Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: Apparently Saturday was a quiet day for our Boozy Bunchers, so I’m here to tell you about my new favorite cooking ingredient: Espelette Pepper. I was first introduced to it on my trip to the Champagne region (even though it’s not from there), but I found it again when dining at Helene Darroze (it was mixed in the butter). So I picked some up for home. It’s spicy with an unusual flavor, and it works great blended into butter (my friends really loved it on some home made soda bread), a pinch in your eggs, or even sprinkled on top of seared scallops. I’ve been using it quite a bit, and I think I may need to replenish my stock!
Isabel: I was in Leeds for the weekend visiting a friend so we took the opportunity to check out the new restaurant ‘Ox Club’ at Headrow House. I of course went for the brunch menu and between us we sampled the corned beef and kale hash with poached eggs and chimichurri; Korean fried chicken with fried wild rice, kimchi, pickled cucumber and fried egg and ricotta pancakes with honeycomb, blueberries, wildflower honey and creme fraiche. Look out for the full review coming soon!
Yee Gan: I popped down to Winchester to see Emma and we went out for dinner at Gandhi restaurant. They have a lot of intriguing dishes on their signature collection such as slow cooked shoulder of mutton, spiced crusted venison and spiced ox cheek marinated for 24 hours & then slow cooked. We had Kashmiri lamb shank, which was slowly braised in a spiced onion and tomato sauce and served with crushed new potatoes. Watch for a full review!
Sanj: I enjoyed some top-notch service at central London’s Picture Restaurant for dinner – they insisted on catering to our exact tastes, tweaking the dishes for my veggie friend who doesn’t like mushrooms. We opted for the 6 course winter tasting menu (obviously) and I agree with fellow BoozyBuncher Grant’s review that the fish course was my least favourite but the dessert and wine were excellent!
Daniel: I met up with an ex-colleague of mine (last time we met we were lucky enough to try out Kettner’s together) and decided to beat away those January blues with a cocktail or two. We had already booked dinner near Hyde Park (if you’re wondering what I thought, you’ll have to wait and read by upcoming review of Cookbook Cafe in the near future!) so decided to pop into Bar 45 for a couple of pre-dinner cocktails. At £17 each, these are not cheap but the perfect antidote to an another dreary Wednesday. The Devil in Disguise (tequila, passion fruit, smoked Kashmiri chili salt) was a highlight – that chili kick really lit a fire inside.
Grant: I’ve always been a bit annoyed by British cakes. They are always too dry and the frosting too sweet. So when I saw Yee Gan’s review of Cutter & Squidge, I knew I was going to have to make a bee-line down and try it out. I’ve had both Biskies and cakes now, and while the Biskies are good, I can say that their cakes are phenomenal. I had the chocolate and salted caramel and it was everything you would want a cake to be: Moist and extravagant with a soft, creamy frosting. I hate to say it, but I’m sure I’ll be back again and again and again and again and again until I try them all out.
Grant: Not only is Friday famous for Rebecca Black, it’s also a terrible day to be out of coffee. So, I had to head to my favorite coffee shop (Ozone Coffee) to get some beans for home. So far they are the best beans I’ve found in London. Luckily, Whitecross Street Market with their plethora of food truck options is nearby, so I headed there for lunch. I decided I needed to get a burrito from Luardo’s, so I grabbed an extra hot Carnitas burrito with Guacamole and had a nice outdoor lunch. It was quite tasty for a burrito in London (I’m still on the search for the perfect Mexican), but it was also annoyingly messy (I think I have to wash my jacket when I get home).
Hope everyone has had a great week of food, drink and fun! Care to share any of your top choices for the week or respond to ours? Comment below. Maybe we’ll check out your favourites for a future review!