Even though North West Spain has been officially covered in "Eat Your Way Around The World in London, we have booked a table at the Barcelona Tapas bar tonight to watch Arsenal play Barca in the European Championship final; a typically daft, futile and generally agreeable Coraider gesture. See Catalan Cuisine: Europe's Last Great Culinary Secret for a lowdown on the grub. I don't see why it shouldn't be quite good in a chain, I've always found that Old Orlean's tucker matched pretty well with the stuff you actually get in the Big Easy.
Speaking of "Eat Your Way Around the World in London" misfires we went to Masaledar in Tooting the other week, but I couldn't figure out where to put it on the map.
It is East African/ Gujerati cooking so I started off with Mogo - which is deep fried cassava chips sprinked with chili and black pepper and accompanied tamarind chutney; African I guess.
For the main course I had Haleem which is a a Nihari like dish seldom seen on menus. Mixed lentils, barley, lamb and whole spices cooked overnight for a wonderfully soft and rich texture, and best mopped up with a naan.
This was one the of heartiest things I have ever eaten. I felt like hiking off to Baluchistan and wrestling a black bear myself after I got outside it.
I really must find out more about the food form what is now Pakistan.
I must find out why so many Asians left Kenya in the 70s.