Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: It’s Easter weekend, and I’m enjoying it in sunny Gran Canaria. We found a great seafood restaurant and decided to get the grilled seafood platter which was excellent, except for the overcooked lobster. We also started with Padron peppers, and there were a mountain of peppers. First time I didn’t feel like I wanted more peppers after we had eaten them all. Happy Easter everyone!
Jules: I also travelled. We went to Bilbao, not just for the sun and the Guggenheim, but also to eat our way through a multitude of Pintxo. Just before catching the bus to the airport we stepped into on of the many Pintxo bars on the way and had a last pick from the bar counter. I really could not by the life of me tell you the name of these … but they were amazing. The left one was parma ham, wrapped in courgette stripes and then deep fried. The right one had melted goat cheese, chutney and a cheese snap on it. AMAZING!
Vicky: I’ve been super curious about Eat Le Bab in Kingly Court. The idea of turning a drunken 3am takeout into something fancy and healthy really intrigued me. The results did not disappoint. Succulent chicken served on a home made flatbread with an assortment of pickles and sauces, perfectly fried chips with a side of stilton and stout fondue? More please!
Sanj: An old friend in town called for somewhere special for dinner, so we fell back on an old favourite of mine, Andrew Edmunds in Soho. It was its usual charming blend of olde worlde romance and Parisian style tightly packed tables. I went for the lamb cutlets from the handwritten menu which were tender and delicious, but the real treat here is always the amazingly good value wine list.
Yee Gan: I met my sister for dinner at our favourite local sushi restaurant, Noodle Foodle in Wimbledon. Great tasting, good value sushi
Bella: Ever since my trip to Japan I’ve been a bit izakaya obsessed so when I heard about Bjorn Van Der Horst and Omar Romeros’ new venture Kojawan opening in Edgware Road I quickly assembled some of the Bunch and we went up to the 23rd floor to try it. Amazing views, great food and crickets in your cocktails (and great company as always) made for a fun evening. Between us we were able to try a good portion of the menu, and we liked what we tried. We couldn’t decide on a shared favourite but the BBQ Beef Cheek with chilli, ginger and sesame was one of the stand out dishes for me as were both types of wagyu. Check back soon for a full review.
Sanj: I tried out French restaurant Provender in Wanstead on a double date. The varied starters platter was perfect to share between us and my flat iron steak frites cooked perfectly the right pink. It’s a lovely local neighbourhood bistro where the attentive but abrupt service just fits the theme!
Reviews from the week…
We’ve found some more great fresh ideas for you – Grant and Vicky had to eat fast enough to make space for all the deliciousness on the table at Korean-Japanese place Dotori, while Yee Gan got to dab plum sauce onto duck pancakes with his own paintbrush at Restaurant A Wong. Meanwhile Sanj checked the hipster buzz is still going strong at old haunt Pizza East, and Yee Gan got to live every foodie’s dream by ordering everything on the menu at Antidote in Soho! Don’t say we don’t go the extra mile for you here at the Bunch…
Have you got any food and drink highlights to share from 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…