The Weekly Munch, 16-22 Apr 2016

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

Saturday
Grant: Andrew and I checked out the new B & H Kitchen and did a cooking course learning to make sausages. It was such a sausage fest that day as we learned how to mix and stuff four different kinds of sausage: Classic Cumberland sausages, turkey and maple syrup sausages, beef Italian sausages and lamb merguez sausages. The course itself included a light nibble of crumpets and toast when we arrived and a lunch of toad in the hole with sides. We also got to take home all the sausages we made. I’m looking forward to eating a bunch of sausages over the course of the month. Hooray for sausages! (Also the course was fantastic, and I highly recommend doing a course there if you’re into that sort of thing.)

Sunday
Bella: We decided that one lesson from Vicky on how to eat dim sum properly just wasn’t enough and so we ventured south of the river to Clapham North to try out Fu Manchu’s unlimited dim sum menu. It’s fair to say we tried every dish on the menu, and some more than once, in fact I’m told that we ended up ordering over 40 dishes between the 5 of us! In our defence though some of them only came with 2 items, and others were seriously yummy. Special mention goes to the cheese and prawn balls and the prawn toast. There may have been a reappearance of the fork of shame however you will have to wait for the full review from Vicky to find out, and also to know the exact number of dishes we managed between us. But those who can’t wait that long can make do with counting this glorious tower from our first round, if they can tear their eyes away from the pure joy in Vicky’s eyes.

Monday
Sanj: The week started off strong for me with Monday margaritas at Mexican restaurant Mestizo! As ever the service is friendly but interminably slow here, though I do enjoy the enchiladas de mole – with their 50+ ingredient (one of which is chocolate!) mole sauce. It’s a shame I can never finish my portion here too!

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Tuesday
Yee Gan: A bit late to the party but I finally made it to Shackfuyu with fellow foodie Lisa. From the same stable as Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns, this Asian small plates joint was intended to be a one year pop-up but has become a permanent fixture. Full review to follow soon.

Wednesday
Bella: For a mid week outing with some work colleagues we decided Giovanni Rana would be a good option as who doesn’t love fresh pasta right? Well actually people with Coeliac disease, oops, but luckily the restaurant had a good number of non pasta options and so there was something for everyone. Following a recommendation most of us opted for the lasagne of the day, which was a delicious beef ragu, but the pappadelle with duck ragu also went down well and the Cornish Roast Pheasant, Salt Baked Carrots and Blueberry sauce looked terribly impressive however as we hadn’t actually ordered it we had to send it back so have yet to find out if it tasted as good as it looked.

Thursday
Jules:  While on the way to our dinner venue my friend and I decided to give in to our curiosity and visit a bar we always walk by on the way to work: Enoteca Da Luca . This nice Wine bar in Mayfair has a good selection of wine and some seriously delicious snacks. We decided to go with the olives, sun dried tomato & black olives tapenade and pane carasau (that’s the bread). It was a good thing we stuffed our faces with this tasty stuff, as our dinner venue Rasa (previously reviewed by Grant), was packed and we had to wait half an hour for a seat. Good things are worth waiting for.

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Friday
Grant: We had some friends visiting, and they were excited about meeting us for dinner. We suggested our new favorite Mexican: Molé Taco Bar. But first a drink was in order, so we headed to The Luggage Room for w quick tipple beforehand. Our friends were very impressed with both the cocktails and the food, and we had a great night catching up with old friends!

Reviews from the week…
Ever tried Portuguese tapas? Sanj had an interesting time sampling them at Taberna do Mercado. Meanwhile Grant tried panda cotta at the Chinese Laundry, and follow this masterclass from Vicky to see if you really know how to do dim sum right!

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 foodie 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…

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