007 Food: A rare sirloin steak with a tomato and shallot saladNovember 24, 2021
Food: A rare sirloin steak with a tomato and shallot salad
Bond book appearance: Solo (2013). Bond eats this kind of meal at the home of Bryce Fitzjohn aka Astrid Ostergard in London, England.
Experience of 007 Travelers: Self-made
“Bond had arrived on time (in a taxi from Richmond station) and when Bryce opened the door to him she kissed him on the cheek – a good sign, Bond thought – and he smelled the scent of “Shalimar” on her. She was wearing a black velvet dress to just above the knee with a low scoop neck. Two diamonds glittered at her ears and her thick blonde hair was brushed casually back from her brow. There was a bottle of Taittinger champagne waiting in an ice bucket on a table in the sitting room that she asked Bond to open. They toasted each other as they had done that evening across the dining room in the Dorchester.
“Here’s to breaking and entering”, she said.
“Where’s this little restaurant of yours?” Bond said. “We don’t want to be late.”
“It’s about ten yards away. I thought it’d be nicer to eat at home.”
They both knew exactly what was going to happen later and that knowledge provided a satisfying sensual undercurrent to their conversation as they ate the meal she cooked for him – a rare sirloin steak with a tomato and shallot salad, the wine a light and fruity Chianti, with a thin slice of lemony torta della donna to follow.”
William Boyd: “Solo” (2013)
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