On the menu: Ruin Beach Café; Young British Foodie awards; Pierre Hermé; Gilgamesh

 

This week I've been eating... scallops

Tresco is an island separated from Cornwall by 28 miles of cold sea. This is both a curse and an opportunity. A curse because it is, to be honest, a bit of a bugger to get to (requiring a two-and-a-half-hour ferry crossing, admittedly in an agreeable boat, or a hop and skip in a plane). But a whopping great opportunity if, like me, you are partial to scoffing the many tasty inhabitants of the deep blue sea.

The island, all green hills, white beaches and well-manicured lawns, has four restaurants. The best is the Ruin Beach Café. Why? First, it has one of the nicest settings of any restaurant I can remember – sidling up against the beach in chocolate-box New Grimsby. Second, because of its seafood. I ordered diver-caught scallops. They were A* good – big, bulging, creamy within and caramelised without. A gift from the sea. And worth that ferry crossing any day. Ruin Beach Café 01720 424849

Best of British

The Young British Foodie award final is an event that puts its money where its mouth is. Or more accurately, where our mouths are. Attending on Wednesday, I nearly had to be carried out, so much did I eat and drink. I have never been to a better-catered event – on each plate a surprise, a treat, some hitherto unknown joy there for the snacking. Toothsome salmon ceviche from sauce-makers African Volcano here; yielding dry-cure salt beef from Charcutier there; Madeleine Express's sea-salt caramels as you waddled to the door. So much food, so much talent.

Coffee fetish

Pierre Hermé is a man who likes things "just so". So much so that it took him 10 years to perfect his new collection of coffee macarons. But then to make those little balls of perfection – and believe me, they nudge at perfection – he visited jungles and south American Islands in search of the "correct" coffee bean. Quite the effort. But, my goodness, eat one of the 21-piece Fetish Infiniment Café Collection and it is to experience the rich, dark power of coffee anew. From £7, pierreherme.com

Fusion too far

There comes a time when you have to draw a line. A time when you have to say, "this far and no further". We are, ladies and gentlemen, at that point with the newest dish on the menu at Gilgamesh, a restaurant in London's Camden. Its T'N'T Pizza is a thin flatbread, the surface of which is smeared tomato, truffle and – gulp – slivers of sashimi tuna. Yes, sashimi; and yes on a bloody pizza. It is a crime against Naples, and one in need of righting. gilgameshbar.com

Mexico way

Hurry or you'll miss it. There are just four days left of Mestizo's Mexican Independence Day celebrations. The Euston restaurant is serving up sizzling dishes from all across Mexico's 31 states. Head down and try Mole Amarillo (slow-cooked lamb shank) and the divine Torta Ahogada (home-baked rolls stuffed to bursting with pork). Oh, and did I mention it has London's largest collection of tequila. Arriba! mestizomx.com

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Guru Careers: MI Developer

    £35 - 45k: Guru Careers: An MI Developer is needed to join the leading provide...

    Recruitment Genius: Fitness Manager

    £20000 - £22500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leisure organisation manag...

    Recruitment Genius: Visitor Experience Manager

    £25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Delivering an inspiring, engagi...

    Recruitment Genius: Learning Team Administrator

    £17500 - £20500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are looking for a great te...

    Day In a Page

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

    Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
    Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

    Aviation history is littered with grand failures

    But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

    Fortress Europe?

    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
    Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

    Never mind what you're wearing

    It's what you're reclining on that matters
    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence