The Weekly Munch, 27 Feb-4 Mar 2016

Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…

Saturday
Daniel: Saturdays are the perfect theatre day – you can have an early lunch, catch a matinee, imbibe an afternoon cocktail or two (if the mood takes you) and then run straight into a pre-theatre dinner before catching a second evening show. I didn’t do that this particular Saturday, but I did treat a friend of mine to an express lunch before the matinee. We found a 2 courses for £25 or 3 for £29 deal at The Northall, one of The Corinthia Hotel‘s restaurants. Possibly a touch overpriced for the food on offer, but all in all a very sophisticated start to any day. The menu changes regularly, but look out for the sea bream if it comes up – flaky flesh with crispy skin (check out my full review coming up!)

Sea Bream - express lunch
Sea Bream – express lunch

Sunday
Vicky: Grant, Andrew and I went to Mac and Wild for a whisky tasting hosted by the ever wonderful Andy (of Mac and Wild) and Phil from Aberlour. I’ve not tried Aberlour whisky before and it was a fantastic experience with lots of yummy whisky (Andrew loved the 16 while Grant and I were fans of the A’Bunadh), very engaging chat and education from Phil. The afternoon was finished off with a fabulous venimoo burger and an invitation to watch rugby with the Scottish crew. Read more about our whisky tasting experience soon and we can’t wait to go back to Mac and Wild for more.

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Just look at all these exciting whiskies!

Monday
Grant: Monday was a cold day, and I was out hunting down an Easter egg for a yummy chocolate treat. I decided hot soup would be the perfect thing to warm me up over my lunch break, so I went to Bone Daddies in Soho to give them another try. This time, I went for the Spicy Miso Ramen as I’ve determined I’m really not a fan of fatty tonkotsu broth. For me, the ramen was a huge improvement over the last time as the miso broth really added a new level to the soup. Hooray! Although I was a bit disappointed by the spice level and had to add some of their chili oil to my soup. Maybe tantanmen is up next?

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Tuesday
Vicky: Today is St. David’s Day so I tried to celebrate by making my first ever Welsh Rarebit.  Tried being the operative word- I followed the Guardian’s recipe but unfortunately I was making the (beautiful) salad while the rarebit was under the grill and it came out a bit well done! No wonder they tell you not to run away from the salamander in Master Chef…

And kids, this is why you should keep an eye on the grill.

Wednesday
Sanj: I’ve been northern lights spotting in Finnish Lapland this week. One of my foodie highlights from a very well-fed trip was a reindeer stew, served in flatbreads grilled over the open fire and washed down with some hot blueberry juice. The meat was a little chewy but, like most food from my trip to this corner of the world, seasoned extremely well. Just the thing to refuel whilst out on a snowshoe trek through the forest in minus 12 degrees!

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Thursday
Yee Gan: Emma and I celebrated a couple of big events this week with a day at Whatley Manor in Wiltshire. Dinner in their 2 Michelin-starred Dining Room restaurant was amazing. Watch out for a full review coming up.

 Friday
Grant: It’s the end of the week, and I got to go into the always fabulous Cutter & Squidge to get a preview of their new afternoon tea service they are launching starting on Mother’s Day. I’ll keep it short, but needless to say, it was fantastic, and there will be a much more detailed spotlight on it tomorrow!

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Have you got any food and drink highlights 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.

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