|Posted on Thursday, 28 September, 2006 - 12:41 pm: |
Interesting to see that three local restaurants featured in a recent edition of the Guardian:
71 Lordship Lane, London SE22, 020-8693 2318
Cool, stylish exterior; bright, airy inside. The food is pretty damned good, too: melt-in-the-mouth ginger chicken with chow mein is a favourite, the vegetables having the firm bite that comes with freshness and just enough time in the stir-fryer. Cheap, too - a meal for two with a couple of beers or bottle of wine is under £30.
82 Brockley Rise, London SE23, 020-8690 8790
A modest local with a deceptively traditional menu . You'll regret agreeing to share salt and pepper crispy fried vegetables, Szechuan duck is meltingly tender, and noble king prawns with ginger and spring onions is a real favourite. Comfortable ambience, endless tea, friendly service. A place to return to frequently.
Hong Kong City
43 New Cross Road, London SE14, 020-7252 9888
At last, a local I can take my Chinese mother to. Opened three years ago, it has steadily improved and now offers an excellent selection of standard south-east Asian dishes and three varieties of steamboat soup. Whenever I'm disinclined to cook, I pop in and am unfailingly served authentic Chinese dishes such as steamed Chinese greens, squid with ginger and broccoli, braised aubergine and sweet basil. I don't bother with Chinatown any more.
Baggy Dave was part of the great SE23 pub crawl, perhaps another contributor could organise a dining club. Just think of all the opportunities the ELL would open up.....