Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Yee Gan: On a shopping trip to Central London, Emma and I tried out Duende for lunch. It’s a small plates restaurant with some inventive dishes. Our favourites were the marinated salmon roulade, aubergine & goat’s cheese croquettes and velveted hake in cava & anchovy sauce. I can second Grant’s recommendation.
Linzi: The British get a lot of flack for their food, especially from Americans, and maybe some of it is justified. Jellied eels, anyone? But what can never be argued with is their sheer mastery when it comes to Sunday eating. The humble Sunday roast is a work of genius and one of my favourite things ever. We spent our Sunday at The Alwyne Castle , a super chill pub off Highbury and Islington. I had the mixed roast of beef and pork, which I think is a great idea, why stick to just one meat? Loved the crackling and great roasties. My only gripe was that I was still hungry after and could definitely have eaten another. Please, sir, can I have some more?
Grant: I decided I wanted to take my parents to Sager + Wilde Restaurant as it’s one of my favorite places in London. And luckily, they were offering 50% off their lunch menu through The Nudge so we headed there and basically ordered everything off the menu. I think my favorite was the duck hearts with chili, and the sauce was so good we were soaking up every last bit of it with the delicious bread they offer. The chili also packed a good wallop of heat (which is just the way I like my dishes that have chili). Most of the dishes were pretty fantastic though, and the service is always spectacular.
Grant: One of the joys of London is the plethora of ethnic food available. As the options in Alaska aren’t that extensive, I brought my parents to Ada restaurant in Enfield to have an amazing Turkish feast. The best part was definitely the hot meze that we split consisting of some very succulent calamari and liver. The only thing on the plate that I didn’t enjoy was the falafel (or fel-awful as I like to call it) as it was just too dry and grainy. Otherwise, the meal was a success all around and my parents really enjoyed it!
Bella: I had heard about the new pizza place opening up where you make your own pizza with unlimited toppings and so when I was offered a chance to try Pizza Storm for free in Wandsworth how could I say no? I often struggle to choose pizzas as I usually like the sound of more than one on the menu so this seemed like a good solution. I resisted the urge to have everything on offer but mostly because some things just don’t go together however I still ended up with a lot of toppings, and between us we tried a good 80% of what was on offer! Everything I tasted was great so I will definitely be back. Messy but delicious, and done in 180 seconds and it even comes with your name on it .
Becky: On my most recent trip to New York, a number of people kept telling me to check out Lady M for their famous crepe cake – 20 perfectly thin crepes with alternating smears of fresh whipped cream. They had a number of flavours including earl grey, but we settled on matcha. It was actually really good – I think I might take a crack at making this!
Grant: Did someone say chicken? I came along very last minute to join Yee Gan and Becky for lunch at the new(er) Chick ‘n’ Sours location in Covent Garden. I had been the previous week with Bella and Vicky and had a delicious K-Pop bun, so this time I was ready to try the Guest Fry of fried chicken with General Tso sauce. (I now realize that half of the bunch have been to this venue – it may be a race to see who writes the review!) It was definitely worth the second go around, and the slaw side was one of my favorites. Plus the chicken is huge (which is strange given that all the chicken is organically grown). Yee Gan even gave it the chicken feet of approval by boldly stating that he thinks it’s the best fried chicken in London at the moment. That is huge praise from a man who has visited KFCs from all around the world!
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Vicky discovering the best Thai food in London at Som Saa? Andrew ate all the pies at The Guinea Grill in Mayfair (ok, not all) and Jules found some delicious spicy Bengali food at Calcutta Street in Fitzrovia. Outside of London, Grant recommends the excellent Midsummer House if you’re visiting Cambridge, and Yee Gan tried the classic tasting menu at Aird’s Hotel in Appin.
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…