Hello again. It’s been a while. How is everyone? We’re happy to report that the Kentishtowner’s staycation was a success, despite mostly sullen skies, and took in Whitstable’s oyster shacks, our very own cottage in Deal, and the sweeping beaches of North Norfolk, where – good God! – the sun actually shone and, on Holkham Bay, Mrs KT did her ‘hilarious’ Shakespeare in Love impersonation.
And we’ll confess that we’re still very much in holiday mode, which has meant cracking open the wine at midday and tucking straight back into NW’s more salubrious eateries (yes, The Vine and Made In Camden again!)
Today, however, we wish to offer fresh thoughts on that old Fortess Road stalwart, The Junction, and, in particular their reasonably well-priced £16 two course set Sunday lunch. (Here’s a crappy interior pic Mrs Kentishtowner took as she balanced a glass of superior Pinot Noir/Gamay rose in the other hand):
Anyway, overall we were quite charmed by food, wine and service, and particularly enjoyed the smooth butternut squash & white bean soup, and crispy roast pork belly. But whilst a tangily-dressed fennel, pea and spinach salad was perfect, the accompanying fishcakes (below left) only reminded Mrs Kentishtowner of why she always avoids those pesky piscine throwbacks. “Chef!” she bellowed, “I do not wish to consume a mere potato cake!” But alas, in the open kitchen, Chef appeared to ignore her, perhaps too busy stirring butter into mash, or forgoing poaching the haddock.
In other news we’d like to plug The Star (47 Chester Road), tucked away on the outer fringes of NW5. It was our first visit and, on a grey bank holiday sunday, so quiet you could hear the rustle of an Observer Review. Support it, you lot! What a lovely tiled bar, with its pendant lights and high ceilings (and no, we didn’t take a snap. Mrs Kentishtowner was having One Of Her Moments).
Oh, and whilst we’re doing food, what’s the word on street about the Lion & Unicorn? Reports are, I think it’s fair to say, mixed. And people have been tweeting too this week about Gulshaan – anyone fancy reviewing it?
In fact, it’s time we did an NW5 curryhouse special. Send any opinions or comments below and they’ll all be included with full accreditation (natch). A demain.