The Weekly Munch, 9-15 Apr 2016

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

Bella: What’s the favourite meal of the Boozy Bunch? Boozy Brunch! We gathered a healthy crew and headed to Hotbox in Shoreditch to see what they had to offer. The pouring was generous to say the least, and with the kitchen closing quite early it was a good thing that we opted for a Saturday outing. A lot of us chose the skillet-smoked meat hash – fried potatoes and smoked meat with a crispy fried egg – and were really happy with the selection! We will piece together an accurate record of the brunch for a future post relying on photos and those not drinking to fill in the blanks.

Sanj: Another weekend, another afternoon tea! This time I tried out the very affordable Indian-themed tea at Daawat, the restaurant in the Strand Palace Hotel. The savoury treats were wonderfully spiced with lots of flavour, especially the paneer kati roll and chicken pav slider; the only issue was they got quite heavy when paired with milky masala chai and I ran out of room to try all the sweets. The well-mannered waiters packed us off with takeaway boxes instead though phew…


Yee Gan: Emma and I tried out Lakaz Maman this week. It’s the newly-opened restaurant of Masterchef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo, serving Mauritian street food. A full review will be following shortly…

Jules: I’m always excited to meet up for the Boozy Bunch Book Club. This time around we met up at The Russet at Hackney Down Studios. As the menu is short and simple we decided to share every single starter they offered, which included a large amount of delicious Brazilian cheese bread. Grant was the only one ordering feijoada, the rest of us went with the second option on the menu, which was a very nice curry. The yummy food was cooked by Mazi Mas. Have a look at their website to find out about this amazing project, helping migrant woman find their place in London.

Grant: I saw a great deal at Chinese Laundry for dinner for two, so I invited Vicky along to join. We had a pretty fantastic meal (read the full review next week). It’s a cute little place with amazing and flavorful Chinese food. I’m gonna go back. (Oh and learn about the Fork of Shame next week too…)

Vicky: I didn’t try enough dishes at Le Bab for my review so dragged Grant and Linzi along for more photo ops. Personally, I loved their kebabs and the paneer one was awesome! A full review is in the works so you got that to look forward to. No selfies though, who has enough time for selfies when you’re busy taking pictures of kebabs designed for instagramming…

Sanj: Date night called for trying out new whisky bar Black Rock, from the guys behind the excellent Worship St Whistling Shop. It’s a cosy spot with an amazing 250+ library of whiskies on display, but the bar is dominated by the 18ft split oak tree trunk doubling up as a table. They actually age two different whiskies in the tree trunk itself which pour out through taps at the end (no kidding). The in-house table blend was pretty good, but my Campfire cocktail was unexpectedly even better!


Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Yee Gan’s first visit to a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall restaurant? River Cottage Canteen lived up to his expectations. Elsewhere Jules discovered a creperie in Camberwell, while Linzi and the gang loved the fresh ingredients at Prawn on the Lawn (though went for a second dinner afterwards!). And if you’re staying in this weekend, how about following in Grant’s footsteps and making your own puff pastry?

Still looking for inspiration?
Fear not, we’ve got a list of all our current favourites to the rescue! Or check out last week’s Munch here.

Have you got any food and drink highlights (or lowlights!) 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…

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