November 23, 2010

England, Part III: This restaurant with a view serves quintessential English fare, which customers can enjoy while trying to spot ducks swim across a tranquil countryside lake.

Ploughman's salad with ham. A nutritionally balanced (albeit exceptionally hearty) meal, with crusty bread to provide carbs, alongside ham for protein and crunchy celery, cucumbers, half an apple & pickle relish for fiber & vitamins.

Crayfish & rocket leaves in brown bloomer bread. Crayfish must be plentiful (and cheap!) in this region, since this whopping sandwich cost less than seven British pounds. Lots of juicy crustacean flesh in this, drizzled with a mild salad dressing.

Lamb tikka masala burger. Perfectly logical Anglo-Indian fusion cuisine. The curry was marvelously mild; not spicy enough to scorch our taste buds, barely tickling our lips. The lamb patty was a tad too gamy for our liking, but it was thick and tender.

Char-grilled gammon steak with egg, pineapple, chips & garden peas. The smoked hog thigh had a foul pork flavor and was too tough and salty.

Grilled whole plaice with mixed salad & new potatoes. Moist, fresh fish; a simple recipe, but impeccably executed. We particularly loved the chunky, fluffy potatoes.

Pan-fried lamb liver & pork bacon, with mashed potatoes & onion gravy. Since we adore goose liver and are major fans of chicken & pork liver too, it was no surprise that we'd like lamb liver. Very strong-tasting though, so it's more of an acquired taste.

Strawberry shortcake cheesecake. Luscious; lovably luscious.

Sticky toffee pudding. Steaming hot and sumptuously rich, but not overly sweet.

Copthorne Hotel Reading, Berkshire, England.