Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Becky: My cousin and I took a small road trip down to Seattle, and while we were in for a bit of sight seeing, we were really excited to arrive in time for happy hour – mainly because happy hour is pretty scant in Vancouver, not as many specials or variety. Our first stop was at Zig Zag Cafe for drinks, along with a massive $5 plate of deep fried pork skin! These skins were light and airy, and we inhaled the whole thing rather quickly. I do prefer the scratchings with more of a chip-like crunch and a layer of fat, but for $5, you can’t go wrong with that!
Sanj: I had a very satisfying brunch in the sunshine on the astroturf outdoor seating at Clutch in Hoxton. I didn’t read past the chicken and waffles on the menu (and didn’t regret it!) while my friend decided to Wing It with a zingy sour and spicy chilli coating on the wings. She claimed she accidentally forgot to specify she wanted 6 but managed to get through the portion of 12 regardless! A couple of mimosas and the chatty service made this a real treat.
Bella: I’m in Kathmandu currently and today I went to the cook like a local class run by social tours, it’s actually my second time at the class as I went a few weeks ago to learn how to make momos and enjoyed it so much I had to go back. Today we made dal bhat which is a Nepali dish made up of many different components, which many local people eat twice a day every day, it was surprisingly not that difficult or at least it seemed that way with such great instruction- and was really tasty- the real test will be when I try to recreate it back in London!
Grant: My favorite coffee shop near work just sold to The Mac Factory, home of what they claim is the best mac and cheese in London. (Sadly the coffee has gone a bit downhill.) But I decided I had to put that claim to the test as I make a mean mac and cheese myself. So I tried out the Posh Spice: Mac and cheese with chorizo, harissa and onion. It was actually much better than expected with a good amount of spice. I may have to try out the plain cheese just to see if it’s really that good, but I might wait until the weather gets a bit colder first!
Yee Gan: Mandy Yin has been serving up her modern interpretation of Malaysian burgers at various Sambal Shiok market stalls around London. She has taken up a temporary pop up at the Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho until 1st Oct. I tried the curry laksa istimewa with chicken & prawn. It had a satisfying depth of flavour but was fiery, even for my Malaysian palate.
Vicky: Grant and I tried out Zelman Meats as we wanted to go for dinner and I’m trying to cut down on carbs! The brisket was amongst the best I’ve had and it was incredibly difficult to limit myself to trying just a truffle fry (or 2): I agree with Grant, they were epic. We ordered way too much food and our friendly waiter gave us tips on finding the best Portuguese egg tarts in London. Watch out for reviews on both soon! (At least I think we’re planning on an egg tart crawl…)
Grant: Last minute a friend of mine was near Farringdon and wanted to do something for lunch. I suggested we meet halfway at King’s Cross to get some delicious food at the Kerb Market. We opted for the Kati Roll from Kolkati (get it?) because the queue was short and sadly it was the only place I hadn’t yet been to. I opted for the paneer over the chicken. It was a great concept, but for me, it was let down a bit by the lack of exciting flavors and a pretty sad looking paratha…where is the light and flaky parathas I am used to? Still it was enjoyable to grab lunch with a friend and to sit out near the canal at Granary Square and enjoy the late summer sun we’ve been having.
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch our boozy brunch tips this week? Sanj bellini-ed it up at the beautiful Asia de Cuba in Soho, while Linzi and co went a step further with unlimited food as well as drink at Kurobuta. Grant tried out new deli Honey and Spice, while further afield Yee Gan was left wishing Otoro Sushi could move from San Francisco to London!
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…