Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Yee Gan: Emma took me out for my birthday. We went to The Noah’s Ark Inn in Lugarshall, West Sussex. Despite its name, they didn’t serve anything too exotic animal-wise! They lived up to their Michelin recommended status with really light pumpkin and Parmesan fritters, earthy pine nut stuffed Guinea fowl thigh and an explosive tarte tatin.
Grant: It was the end of this year’s London Restaurant Festival, and we decided to go for the Ultimate Gastronomy Weekend involving a mobile dining experience having a counseling three different restaurants all paired with Veuve Cliquot champagne. It also included a four course meal at Roux at the Landau. My favorite course was the jellied eel with smoked beetroot. I’ve now crossed jellied eel off the bucket list, but I’m sure it was much posher than what you would get at your standard pie shop.
Sanj: Happy Halloween! My sister and I got our baking gloves on for her office Halloween Bake Off. After some twisted inspiration we found ourselves dismembering a Barbie doll (which was surprisingly difficult) and whipping up a red velvet sponge, before covering the buttercream topping (and half the kitchen) with some golden syrupy blood splatter. Pretty effective, no?
Grant: Remember how I went and took a cooking course from Monica Galetti? I’m sure you do. Well since we are leaving London, we decided it was the appropriate time to see if a day with Michel Roux Jr. could top it. So we headed to Cactus Kitchens for the day to cook (and eat) a three-course meal and, you know, hang out with with the man himself. I do feel like I learned some new skills, especially as I can now say I’ve cooked quail. I’ve learned about new produce, and it was definitely an amazing experience to have toward the end of my six years in London.
Vicky: This week we’re back at Hoppers for our lunch time pleasure! You’d be glad to know there were still a couple seats left by 12:10 (but of course Grant made sure we were first in the queue)! We loved their daily special: beef curry with short rib pickle, aubergine raita and a salady sambal served with a giant roti!
Becky: Found this little gem of a French restaurant out in Richmond, and I’m itching to go back again! I had a really juicy and tender onglet steak with herbed butter, with a side of greens and a massive pile of crispy fries. I ate the fries last but they still stayed nice and crispy throughout! My lunch special, including dessert was £17.50. Not to mention, after 6 visits, you get a £50 voucher! I’m already looking forward to my next visit here!
Becky: With all the buzz around Kiln, Yee Gan and I decided to check it out for lunch today and joined the queue early on. The Thai-inspired sharing style plates all looked good, and there were a few ups and downs, but one of our clear favourites was the pork dried curry! We weren’t sure what to expect from a dry curry but the flavours were vibrant and really tasty with a side of rice. Full review to come!
Reviews from the week…
The Bunch tried out the new Chick ‘n’ Sours opening in Soho and gave it a finger-lickingly good thumbs up. Grant also put the new dessert restaurant at Hotel Cafe Royal to the test, Robyn found cake heaven at Brownie Box (just don’t ask her to share), and Jules tried a chocolate board at The Queen’s Head. Meanwhile take a look at the size of Yee Gan’s epic seafood platter at The Pierhouse while in western Scotland!
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…