Leave it to the British Empire to invade everything — including my belly.
I’ve been talking about the Royal Wedding ever since Kate Middleton threw on that pretty blue dress in November and announced that William had given her that pretty blue ring, so when one of our editors saw an advertisement for a Royal Wedding Menu, he gave me the heads up. He was probably joking when he said, “Hey Maggie, you should go there for dinner,” but I took it as a serious statement.
So on Monday night, I headed over to Mackenzie’s Grill Room in Greenwich, to try a taste. Their royal menu gave me a peek at how the other half eats. I even learned a thing or two about British food. I mean, did you know that the most popular food in England is actually Chicken Tikka Masala, an Indian dish? The restaurant’s manager, Joanne Gray, filled me in on this:
I have to say, my favorite part of the meal was Princess Kate’s Apple Pear and Candied Pecan Salad, partially because it was (sadly) the only thing on the menu named after Kate, and partially because I have a deep-rooted love of salads that mix greens and fruits. My friend had a hard time choosing between the Coronation Chicken Salad, and the Prince Charles Breaded Mushrooms, which our waitress said was one of the biggest hits, but he ended up going with the chicken salad. His reasoning? He wanted to try to Chicken Tikka Masala, and figured he’d go full-steam ahead with the curry palate.
The main entree was a tougher decision for me. But Joanne explained some of the dishes, and I made the choice to go with Camilla’s Traditional Cod, Chips and Mushy Peas. Though I’d had mushy peas once before in London, and remember being less than pleased with their color, texture, and oh yes, taste.
Yeah. That was the biggest piece of cod I’ve had in a very long time. In fact, I’m eating the leftovers as I type this post. Unfortunately for us, we did not have the willpower to squeeze dessert in at the end. I didn’t even have room to order the Pimms & Lemonade Royal Wedding cocktail, which I unfortunately, did not see on the menu until after I had already ordered a glass of Harp. Of course, the menu is running until Sunday, so I guess I do have time to go back…