Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Andrew: It’s been far too long since we had a proper Boozy Brunch and this time we brought all our friends in on the fun. Sixteen hungry and thirsty people descended upon Aubaine Broadgate to put their bottomless food & drink offering to the test. Props to the staff for putting up a good effort with service and taking it up to high gear after a bit of a slow start. The small plates approach to the brunch is a bit tricky (I prefer a solid plate of food to tuck into in one go) but the quality was well above average. Go for the french toast with blueberries or avocado on sourdough and you’ll be a happy camper.
Dan: After Saturday’s drinking marathon that was the Boozy Bunch’s biggest Boozy Brunch to date (there was no way I could have said or even written that yesterday) I woke up feeling in need of some fresh air and food. Thankfully, Maltby Street Market was but a stone’s throw away. And so, wrapped up warm against the impending cold, I braved the elements to find sustenance in this alleyway of food stalls in a myriad of cuisines. In reality it was actually quite mild so I ended up removing layers in a desperate attempt to stave off the hangover sweats. I was greeted with the perfect number of people, not too many that I had to push my through crowds. So many dishes here that are ideal comfort food, but I resisted a toastie (the queue was too long) in favour of tartiflette and a chorizo scotch egg (from Finest Fayre). Delicious!
Becky: Gung Hay Fat Choi! It’s Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate with some dumplings. Not those tiny tasteless ones you pull out of the freezer section of your local “Asian” supermarket, but ones just like Mom used to make. In fact, that’s just where I went for the recipe and technique – turns out once you get started it’s easy to crank out a couple hundred. I’d share the recipe but I was warned off this on pain of death – sorry guys!
Sanj: Shrove Tuesday – the most acceptable day of the year to have pancakes for dinner! My sister and I used a Jamie Oliver recipe from his ‘Everyday Superfood’ book to make wholemeal pancakes bursting with blueberries, with no added sugar or fat. We probably offset any health benefits with all our toppings though – seeds, walnuts, strawberries, bananas, a splodge of yogurt and a generous drizzle of honey over everything. Deeelicious.
Yee Gan : A visit to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for a conference provided an ideal opportunity to visit The Treby Arms, the restaurant of Anton Piotrowski, the first Masterchef contestant to win a Michelin star. A full review will be coming soon but in the meantime, I’ll leave you with a photo of the veal tartare course from the tasting menu.
Grant: My husband is away, so I convinced Vicky to go out and get Korean with me at Dotori near Finsbury Park (because it’s easy for me to get to). I think she was a bit skeptical about the fact it does both Korean and Japanese food, but after the first few bites of banchan that came with our set meal, she was convinced! I think she’ll be back. There was a plethora of food and everything was delicious. (Full review is on its way).
Jules: My company sponsored a team building night out at Bloomsbury Bowling which offers, pizza, bowling and karaoke. All of it is cramped into a 70s style basement with brownish wood paneling, bad ventilation and crappy lighting. It all looked very bleak; I felt like I was in an episode of “Life On Mars”. Food wise: Ray’s Pizza offers sound great, but they are not all that tasty – there was barely any cheese and too much tomato paste. Also the dough was too thick and covered in semolina flour. But hey … we had a great time anyway. No one can resist beer, bowling and Karaoke.
Have you got any food and drink high (or low!) lights from the last 7 days? Share them with us in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…
Check out last week’s Munch here.