The Weekly Munch, 4-10 Jun 2016

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

Saturday
Jules: I went to Turin for a weekend of eating, drinking and catching up with some old university friends. Maybe I should have really reversed the order on this, but for me it’s all equally important and pleasurable. On Saturday we found this amazing place in the centre of Turin: E’Cucina  has (what I would call) gourmet food for a budget. It offers a three course meal, plus coffee and a glass of wine. Unsurprisingly it was packed, but we were happy to wait our turn. What a splendid meal we had. Review to come shortly.

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Sunday
Sanj: I soaked up the Sunday morning sunshine at Brentford’s weekly food market. It was the morning after a good friend’s wedding reception so I couldn’t resist refuelling with an amazing breakfast muffin from The Muffin Man (the muffin man?! The Muffin Man! Ahem). It was a beautiful mess of sausage, pork belly, egg, spicy bacon jam and dreamy Ogleshield cheese in a homemade English muffin that I devoured in minutes before it fell apart.

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Monday
Grant: Forty years ago I was born. Forty years ago was also The Judgment of Paris, a wine tasting that ended up pitting the wines of France against the wines of California. In case you haven’t heard the results, be prepared to be spoiled, as it turns out the top red wine was a California wine, shocking the world and paving the way for New World wines to become as popular as they clearly have become. On Monday night, I went to a replication of this event put on at Sager + Wilde Restaurant in Bethnal Green. We were given three white varietals and four red varietals and voted on which we preferred. We drank a lot of good wine. A lot. The event was a whole lot of fun, and we even got some of the amazing food to eat as well.

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Tuesday
Grant: Nothing cures a hangover like Mexican food. (But in reality, I don’t need a single excuse to eat Mexican food). I happened to see on twitter that a new street food cart, Pink Cactus, was going to be at 55 Baker Street today. Their website looked fantastic, as they talked about making home made corn tortillas (which is such a rarity in the UK), so I beelined for Baker Street in order to shove these tacos in my face. Unfortunately, they’re all talk as the “Mexican Street Food” cart only had generic burritos. Boring. They tasted boring, they looked boring, the best thing on the burrito was the pre-made chili sauce, and it made me angry that I went out there. And halloumi as a veggie option? Mexico isn’t in Greece you know. Where are the Nopales? I mean your stall has the word cactus in the name, so I know you can do better! Needless to say, I won’t bother myself with this place again. Disappointing too as according to the website, one of the owners is Mexican.

Wednesday
Vicky: The weather is finally warming up so this week I whipped up some goma dofu. With only 3 ingredients and hands on cooking time of about 3 minutes, this is one of my favorite Japanese dishes to make at home and a doddle once you get used to working with kudzu powder. The recipe is simple: 70g tahini/50g kudzu powder (super fine texture)/splash tsuyu/500ml water. Mix the kudzu powder with a tiny bit of water to a very smooth paste and add all the other ingredients. Heat the mixture up whisking continuously until thickened and pour into a wet mould. Fridge and serve with more tsuyu and a bit of wasabi. Easy, right?

Thursday
Yee Gan: Emma and I headed out to celebrate her success at a job interview. We went to Michelin-starred Trishna, the older brother of Boozy Bunch favourite Hoppers. Among the dishes, we had the legendary butter crab and guinea fowl briyani. Watch out for a full review soon…

Friday
Bella: When you find yourself in Shepherd’s Bush in need of dinner and want to escape the frenzy of Westfield’s many eateries, as happened to us tonight, I would recommend Tatra Restaurant on Goldhawk Road as a great option. With 4 different dumpling options on the starter menu alone choosing what to order was quite tricky but luckily the helpful waiter suggested we have mixed pierogis which we shared as a starter (and they really helpfully split into two portions as they knew we were sharing) followed by one of my all time favourite dishes of stuffed cabbage while Vicky tried the Chicken Kiev. With generous portions of delicious food and a wide range of delicious home infused vodkas (be warned they go down very easily, we would particularly recommend the cherry, lemongrass and pear) I will no doubt be returning sometime soon.

Reviews from the week…
Did you spot Grant found ramen-like soup and other treats at new noodle joint Tang? He and Andrew also went on a marathon sausage-making course (yes, really) at B&H Kitchens, while Jules had a tipsy afternoon tea to tell us about at Mr Fogg’s. And we guarantee your mouth will be watering after reading about Linzi’s trip to Bird!

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 (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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