Resto 21 Drake & Morgan, Kings Cross
The last time I was in D&M was about five years ago for a friend’s 50th birthday. In attendance was our then boss, a sympathetic individual in many ways, who on this occasion chose (or more likely was compelled by his own self loathing) to behave like a kind of low energy Oliver Reed.*
This remembrance of the bizarre world of academic life was on my mind as we took our seats for lunch. Yet my friend had forgotten that this was the location for the event, even if he hadn’t forgotten the behaviour itself, which was a foreshadowing of a decline in manners which meant that neither of us has kept up with the said individual for some time.
In the intervening years one of us had gone full on vegan (no prizes for guessing which) so it was gratifying that the menu at D&M has a large selection of un-cheese and un-meat, as well as regular planty stuff. I took a linguine with clams. This was a perfect piece of cooking – plenty of clams and a good kick of chilli. I want it every Thursday for my pre-5AS meal. A rocket salad alongside did the business on the roughage side of things and the Cab Sav was decent without making me think about it.
A major plus was excellent service. Having had a mediocre time of it at Vinoteca it’ll be good to have somewhere to come back to in KX with mid-range prices but tip top staff.**
* Who was, to be clear, an absolute prick. None of that stupid hero worship of crap drunks here.
** Service was pretty shabby the last time I was at Vinoteca (since the pandemic) and the cooking a bit wonky.
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Blue Badge guide to London and academic specialising in early twentieth century history. Blogging on history, academia, and food and culture in the capital (and occasionally elsewhere).
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