This week another business trip to London led to a few notable foodie experiences…
First up was a cocktail party on the 40th floor of the gherkin in London. The shapely Foster-designed tower sits amidst the city of London’s more geometric buildings and definitely has the wow factor. And elieve me, from the 40th floor, the views are spectacular and as I don’t have the best head for heights, my knees were knocking. The party was organised by the Marketing Society and we sponsored the drinks networking session – and very pleasant it was too, watching the sun going down over one of the world’s great cities sipping ice cold, biscuity champagne.
Earlier in the day, a group of us enjoyed lunch at The Well in Clerkenwell (funnily enough). A cool, relaxed restaurant in the heart of the happening district that is Clerkenwell proved to be the perfect loctaion for a leisurely lunch on a sunny late summer’s afternoon. Although it was work (honest) we made the most of the opportunity to eat great food and talk shop.
I had a Dexter T bone steak (enormous, but I was planning ahead to the drinks party later) and my fellow diners enjoyed a range of mains from the small but perfectly judged menu. The place reminded me of The Reliance in Leeds (a Troffer favourite) and some of the cool neighbourhood places in New York in Greenwich Village. The chips were sensational too.
After the drinks networking session at the gherkin, we were in need of some sustenance. Endless canapes accompanied by alcohol is the sure fire way to a raging hangover the following day so we decided to jump in a cab and head for Soho. My colleague had recently eaten in a great little Japanese restaurant (on Frith Street I think) so we sought it out. As you’d expect, Soho was rammed but we managed to bag a table in the bustling dining room.
Koya is an authentic noodle house in the heart of Soho and well worth seeking out if you’re in the vicinity and the food is relatively cheap in comparison to other places. We ordered chewy deep fried squid, slow cooked pork belly and pork & beef udon noodles. Delightful. The service was lightning fast and the food came pretty much all at once, which I like because we just got stuck in. I thought it similar to Leeds’ own Fuji Hiro with a little more West End panache. A very agreeable way to finish off the evening, washed down with a couple of Kirin beers.