Just to confirm I AM NOT A FOODIE but recently I have been eating out…A LOT! So it only seems fair that all of the delicious eats I have consumed over the last couple of months get a mention on the blog. I wrote my first recent food adventures post a few months back and since then have been to some more great eats in London so here they are.
Back in 2013, my friend chipped in together and got Dan and I £120 worth of D&D restaurant vouchers. Just before the wedding we went to New Street Grill just by Liverpool Street Station and it took us almost another year to book in to spend the rest of the vouchers but we finally got around to going to Madison in St Pauls. I had been up to Madison before just to get this amazing view over St Paul’s Cathedral.
We chose a New Zealand Sauvingnon Blanc to have with dinner. We decided to skip starters as I knew I wanted a dessert so Dan went for the steak and I chose chicken. We got a side of mac and cheese and vegetables.
That is a face of a happy lad who is about to devour a steak. I finished with this beautiful dessert, it was so hard to choose as there were so many great ones on the menu but I went for passion fruit parfait.
Joe’s Kitchen opened up in Kentish Town (my local) a little while ago and having been to the Covent Garden branch I was keen to get there and try it out. The menu is slightly different to Covent Garden but still with the same Southern chicken vibe. I feel like we probably ordered badly because we were less than impressed with the food.
Here is what we got:
Gooey corn spoon bread with clotted cream and Red Leicester cheese
Devilled eggs with chicken skin mayonnaise and bacon crumbs
Buttermilk marinated chicken wings
The food was good but it just wasn’t up to expectations, to be fair they had only been only a week so maybe teething problems? The staff were really lovely and they have done amazing things with the space as well. There is also a bar downstairs which I am looking forward to checking out. We were offered 50% off our next visit if we went in the next month as well, I think I will try their new weekend brunch menu next.
After Ibiza there was only one place I wanted to be to cure my hangover and that was The Breakfast Club. I’ve only been here once before because to be honest I just refuse to queue. I know that’s how some places do things but I really don’t like the idea of standing out in the freezing cold for half an hour to get a brunch, it’s not my thing. So luckily my two friends did the hard work and I snuck in once they got a table (not planned I was just running late). I went for the Huervos Ranchos breakfast and it was of course amazing, although a little too much for me, I had to leave one of my chorizo sausages.
I am so happy to hear that The Breakfast Club is opening soon in Camden Town!
As I mentioned in my June round up post, Pappagone is one of mine and Dan’s favourite restaurants in London. It is on Stroud Green Rd in Finsbury Park and is without doubt the BEST Italian in London. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with hand shakes and kisses (on both cheeks) and warmly shown to your table. Straight away you realise there is a reason why it is always so busy, it’s because it’s so good and people like us keep coming back.
We are creatures of habit and we pretty much always order the Melanzane and calamari for starters to share before Dan moves onto pizza and me usually pasta. This time I thought I’d go for a pizza and of course I wasn’t disappointed. The wine is also brilliant and very affordable with house wine starting at £14. I just love the atmosphere and the true Italian feel to the place. All of the staff are Italian and the pizza kitchen is right in the middle of the restaurant so you can see them actually cooking it. There is also a gelato bar so you can finish the evening in the real Italian way.
Another brilliant Italian, this place is on Upper Street in Islington and is on the taste card, we’ve been here a few times before but we were in need of a little date night so popped down one Wednesday evening. We shared a melanzane (told you were creatures of habit) and also fried mozzarella slices with breadcrumbs and tomato sauce. We both had pizzas as well. Pizza’s are great because we can never get through a whole one and it saves on lunch the next day. We had a few wines and good chat and I also love this picture of Frank Sinatra on the wall, looking so young.
Our latest taste card club was chosen by Rachel, we went to Camden Town to Made in Brasil restaurant. I’ve been here before (good old taste card). Again, I think Cara and I ordered badly as our food came out and it was many shades of beige! We had ordered tapas but without really thinking, the food was all good but we were definitely missing our vegetables. There was a lot of cheese, breads and pastry. Rachel and Nikki went for main courses and I must say they looked divine. It was happy hour during our time there so all cocktails were 2 for 1. We had quite a few caprihanas so this helped to wash down the beige food!
I have been coming here for quite a few years now and I’ve never had a bad meal here. The Blue Legume is on Upper Street and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a heavy night out I was in need of some good food so Cara and I popped down for a spot of brunch. I went for the Eggs Benedict and I’m going to put it out there and say it is the best I’ve had in London. The hollandaise is on point, the ham is so good and of course the eggs are super runny. The best part of it all, it is priced fairly at £6.50. I paired it with a banana milkshake which is served in a gorgeous cup with a little sweet on the side. Hangover cured.
The Golden Hind
A friend was recently in town from London and arranged for us all to meet in Marylebone at The Golden Hind for a chippy tea. I’m personally not a huge fan of fish but luckily for me they had delicious feta bites and calamari. My friends all ordered the fish and by all accounts it was good. Although the place isn’t much to look at, the food was worth it.
I know I have mentioned this place before but it really is so good! Their speciality is arancini risotto balls and you can’t not love them. These are little balls of deliciousness and dipped in their special sauces. There is a cute little courtyard out the back so the perfect place to sit and enjoy in the summer.
This is definitely up there with one of my ‘go to’ London restaurants. I love Mexican food already but wahaca put a good street food spin on original Mexican dishes. I am so happy that Wahaca have opened a branch just minutes from my place in Kentish Town, it is located right above the tube station in a huge space with a burrito bar that is open from 12-3 daily. I’ve been to Wahaca on the South bank twice in the last two months and also the one in Angel as it is just down the road from work. I just love the sharing plates and I can confirm their margarita’s are amazing.
Food adventures to come
Over the coming months I will be doing a lot more brunching. I’m booked in for the Duck and Waffle the day before my birthday in August (so organised) and I am hoping to have a bottomless bellini brunch with friends at The Bourne and Hollingsworth for my birthday. If I can get a booking for Bluebird on the Kings Road I’ll be heading there too. As a cheese lover I will be checking out The Melt Room in Soho for their cheese toasties as well as trying out the latest cereal killer café in Camden.
So there you have it, my recent food adventures in London, please excuse the pictures, I find it really hard to get that perfect instagram angle that everyone else seems to have perfected.
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