Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Yee Gan: I introduced Emma to one of my soup noodle dishes, laksa at the appropriately named pop up, Laksa Kitchen, who were in residence at Tolli Patisserie in Kentish Town. We enjoyed a rich, deep seafood laksa as well as Hainan chicken rice and lor bak (deep fried pork spring roll).
Linzi: According to Grant, cake in the UK is dry, over-sweetened and characterless. He’s also made some comments about all your mothers but we’ll leave the fisticuffs for another day. I am not a big cake orderer in restaurants, I always believe that there’s probably far more interesting things on the menu, especially at Boozy Bunch favourite La Farola in Islington. To my delighted surprise, their carrot cake was a storming winner. Moist and delicious, my knife cut through it like warm butter. The icing sat lightly on top and was delicately flavoured with orange, lemon and lime. I had it for breakfast but for you, I’d recommend it at any time of the day.
Becky: I decided to check out Meet on Main, another vegan restaurant that has rave reviews. We ordered an assortment of dishes, but I really didn’t see what the fuss was about. I think the only thing I thought was okay was their vegan mac ‘n cheese using cashew cream. We were supposed to get a vegan sausage with it, which they forgot but promptly brought out afterwards. Not that I expected it to replicate a real sausage, but it tasted dry, crumbly, and a bit medicinal. Maybe I’ll come back for their burgers, but for now, I’m not a fan.
Grant: With rain comes the need for warmth (even though it’s not cold rain), and so I brought our friend (and honorary buncher) Josy to my favorite noodle place: Tang. (It seems like I come here every week, and maybe I do…) I think she left a huge fan as we went with the Chicken Tang that has a nice, light, refreshing and fragrant soup. I’m so glad we’re going back next week for Book Club…
Yee Gan: Fellow Boozy Buncher Grant is well known for his dislike of queuing for food. So, I made sure to get into line for Chinese street food restaurant BAO‘s latest opening in Fitzrovia. It’s almost a completely new menu compared to the original BAO in Soho. Our favourite dishes were the cod bao and…. look out for a full review soon by Grant. Did BAO cure his aversion to queueing for food?
Becky: My best meal this week was spent at my cousin Sherrill’s place for afternoon tea. Everything was made from scratch: crab and shrimp sandwiches; brie, pear, walnut and white balsamic sandwiches; sausage rolls; fresh pastries and homemade ice cream using organic strawberries and local Avalon Dairy. There’s a waitlist to eat there, but I always get first dibs!
Andrew: Burgers! Every Friday is Burger Day at work and we usually alternate between Bleecker St and Goodman as they let you call up for takeaway. But lately the sun has been shining and I’ve managed to drag the crew over to Kerb West India Quay where Mother Flipper (along with some other awesome traders) holds court each week. This time I went with the Dirty Barbie – a true monster of a burger with two hefty beef patties, double candy bacon, cheese, onions, and jalapenos. Delicious, but not for the faint of heart!
Reviews from the week…
Grant was impressed by Adam Handling’s new Shoreditch opening The Frog, while Linzi got some positive vibes at The Canvas Cafe but less so from their vegan freakshakes. Meanwhile Yee Gan has an Indian restaurant to recommend in Winchester and Becky got her matcha soft serve on in Vancouver. And did you catch the Bunch’s latest boozy brunch outing at Mommi’s? I don’t think we’ll be back for the food but at least we got to cosy up at the tiny table…
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…