“C’mon, are you having them or not?!” says Alanmies (wearing those cool grey leather shoes he bought at In God We Trust in Williamsburg)
Catching the big fish by David Lynch was accompanied by a pint of Guinness at The Bricklayer’s Arms on Rivington Street.
Dinner was the only thing we had planned in advance.
I hate to search for a good restaurant, if I am hungry.
The Clove Club – a place on Old Street, again – was the first restaurant ever, where we had paid a month in advance, so I’m curious to see, what the food will be like.
The restaurant building and interior reminds me of Cliff Barnes in Stockholm: it looks like an old school, where the front of the classroom is replaced with an open kitchen and azure tiles. In fact, we will later find out that the building is Shoreditch Town Hall. It smells bacon. I hate the smell of bacon, but what can you do. In we go.
The waiter recommends us English sparkling wine (!), and says that it tastes more like champagne than the usual cava. He is right. There is a clear toasty flavour.
Very good start! The bacon smell is slowly vanishing, and the waiter brings us a basket, where chicken nuggets are laying on spruce (!) bed. It’s beginning to feel like Christmas… I don’t usually eat chicken, and I never eat chicken nuggets, but Alanmies admits that they taste better than McDonald’s.
Then we get Oak Smoked Cod’s Roe on Rye and
Radishes, Gochuchang & Black Sesame. Alanmies gets some meat. I eat more fish, cannot remember what it was. Everything tastes wonderful. The waiter is friendly (not to mention handsome ;), and I enjoy watching the cooks as they stir the pots and paint chocolate on the plates, and although one of them looks a bit like Ricky Gervais, there are no pranks in store. This meal is delicious.
After espresso macchiatos we look around for some bars, and end up in Old Shoreditch Station, which seems to be not only an old ticket hall but also a perfect spot for following the party-goers of Old Street.
Old Street, indeed.
Most of the things we have experienced during the day has happened on Old Street.
What a great street.
(See the map below to find out where we walked.
A is our hotel Holiday Inn Express on – yes – Old Street.)