London. It’s the city that boasts Big Ben, royalty, pubs galore…and evidently the best Caesar salad? Returning from her honeymoon just a few days ago, I asked my friend the usual travel question, “What was your best meal?” You don’t expect a lot of things from English food–maybe perhaps a great fish and chips, bangers and mash, or Indian food. But I was quite shocked when she said an out of this world Caesar salad. Here she is:
“Jet lag set in, which required a bit of a nap, and by the time we awoke most restaurants in the neighborhood had already closed, as it was a Sunday. We decided to pop down to the hotel restaurant for a bite to eat, and once settled in to the dimly lit, cozy lounge with its plush velvet chairs, serendipitously happened upon what was undoubtedly the world’s most exquisitely delicious Chicken Caesar Salad. Classic in its elements, though deconstructed enough to make it interesting at a glance, the salty, creamy, freshness of this salad made it one that I would plan another trip to London for. It was so mind melting, that my husband is planning on writing to Bon Appétit to beg that they publish the recipe so that we and the rest of its readership can feast privately on this edible masterpiece in the privacy of our own homes forevermore.”
Unfortunately, she was too busy eating her salad to take a picture, but I trust her culinary taste-buds like they were my own. Where in London does one find such a delicious dish?
“We stayed at The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell which was amazing and the bar/restaurant is called Club Zetter Wine Room & Kitchen. Right behind the hotel is The Zetter Townhouse, which is a much smaller sister hotel built into a Victorian townhouse, and hosts a super quirky cocktail bar, also pretty bomb. I had an absinthe cocktail there and sat in the chair with the yellow pillow :)”
Thanks Jenny Eggert Bourque for the Quick Hit! And remember, if anyone has any quick recommendations or stay-away-froms, feel free to send them to Here and There Travel!