All posts filed under: Lunch

Discovering Barraka and Whichit in Spitalfields

I was recently invited by friend and fellow blogger Chris Osburn (aka Tiki Chris) to an eatery near Liverpool Street station called Barraka. There were two reasons for this event – firstly, to experience Barraka’s excellent food and hospitality, but also to learn about a new company called Whichit, who Chris has been working with, and I will discuss later in this post. The team at Barraka kindly hosted the evening and served up a number of dishes from their menu for us to try. The definition of ‘Barraka’ in Moroccan is ‘Blessing’ and the owner explained how it was always a tradition in his family to‘bless’ people with good energies and food. The cuisine served at Barraka is a fusion of cultures and influences, with wraps, baguettes and salads filled with everything from halloumi, to chorizo, to chicken schnitzel! They describe it as ‘Mediterranean Street Food Made Fresh’ which seemed spot on to me. They were also very keen to sing the praises of tahini, which I am all for! Houmous is so popular in the …

Review of Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Prior to us going up to Edinburgh for the weekend recently, I’d been researching places to go for lunch. As you can imagine, you’re spoiled for choice in this city, but something about Edinburgh Larder Bistro really appealed to me. The dishes and ingredients looked fresh and delicious. The Bistro is tucked away on the corner of Alva Street in the West End, down some steps, so you might not see it. But you really should! Stepping down ‘underground’, the restaurant is incredibly cosy and candlelit. But if you head through to the back, there’s an adorable ‘orangery’ style area, which is where we were seated. I tried a rather unusual lavender gin, served with tonic, which was lovely, and Tim had a craft beer. We ordered the set lunch menu which was great value, with three courses for £15. To start, we both ordered the wood pigeon pastrami with pickled beetroot on walnut toast and Strathdon blue cheese dressing. It was gorgeous and the flavours just worked so well together – beetroot and blue cheese are a …

A Sunday Roast of epic proportions at Blacklock, Soho

I’m always in search of fabulous Sunday roasts. We normally visit local restaurants to us rather than travelling into Central London, but a couple of Sundays ago I was tasked with finding somewhere for a group of friends and I to go. Turns out trying to find fairly last minute availability for eight people for a Sunday roast in Central London isn’t easy – some of them couldn’t actually accommodate groups of this size! Eventually I struck gold with Blacklock in Soho. I’d seen some incredible instagram photos of their food and couldn’t wait to experience it with my friends. The only availability was at midday (it’s a very popular place!) and when we arrived at 11.45am, people were already waiting outside for their reservations. There’s nothing to see from the street – you go through the door and straight down the stairs to the underground den of meaty goodness. It feels like a nice secret! We were seated on stools around a long wooden table, with another group of people down the other end …

1st Anniversary Lunch at Native, Covent Garden

At the end of last month, Tim and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. It was on a Sunday, so we wanted to go for a nice lunch, somewhere fairly chilled but with great food and something a little different. I’d been seeing some gorgeous photos of a new restaurant called Native in Covent Garden, and so we thought we’d give it a try! We really didn’t know what to expect as the website doesn’t give much away. As we arrived, there only seemed to be a few tables in the restaurant, but we were led downstairs ‘underground’ to more seating. We were a bit alarmed to find we were the only people down there, but it soon filled up and the little space was buzzing. Native is very rustic in design – it focuses on wild food and game – so the décor is very similar. Clean white walls with touches of flowers and wood dotted around, with handmade wooden tables and chairs. The chef and co-owner Ivan was trained at River Cottage, which …

Lunch at Meat & Shake, Tooting

Now who doesn’t love a good American BBQ place? There are some brilliant ones in London, Bodeans has always been one of our faves. This weekend we tried out a new local one, which we’d been meaning to check out for a while – Meat & Shake. The name pretty much does what it says on the tin – meat and milkshakes! It’s a pretty big menu, with a wide choice of burgers and smoked BBQ dishes. As you might have read, I adore anything with truffle flavour, so I had to order the Truffle Shuffle burger –  Beef Burger with Truffle Mayo, Gruyère Cheese, Honey & Onion Truffle Glaze. It was absolutely gorgeous and definitely up there in my top 5 burgers to date! I also ordered a side of Pit Beans – 5 kinds of beans slow-cooked and smoked in tomato sauce, enriched with the smoked meats that were cooked alongside them. Tim ordered something rather epic which frustratingly doesn’t seem to be on the website – I was hoping to be able to find …

