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To celebrate my birthday we met up with Christopher and Matthew and had dinner at The Skylon Restaurant in the Royal Festival Hall. It’s a lovely setting combining a modern take on 50’s retro with fab views over the river.

The food, service and wines were all excellent. My baby squid starter with squid ink risotto and a parmesan velouté was a highlight.

Since we had mostly chosen fish dishes, I decided on a bottle of Terras Gauda O Rosal Albariño from Rias Baixas (Galicia), which was delicious and a lovely match.

In place of dessert I tried the Dessert Wine Tasting Menu, comprising:

  • Saracco, Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy, 2008
  • Anton Bauer, Eiswein, Gruner Veltliner, Donauland, Austria
  • Disznoko, Tokaji, Aszu, 5 Puttonyos, Hungary

The Moscato d’Asti was lovely, light and floral and petillant. The Eiswein had a gorgeous nose but I was a little disappointed that it didn’t deliver on the palate. Fortunately the Tokaji more than made up for this.

A wonderful evening!

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Sadly David was ill so he and Heiko had to cancel. Instead we had an impromptu dinner with Polly & Patrick. I made up my own roast butternut squash and ginger soup, and it turned out delicious. Lovely slow shoulder of lamb, courtesy of the Two Fat Ladies but modified for the clay pot. Graham’s fruit salad with naughty biscuit curls from M&S. It was a lovely to catch up with my cousin.

Patrick brought a lovely bottle of Gigondas and we followed it with The Black Stump Durif Shiraz, both going really well with the rich lamb dish.

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