Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Sanj: Has it struck Pimms o’clock in your house yet? It did for us! Well right before the thunderstorm hit anyway. This delightful set up in the garden satisfied my Pimms craving and kilner jar fetish perfectly. And the fruit makes it one of my 5-a-day right?! I recommend trying the blackberry and elderflower pimms twist too.
Linzi: Such a soggy Sunday calls for only one thing: copious calorie consumption. And alliteration apparently. We’d arrived into the Tottenham Court Road area starving for brunch and discovered that as it was still early, so many places were closed. We found refuge at Kua ‘Aina, the Hawaiian burger import, eschewing their breakfast menu in favour of their burgers as they just sounded too good to refuse.
But first, shakes! Go for the coconut one, it’s incredibly fresh and seriously decadent.
For the burgers: this beast of a teriyaki chicken with pineapple and added halloumi. It was massive. Unhinge your jaw and get ready for goodness. While this burger *could* be amazing, it was a little too chargrilled and the bun was a bit burnt. It’s definitely worth trying to recreate at home though. You know, if it ever stops raining in London this month. Hawaii, it’s ain’t!
Grant: Another week and another special event through The Nudge! This time it was the Nudge Chef’s Table where they had Eduardo Pellicano do a small tasting menu hidden in a room somewhere in Shoreditch. It consisted of a few snacks, four savory dishes and a dessert with a Negroni when we arrived and a glass of Asti at the end. The food was superb, and we got to actually chat with people who worked at The Nudge and learn all about their philosophy about building a website. Maybe I’m becoming a bit food jaded, but this type of underground vigilante food making is really making me excited right now. It’s definitely an amazing time for food all around the world, and I’m glad to be taking a part in it!
Vicky: I was being nosy and previewing the munch and linzi’s burger reminded me of the beauty I had at Berlin Burgers. Who would have thought of combining a piece of fried mozzarella with a burger? Genius. I added extra fake cheese because one can’t ever have enough melty goodness in a burger. Topped with some sweet potato fries, this Berlin fast food joint is tied with my other fav Berlin junk food place, angry chicken…
Vicky: My sister is in town for the evening and we went to our favourite sushi joint Dinings for a catch up. We both miss quality sushi so this always becomes a massive splurge of sake and food! I’ve not yet had anything bad here and their nasu dengaku (one of the very few hot dishes they offer) is one of the best. Since its truffle season, we obviously had to try all the truffle specials! Ended with the double crab open roll, which contrasts the sweet taste of freshly picked crab with the richness of fried soft shell crab. My stomach is grumbling thinking about it…
Bella: Book club day! This month’s book was Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and so we decided that chicken was the way to go – as it is a good example of the new world or for some other reason that I can no longer recall. And so we went to Bird as it’s a current Boozy Bunch favourite. There is a new menu and a new coating on the chicken, and so we thought it was important to try out all of the variations. I liked the new coating, and it seemed to get a thumbs up all round. I am a fan of the new combos they are offering, great value but a struggle to finish it all however when you have book club friends a problem shared is a problem halved, and good friends will help you find a way to manage a peanut butter doughnut – nom.
Grant: I have a confession: I’m addicted to the TV show iZombie. It’s really much better than the name gives it credit for. Think Veronica Mars meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Zombies. Give it a try. But one of my favorite parts is watching how they decide to serve up brains in each episode. I’ve seen them put it in sushi, on a pizza, as a smoothie and in scones. So when I got an email from the MeatLiquor crew about a special brain burger they were doing in conjunction with Fergus Henderson (of St. John fame) to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research, I knew it was something I was going to have to eat. It’s not cheap, but it’s raising money for an important cause (plus you get a specially designed apron to take home and remind you as well). So I headed to MeatLiquor N1 for lunch to gobble it up. I’m no stranger to veal brain, I’ve had it in the past, so I dug in. The burger was delicious. It was light and crispy on a thick, crusty bun with an acidic sauce gribiche. I don’t know if others eating lunch there were jealous, but they should have been. And it’s available until the end of June, so if you want to go, go here and get tickets and help raise money for Parkinson’s research. BRAAAAAAIIIIIINS!
Reviews from the week…
Fancy some dessert? Both Yee Gan and Linzi have that under control with eclairs and choux pastry from Maitre Choux and utterly delicious ice cream from Udderlicious. Or perhaps you’re travelling? Grant suggests Fat Boy’s Joint if you’re flying out of Gatwick, and Vicky and Bella review some of their experiences in Berlin and Bali!
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…