Mouthwatering moments: the best things we ate in January

Posted at 5:30 pm, January 31, 2014 in Food & Drink

Ember Yard ©  Greg Funnell
Quince-glazed pork rib with celeriac purée at Ember Yard

Time Out’s Eating & Drinking reviewers are a busy lot, visiting hundreds of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs every year to keep our website and guides as up to date as we can. But which dishes charmed us this month? Time Out’s Food & Drink Editor Guy Dimond picks out some highlights.

Hand pulled noodles at Lanzhou

 Lanzhou

A busy month, kicking off with research for our Chinese New Year feature – so that meant a bit of a noodle, duck and rice dash for our Eating & Drinking reviewers. A highlight for me was the late-night bowls of hand-pulled noodles at Lanzhou near Leicester Square, not least because you can watch them being made.

Panettone bread and butter pudding at Malletti

Malletti

We were also updating our Top 100 Cheap Eats feature, which is always one of the highlights of the year for us. There were many nice surprises along the way, such as discovering Malletti in Soho is now open on Saturdays, and is serving portions of a terrific panettone pudding.

Hot-smoked pork belly at Ember Yard

Ember Yard ©  Greg Funnell

Ember Yard, is the best restaurant that we’ve visited so far in 2014, with great service, food and drink. It’s one to put on your hit list.

Trying out the Waygo menu app

waygo

It was fun, too, to try out the Waygo menu app, to decode Chinese menus – and test  Waygo’s translations against that of our Chinese-speaking reviewers.

Pressure Drop Brewing’s Wu Gang Chops the Tree beer

Illustrator: Ching-Li Chew

And our favourite drink of the season? For me it has to be Wu Gang Chops the Tree, a lovely hefeweisse (top-fermented wheat beer) which pairs well with most sorts of food. It even goes well with oysters, as I discovered when I reviewed Wright Brothers Spitalfields.

Oyster

Home cooking: Neil Perry recipe

Pork and Kimchi stir fry

Of course not even restaurant critics eat out all the time. Cooking at home is one of life’s great pleasures, and here’s a picture of the pork and kimchi stir-fry from Neil Perry’s latest book, reviewed hereGuy Dimond 

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