A Sunday Roast at The Ship Tavern, Holborn

One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is to go for a good Sunday lunch, so I was excited to be invited to The Ship Tavern in Holborn. I don’t usually venture too far from home in South London for a weekend roast, so I was hoping the trip into central would be worth it. The restaurant is located right next to the tube station, hidden away down a little side street. If I’m honest, from the outside it doesn’t look like much – it looks like a typical pub. But you ascend a flight of stairs from the street and you find yourself in a gorgeous, cosy, candlelit hideaway! I’m including some photos of the venue from their website, as my camera was never going to do it justice. Even though it was lunchtime, because it was so dimly lit, it could almost have been any time of day, and I liked that. Not so great for photos, but lovely for ambience! It also has a remarkable history – it first opened …

Lunch at Dip & Flip, Tooting

When Tim and I saw that there was a Dip & Flip opening near us in Tooting, I was seriously excited! I’d been to similar restaurants during previous work trips to America and the concept is amazing – burgers and sandwiches dipped in gravy! There’s a full description of the difference between a ‘dip’, a ‘flip’ and a ‘dip and flip’ on their website here. Dip & Flip roast carefully sourced beef bones to a rich golden brown and then simmer them with organic vegetables and herbs. Roasting juices from the bottom of the pan are added to the broth along with a few other ‘little beefy secrets’. The restaurant is already located in Battersea and Wimbledon, and the new branch opened this weekend in Tooting, so we had to be one of the first to try it out! The restaurant is fairly casual and laid back in design, with cute wooden ‘school-style’ chairs and American-style art on the walls, with waiter service (all of the staff were really friendly and the place definitely had an opening weekend …

Brunch at Roux at The Landau

Tim and I have both been fans of the Roux family for a long time, having visited some of their restaurants (you can read my review of The Waterside here), and their cookbooks take up a substantial part of our bookcase! So when we were invited to brunch at Roux at The Landau, we knew it would be special! Roux at The Landau combines the talents of Albert and Michel Roux Jr, and Head Chef Oliver Boon. Situated inside The Langham, London, Roux at The Landau is a stunning circular shape, with large windows on one side bringing lots of light into the restaurant, which is where we were seated. We were greeted to the sound of a guitar player, playing gentle modern songs, which gave it a lovely ambience. As you can imagine, the service was impeccable, and within minutes we were served a glass of N.V Lenoble Brut, Cuvée Roux champagne each. To start with, Tim ordered the Brandy Scented Lobster Bisque and I chose the Wild Game Terrine, Chestnut, Pear, Rosemary Brioche and Foie …

Lunch at Suvlaki, Soho

I haven’t tried anywhere near enough Greek restaurants in London yet for my liking! This is the longest I’ve ever spent away from Cyprus now and I miss it a lot, especially the food, so it was definitely time for a trip to a local Greek food spot in Soho. I’d walked past Suvlaki a number of times and had seen them doing lots on social media, so I couldn’t wait to try them out. This week I took a couple of my colleagues who were fairly new to Greek food and didn’t really know what to expect. But by the end of the meal they were definitely impressed! Suvlaki is a small Greek restaurant in Soho that largely specialises in kebabs and skewers, and the menu is pretty straightforward. We decided to order a selection of both, including pork, chicken and wild boar sausage. I can’t say I ever had wild boar sausage in Cyprus, but I knew it would be tasty. We also ordered some chips and a Greek salad. All of the …

Lunch at Pig’s Ears, Richmond

I discovered Pig’s Ears in Richmond quite a few years ago. It’s right in the middle of Richmond, close to the river, and it’s in a downstairs cellar – you might not notice it if you’re just passing by, but it’s well worth the visit! Over Christmas Tim and I thought we’d take the parents there for lunch, as they love good craft beers and moules, both of which the restaurant is known for. Every other time I’d been, the place had been packed – the front ‘pub’ part (very cosy and candlelit) is usually full, with plenty of people in the restaurant at the back. I was surprised to find barely anyone in there on this visit, but it was lunchtime on Christmas Eve after all! We were seated down in the restaurant but felt a bit silly eating alone in a big open space, so we moved up to the pub area where a few other families were. I’d previously had some gorgeous pork crackling there as a bar snack, so when I saw …