Dine with Andrea

For four days, Cristi’s dad Andrea Bedei is in town to attend a conference, and we decided to end each day with good food and good chat. Here’s a round-up.


pic: USC official website

(13/9) Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Cafe

What: Situated between Southbank, Waterloo, Southwark and London Bridge, Union Street Cafe is most-famous-chef-in-the-world’s take on Italian gastronomy and splendid wine

What we eat:

  • Octopus ai ferri, Parma ham, borlotti, yellow & green beans

  • Lemon sole & Sicilian aubergine “agrodolce”

  • Scroppino with Prosecco and sliced lemons

What we talk about:

  • Scotland’s Independence
  • Illegal Immigrants invading Italy from Africa
  • Italian politicians
pic: Skylon official website

pic: Skylon official website

(14/9) Skylon

What: Modern British cuisine at the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank. (According to its website) Skylon takes its name from the original iconic structure that was built for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Beautiful view facing Thames, with glimpse of tiny night lights from all over the city.

What we eat:

  • Free range chicken Caesar salad with hand cut chips

  • Slow roasted Great Garnett Farm pork belly, lobster and tarragon risotto

  • Glazed Ribs, smoked bacon, baby leeks, summer truffle and Madeira beef gravy

What we talk about:

  • The difference between people in South and North Italy
  • Unemployment in Europe in general and Italy in particular
  • Florence Sihombing’s case and social media

pic: TING official website

View from 35th floor

View from 35th floor

(15/9) TING at the Shard

What: European delight with an Asian twist, 128 metres above the ground in London’s tallest establishment – The Shard. Stunning view from 35th floor, impeccable service,  warm smile from the waiters and on top of that, PERFECT food.

What we eat:

  • Cotswold Free Range Chicken with Celeriac, savoy cabbage, apricot, tea
  • Rhug Estate Organic Lamb Loin with Mirin, Sake, Erengi mushroom, green apple
  • Organic Beef Rib Eye with Carrot, cardamom, lettuce, girolles

What we talk about:

  • The education in Italy, how professors and lecturers seen as untouchable demigods.
  • NHS system in third world countries (which basically doesn’t exist)
  • Andrea’s early years as a doctor: interning in ER, and paid 50p a day



Pic: Bedeis

(16/9) Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

What: Arguably the world’s most famous Jazz club. Opened in 1959 and since that time have featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion. Ronnie Scott himself is a Jazz saxophonist. He opened the place at that time to play and jam with other jazz musicians. The club grew into world’s jazz hub and host numerous Jazz giants from Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis to Jamie Cullum.

What we eat:

  • Confit of Gressingham duck with squash puree, endive tart and thyme jus
  • Fillet Steak – Kent farm grass-fed cattle aged for a minimum of 21 days, served with plum tomato, bone marrow butter and fries
  • Chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream

What we watch:

  • Swedish Jazz dudette Cecilia Stalin reconstructed Fab Four, Dylan and Coltrane with a touch of fusion, bossanova and swing
  • Highlight of the night: didn’t expect that i could see a mixture of dessert-ish African Express style, impressive rhythmic and jazz layers in one package . United Vibrations definitely stole the show.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s