It’s surprising I haven’t written more about British cuisine. After all, most of the British delights are inherently slimy. Or greasy. Still no Fish and Chips post. Maybe I’m losing my focus. Maybe Fish and Chips is just not that special. Who knows.
But there’s more to England than fried fish and potatoes. And the more in this case is the very traditional Pie and Mash. Traditional in style, slimy by nature. And that’s what you get at Cockney’s Pie and Mash shop just a bit further north from the tourist infested Portobello Market. An old looking, clearly family run restaurant, it oozes character.
To the uninitiated, here’s how it goes: you get a meat pie, choose how many balls of mashed potatoes you want, and then you get asked if you want liquor sauce on top. To this question, you must answer yes, in order to reach slimy nirvana. A dish so juicy and drippy, that it HAS to be eaten with a spoon.
This is as simple and traditional as it gets in the UK, and it easily qualifies as one of the most engrossing (emphasis on the gross) dining experiences I’ve had so far. Don’t believe those naysayers that say that British food is bad. Filthy, maybe. But also delightfully tasty.
Slimy? If I wasn’t in a Pie and Mash shop I would find it hard to believe this was edible
Satisfying? Looks are deceiving is exactly right for this piece of British food history
Cockney’s Pie and Mash
314 Portobello Road, London W10 5RU