Some people criticize English
food. They say it's unimaginable, boring, tasteless, it's chips with everything
and totally overcooked vegetables. The basic ingredients, when fresh, are so
full of flavour that British haven't had to invent sauces to disguise their
natural taste. What can compare with fresh pees or new potatoes just boiled and
served with butter? Why drown spring lamb in wine or cream and spices, when
with just one or two herbs it is absolutely delicious?
If you ask foreigners to name
some typically English dishes, they will probably say "Fish and
chips" then stop. It is disappointing, but true that, there is no
tradition in England of eating in restaurants, because the food doesn't lend
itself to such preparation. English cooking is found at home. So it is
difficult to a good English restaurant with a reasonable prices.
In most cities in Britain
you'll find Indian, Chinese, French and Italian restaurants. In London you'll
also find Indonesian, Mexican, Greek... Cynics will say that this is because
English have no "cuisine" themselves, but this is not quite the true.