Love thy neighbours
Eggs Florentine at Fava Café
There's no need to be polite when chowing down on this brunch bonanza. With two eggs poached to perfection, each on top of a generous bed of salmon, spinach and toast, you'll barely come up for air between mouthfuls. A gentle nudge with a fork is all it took to send the glorious yellow yolk flowing into the other elements of the dish. Smother it all in hollandaise sauce and you have a masterpiece. Get it down you!
Address: 236 Centaurus Rd, St Martins
Whole baby chicken at Meshino
An appealingly crispy, golden-brown baby chicken arrived on a plate beside a colourful grape pickle and creamy cabbage with chestnuts. Three bignet potatoes came a couple of minutes late, with apologies. The chicken was a touch overcooked, but the smooth, mild-tasting cabbage was an excellent accompaniment to the bird. The potatoes were yummy, while the grape pickle was an interesting mix of sweet and savoury. A good heart-warming meal for an autumn day.
Address: 75 Rutland St, St Albans
Seafood chowder at Styx and Stone Bar and Restaurant
A large bowl of thick, butter-yellow soup was laden with treats from the deep. Trawling through the liquid with a spoon, shrimp, baby octopus, baby mussels and some sort of semi-smoked, fleshy fish were found. Celery added crunch to the mix, while carrot and parsley contributed colour. The chowder was deliciously creamy, if not a little too rich. After a shake of salt was added, it was gratefully gulped down with a chunk of warm sourdough bread.
Address: Northwood Supa Centa, 1 Radcliffe Rd, Belfast
Ribeye steak sandwich at Beach Café
Roll your sleeves up before tackling this beast. A visual triumph of a sandwich was swiftly delivered by friendly and attentive staff. Beautifully cooked ribeye and lashings of dark, rich, caramelised onion were crowned with a perfectly runny fried egg. It was served on a token bed of lettuce and surrounded on both sides by crisp, fresh ciabatta. Golden crunchy French fries sealed the deal. A fine sandwich served in a relaxed beachside location.
Address: 16 Beach Rd, Waimari