Let’s start this edition where the trouble began
The G-man spied a large-ish group of orientals standing
outside a restaurant in Bloomsbury on a cold December night
The following exchange ensued…..
‘Are you waiting for a table ?
‘Is the food any good ?’
Well, I’m easily convinced, so that was it
The G-man shot through the door, booked a table (20 minute wait)
Then shot back outside
The hungry and excited throng of Chinese students were still there
…..trying to keep warm
This was not a cool option…..
…..or rather it was exactly that…..
So it was straight over the road to the Norfolk Arms and a pint of
ale from the…..
Purity Brewing Company
Specifically a pint of……………….UBU
The ale is named after the brewer’s dog and the acronym is short
for………’Utterly Bloody Useless’
Sound familiar ?
Then it was back into the breach…..
or at least the almost ‘Chinese Only’ confines of the eaterie
This is Sichuan-style food…..
‘Nose to tail eating’
You can eat the lips, ears, intestines, trotters…..
…..every body part of an animal is served up
‘Crispy fried pig intestines’ ? ? ? ? ?
Errr, no thanks
I don’t think I have ever studied a menu so assiduously…..
…..there was no margin for error !
The noise levels were high
Easy to think an alien had whisked you up and deposited
you in downtown Shanghai
This was authentic with a capital
This was fantastic with a capital
This was quite simply marvellous with a capital
Oh, and it is seriously hot
Swimming in chopped red chillies
‘Daddy cool’, Boney M, 1976…..
…..I was not ! ! ! ! !
My arris has asked for a divorce ! ! ! (google it)
Go there, if you dare
‘Who dares, burns’ (look it up)
On a lighter, seasonal note…..
At this time of year the beggars are out in force trying
to tap into the Christmas spirit…..
…..some beggar’s signs are quite enterprising or funny
1st prize goes to
‘My family were murdered by ninjas..
I need money for kung fu lessons’
2nd prize goes to
I need a beer’