Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Becky: I was stuffed after brunching at Jam Café, but I hung around the city for a few more hours to walk it off, and make room for a Beta 5 cream puff. I’ve never been a big fan of cream, but these cream puffs changed everything for me. One of the seasonal specials is almond lavender, with almond mousse, honey lavender whipped ganache, kataifi nest, and an almond butter chocolate egg. While it was nice, my favorites are still a select few from the regular menu. Stay tuned for a full review!
Grant: I have a confession to make, a small group of us cheated on our usual brunch crew. There was supposed to be a brunch, but it never really got organized in time, so a couple of us (Andrew, Vicky and Bella) headed to Mommi for a mini-boozy brunch. It was unlimited “sushi” and you could add in unlimited bubbles. (I’m definitely using the word sushi lightly, because it was about as far from sushi as you could get.) The food was really lackluster (look forward to reading Vicky’s review!), but they were definitely good about keeping us topped up with the bubbly!
Jules: I’ve recently spend some time in Germany visiting the family. While in Berlin it has become a habit to invite whoever friend or family member is available to go to Thuy Nga for some great Vietnamese food. This time around I even remembered to take some photos. A full review is in the making.
Grant: Husband with meetings in town equals dinner in London! This time, I booked us into The Frog as it had just opened up a little over a month ago, and it was getting tremendous reviews. Plus we were thinking about it as a future boozy brunch option (yes it has one). All I’m gonna say is the food was pretty fantastic. Plus, there were some great wine pairings to go with the food (and they do beer pairings too). I’m still not sure why it’s named The Frog, apparently Adam just really likes frogs… (and don’t worry, there will definitely be a full review coming up.)
Becky: Jam Café has been creating a lot of buzz, so I brought a few out-of-town guests to try out this breakfast / brunch spot. They had lots of stuff to choose from, but I had my eye on the chicken & waffles . I’m usually not a fan of chicken breast, but this was surprisingly moist and juicy, though I’ve had better waffles elsewhere. In any case, I’m sure I’ll be back soon to try out a few other things!
Linzi: I’ve just returned from a trip to Serbia, which was an eating adventure that only the Balkans can provide. Everything comes with feta cheese. They’re fond of meat stuffed and wrapped around other meats, then breaded. Much like the Americans really when you think about it.
With a lack of comprehension on both the waiter’s side and ours, most of our ordering was a guessing game. A particular highlight was this 1970’s style platter served in Šešir Moj (My Hat) in Belgrade. That herby pinwheel with the cream cheese was suprisingly very good! I can also never say no to three kinds of cheese.
As with many Serbian hosts, they are charming and brought over a delightful plate of cookies and honey on the house at the end of our meal and also a lovely discount on the bill.
Linzi: Let me ask you a question, do you ever find yourself just accidentally buying food? Like, you went in for a newspaper and came out with a tiramisu, a twelve pack of Monster Munch and a bottle of Kahlua? This happens to me, a lot! Today it was two giant cupcakes from Wholefoods in Soho. I intended to buy them for a meeting but it never happened.
Look at these befrosted beasts! I could barely fit a whole bite in my mouth. Second question: what is the optimum frosting to cake ratio? You need enough to counteract any potential sad dry cake base but not too much to put you into diabetic shock. At any rate, these didn’t kill me and I can definitely recommend the strawberry cheesecake. £6 for the pair.
Reviews from the week…
Grant got the inside scoop on flying first class with British Airways, Vicky recommends Dinings to fill the sushi-shaped void left by no longer living in Asia, and Linzi and some of the other blogging beauties went boozy brunching at the Big Easy!
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…