HellamWe meet to enjoy eating out and in good company.

Group Coordinator: Wendy Hellam (click to contact)

The group normally meets on the first Tuesday of each month, in the early evening.

In local restaurants in Islington and beyond.

Future Events
November: German Cuisine — fully booked.

December: Moroccan Cuisine — sign up will start soon.


Recent Meetings
Our theme for October was Thai CuisinThai food Oct 2019e at Farang in Highbury Park. Farang began in 2016, trading at street food markets throughout London. A year later it took up residency in the former home of the Italian restaurant San Daniele. Chef Sebby Holmes began his career at the age of 13, training in British cuisine before falling for Thai food during a tour of Asia in 2008. He has written a book Cook Thai, which brings his south east Asian food to cooks of all levels. We were given two round tables of six and five, which made it easy to talk amongst ourselves during the meal.

On my table we shared starters and desserts but each chose our own main course. I ordered Miang Goong as a starter (salted prawns, foraged fruits, pomegranate, apples, toasted peanuts & coconut in a tamarind & palm sugar caramel, served with betel leaves). As it was served on three leaves the waiter suggested that I order two portions and share them with the rest of the table, which we did. It was delicious and everyone enjoyed it. Dessert consisted of ice cream with a choice of unusual flavours. Each portion was two scoops so some of us shared these.

The group gave the restaurant an overall score of 4.29 out of 5, with higher scores in the categories of Food and Overall Experience and lower scores for Décor and Ambiance. Some group members commented that the restaurant was quite dark and that it became more crowded and noisy later on (we were there until 9 pm). Positive feedback included the following comments: One of the best Thai restaurants locally I think, staff went out of their way to be helpful and It was a great evening, both socially and the food. A good choice of restaurant.

You can read some background information about Thai Cuisine here and see a list of local Thai restaurants here.

In September the grogroup in restaurantup met for the first time to experience French Cuisine at Le Mercury in Upper Street. Dishes sampled included Moules Marinière, Magret de Canard, and Crème Brûlée. Most people rated the restaurant as average, giving scores of 3 out of 5 for food and 4 out of 5 for service. People who had been to the restaurant in the past felt that it was not as good they remembered it. However, one group member commented: I enjoyed the company at the table and particularly enjoyed talking about food. There are similarities between northern French food and the Lancashire diet with which I am familiar. Le Mercury offered average food but good red wine. I look forward to our next World Cuisine gathering.

plate of foodYou can read some background information about French Cuisine here and see a list of local French restaurants here.

If you have any queries about joining this group please contact Wendy using the above link.




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