One of the things I’ve really gained from food blogging is the confidence to eat alone. When I’ve travelled in the past I’ve settled for cheap fast food across the road, or I’ve grabbed something from the supermarket, rather than finding a nice restaurant. Quite frankly it sucked. These days I couldn’t care less whether I’m with friends, or alone, as long as there’s good food involved.
Which gets me to my declaration: Press, I love you.
The other day I walked into Press, all alone, and asked them to feed me. In other words I asked them if their tasting menu could be eaten for one person. The answer: not really, but they put something together for me and I sat down to enjoy.
The oysters were the freshest oysters I’ve eaten. They were like taking a breath of sea air, seasoned so lightly so that the neutral flavour could come through. The sweetcorn salad was littered with pink peppercorns that popped in your mouth, and had a sweetness to them.
The crab pasta was moreish. There was a peppery bite to it that gave it some extra warmth, this helped as by the time I got to this course it was really starting to cool down outside. I got a PIMMS cocktail which was light and refreshing.
CRACK. This was the perfect end to a really enjoyable meal. The inside was smooth and creamy, but the top had a that signature crack.
It was nice sitting by myself, staring out the window and people watching, but next time I think I might bring a pen or a book along. I didn’t get any of the offal this time, although I enjoyed the brains my first time at Press, so next time I think I might try the offal mixed grill.
You can check out a sample menu on the Press Food & Wine website.