Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: As one last birthday hurrah, I booked us into Umu for a really special meal. We ordered the Kaiseki menu which was a great selection of amazing Japanese food. My partner and I both had different courses we really enjoyed, but we both agreed on the stone bass rice with akadashi miso soup and Japanese pickles. The soup was probably the richest and best miso soup I’ve ever had, and the rice was superb. More photos and a review to come!
Sanj: Every good bank holiday weekend needs a bottomless boozy brunch! I tried the trendy (and spendy) offering at Asia de Cuba in Soho, which served sharing starters in cigar boxes, main courses ranging from smashed avocado to duck confit, and unlimited Mexican donuts that we were too full to make use of properly! All alongside our amazing waitress plying us with as many mojitos, bellinis and mimosas as we could drink, responsibly of course…
Linzi: I don’t know if any of you readers have noticed this, but the Boozy Bunch crew are a bad influence! Shocking, I know. I popped out to meet Grant and Isabel for a quick lunch at Regent’s Place, where they have an amazing monthly food market serving all kinds of treats. We started at Argentinian darling, Chango Empanadas, to fuel us for the queues and each grabbed an empananda and I cheekily ordered a bag of their alfajores, which are the buttery biscuits with dulce de leche I had at Zoilo. Omg.
This was definitely enough food for me, but still we queued up at Deeney’s for one of their grilled cheese sandwiches. Why do I do this to myself? I ordered a Hamish, a ham and cheese, and the others ordered a Hamish Macbeth which comes with haggis. Full points for their Shakespeare banter, but ultimately the sandwich just had too much mustard for me.
Sanj: A bunch of the Bunch made use of generous Grant’s membership of The Nudge to go for a whole Spanish iberico suckling pig roast at the recently-opened Aussie-meets-Asian restaurant Dickie Fitz. There were truffle mac-n-cheese balls, bottomless sides, Tim Tam martinis, ‘sowfies’ and highly inappropriate puntastic pig names galore – this is one review you won’t want to miss!
Vicky: I seem to have brought back something unwanted with me from Thailand and have been plagued by some tropical disease. My body seem to only want congee as nourishment and how could I say no to that? I’ve whipped up this simple Japanese style brown rice version with a chicken stock base and served it up with a spring onion/ginger pesto type sauce. Definitely soul food! I’m missing solids though and can’t wait to go and eat real food.
Jules: I’m not really a big meat eater, but I make exceptions for good friends. Especially if I haven’t seen them for a year and if they are big fans of the Hawksmoor Restaurants. Personally I think they are the best when it comes to meat. We went to the Spitalfields branch and shared an 850g (1.8lbs) T-Bone steak from the specialty board. When ordering we got into a slight pickle: he likes his meat medium-rare and I like it medium. But the waitress saved the day in offering to let me send back the pieces I would like a cooked a bit more. Perfect. I had to stretch my budget a bit for this, but it was well worth it.
Yee Gan: The alphabet dining group met up for our latest meal tonight. After U for Ukrainian at our last meal at Baltic, we headed to Cafe East in Canada Water for V for Vietnamese. The full review will be out soon but we had a nice selection of starters, main dishes and noodles. However, we’ve hit a slight problem for the next meal. Can anyone help us with a country which starts with the letter W? Please post your ideas in the comments section below. Thanks!
Reviews from the week…
Looking for an affordable afternoon tea in London? Jules recommends the quirky Refuel at the Soho Hotel. Or how about a new bar to show off to your friends as Linzi found at Found? Yee Gan also sent us a ramen recommendation from Tokyo and Grant enjoyed some moist cake at Crumbs & Doilies in Soho. And have you heard about the posh kebabs taking over Instagram? Vicky tried them out with some drool-worthy pics…
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…