Clutch, a cluckin’ good brunch

Yep I know, the London fried chicken boom is so 2014-and-late, but new openings still seem to be cropping up all over town. Not many of them seem to open in the mornings however (and I mean brunchtime in the morning, not the wee early hours) so I thought I’d share the tale of a recent tasty brunch at Clutch Chicken. It was…

Itadaki Zen, Europe’s first vegan Japanese

I’m an omnivore that quite likes going to vegetarian-specific places, as despite drawing from a more constrained set of ingredients, they often produce more creative and interesting dishes as a result. Well, either that or you get a bunch of average dishes with rubbery tofu on everything. When I heard that London had a place…

Asia de Cuba, a bottomless bellini brunch

Another weekend, another bottomless brunch. I wasn’t sure what to make of the name except that Asia de Cuba sounded suitably exotic, which seemed appropriate for a brunch double date with our good friends Mr and Mrs P who love to travel. Your first challenge is finding the restaurant – also your first clue that…

The name’s Kitchin, Tom Kitchin

Me: *gasp* Oh my god, that’s him. Colleague: Who? Me: Tom Kitchin. He’s really here. Colleague: Kitchin? Wait, his surname is Kitchin? And now he’s a chef?! That’s amazing! True story. So some of our group perhaps weren’t quite as excited as I was to visit Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin, where the eponymous Scottish chef…

Le Mercury, French without the fancy

It’s date night. You want to exude the romance and sophistication of suggesting French food, but you’re also on a budget. You’ve probably seen that the Bunch have tried and tested plenty of London’s high-end French restaurants on the blog, but if you’re looking for something more casual than crème de la crème then Le…

Dickie Fitz, pigging out in Fitzrovia

Another week, another Bunch outing (plus special guests)! Grant, our resident Nudge member, invited a group of us to join him for a feasting experience – whether because he likes our company or just needed 8 people to book it we’re not sure, but we were all excited to be asked! Especially when we read…

The Botanist, boozy brunching in the City

Much like my fellow Buncher Vicky and her visit to Ho Modern Vietnamese, I too need to confess to cheating on the Boozy Bunch at a boozy brunch without them (*gasp*). I’d like to think of it as giving the place a test run though! The place in question was one of the several interesting…

Taberna Do Mercado, Portuguese tapas in Spitalfields

My boyfriend is wonderfully accepting when it comes to me and my food. He knows well by now my dislike of eating in the same place twice, and endures my insistence on telling him random facts about the chef at new places (as he nods with ‘interest’). He has even learned to hold back from…

Pizza East, Shoreditch

If hipsters made pizzas… oh wait, that’s exactly what this place is! Here’s what you can expect: 1) Lots of concrete The building is a former tea warehouse and remains faithful to its industrial past – that means ceiling vents, exposed brick and concrete pillars, made cosy with low hanging lamps. It’s also pretty cavernous…

Lemongrass, the UK’s only Cambodian restaurant

This one time, in Battambang, I did a cookery class. The enthusiastic chef and owner of the unusually named (but not dodgy at all, honest) ‘Smoking Pot’ restaurant took us on an amazing (and pungent) fresh market tour, around stalls of vibrant vegetables and flying fish heads, to buy the ingredients for a couple of…

The Gardener’s Cottage, an enchanting Edinburgh eat

There’s something endearing about that name, isn’t there? The Gardener’s Cottage. Something that conjures up thoughts of cabbage patches, cosy fireplaces and Enid Blyton books (or maybe that’s just me!). Well that’s something akin to what we found here. I was following my colleagues along a particularly green Edinburgh street, face buried in my scarf…

A fat lunch at The Fat Bear

This Southern American spot has taken up residency down a small City backstreet, well tucked away above a pub called The Rising Sun. There’s little to give it away from the outside when walking past, so congratulate yourself on being in the know when you get there! I’m sure those members of the Boozy Bunch…