Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Sanj: For somewhere so central, I was surprised The Soho Hotel hadn’t been on my radar before, but it probably has one of the best value afternoon teas in central London! It’s £22.50 (or £25 with a bellini) and great for large groups as we were for my friend’s hen do. You don’t get free scone refills but you do get friendly service, cutesy mismatched decor and tartan padded chairs that I quite wanted for my living room…
Jules: On one of my weekend explorer walks I discovered the West Norwood Feast (http://westnorwoodfeast.com/), which takes place from 10am until 4pm on the first Sunday of every month. They have different section of the market in different streets in West Norwood, but I spent most of my time at the Food Fair. So many options and not enough stomach to try them all. In the end (after 20min of going around and around and around) I decided to go for the Tartiflette … and what a great choice it was. Next month I’ll try the burgers.
Grant: Even though I spent the entire weekend sick and missed out on three hours of unlimited booze on Friday night, I insisted we go to some dinner reservations we had because I really didn’t want to miss out. We went to Oliver Maki and had a special menu courtesy of The Nudge. The food was very pretty, but unfortunately it was a bit style over substance I think. I don’t imagine I’ll be in a hurry to go back unfortunately…
Yee Gan: In honour of poor Grant who was ill, I had a bowl of perfect Chinese sick food. I’m sure that Jewish mothers would extol the virtues of the healing power of chicken soup but the Chinese prefer a bowl of congee when we’re under the weather. Congee is rice porridge and I ate at Hung’s in Chinatown, one of the few restaurants which still specialises in congee.
Vicky: I finally made it to Kitchen Table, which is highly recommended by a bunch of the Bunch. 4 hours of foodie delight! It definitely ranks as one of my best dining experiences in London, striking the perfect note between simplicity/complexity and formal/informal. My favorite dish of the night was the turbot… No, the lobster… No the cheese or maybe the super concentrated beef consummé? They were also super accommodating with my dining partner’s dietary requirements and she had several special courses. Double thumbs up!
Bella: My search for the best Izakaya in London continues and so when I heard about Yumi Izakaya’s recent opening I thought that it would be a good option for a pre-theatre dinner with Grant. For timings of food it certainly was with us being seated and served at lightning speed. Overall we found the food to be quite salty, but the dishes we did enjoy were the aubergine braised in Sake, Mirin and Soy, and the salt and shichimi skin skewer. And so the search continues, and for a full rundown of our visit you can read the Yumi review coming soon.
Andrew: Buena sera! A last minute work trip meant I found myself at a loose end in Milan on Friday evening. So there was only one thing to do: go for aperitivo! I chose Terrezza12 which has spectacular views over the city and a very generous selection of food which comes free when you order a drink. I could get used to this! Ciao!
Reviews from the week…
Grant has a new go-to Indian place to take visitors after a feast at Rasa W1, while Vicky tried out a new boozy brunch at Ho Modern Vietnamese (we might just forgive her for going without the rest of us after that pic of the deconstructed tiramisu…). Linzi and the gang had a fun fest of pizza and selfies at Homeslice, but Grant was disappointed to be served tomato on toast at Dabbous – beware the hype!
Have you tried any memorable food and drink in 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…