Posts Tagged ‘camden

23
Mar
08

We went for the Chinese, but stayed for the Malayasian

During our typical ‘where will we go for dinner?’ debate the other night, my hankering for Chinese won out over C’s desire for a burger. We decided to go to Kensai in Camden, as we had eaten there before and they had a 2 for 1 happy hour. Hmm 2 for 1! We were given a specials menu, which had any main course for £6.95, but at first glance it was all curries and complicated ingredients. I really just wanted a bog standard Chinese, so I consulted the main menu. All Malaysian… eh what? The entire menu was two pages of just Malyasian food, all long, complicated, curry based stuff. I’ve no problem with Malaysian food, but it was really not what I was in the mood for. Plus I didn’t really want a whole mess of lemongrassy type ingredients, it just wasn’t that kind of night.
The waitress kept coming over to see if we were ready to order, but I was a little confused with having to interpret a whole new genre of food.  I was just amazed at how they changed the entire menu, when it was working fine to begin with. Anyway, as we were having our 2 for 1 drinks, we decided we might as well stay. As we both don’t eat spicy food, there wasn’t a lot to choose from. In the end we just got starters.

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Prawn Fritter, with peanut sauce.

As you can see from the pictures, the food wasn’t anything outstanding. The spring rolls and squid were fairly standard, but the Prawn dumplings were good and the fritters were very tasty, filled with some kind of pumpkin mush and accompanied by a peanut dressing. Very nice.

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Szechaun Salt and Pepper Squid.

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 Vegetable Spring Rolls.

The damage was about £25 for four starters and drinks, which was fine, I guess. But I left feeling unsatisfied, obviously because I hadn’t gotten my Chinese – also because it was yet another restaurant where I had to ‘make do’ with something on the menu. This really annoys me when restaurants change their menu or dishes unexpectedly, I know that variety is the spice of life and all that hoo ha, but still, I have a right to be grumpy and cantankerous.

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Steamed Prawn Dumplings.
16
Dec
07

All You Can Eat – Never A Good Idea!

 

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Just back from an “all you can eat” dinner at Hi Sushi Salsa in Camden. When it comes to buffets and “all you can eat” places, I am a seriously cheap date. After a plate and a half I am full to the gills – my mum calls it having “eyes bigger than your belly”. At the moment the ratio of eyes to belly is still in my favour, but after a few more of these “all you can eat” dinners and it may not be. Hi Sushi Salsa does “all you can eat” the way it should be done – made to order. Unlike some buffet restaurants where all you get is some greasy stir fry and unidentifiable deep fried scrapings (plus you have to fight other patrons for the best bits), Hi Sushi lets you choose from a menu with various tempura, teriyaki, noodle, sashimi and sushi dishes. You can choose 7 hot dishes, 1 noodle or ramen dish and six sushi dishes. The sushi is repeatable, meaning you can order seconds or even thirds. Regretfully, we ordered a second (more out of a sense of getting your money’s worth than actual hunger). As they were closing soon, we were given a sushi board with twice as much as the previous one had; presumably to dissuade us from ordering a third. I felt so bad, it was so beautifully prepared and delicious and I couldn’t face eating another bite. We were also drowning in green tea, after about a dozen refills. We forced down another five pieces each – to be polite of course. C had ordered the sake, a first for him – so of course he decided to order the large! The look on his face after he tasted it was enough to make me feel sorry enough for him, that I didn’t insist he drink the whole thing. I would have liked to have capped off the meal with a green tea ice cream, served in a martini glass but we were both too ill to attempt it. I staggered out, unable to even button up my coat. Is that a sign of a good meal or sheer gluttony?

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Why so many pictures of the same thing, because it looks so pretty – am a total sushi pornographer!