Monday, 13 January 2014

London Tourist Adventure (once again) Part 2 - Eating at Strada

Next part of this adventure was of course to eat! After all that step walking in St Paul's Cathedral is exhausting.

I really wanted spaghetti bolognese from anywhere that served it. And what do you know? There was a Strada just outside the cathedral! Woohoo! It looked so posh from the outside that we didn't know whether we were allowed in or not (I had trainers on) but thankfully we were allowed in.
Strada

Outside Strada
They were still serving their Christmas menu. But my mind was definitely set on the spaghetti bolognese!!

I ordered a salad - the Insalata Spinaci. Looking at it again makes me want to have one right now. That's how good it was. Nice vinegarette. Spinach was beautiful. And the avocado and sun-dried tomatoes were lovely too.
Insalata Spinachi
Miss Rock ordered the Polo Milanese. Unfortunately she didn't like it. She said the fried chicken was burned, she only the centre part. The spaghetti was ok (but I could tell she didn't like it because she didn't discuss the sauce with me). Telling from her looks, she didn't enjoy her meal. Hmmm. I think we'll eat sushi next time.
Polo Milanese
I think I am happy to have ordered my Spaghetti Bolognese. I did enjoy it. But I didn't like the sauce. Having been to a local Italian in Camberwell recently (Gusto) the tastes were far apart. The sauce here was ok but didn't have the sweet taste that I like in bolognese sauces. It lacked that Italian feeling! Well, I did finish as I was hungry.
Spaghetti Bolognese
Next came dessert. Miss Rock and I both ordered ice cream. We were allowed to have two scoops of different flavours, so Miss Rock had pistachio and vanilla, and I had the pistachio and hazelnut. Hazelnut tasted good. Pistachio was so-so.
Pistachio and Vanilla ice cream

Pistachop and Hazelnut
Total cost came to around £37. Miss Rock took the receipt, and I can't remember the exact total. Expensive for all of that!! Plus service was slow for a Saturday post lunch period.

My geeky rating: 3.5/5

Good points:
- Nice starter
- Ok seating arrangements
- Polite waiters

Bad points:
- Slightly burnt food from Miss Rock's plate
- Food was average not spectacular
- Needs a sign in the restaurant to indicate the toilet...Couldn't see it from where I was sitting
- Although we had polite service it was awfully slow for a Saturday!

Address: 4 St Pauls Churchyard, London EC4M 8AY
Telephone: 020 7248 7178



Soon after we finished eating we saw this great piece of sand art along South Bank.
Bart Simpson in the sand XD

p.s. Since blogging, I have noticed myself judging food and explaining it to others a lot more than I used to... I've also noticed my friends, like Miss Rock, have started to become more opinionated about what they eat. ¬,¬" Is that a good or bad thing? Probably a good thing, it means you can get several opinions!

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