Wonderful Wolseley

I am not a breakfast person. I love breakfast food, I’m just not in to eating it the second I wake up. Something in my system just begs me to wait 2 hours before I start ingesting food.
And by ‘begging me’, yes, I do mean that I will occasionally throw up if I eat too early.
There I go being all charming, again!
However, on a trip, I really try to buck up. Sometimes with a little croissant from room service. Sometimes with some fruit from a street vendor. And sometimes…
with a full on feast at a world class restaurants. The building of  The Wolseley has been around since the 1920′s, but the restaurant itself has only been open since 2003. They feature traditional English food made in an EXCEPTIONAL manner. 

The building is beautifully art deco. Unfortunately, this is the only picture that I could take of it, since pictures are expressly forbid, and I wanted to sneak more of the food!

A huge selection of freshly baked pastries tempted me, but I refused to go up and plunge my and into the dishes as if I was at a Vegas buffet.
I do have SOME dignity.

Marmie and I shared the Mixed Basket - croissant, pain au chocolat, danish, amandine,
pain sucrĂ© au beurre normand, cannelĂ© bordelais. The cannele – that almost black thing in the middle-was especially outstanding. A darkly caramelized outside that walked the deliciously dangerous line between intensely sweet and pleasantly bitter gave way to positively custardy insides, tasting of sweet cream and rich egg. It was nothing less than outstanding. The amandine was my other favorite treat, with its shattering layers of dough standing crisp and light above the dense and sweet almond paste that lay within. 
Everything else was basically perfect too. No oil in the croissants here, no, no none at ALL. It’s a full butter operation.
And now the life changing part of the meal…

Haggis with Fried Duck Egg. Haggis – if you didn’t read the last post – is a ’dish containing sheep‘s ‘pluck’ (heartliver and lungs), minced with onionoatmealsuetspices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionallysimmered in the animal’s stomach‘ (Thanks, Wikipedia!). 

Sounds gross, right?

Well, imagine the minerally, rich, deep taste of liver. Then turn that into the melting texture of seared foie gras. Add in a bit more bite, heft. Toss in some garlic and onion for aromatics. Now serve that with an incredibly rich egg, where the yolk tastes 3,000 times more fatty than an average yolk. Serve it on buttered toast with the crusts cut off.

Can you see why I like it?

If you like liver, you will like haggis. Heck, if you like MEATLOAF, you will like haggis. And if you like over easy eggs, these duck eggs are your DREAMS come true. Really…they are uber delicious!

The Wolesely ain’t cheap, but nothing in London is. And the food is prepared excellently, in such an exquisite setting, that it is really worth it.

Coming up next…my unfortunately mediocre lunch.


Comments

  1. JustinM says:

    I really don't like breakfast at all. But I definitely make an exception for vacations.

  2. Joanne says:

    I am SUCH a breakfast person. Like seriously much so. Which means I would probably adore this place as much as you did times eight.

    Why don't they let you take pictures inside? Odd.

  3. Kim says:

    OMG you are the first person I've ever known to also have the weird anti-breakfast thing, complete with barfing if I try to eat too soon. Weird! Glad I'm not alone :)

    And um yeah pastries yum yum yum!

  4. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Justin-glad we are on the same page, there!
    @Joanne-omg you TOTALLY would! And they are so weird about pictures being taken, all over the city!!
    @Kim-it must be a Young Artists Ensemble thing!! ;)

  5. Rich says:

    Lovely review. Really enjoyed that. I'm also a massive foodie with an issue with breakfast… once I've been awake for an hour or so, try and stop me!

    Haven't read the rest of you reviews, but as someone regularly in New York, who eats out a lot in London too, I certainly will be doing

    Rich

  6. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Rich – great to hear! Can't wait to check out your blog, since I just love London – ESPECIALLY the Indian food there!!

  7. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Rich-and thank you so much for the kudos! Hahah sorry, forgot to say that!

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