Guest Post: Behind the Scenes of The Dish by Stella Newman

Wednesday 10 June 2015
Today I have a guest post to share from Stella Newman for the blog tour for her latest (and very enjoyable) book, The Dish. You can read my review of the book here. If you enjoy the post then make sure you check out this amazing Christmas food-related post Stella wrote for the blog last year. The Dish is out now

Behind the Scenes of The Dish
by Stella Newman

My new book, The Dish, is about a restaurant critic who falls in love with the head chef at London’s worst restaurant.  I always try to research my books as thoroughly as possible, so in the course of writing the novel I ate out quite a bit.  I shan’t tell you what I think London’s worst restaurant is – there’s more than enough mean-ness on the internet already.  However I’m more than happy to share five of the fantastic places I ate which do feature in the book, though sometimes tweaked in the name of artistic licence.

St John, Spitalfields
Phenomenal bread, wine, and all things modern and British.  This is where Laura first lays eyes on her man.  Unfortunately he’s just ordered the last of their legendary bacon sandwiches, and she is not happy about that – not happy at all….

Bread Ahead, Borough Market
Two words: custard doughnuts.  If you have any interest in custard, doughnuts, or happiness, you must purchase a doughnut from this stall in Borough Market, and now Spitalfields Market.  The most delicious treat in London, bar none.  (In fact everything they do is flawless.)

Duck and Waffle, 40th floor, Heron Tower, Liverpool Street
This inspired the restaurant where Adam and Laura go on their first breakfast date.  It has the best atmosphere, the best view across London, the best lifts, and the food is phenomenal, thanks to Dan Doherty and his team.

Pitt Cue
I start dribbling when I think about Pitt Cue.  The most delicious, smoky tender meat I’ve had in London, the stuffed potato skins, the mash!  Expect to queue, but it’s worth the wait.

Laura is obsessed with the giant flatbreads at this tiny Persian restaurant off Edgware Road.  This is one of those secret gems in London: cheap, friendly, delicious food, BYO – amazing lamb, rice, breads.  No frills, but you can’t eat frills so who cares?  An absolute winner.

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