Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: My parents are in town, and as my mother is an avid reader of the blog, there were a couple of places that she had picked out that she wanted to try. One of them was one of my favorites: Mole Taco Bar. So we headed in and gave it a try. Along with the usual delicious guacamole starter with margaritas and mezcal, we tried a few of the new dishes, including the adobo ribs with beans. I was a huge fan, but some at the table thought they were a bit too beany. Good thing we had tons of their amazing tacos as well! Plus the desserts went down like a dream!
Becky: Now that I’m finally back in London it is time to catch up on all the good eating that’s popped up since I left. Luckily my awesome hubby decided a surprise date night was in order. We visited the cosy Pidgin in Hackney where it turns out they only serve up a set tasting menu of four courses plus a few bonus bits. Food was delicious – if only there was more of it! Still, for £40pp it was good value for fine dining quality food.
Grant: Today I took my parents to my favorite local restaurant: Orchid 54 Bar Bistro. I’m always amazed Enfield has such a great restaurant, and, like always, we were majorly impressed with the food. This time I tried the Surf and Turf, and had an amazing steak and prawn dish.
Sanj: I tried funky new Indian place Talli Joe in Soho for a friend’s birthday meal. We chose an mix of their ‘halfplates’ from the intriguing group menu; I thought they went a little overboard with the spice in a few places and a LOT overboard on the sharing portion sizes. On the plus side there were some tasty highlights in there too like the kale chaat, warm stuffed kulcha naans and devilled quail eggs, and I had a good giggle at the brilliantly themed menus.
Vicky: We finally got around to Chick’n’Sours! As Grant likes to say,’everything that went into my mouth was delicious’! Yes, it is extremely pricy KFC (they actually do both types) and the service was a little slow but we left very very happy chickens. I don’t know what I liked more: the fried chicken, hot wings, sexy nachos or finally, a blue cheese sauce worthy of the name. Stay tuned for a review coming soon!
Yee Gan: One of my favourite places for Malaysian food in London is a takeaway called Noodle House at 333 High Street, Sutton in Surrey. On this visit, I had homemade soya bean drink, pious and an authentically hot Singapore laksa.
Linzi: We were taking a client out for lunch in Holborn this week and there was nowhere else for it but Roka. The food at Roka is definitely worth the price, everything is beautifully prepared and presented. You have to order one of the tasting menus if you go, we chose the Seasonal menu which was exceptional. The secret best thing about this menu? The dessert platter, piled high with creamy pudding, light as air cheesecake and exotic fruits. Do not miss this!
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Yee Gan’s Michelin-starred trip to Restaurant Tristan in Horsham? Grant has the perfect romantic date suggestion for you at Traders Wine Bar, Linzi was charmed by the authentic dishes at In Parma, while Vicky has more of a cautionary tale from Shimogamo in Camden. Meanwhile Jules got the scoop on Geist, tipping it as the next Michelin star in Copenhagen!
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…