled pear very much. Wish I had more of those!
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We were both pretty full after the courses, but the server actually informed us of the liquid nitrogen ice cream machine and we were both intrigued enough to try it out. It’s quite a fun experience with the ice cream being made in front of you. You even get to choose your topping. They had the usual chocolate / nuts, but a unique topping was the fennel seeds which provided a nice crunch and interesting aftertaste to the ice cream.
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At the end, it was a bit of a messy experience since the ice cream melted pretty quickly but still a pretty fun experience regardless!

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In all, it was a great birthday lunch at Dinner by Heston. The restaurant took care of us very well, and I was so happy that L was able to celebrate it with me as well. We ended the day by walking over to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park where I sat on a mini rollercoaster laughing and screaming at the same time.

Add: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London

London: Bubbledogs

This is the fifth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London.

Of all the restaurant names I’ve seen in London, Bubbledogs is probably one of the cutest. It’s a play on the two main items that the restaurant is known for serving – hot dogs and champagne.

It’s a catchy name and the combination of having hot dogs with champagne is definitely a novel idea. After having read about it, I was really keen to try this place and it turned out to be located really near L’s apartment, which was perfect. Continue reading

London: Tom’s Kitchen

This is the fourth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London.

As luck would have it, a friend whom I had not seen in many years was also in London during the same time I was there. Once we found out, we made quick plans to meet and catch up. As this was the Christmas season, there was some difficulty with restaurant hunting. Most restaurants usually shut down for the Christmas week or are booked up early on. Luckily, I managed to secure a reservation at Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea and we were set. Continue reading