Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Yee Gan: I ate the most exquisite apple tart at Restaurant L’Outa in the French ski resort of Les Gets. The tart was made to order and the thin, super-crispy puff pastry layer was topped with slices of apple. A delicious work of art
Vicky: For most of my childhood, Sunday mornings meant piano lessons and dim sum. As an adult, I no longer take piano lessons but I do miss having dim sum sundays. We went to Royal China on Baker street for lots of the good stuff and boy did these little parcels fill our heart with joy (‘dim sum’ literally means to touch the heart). Stay tune for an upcoming review on how to do dim sum right (or wrong)!
Grant: Monday night is Karaoke night (when the Karaoke crew can all get together, it’s a bit tricky), and since we were right down from the new(ish) Meat Liquor in Islington, we stopped in for a quick bite before singing. We feasted on burgers (Dead Hippies and Green Chili) and a plethora of sides (fries, chili fries, monkey fingers and fried mac and cheese). I also went for a Bloody Maria and asked for it spicy (they wrote down 10/10), and while it was nice, I think next time I need to see if it goes up to 11!
Vicky: I was SO excited to be invited to Farfetch X The Cocoa Box’s truffle making class! It was a joyous evening of chocolate martinis and kids humour. Not only did I learn a new skill but I also went home with a couple of dozen of truffles. Yay! Read the blog on the press visit here.
Grant: It’s Easter holiday time, and we had an early flight from Gatwick, so we headed down the night before. That gave us the opportunity to go out to dinner with some good friends from Horsham. We hit up Fat Boy’s Joint in Crawley. It’s Afghan street food made from traditional and old family recipes. We had a feast, but check out the size of the Naan bread we were served!
Sanj: We managed to get a table at Nuno Mendes’ newish place in Spitalfields, Taberna Do Mercado, and stuffed ourselves silly with Portuguese tapas. Highlights included an amazing 24-month-aged St Jorge cheese that was doing somersaults on my tongue and flavour-packed mussels served in a can. An understated but tasty place – look out for a review coming soon!
Linzi: Mmmm, pie. A pub lunch with the work crew means only one thing to me… pie and pints! Flaky pastry pies with decadent fillings are the most delicious and comforting of British foods to me. We headed to The Crown and Sceptre in Fitzrovia where I had the steak, pancetta and porter pie. Big chunks of steak smothered in a rich sauce, it definitely hit the spot. My colleague can also recommended the shepherd’s pie which he said was better than his mother’s. The sacrilege!
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch our chocolate-themed posts just in time for Easter? Vicky learned to make her own truffles with The Cocoa Box, while Linzi paired hers with rum at Barrio Soho! We’ve been trying out some hotspots for you too – Yee Gan gave a big thumbs up to the new Pitt Cue Co, Andrew can confirm the hype is worth it for Bibo in Putney, but Grant’s bubble was burst on his return to Lyle’s…
Have you had any memorable food and drink over the last 7 days? Or maybe you’ve tried one of our favourites? Let us know in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…