Weekend Wrap

Here’s an eclectic mix of posts from the last week or so.

Bavarian Beer Hall – Old Street
German cuisine gets a bad rap, but I’m a big fan. It’s rustic, filling and when it’s served with fantastic beer it’s fantastic. I’ve got a real weakness for schweinhaxe – a pork knuckle that’s been slow roasted, normally served with dumplings and sauerkraut.

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It’s not up to the ones I had in Munich, but its not half bad. Washed down with a stein or two of Lowenbrau and I’m more than content!

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Bavarian Beerhouse "Old Street" on Urbanspoon

The Orange

Part of the same small pub group as the Thomas Cubitt, the Orange is a fantastic little pub between Pimlico and Sloane Square. It’s light airey interior is always busy and getting a table for Sunday lunch is no mean feat. They have a great range of pizzas available and the pizza bread makes a really nice starter while you wait for the main event.

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It would rude to pick anything other than their roasts. I was really keen to compare it to its sister pub and I wasn’t disappointed. Apart from the sad lack of cauliflower cheese it was slightly better overall, but they’re both a great shout.

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The Orange on Urbanspoon

And given its proximity, what better way to finish it off than with a quick trip to Peggy Porschens. The fruit cake really is spectacular. Nom.

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Sous Vide Steak

I’ve been experimenting with lots of ways of cooking steak sous vide, this is the best yet, a 45 second sear, followed by the water bath, then a final 30 second sear. If I’m honest, I think I still prefer it done in my red hot steel pan. It would be interesting to see what this method does for tougher steaks like hanger or entrecĂ´te.

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