Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Linzi: Do you ever go out for dinner and think, ‘ooh I’ll go for something healthy’ and then end up with a plate of butter? Maybe that’s just me, I call it ‘menu panic’. We were visiting my hometown of Cork this past weekend and, as my father loves fish, tried out Quinlans Seafood Bar. It serves fish and chips, if you fancy that, and a number of other fantastic fish dishes without the batter. I opted for the special; poached monkfish with prawns, swimming in a decadent buttery soup served with champ and turnips and carrots. How very Irish!
Yee Gan: At the risk of sounding like I’m stalking fellow Boozy Buncher Grant’s eateries, Emma and I hit Hashtag Serendipity in Southampton. It’s a Chinese dessert place and we enjoyed the mango sago pudding and mango and strawberry mocha.
Sanj: I think I must be stalking Grant too as I followed his recommendation for Mexican food to Molé Taco Bar. I’m glad we did – everything was fresh and full of flavour, from the pleasingly lumpy guac with pomegranate seeds at the start to the nicely spiced pulled pork tacos. I was suspicious of the tequila heavy cocktail list at first but after trying a few they definitely had me convinced! Deserving of its place on our current favourites list. I couldn’t believe all the chain restaurants around the corner were packed and this place so quiet – seems like it’s still a hidden gem!
Grant: When it’s a special occasion, but you don’t want to venture too far from home because it’s a Tuesday night, you try to go to the best local restaurant. For me that’s Orchid 54 Bar & Bistro. They have an excellent wine list and some great food as well. Check out the delicious steak tartare we ordered!
Grant: I have a new obsession. Vicky has been haranguing me to try out the new deli by the people who brought us Honey and Co.: Honey and Spice! I mean, I have been wanting to try Honey and Co. since just about forever, it’s just always impossible to get into because it’s popular and tiny! Now I get to eat all of the things without a wait! They do have a tiny seating area available, but with the weather it’s so much nicer to grab it and enjoy the British summer. My chickpea and eggplant salad and giant breadstick clocked in at just under six squids! What a delicious, cheap and filling lunch! (Don’t forget to check out the cakes.)
Linzi: If you’re as much of a croissant fiend as I am then you’re in for a treat. Forget boring old pain au chocolat, at pastry wonderland Albion, you can dream bigger. I went into their Clerkenwell branch to grab a box of pastries for clients and was wowed by the selection on offer. The manager was awesome and insisted I take a free pistachio cream, almond and chocolate one for myself. It was incredible!
Jules: Just a short note from me on this Weekly Munch, as I’m in Copenhagen. It seems that my food blogging has rubbed off a little bit on my friend Pam. While we are here she desperately wants to eat Danish food and has been reading the guide book religiously on the best restaurants in town. We decided to visit Geist in the city centre, as it has masses of great reviews and no set menu. It was outstanding! (picture: scallops and chicken wings with browned butter). Blog post to come very soon.
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch where Linzi claims to have found the best burger in London? It might surprise you! Andrew powered through a good steak at MASH, Yee Gan tried small plates in Brighton and Jules has more art and cake for you in Dulwich. Meanwhile Grant discusses the queuing for food trend with a visit to the newly opened branch of Bao.
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…