We’ve been living in our area for almost 4 years now, and in those few years, we’ve gained and discovered quite a few restaurants and cafés that we really enjoy – and are always excited for new openings that are only a few minutes away from our flat. So when Bob’s Café opened up a new branch on our doorstep, and were offering free food for their soft launch (yes, completely free, no catch!), we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try.
I’m back with a bang! I have a slew of travel posts coming your way, but we’ll kick things off with something to make you very hungry on a Monday morning.
Marcus Wareing is a chef I’ve admired from afar for a while, but have curiously never made it to any of his restaurants before. So when I was lucky enough to pick one of the amazing Feast on London deals from Bookatable to try out, Marcus at The Berkeley seemed like the perfect option.
My lovely date C and I settled into a comfy sofa table after a long day of work, and readied ourselves for the feast with their “London cocktail” – essentially a bellini with a twist. A lovely way to start, fresh and not too sweet.
If you like what you see in this post, be quick about it – you can eat it all with 50% off the food bill like we did, if you can snag a table by 31st July!
On a hot summer’s day (finally! only took until the depths of July, well done London), is there anything better than a glass of rosé and sharing fresh and flavourful dishes with friends? Chicama is the definition of a perfect summertime hangout, with its airy interiors and light, colourful menu. We had the doors thrown open and it was glorious.
As the soft launch preview menu is a little smaller than their regular one, and we were four hungry people, we managed to order the entire menu except for one dish. I’m not sure I’ve ever managed that before!
This newly opened hangout in my neck of the woods of West London is what you might call “instagram/pinterest heaven”. You’ll see what I’m talking about as you scroll down – I mean, those copper cups, the lights, the white booths and succulents… I’m in love with it all.
E and I took advantage of the 50% off soft launch last weekend, and went for a lovely casual brunch on a Saturday. It was already a treat as our work schedules don’t often allow us to have brunch/lunch together on the weekends, but to find ourselves in this place where we instantly felt at home was a bonus!
No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station is a renovated fire station (hence the name) that is now an independent restaurant, café and bar.
It’s actually been a few months since I ate all of this delicious food you’ll see below (so jealous of past me), I waited to write about it for a reason.
I went to Sambal Shiok‘s previous pop up in Salvation in Noodles (which I also love) when it was just about to finish, so I didn’t want to tease you with it until I knew where their next residency was! And now I’m ready, because their new pop up in The Sun & 13 Cantons is up and running – it’s in the centre of town, takes bookings, and will serve the dishes I’m showing you here and more.
By now, you all know that I love food. I love many different cuisines, and I especially love Asian food – Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean… the list goes on. Although I’m no expert in those cuisines (well, I’m obviously quite familiar and know a lot about Japanese food, but that aside), I’ve tried my fair share of popular dishes from such cultures.
However, Malaysian cuisine is one that I hadn’t explored much before, so when Angela (a Malaysian native) organised a get together at the Nyonya Supper Club and I was able to join last minute, it was the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the Southeast Asian cuisine I’d only heard good things about.
I’m an open minded diner when it comes to eating out, but things that will always win brownie points with me are that a) they take reservations, and b) they play good music that isn’t played so loud you have to shout your conversations, because that paired with good quality food is actually not that easy to come by these days.
Thankfully, Duck & Rice ticks off all those tricky boxes and more. It’s a unique place that boasts a relaxed pub setting downstairs (with some of the restaurant dishes on offer), and a restaurant on the first floor with cosy seats and a modern, friendly vibe. E and I had been once before, but our friends and I had not been too hungry for dinner after big respective lunches and had just shared some duck and rice (how appropriate) to share, so we were excited to try it “properly” with my sister and two friends in tow.
It seems that the Barrafina family have become an inadvertent tradition for celebrations around here – but it’s absolutely worthy of it. Last summer, E and I celebrated our two year anniversary at the Adelaide St. branch, and in the past couple of months, I’ve visited the Drury Lane branch to congratulate my sister on an impressive achievement and to cheers to E’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.
So, just so you’re not knocked out of your seat with the huge amount of food that is pictured below, you should know that these were taken across two different visits to Barrafina Drury Lane!
On my last day in Tokyo, my dad took us out for a wonderful lunch – one that we had saved for that day, knowing that enough time had passed since the New Year that there was fresh fish a-plenty in restaurants again. It was also somewhat celebratory, as my sister and I had performed the night before and it was our first (and final, for a while at least) day of all play and no work!
If you love tempura (who doesn’t?!), there is simply nothing that compares to the experience of sitting at a counter and having the chefs fry whatever you fancy, right in front of your eyes. The fish and seafood are alive until the second they get fried, in the lightest batter you can imagine, and there is no greasiness or heaviness as they give you your order of choice, as fresh as can be.
I have a friend of 18 years who’s lived almost all of her life in the heart of Notting Hill, and through her, I’ve got to know many a West London gem. Just when you think you’ve tried them all, there’s always another one to wow you just around the corner… and this is exactly what Assaggi was.
Back in December, she (let’s call her Mouse, as that is her nickname from when she was younger!) took me out for an incredible meal out at this hidden beauty that I had no idea about. The restaurant itself is run by truly Italian staff (I realise that one can’t “truly” be Italian, but you get my gist), and the room itself looks like a cosy, large room in a house. The smells coming out of the kitchen had my stomach rumbling right away, and we immediately got to choosing our dishes.