The Fable – 8th March 2017

Out for an impromptu lunch at a restaurant I’d never heard of, I was surprised to see onion rings on the menu of a relatively posh lunch place. I was intrigued. Surely they wouldn’t serve the Bog Standard Frozen here? 

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 8
Cost: £3.25
Cost per ring: 41p

I was right, these were fresh. I love it when you find a good class of onion ring unexpectedly. These were lovely, freshly-cooked onion rings and they hit the spot.

The texture of the batter was perfectly crispy and overall a great juiciness level was achieved. Just look at the photos to see how light the coating was, it worked very well in this case.

They were not at all stodgy and could only have been improved by adding a little more salt.

The restaurant was really nice and full of smart looking men and women having business meetings and lunch for special occasions. Special mention goes to this table here which I’m sure you’d have to book well in advance if you wanted to sit here.

Summary

Great, fresh onion rings. Would buy again.

Overall Rating: 8/10

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CAU Kingston – 9th September 2016

I was recommended this steakhouse on my Onion Rings Rated Instagram (which you can find here!)

Ben and I had a lovely meal here and he even described his meal as “the best steak of 2016 so far”.  Seriously bold claims.

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 6
Cost: £2.95
Cost per ring: 49p

Wow these are not your ordinary onion rings, they are strangely floppy but not even necessarily in a bad soggy way. They are so flexible. I would definitely describe these as gourmet, they for sure were made from scratch which is always a good sign.

The batter had red flecks in it which I’m pretty sure were chilli flakes – although don’t fear spice haters these were no where near the flame power even of Nando’s lemon and herb (you wusses). The chilli flakes are very subtle and make these rings particularly tasty and unique. I can’t quite put my finger on the flavour exactly but it’s somewhere in between sage and onion stuffing and a Chinese vegetable spring roll.

The onion itself was plain and not very sweet at all and I found that most of the flavour was coming from the batter.

Grease level approved: Not at all greasy but not at all dry.

Even Ben liked these onion rings and he is not what I would describe as an onion ring fan.

Summary

Very nice.  A great take on onion rings but they are not the classic. 

Overall Rating: 9/10

 

The Blues Kitchen Camden – 3rd September 2016

Date night! Ben and I were off to town but we had to dash off the streets of Camden as the heavens opened. Luckily we found this wonderfully decorated restaurant/bar, the Blues Kitchen.

THE STATS

Number of Rings: 5 (large)
Cost: £3
Cost per ring: 60p

These rings look delicious! I always say it but I love it when onion rings are made in house. Personally, I think this should be expected in a restaurant, how some places can justify charging £3.50/£4 for frozen onion rings is beyond me. Anyway back to the rings in hand!

They had a kinda smokey undertone which was very pleasant but they could have used more salt. I guess you can add that yourself. Something was missing though but I’m not sure what…

Sadly the did not reach their full potential because they were undercooked. You can see in the photos the clear layer of raw dough next to the inner onion. I was really disappointed, it made them unnecessarily stodgy.

They have the potential to be awesome but I think they needed another few mins in the fryer. To be honest I think the restaurant forgot we wanted them and rushed them out and that’s why they weren’t cooked properly.

Overall they’re still really good and served in a wicked establishment.

Despite the given rating, I have high hopes for these if cooked properly.

Now that we’ve completed the oniony business, I have to say that the fried chicken at this place is just bloody awesome. We were warned there’d be a 20 minute wait for the fresh chicken but it was well worth it, you have to try it. The burger was also good with Ben describing it as “the best burger [he]’d had in a long time”.

Summary

These have some serious potential but sadly on the day they were undercooked. Add extra salt.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Pitcher & Piano Richmond – 2nd March 2016

Date night lead us to Pitcher & Piano in Richmond. This is such a lovely place to eat with views of the sun setting over the River Thames and of course onion rings on the menu.

 

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THE STATS

Number of Rings: 7
Cost: £2.25
Cost per Ring: 32p

 

First impressions were that the presentation of the dish was ace. The onions were piled up nice and high and there was a spring onion in the centre of the rings, it’s the simple joys. £2.25 for seven rings is ridiculously cheap for the quality that they were serving so already I’m feeling very excited.

Now for the taste. The batter was nice and crumbly and its flavour was good and not overwhelming. The onion inside was kinda juicy but it wasn’t anything special, just nice. Cool that they’ve used red onion though! I can tell for sure these rings are not from frozen

The only downside is that they were very greasy, especially the ones at the bottom of the pile, and the most greasy were bordering on being not nice. I still ate them all of course.

 

Summary

Quality cheap onion rings with a view. Fabulous presentation with novel use of red onion.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Ed’s Easy Diner – 9th February 2016

Hello!

I’m a big fan of a themed restaurant. They’re really fun and exciting and they make me feel like I’m on holiday in at Disney World. So, when I was stuck for where to grab dinner before my friends live music show in central London, I went and tried out the American diner outside of Euston Station.

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THE STATS

Number of Rings: 15!!!
Cost: £5.25
Cost per Ring: 35p

 

I ordered a dish called the Atomic American Onion Rings – already I’m excited. They had ordinary onion rings on the menu for £3.60 with the bold statement “You won’t find finer!” written underneath so I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into and paying an extra £1.15 for.

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I was NOT disappointed. When the onion rings were delivered I was totally shocked. To my delight a HUGE bowl of no less that FIFTEEN onion rings came my way and I had made the mistake of ordering this beast along with a burger and portion of chips too.

The dish was presented with five pots of different sauces: jalapeño jelly, chilli, sour cream, BBQ sauce and guacamole on the side. There is an option to swap the BBQ sauce for Cheddar cheese sauce for all you BBQ haters and cheese lovers out there. It was so exciting to try onion rings with all these different flavours. Individually the dips were very good, my favourite for sure was the jalapeño jelly. Sadly, I’d say that the combination of guac with onion rings is not the one which is such as shame as it had so much potential!

The rings themselves were not crispy but at the same time they weren’t too soggy either. The inner onion were nice and juicy. I have no complaints about them at all.

Summary

The Atomic American Onion Rings is a glorious dish. You get an absurd number of onion rings with an exciting variety of dips. Do not order this with chips – this is a meal in itself.

Overall Rating: 8/10

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