14 November 2014

Le Blog Est Mort... Vive Le Website!

And so, after much tweaking, smacking of head against desk - guess who forgot to click "save" on a couple of occasions? - and general incompetence, the first stage of "nrdavey.co.uk" is up. 

At the moment it's all Wix-branded, Wix being the rather clever bit of online kit that enabled even me to build something that, I think, looks moderately professional. In due course (read: "once someone's settled an invoice and I can afford the hosting"), that will all go and the official name will kick in. There's also lots still to add, not least the blog over there, which I'll get around to shortly, possibly with some of this site's "greatest hits" (ha!). I just figured that, in the meantime, I'd throw it out there, go through it over the next few days and see what you think. 

Your comments and feedback are thus very welcome, whether it's about the layout / design or if you've spotted one of the typos. I've already spotted a few but would rather hear about them twice than not at all. Any feedback you can give will have to be on nrdavey@gmail.com, of course, because, well, all the links here got well and truly buggered in the Great Technical Balls Up of 2014. 


15 October 2014

This Is The End...

Well. Possibly. As you may have noticed, this site hasn't been updated much of late and, for some reason, during my absence, has managed to change the layout, dropping things I wanted on the right of this to the bottom of the page while adding a pointless dotted line above. And, so far, I've not been able to change it back. Many of the links seem to have stopped working too... although only on PC and iPad, they've kept working on mobiles. As the sort of person who's not interested unless it can be fixed by turning it off and turning it back on again - I'd link here to a clip from The IT Crowd but, you know, apparently links don't work here any more - I'm seeing this as a sign to call it a day on Blogspot / Blogger. If I can fathom out how to work WordPress or some other system for Luddite imbeciles, I might start again there. If not... well, it's been fun and cheers for the support. It's been much appreciated. 

22 August 2014

Mazi Star

A couple of months ago I was invited to dinner in Notting Hill, specifically at a Greek restaurant called Mazi
THAT Feta Tempura...

This was a good thing for two reasons. First, just the week before a friend had been raving about the feta tempura she'd enjoyed at this great neighborhood Greek place in Notting Hill... And secondly it gave me the opportunity to relive my early 90s youth and link to this , via my preferred medium of the dodgy pun. 

The feta tempura was every bit as good as id been led to believe, a triumph of textures and flavours - it's accompanied by caper meringue and lemon marmalade - and the crunch of the delicate batter and the soft, salty, melty innards was testament to the kitchen's frying and sourcing skills. Even better though, it wasn't the high point of the meal. 

Nestled in their charming, and totally unexpected, garden, we grazed and supped, supped and grazed... Even a huge downpour didn't disturb the gentle gluttony, as there's a retractable canopy protecting most of the seating area from the elements. 

The Tzatziki Martini
There's some very clever ideas here, and several twists on the Hellenic theme. Happily, unlike a few places I could mention, they're twists that work,not just novelty acts. The tzatziki Martini is a fine case in point, but then so is the shredded rabbit stifado, the grilled aubergine with soy and thyme honey, the squid ink fava bean puree with the fried calamari, the lemon caviar boost to the fish roe mousse...This is Greek, alright, but not as you know it.  

Grilled aubergine with soy and thyme honey
Shredded rabbit stifado and pearl onion cream
In simple terms, what Mazi does is just great cooking, from a team that understands ingredients, the heritage of the cuisine, the fashions of modern dining and old school hospitality. And who then top it all off with loukmades,lavender honey and chocolate sorbet. 

Loukmades, lavender honey, chocolate sorbet

Apparently they've been voted the best doughnuts in London. I don't know who sits on that panel but they're probably right in this instance: its a superb, lighter than you'd expect, smartly executed pudding. 

I've probably mentioned before that I find it increasingly hard to answer that "what's the best restaurant in London?" question,and so typically have a list of about five places I recommend to those who ask, a mix of stalwarts, the unexpected, and some neighborhood secrets. Mazi is now on the list and I suspect it'll be there for some time to come.