We can find great, delicious, and authentic food in many awesome restaurants around the city, but if you take a closer look elsewhere, you can find unique, amazing food at many other places you might not have thought of before. In my search for an authentic, yummy British Cornish Pasty, I found it, not in any restaurant or eatery spot, but in a grocery store!
The is a traditional British grocery store for HP sauce, bangers, meat pies & other British delights. The store was screaming “British” from outside, with the funky bench painted in British flag, crazy amount of British groceries and gifts on the windows, I got excited just looking at them.
The inside is not that big, but big enough to pack it with all sorts of stuff. And, from what I was told by my British friend, it looks just like the good old fashion British grocer from his hometown, from the floor tile to the crazy amout of flags on the wall!
It had lots of sweets, cans, chips, drinks…name it, they had it. I wanted to try them all, but I had to consult with my wallet… So, I ended up with Yorkshire Tea ($6.50), Walker’s Shortbread ($5.95), Flake ($1.50), Mars Bar ($1.95), Spiced Apricot & Ginger Chutney on sale ($1.50), and Fig & Honey Chutney also on sale ($1.50).
On top of all those goodies, they also have freshly made items in the window showcase, such as pork pies, sausage roll, and Scotch Egg. If you wanted to eat them right away, they will heat it up for you in their back kitchen. We bought Cornish Pasty ($4.75), Scotch Egg ($3.95), and Curried Lamb Pie ($5.95).
The Cornish Pasty was filled with ground beef with peas, carrots, onions and potatoes in puff pastry. It is in an interesting shape, close to a gyoza. It was packed with filling, lots of potato. Interesting snack, not super delicious, felt lacked flavor somehow.
The Scotch Egg is a hard boiled egg wrapped in Cumberland Sausage meat and rolled in breadcrumbs. It was ok, Not the best scotch egg I’ve ever had… The sausage was interesting, but not the most flavorful. But hey, British food doesn’t always get the “Best food in the world” prize, am I right?
But then again, the Curry Lamb came the save the day! (or to clear up the bad reputation?) This little baby was so delicious! It had chunks of lamb and vegetable, cooked in a rich curry gravy. It was packed with flavor, super tasty and delicious!!! I wish if it was bigger, as it is a “mini” size. The price tag of almost $6 for this mini pie was a bit much, but it certainly was yummy.
They were not the friendliest, but I also heard that it is normal in G.B. to be greeted with warm smile when you first walk in, but that is about all you will get. I completely felt that way. They were not cold or rude in any way, just not super friendly after the first welcome. They did send us away with “Cheers!” instead of goodbye, which I thought was pretty awesome. I would like to go back again, and try some other pies that they have. Also, it does makes a great gift for some British friends who are missing a little taste of home!
Myers of Keswick – 634 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014