Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Gastro, 67 Venn Street, Clapham, SW4 0BD

Andouillette (aka Colon Sausage) & Frites

Why is it that we pay such steep prices for the honest food of the poor?

At £15.40 including service, this dish is not cheap.  Especially when you consider that it's made from Pig Colon, surely this by-product of butchery is just that, a by-product that was cheap and affordable for the poor.  Either way it was tasty, but be warned it's not for everyone.  I've heard some people describe the odour of the sausage as something akin to a mens urinal at Victoria Terminus in Bombay.  

I must say I've always liked it, the sausage, not the smell.  It's an interesting sight when you sever the crispy skin with a knife to see the slippery bits of shriveled colon spill out.  The combination of the crispy skin, the salty soft colon stuffing and a frite done good with mustard sauce is gluttonous beauty.  The food at Gastro can generally be hit and miss, but they do their fries perfectly like only the french can.  Try  going there for breakfast and get the Croque Madame which is quite cheap.

A great meal, but vastly overpriced.


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