Bistro Mirey, London

We discovered Mirey’s bistro tucked away down a quiet Islington side street, currently popping up in the Charles Lamb pub. As an added bonus we managed to score an outside table in the sun it was the perfect place for a long relaxed Sunday lunch.

 

We started off with burrata paired with figs, honey and thyme. Bursting with freshness the sweetness of the figs were the perfect foil for the creaminess of the burrata. The chefs behind Mirey’s are French (Gerald) and Japanese (Ko) so naturally enough the food is French with a Japanese influence. You notice this popping up in things like the flavourings in the steak tartare, that came with accents of wasabi, yuzu and sesame seeds, which was delicious.

 

Then, it was Sunday, so we had a roast, it’s the law you have to! I was seriously torn between the duck, lamb and pork as I love all those meats equally but Gerald persuaded me to go for the Kentish lamb and I did not regret my choice. The lamb was full of flavour, if a bit fatty, and it came with homemade mint sauce that bore no resemblence to the overly sweet jarred monstrosities that the supermarket sells. J opted for the 6 hour slow roasted Dingley Dell pork and I confess I did swipe a bit of his crackling so I feel I got the best of all worlds!

 

The roast comes with all the trimmings including a giant Yorkshire pud, my only slight niggle was that the roast potatoes weren’t quite as crispy as I would have liked them. But we still cleared our plates in between chatting with Chip, the friendly American behind the bar.

We finished off with a chocolate brownie with matcha ice cream (there’s that Japanese influence again!) and J got a cheeseboard. I would have liked my brownie to be a bit sweeter to balance out the bitterness of the matcha. J said the cheeses were well kept and there were some interesting ones on there.

 

Finally, the sun disappeared behind a tree and we dragged ourselves away from our 4 hour lunch reluctantly. Gerald told us that they would like to have their own place in the Islington area in the style of a Japanese izakaya (an informal Japanese gastropub). We really enjoyed our lunch and are keeping our fingers crossed that they find somewhere suitable.

In the meantime, they’re at the Charles Lamb till the 15th September, 2017. Go check them out!

Twitter: @mireyrestaurant @thecharleslamb @geraldmirey #Delightful #French #Japanese #Food #Islington #London

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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