I’m always glad to turn up for dinner at the college and see traditional English dishes; it gives me hope that the food will actually be tasty. Although this steak pie was not quite as good as the pork pie, it was still really tasty. The chunks of steak were tender, the mushrooms were small and nice, and the gravy was thick and savory. The crust on the top seemed like it was just too thick, and not flaky enough for my liking. The potatoes were so-so, as always, and the veg was not too good. The dessert was whipped cream with a very small amount of lemon custard mixed in randomly. The salad was bad, and made worse by my mistake of trying the salad cream, yuck. But the steak and mushroom pie was pretty tasty, so it wasn’t a total loss.
After going to Stonehenge, we drove into Salisbury to get dinner. Dr. Holbrook, my biology professor, suggested that we try The King’s Head. It was a giant bar and restaurant. Easily the biggest restaurant I’ve been to since arriving in England. I ordered the steak and kidney pudding, with chips and peas. The pudding was really nice. It had a great gravy, and big chunks of steak inside. I could have used more kidneys in there, as I only noticed one bite of kidney. The crust was crispy and flaky, buttery and soft on the inside. The chips and peas were run-of-the-mill but still tasty after a drizzle of gravy. I really like English food when its actual English dishes. All the pies, puddings, and pasties I’ve had have been wonderful, I don’t know why anyone would say that English food is bad! It’s when they try to make something unusual or foreign that they get into trouble, so it seems to me.
Meal #29 will be a special guest post. My Oxford friend Robbie liked the Chinese buffet we went to in London so much that he wants to write his own special review of it. Look for it to be edited in the next couple days.
My pence-pinching friends and I were hungry while hanging out at Stu’s, and they wouldn’t go anywhere else but Subway for food. They love it. I got the new chicken temptation. It was a breaded and baked chicken breast. For Subway, it really wasn’t too terrible, but it was still Subway. When I told him black olives, he put three slices of olives on my sub, three. A little bit stingy on the toppings over here.
This was the first Chinese food I’ve had in England! It was not too bad. I had to convince two of my new best friends (Stu and Cara) to go to this nicer place rather than some dumpy place called Rice Box. We had an extremely awkward moment while the old man shredded Cara’s duck, but the food was okay. Different than any Chinese food I’ve ever had in the states. I had the king prawn with garlic sauce, and a side of egg-fried rice. It was pretty good, but nothing amazing. We probably should have just gone to the Rice Box.
I didn’t think they could make descent Mexican food in Europe, but they do! Taste wise, this was the best meal I have eaten since I borded the plane in Chicago. The Mission is just like Chipotle, but the flavours are slightly different. I ordered the same thing I would get at Chipotle, and I think I like The Mission more. When the guy was done adding stuff to my burrito, he sort of massaged it all around, mixing everything together. What a good idea, someone should forward that to Chipotle. Good dinner.
Lamb doner kebab with raw onion, cabbage, and chili sauce, all in a warm pita. I ate this one out of my lap on a bench in a tiny square. The lamb doner was balanced nicely with the freshness of the raw veg, and the spicyness of the chili sauce. For only £3, it was a pretty decent take away meal.
Salmon filet, roasted potatoes, cabbage and greens, pear, plums, strawberries and cream for dessert. Not a terrible dinner, the strawberries and cream were well tasty.