"High-rise dining and bottomless brunches come at a premium. Sandy salads, too"
"There's no menu or catalogue of ingredients, and deliberately so. Merlin decided last year to forgo such a structure"
"Three nationalities, all famished, feigning amiable smiles while waiting, praying, dying for food to arrive"
"A dumpy blonde in a leather jacket and jeans moved in from the downpour and took shelter beside me beneath the bar’s awning. She then proceeded to pull down her trousers and do, something"
"Sunbeams stream through and warm the soft pallet room, casting a spotlight over my guanciale, highlighting the adipose goodness"
"It was everything it should have been, flavoured with butter and the sex organs and protein-rich filtration system of a now pulverised poultry liver"
"I won’t bang on about anchovies now, it isn’t the place, but I’m a fanatic for them"
"Yes, gimmee some of that carbohydrate overload, rivers of vegetable oil and gloopy cheesy-bean combos"
'The Green Star means, well, I don’t actually know. Who does? The whole eco-green thing is a mainstream perversion right now'
"Mum sighs a defeatist sigh, the bread having caught up with her. Instead, she sneaks the choccy orb into her handbag for later"