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Pleasant House Bakery and a stop in Maria's

Pleasant House Bakery and a stop in Maria's

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I FINALLY have time to write now that I am officially married!  Although I have a backlog of places to write about, I must introduce Pleasant House Bakery, an eatery that features Great Britain inspired savory meals and sweet snacks.  They aren't exactly located next to an El station, but this family-owned shop is definitely worth a visit! Friday's special was Fish Fry Day so of course we had to give it a try!  I haven't had fish and chips since last November in London so this was a nice refresher.  The fish was pretty crispy and had been thoroughly seasoned, but the star of this dish was actually the "chips", aka fried potato.  Here, the potato chunks have the perfect crunch, and dipped into the YR sauce Pleasant House offers mixed with the tartar sauce, these Irish staples will blow you away!

Fish and chips with Preserved Meyer Lemon tartar sauce
Fish and chips with Preserved Meyer Lemon tartar sauce

In case you are thirsty, make sure you order one of their homemade sodas.  Or if you want a bit of a buzz, head next door to Maria's to choose a beer from their fridge.  In the meantime, get another from the wall for home - their selection is extremely extensive!

Beers at Maria's
Beers at Maria's

To snack on, we had to get a Scotch egg, which is a boiled egg covered in ground meat and bread crumbs.  Then fried.  London's high end department store, Fortnum and Mason, claims that the Scotch egg was invented by them in 1738, but today, its a popular picnic item.  At Pleasant House, it is perfectly soft-boiled and is freshly fried so it has that amazing crisp.  I wish I had room for two more!  But I had to move on to eat some other items...

Scotch egg
Scotch egg

Like the chicken balti pie.  Inside the flaky crust, this particular pie is filled with flavorful curried chicken and tomato topped with Nigella seeds.  That accompanying chimichurri is such a spectacular idea, especially when I had finished the filling so that I could dip the crust for more flavor. This pie is on par with those from my favorite savory pie shop, Pieminister, at Borough Market in London!  I am so glad I've found another savory pie shop closer to home!

Left: sauces Right: Chicken Balti Pie
Left: sauces Right: Chicken Balti Pie

They have a large selection of sauces to choose from.  You should just bring all of them to your table and try them all!

Premium steak pasty - all natural steak, potato, rutabaga, onion and spices
Premium steak pasty - all natural steak, potato, rutabaga, onion and spices
IMG_9092 Cookie
IMG_9092 Cookie

For the number of times I've been to Great Britain, I never ended up getting a pasty, which is a complete shock now that I've had this one from Pleasant House.  Wow.  That filling was the perfect proportion of steak and vegetables that I could barely give half to my husband!

And certainly don't forget to get a crispy cookie for a happy, sweet ending!

Tips:

  1. BYOB!  And Maria's next door is an awesome beer shop with a huge selection!
  2. If you aren't interested in alcohol, Pleasant House serves up some wonderful homemade sodas.
  3. They serve a full English breakfast on Sundays, which includes blood sausages (also known as black pudding)!
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