Table, Trout for One


Today I braved the rush-hour train and tube to head to London for a tour of Parliament (more on that later). After several hours on my feet – in the wrong shoes – I decided lunch was in order. When hunger hit, I was on Oxford Street. Not knowing the neighborhood and not being down with MickeyD’s, I hoped a train to Knightsbridge and treated myself to lunch at Harvey Nichols (as part of my quest to be a lame tourist, VH1’s-The-Fabulous-Life-of-London-style).

I knew I’d be spending a bit more than necessary for just a meal, but it’s about the experience, right?

Well, the menu was interesting if not overly-varied. I was headed for a ceasar salad with chicken when I looked over and saw a rainbow trout for 3 pounds less – that seemed like a good deal. I’m not an expert with fish preparation, but the Harvey Nichols people seemed bent on overpowering the trout with the bed of stir-fried veggies (heavily marinated and practically carmelized). It wasn’t that the flavors were bad – there just wasn’t much fresh fish to be tasted. I sprung for the roll (extra one-pound fifty) and a glass of wine because it seemed like a wine sort of afternoon.

So, in sum: at least I can say I went, but next time, I’d probably splurge at Harrods. (Which I did do later in the day at the Harrods Chocolate Bar. Yum.)

2 Comments so far

  1. Andy R (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    It does look a bit rubbish, not least to say served upside down.

  2. cd (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    yeah, i wondered about that myself. if they had kept the rainbow-y sheen on the trout, then it would have made sense (since that’s where it gets its name), but even if you could maintain that through the cooking process, i think this fish was past it’s prime anyway. was a touch fishy at times. it wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t as good as i’ve had it.

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