Two days ago it was my 30th birthday and I was lucky enough to visit Tom Kerridge’s 2 Mitchillin star restaurant, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.
For the starter I opted for the Duck liver parfait with orange chutney and toasted brioche and Gav went for the Salt bake swede and haggis tart with crispy lamb, chantilly de cherve and wiltshire truffle.
The duck was without a doubt the bast starter I have ever had! It was amazingly creamy with such a delicate taste, I could have eaten it all night and left amazingly satisfied.
I enjoyed the Essex lamb bun with sweet breads and salsa verde and Gav went for the Half beer roasted chicken with caramelized cauliflower, sweet garlic puree, oak gravy and a mushroom crunch.
We ordered chips also….big mistake, we had no room for chips!
To wash it all down we drank a bottle of Pheasants tears with was dry and unfiltered. It has a light amber, pink color and a deep smokey taste, I will certainly be looking for this to add to my stock.
A great night with a relaxed atmosphere.
During our stay in Panwa bay we tried out some of the local restaurants and I think Sawasdee may have been my favorite!
It was a small place right on the ocean front which offered a quirky environment with a stunning view. The menu was varied featuring authentic Thai cuisine to the typical international staples.
I opted for Thai fish cakes (I had to right!?!) followed by a beef coconut curry of some kind (I can’t remember it’s exact name any longer). Gav went for satay and a lighter curry. It was all truly delicious but mine was very rich and overall I found the food in Thailand to be a little salty for my taste.
Great place….and cheap!
Any of you lovers who have been following my blog will know that my other half Gavin is currently in China. 😓
This is bad enough but what’s worse is that Friday night is usually a fun food night!
Now I’m currently on a super health kick and it doesn’t feel so fun cooking for one on a Friday so I at least tried to make an effort tonight with this chicken and Aubergine melt!
Yes it was nice. I love a nice crispy ciabatta and melted mozzarella is just dreamy.
I sound kind of despondent about It I know. Really, on a Thursday night I may gush a little more about this dish but It just didn’t feel naughty enough for a Friday (for a start I’m sated but not stuffed, that’s great, but feels boring) CONFUSED!