Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Sanj: Curiosity got the best of me for my fiancé’s birthday lunch and I took him to Europe’s very first vegan and organic Japanese place, Itadaki Zen. I was pleasantly surprised by the food which was fresh, colourful and interesting – I only wish I’d doubled up on the kakiage tempura fritters which were delicious! There’s a cute homely feel to the place too and we left feeling good about ourselves. Look out for the full review next week…
Andrew: Meat, glorious meat! Rob was back from Oz so we caught up over a beautiful beef rib at Macellaio RC in South Ken. Not cheap but it’s worth every penny – although they have a 50% off soft launch going on right now at the new Bermondsey location. Get over now!
Grant: My favourite Latin American place in London, Mole Taco Bar, sent me an email last week advertising #TacoMonday. If you booked and quoted the deal, they were doing two pound tacos all day. This sounded like a dream come true, so I rounded up Vicky and Bella and we headed over to scarf down as many tacos as we could (and we also had to order some of the best guacamole in London)! I tried a couple of new ones – oxtail and fried chicken – as well as going for the soft shell crab as an old standby. The oxtail was fantastic, but I think I could skip the fried chicken next time. Whatever! They were two pound tacos, so no complaints here! If it happens again, I know I’ll be back. (Who am I kidding? I’ll be back even if they aren’t two pounds!)
Linzi: This week for a work meeting we lunched at the very nice Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen. Upon hearing the name I thought it would be a canteen or cafe establishment, but oh no, it’s a beautiful restaurant situated in the elegant Rosewood Hotel courtyard. It is the very personification of old-world glamour. I had total menu panic and opted for the fish and chips. A beast of a fish arrived, light and perfectly cooked. I can also recommend their Parmesan and truffle chips. Just wish I had been cheeky enough to order pudding!
Vicky: I baked an awesome loaf of caramelised onion and cheese bread last week and had all this caramelised onion fond/ butter that was left over. I used it as a base for a chicken/mushroom/tat soi/ pepper stew. SOOO good. This loaf of bread is definitely the bread that keeps giving!
Grant: Tonight was our book group. This time we read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. We ended up at My Old Dutch as the outfits and society seemed to have a bit of Dutch feel to it. I had never been so I was very excited, and all the pancakes looked amazing. Sadly, they were severely lacking in the flavor side of things. Even our dessert that was incredibly expensive only tasted good because of all the pre-made candy on it. (And it wasn’t even really that good, just better than the savory). But it was a new experience and a lot of fun chatting about a very thought provoking novel!
Linzi: Another day, another work lunch, woe is me 😉 Not really, especially when it’s one of my very favourite cuisines, Vietnamese. The thing I love most about Vietnamese is your choice, you can easily go light and healthy or fried and decadent. We lunched at Cay Tre Hoxton and went for a good mix of naughty and nice. I can highly recommend their Pig on a Stick and spring rolls but my main course simply blew me away. With heat that is. The Tiu Bowl features chicken, charsiu, pork, beansprouts and pho noodle in a sour sauce that is so much hotter than you could ever expect it to be. Well, for an Irish palate perhaps! Well worth a visit, except the downstairs lacks any atmosphere at all. My favourite part of work lunches are my boy colleagues who happily finish any food I leave on the plate.
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Yee Gan’s visit to the Laksa Kitchen pop up in Kentish Town? Jules has some cake stops and antique market tips, while Linzi discovered an entire room of cheese at Vivat Bacchus. Further afield, Grant had a special meal at L’Enclume in the Lake District while Vicky had us drooling over milk balls in Naha, Japan.
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…