Sunday, 11 December 2011

Villandry - Bicester Village

I went to Bicester Village the other week. If you like your designer goods, don't mind that designs are a few seasons out and may be sorely disappointed that you probably won't get anything in your size, then it's the place for you. Actually, I probably made that sound very negative considering I had a good day walking around the shops and splurged on a pair of jeans (which I still haven't worn), a dress for work (worn twice) and a lovely cut pair of trousers (worn once). I even got fed at Villandry -  weighing the fact that I quite liked my visit to their London branch when I was there a few years ago, I was more than a little disappointed.
Tomato soup - Villandry, Bicester Village

Queues were long (understandable since it was bang on lunchtime on a Sunday afternoon but there were so many tables available it boggled the mind why there was even a queue to start with!) and the service was slow (which probably explained the long queue).
Prawn and Mango Salad - Villandry, Bicester Village

My Dining companion decided on 2 starters to make up a meal - tomato soup served with bread and butter. A little too tart for my liking but overall it went down well. The 2nd of the two starters, prawn and mango salad. I was imagining green mango salad and a little surprised at the ripe orange mango slices that arrived with the salad. But overall the taste was fine.
Grillled Chicken Salad with Avocado Mayonnaise - Villandry, Bicester Village

The real let down was my grilled chicken and avocado mayonnaise salad. The chicken was dry, cold and tasteless. The dish was unseasoned and the leeks ............... what in the heck were they doing on my plate? It was totally and utterly out of place. It was a dish that really shouldn't have been on the menu.

I would give it a very middle of the road 5 out of 10. Half the meal was fine (my companion's) and the other was bad (mine). It's a pretty fair score.

Villandry
50 Pingle Drive  Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 6WD


Icco - Fitzrovia

It's always happy pizza time at Icco (Italian Coffee Company).

Pizza - Italian Coffee Company (Icco), Fitzrovia 
Neptune (top left) - Anchovies, black olives, cheese,  tomato sauce, basil & herbs (£ 4.50)

Pepperoni (top right) - Pepperoni, cheese, tomato sauce,  basil & herbs (£ 4.50)
Capricciosa (bottom) - Ham, mushroom, black olives,  cheese, tomato sauce & basil (£ 5.30) with extra artichokes (£0.50)
And a little extra dosh for the little dippers - garlic and BBQ. Garlic wins everytime.