Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: I had big plans to go to a retro gaming event with a bunch of friends, but we needed sustenance first. So we hit up Dinerama in Shoreditch to give their street food vendors a go. My favorite were the chicken wings from BBQ Lab. They’ve won awards for their buffalo wings, and I can see why. They paled in comparison to wings in America, but they had a good flavor profile with fall off the bone meat and a good truffled blue cheese sauce.
Grant: Several of the bunchers (and honorary bunchers) went to The W hotel for their Boozy Brunch. Well, while several people had booze, I’m the only one who went for the unlimited option with unlimited Red Snappers (imagine a Bloody Mary with gin instead of Vodka). They were also quite good at making them spicy. We had such a great day lounging on the sofas and enjoy each other’s company.
Bella: I fancied some good Chinese food so thought I would pop over to Beijing. Unfortunately my language skills aren’t quite where they should be so every meal is a surprise! I really enjoyed this zhajiang mian (hand pulled wheat noodles served slightly warm with a range of colourful accompanying toppings) and the accompanying sweet and sour chicken (I think that’s what it was, it was delicious anyway) really helped to warm me up on a particularly cold day. Yum.
Vicky: I’ve been feeling under the weather so I only wanted congee, soup and apparently, dumplings. I dragged Grant to try out Chinatown stalwart, Beijing Dumpling with me and man they were heavenly. My favourite were their fried pork dumplings, but all of them were worthy of a return visit.
Grant: A friend wanted to meet for lunch, so I said yes and convinced him to go to Kerb Camden to grab it. There are so many stalls, and this time I opted for a ‘Nduja and honey pizza from Fundi Pizza. It was very spicy and the honey gave a nice sweetness! There is so much there I want to try before I move!
Vicky: It must be a week for pizza because I tried out NY Fold. Apparently they won some sort of pizza award and the proprietors were really lovely Americans. Sadly, it was a little too heavy (1 slice would have been more than enough) and bland for my liking, so Homeslice lives another day to be my pizza go-to in town.
Bella: I have heard that no trip to Beijing is complete without a hotpot so I had to make sure I had one before I left. This is not a meal for the weak willed, as the food just kept on coming. I thought it would be pretty hilarious if I managed to give myself food poisoning while on my travels and so I sneakily timed some of the ingredients to make sure they weren’t under or over cooked, but luckily I didn’t get caught. Although no one in the place seemed to be able to finish everything they gave us I reckon I made a pretty good effort and everything I had was sooooo tasty, even if I could only identify about 30%, I am very glad I didn’t miss out. By the way this photo could only fit half of the ingredients!
Reviews from the week…
This week we’ve got some international flair as Bella raves about the kushikatsu at Bone Daddies in Old Street while Vicky goes further south in Asia with the amazing dumplings from Beijing Dumpling. Jules grabs some cake in Copenhagen, and Grant has the best tapas of his life from Tickets Bar in Barcelona. He also takes us on a tour of the international cuisines available from Kerb Camden Market!
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…