Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Yee Gan: I survived my stag weekend! Amongst some fun japes with the boys was a lovely meal at the Wentworth restaurant in the Talbot Hotel in Malton, Yorkshire. Watch out for a full review to follow and roll on the wedding!
Vicky: This week I’ve been experimenting with some (shock horror!) gluten free and sugar free baking and made these tahini beauts inspired by Ottolenghi (unadjusted recipe available in Jerusalem). I thought they were super tasty all things considering (especially dipped in homemade chocolate) and they reminded me of chinesey peanut biscuits with the same shortbreadesq constituency, big on the nuttiness and not too sweet. So proud that I might share the recipe with you….
Linzi: No queue outside Flat Iron? Get in! Now I am not quite as fast to visit the London ‘trendy’ places as some members of the Bunch but I invariably get around to them in the end. Notably, Flat Iron. We managed to get in without queuing at all! Fair enough, it was 11 at night. I enjoyed the steak but didn’t quite feel it was the ‘value’ that everyone seems to think it is. Let me take a bath in their bernaise sauce and I might change my mind 😉 What let the meal down was their decidedly average sundae, take a pass on dessert and order more fries.
Grant: One of my favorite restaurants, Sager + Wilde Restaurant, was doing a special meal paired with cocktails from one of my favorite vodka producers: Vestal Vodka. We had a four course meal with four vodka cocktails. My favorite was the martini like one with a caraway liqueur. Right up my alley. The food was always wonderful as always, with the lobster and white asparagus dish probably being my favorite (because I mean it was lobster). We even got to chat with the Vestal Vodka producer for awhile which was a lot of fun, and I learned quite a bit about how they produce their booze!
Sanj: A colleague’s leaving dinner took us to The Pig & Butcher in Islington, a welcoming, farmhouse style gastropub with an amazing selection of craft beers. I enjoyed my Angus onglet, but I also stole a bite of the T-bone for two to share which was far more tender – damn food envy!
Grant: Thursday was so lovely that I didn’t want to be cooped up in the office for lunch, so I headed down to Kerb KX for some weather and some street food. I’ve been in a bit of a Mexican kick lately (maybe because of my upcoming trip to the states?), so I grabbed some food from Club Mexicana. They are Kerb’s first vegan street food trader, and I had avoided them for ages (because vegan) until I finally broke down and gave them a try several months ago by getting some tacos (one of their superb Pulled Jackfruit and the other of their intensely smoky beans). I was absolutely wowed at how good it tasted. (And I lived in Santa Cruz for six years, which is probably the vegan capital of the world). Unfortunately, they weren’t doing the tacos, but I went for a half and half burrito and it was very good (although the tacos really are the best way to experience the flavors of their fillings…bring back the tacos!) I also got the nachos, which are bright and colorful and full of flavor, but slightly dry from the lack of cheese (I know it’s vegan, but maybe something a bit saucier would help). Even with these minor complaints, I’ll definitely be eating them again as in my opinion, they are more interesting and more flavorful than your standard run-of-the-mill burritos available all over London. And at King’s Cross, you get to enjoy the wonderful canal-side seating…
Linzi: Today I had rib regret, you never want rib regret. Friday lunches are all about decadence, right? A few of us Boozy Bunchers stopped by Shotgun to get our barbecue game on. My recommendations: the pimento cheese starter and the half rack of ribs. The pimento cheese is like something you’d eat as a child, nostalgia thickly spread across a salty Ritz cracker. I ordered the combo plate of brisket and pork belly but had massive food regret when I saw Vicky’s ribs. Then I licked the baked potato bowl clean, because regrets are for the weak.
I didn’t order these ribs but I wish I had.
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Linzi continue her love/hate relationship with tapas at Caldo Bar & Kitchen? Sanj found a boozy brunch that does giant mussels at The Botanist, and Grant pushed the boat out with some amazing wine at Lucky Chip!
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…