Sunday, 21 April 2013

The Filo Supper Club: Com Viet & Carluccio's

A few days after I met up with Ate T, our Filo supper club decided to have dinner at Com Viet again. We were booked a table downstairs, which was a completely different atmosphere from the upstairs 12-seater area.

Side A: The married couples                                                                         Side B: Ate T and her 'adings'

Our little get-together was prompted by stylist PL's London visit. We all had to see his fabulous hair.

Most of the group ordered what Ate T and I had on our first visit so our table became a sea of spring rolls and noodles. I wanted to try something else so I had grilled bbq squid for starters (£6.90) and beef papaya salad (£8.50) for mains. The squid was marinated in some sort of seven-spice, garlic and onions. I loved that the squid was perfectly cooked. It was soft and had the right amount of chew.

I'm a bit of a pain when it comes to salads as I usually ask for the dressing on the side. That way I can taste the individual components first and assess how much dressing is needed. I forgot to ask this time and they may have gone a bit overboard (they also went nuts with the crushed nuts on top). Surprisingly the papaya strips, even the bottom bits soaking in the nuoc nam dressing, retained a nice fresh crunch. Pretty okay salad. I'd order it again but I'd make sure I share it with someone else.

The most interesting dish was R's bahn xeoh  (£7.80). It was basically a savoury crepe filled with prawn, pork and bean sprouts served with a wedge of lettuce, herbs and nuoc nam. You wrap strips of the pancake in the lettuce leaves and dip it in the sauce. I found this process strange but R thought it was nice so... okay.

We all went a wee bit shiny afterwards. Here's the group sans K (who took the photo) and The Don (who was ill).

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We ended up at Carluccio's next door for afters as most dessert places were already closed. I was a bit hesitant because the last time I went to a Carluccio's franchise didn't fare well. The Covent Garden branch, however, was laid out in a really nice building and had a separate cafĂ© space. We took over the big (and only) table in the room and it was nice because it felt as if we were just in someone's kitchen, having post-dinner coffee chit-chat.

The area also serves as space for their desserts, salad bar and their own line of ingredients for Italian dishes.

There's a little bit of something for everyone....

My choice: melon sorbet and almond macarons.

*burp* it was a good night indeed. Can't wait til our next supper adventure. =)

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