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Friday, 22 August 2008 06:23

Market - restaurant review

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Market - Camden
43 Parkway NW1 7PN

Parkway is a promenade of restaurants, but of them all, this place is a gem, a straightforward, high quality restaurant that serves excellent British food at reasonable prices.

Every time I have eaten here the food has been exemplary. As well as a la carte, they offer a two course lunch menu for £10, the last time I ate lunch there I had a salt beef salad, followed by fillet of Pollack with mash and leeks.  The courses are cleverly constructed and expertly prepared, tastes are balanced and merged, and the food cooked, with great skill.  I found myself marvelling at half a boiled egg, hardly the most inspiring of ingredients, but the yolk was buttery and soft, and the white, somehow, tender and creamy too. The Pollack skin was crisp, the fillet delicate, the mash creamy and absolutely faultless.

The interior is quite plain and matter of fact, in terms of decor, but there is still a nice enough atmosphere for an evening meal.  There is a good selection of wines, also.

Food: 9
Service: 9
Ambience: 7
Value: 8
Total = 8.25

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