Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Sanj: Date night this week took us to swanky Korean eatery Jinjuu in Soho to try the 7-course signature menu. Sae-woo pops, mandoo and KFC (the good kind!) kept us entertained, as did my first taste of kimbop, the Korean answer to sushi, but a little sweeter. Look out for the Asian boy-band posters in the toilets if you go!
Yee Gan: What’s better than a bowl of ramen for lunch? It’s when you start with a bowl of Fukuoka-style tonkotsu ramen at Ramen Danbo on Robson Street in Vancouver and decide to turn it into a grazing lunch with sushi at Sushi Itoga and finish with Korean fried chicken at Norboo.
Linzi: I should know by now that no one knows good food like Boozy Bunch Vicky and if she recommends something, you listen! We had gone to check out the Bone Daddies’ soft launch of their new restaurant in Old Street , and soft launch means you order practically the whole menu. Except when someone suggests pig bones, then I am a bit skeptical. But when they arrived, I was an instant convert. Hallelujah for pig bones, great big ribs with sweet chilli and spicy, sticky meat to gnaw on. You want to look as happy as me, don’t you?
Grant: A visit to Napa for fine dining means a pilgrimage to one place: The French Laundry. I’ve had the pleasure of going twice before, and for the third time the quality of food was still phenomenal. There were also great touches like Happy Birthday messages on the menu to my husband. We also had the immense honour of being joined by the Boozy Bunch newlyweds: Andrew and Becky. Now that the wedding is finished, I imagine there will be more exciting reviews from them in the future, but first a pic or two from our meal in advance of the full review. (Also we got to meet the man himself: Chef Thomas Keller.)
Linzi: Argentinian food has never really been the most obvious choice for me when it comes to dining out but in the last year, I’ve been introduced to it in a big way and I ain’t mad! To celebrate Wine Wednesday, we headed to Porteña in Borough Market. A little stall in the market, they specialise in street food with a huge variety of empanadas to choose from. I can recommend their spinach and ricotta and ham and cheese ones as my favourite. A highlight of the meal was also their Provoleta, the classic Argentinian melted cheese topped with chilli and oregano. And you know me, I couldn’t possibly leave without dessert and their alfajores were the best I’ve ever had.
Vicky: Wow! It’s been a week of deliciousness and celebrations! Whilst some of the bunch are celebrating birthdays and weddings over in Napa, I met up with Bella for her birthday at Little Feast. Her “world’s best Cuban” sandwich was pretty tasty and gooey but I was blown away by the mac and cheese arancini at Nanny Bills. Wow. That little ball of gooeyness definitely brought it! The guys at the stall were super friendly and gave me a free pickle with my fried goods in the shape of this #foodporn.
Yee Gan: These days, London is blessed with ramen joints (see the results of our Ramen Wars here) but since Koya shut, we haven’t had an udon restaurant. Until now. Ichiryu has opened on New Oxford Street with udon its specialist dish. I enjoyed a lovely tonkotsu udon. Watch out for a full review soon!
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Grant burst yet another bubble on London’s Mexican food scene at Santo Remedio? Yee Gan tried out new Soho spot Viet Food, Sanj enjoyed date night at Islington institution Le Mercury, and Jules has a brunch suggestion in Crystal Palace. Meanwhile if you’re a pickle fan you need to check out Linzi’s amazing 4th July sandwiches!
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…