North West London Love II

I clearly had more love for the north west than I bargained for, so here is part deux:

Tapas: El Parador
245 Eversholt St, London NW1 1BA     (020) 7387 2789
El Parador wins on genuine service and generously portioned and flawless dishes, because of this it is consistently busy but always accommodating. The regulars love it so much and wanting to cook the El Parador way opening hours pleaded with the owners to lay their recipes down in a cook book.
Simple chargrilled artichoke hearts with white wine, capers and basil oil - morcilla with saffron oil, pine nuts and spinach
good old calamari - mackerel fillets with chickpeas and lemon
Much loved staples like the herb rolled braised pork belly and rosemary grilled octopus, however the vegetarian options are also plentiful and so tasty they temporarily trick my carnivorous brain in thinking I could survive on such dishes alone! Temptresses like roasted beet salad with goat’s cheese and ruby chard and artichoke hearts with caramelised onions, chickpeas and mint are packed with flavour.
Cheesecake of the day : Coffee and dark chocolate
Daily specials offered are seasonal and shakes up the usual suspects on the menu . And then to desert, where if you don't get a slice of the legendary cheesecake, then you might as well go home. It is quite simply the best I have ever had!
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The Dim Sum Place: Wing Tai
395 Edgware Road, Cricklewood NW2 6LN     (020) 8450 0422
Amongst the Brent Cross industrial abyss lies Wing Yip’s neighbouring restaurant Wing Tai. It is a popular stop for post Asian food shopping and worth a diversion from the generic eateries or IKEA canteen (though I have secret love for their meatball deal). The general menu is verging on good but must stress this place is hardly destination dining more of a diversion worth taking.

I come for the dim sum. There is little to no competition in this area and there nothing I like more than a good juicy har kau or filled bean curd roll. Pick up some oyster sauce and munch on some dumplings and you are winning!

I can't resist a freshly baked char sui bun. Sticky char sui pork, flaky sesame egg washed pastry casing.Mmm
Classic little prawn and chive dumpling, on goes the chilli oil...

Crab sticks in bean curd snuggled with taro and woody mushroom - good.
Turnip cake, made on fish cake principles, mushed and earthy.
The Local Butcher: Brooks Butchers
91 Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3ND     (020) 8964 5678
As mentionned previously, I get all my meat from Brooks Butchers which prides themselves in sourcing meat from suppliers who believe forefrontly in provenance. Majority of the meat has come from fourth generation farmer Howard Blackwell whilst the pork is from Packington Free Range  . Staples like sausages come in an array of classic cumberland to more off piste beef and slow roasted tomatoes all made on site as well as the home smoked bacon, then there's every cut from each beast available. They also have a good selection of fresh vegetables, cheeses, smoked fish and fresh as well as deli favourites.
Shop windows at its best - the Meat Gallery

Handsome piece: Bone in Forerib
Veg selection for dinner or duck eggs for a princely breakfast

The Salt Beef Guy: B&K Salt beef bar
11 Lanson House, Whitchurch Lane, Edgware, London, HA8 6NL     (020) 8952 8204
I am going to stick my neck out there and say contrary to east London belief the Brick Lane salt beef bagels are not the best in town. For that you go to the nearest to Jewish home cooking that you can, found in B&K Salt Beef Bar.

THE sandwich
  Imagine a classic British cafe but Jewish style, so the decor is dated but charmingly so, food is traditional family fare and the staff knows everyone by their nicknames. Swap the grease for a gigantic hunk of juicy salt beef showing off in the window, and drool whilst it’s sliced up and layered tall and proud in between home baked rye bread and slathered in punchy English mustard, served with boat like pickled gherkins. SO good.

The meat -  tongue and salt beef
Pre pimped dumpling soup

Pimped up broth with noodles and beef chunks
Good bit of picklage
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