All posts tagged: Dinner

Dinner at Chicken Shop, Tooting

We’re currently looking to buy a house in Tooting, which is proving to be a very stressful and time consuming process. We were close to buying one, until we found it had a killer plant called Japanese Knotweed. And so it was sadly back to the drawing board. Last week we looked at a couple of properties after work and we were starving – it’s over an hour from Tooting to where we currently live, so we thought we’d try out somewhere there. Tooting really seems to be growing in popularity at the moment, with lots of cool restaurants opening in the area. One of these is Chicken Shop, owned by the Soho House Group, which currently has branches in Tooting, Kentish Town, Whitechapel, Holborn, and rather randomly, Chicago. The premise of Chicken Shop is pretty simple (much like most of the new restaurants popping up these days). You pick a whole, half or quarter chicken and then order some sides, from crinkle cut fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob or butter lettuce & avocado …

Dinner at Chick N Sours, Dalston

I’d been hearing a lot about Chick N Sours, the latest chicken restaurant to open up in London. I’d been to Chicken Shop and Chicken Box. So I wondered what was going to make Chick N Sours different from its competitors. It opened up last week in Dalston, so we thought we’d go and see what all the fuss was about.     The menu isn’t huge, but it doesn’t need to be. There’s a choice of three starters, four mains (with a variety of sides) and soft serve ice cream for pud! They also have a range of cocktails (hence where the ‘sours’ comes into it) –  I started with the House Sour (gin, sugar, lemon, raspberry & chilli vinegar, vermouth and sour) and moved on to the Rye N Black (rye, lemon, pear & red wine syrup, sour).     We went for the Disco Wings (hot) to start with, which were great. Flavoursome and hot, but not unbearably so (I’m definitely getting better with spice!) For main course, Tim ordered the Guest …

Throwback Thursday – The Fork & Wrench, Baltimore

              The riots in Baltimore have made global news this week and it has made me think a lot about the time I spent there with my last job. One of the company’s studios, Firaxis Games, are based just outside of the city, and I was fortunate to visit them on a couple of occasions – they really are some of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with!  On one visit, they took us to a great restaurant called The Fork & Wrench, which I thought I’d write about for this week’s Throwback Thursday post.      It’s labelled on Google Maps as an ‘American Gastropub with Industrial Vibes’, but I’m not sure if that’s the best description. It felt more like stepping into someone’s home, albeit, someone who has a rather unusual taste in decor. All of the furniture felt unique and antique – as we were a large group, we were seated at a long table with drawers in it, some of which had …

Spicy Curry at Assado, Waterloo

On Friday night, we planned to meet up with my sister-in-law, Pops (who I’m sure you’ll be hearing more of on this blog!) and her partner, Pete, for dinner. With us living in East London, and them in Wandsworth, Waterloo is usually a good central point for us to meet. But we’d all been busy and hadn’t got round to booking anywhere in advance. There are plenty of chain restaurants in the area (Wahaca, Ping Pong, Wagamama etc) but you can’t book on a Friday night and the queues are insane – we’d learned our lesson from doing this many times before! Pops has a Tastecard, and I found that there was space at one of the restaurants in the Tastecard programme called Assado, a ‘Goan Canteen.’ The website describes how chef Cyrus Todiwala found a natural correlation between Goan, Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine during his travels and combined this with the food of his Indian homeland. It certainly sounded interesting!     The restaurant, located a short walk from Waterloo station, just past the Old Vic …

Dinner & Cocktails at The Happenstance, St Paul’s

On Wednesday evening, I met up with Ceri for dinner at St Paul’s, which seems to be the best central point for us to meet after work. Recently we’ve been going to the chain restaurants in One New Change, but this week we thought we’d try somewhere new. I looked up restaurants around the St Paul’s area and came across The Happenstance – the name really caught my eye, it sounded very unique! The restaurant’s website describes itself as the following: “immerse yourself in a world of curiously good times & happy coincidences at the happenstance. It’s sure to be a welcome addition to your little black book. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of london’s most iconic landmark, st paul’s, whilst our sophisticated interior encompasses a striking bar & restaurant, bountiful deli, mixology table & florist. Our glamorous subterranean private dining room or hidden speak easy “the curious treasury” awaits.” So I had pretty high expectations! When we arrived, I was worried that I really hadn’t thought this through – Thursday nights are traditionally when people working …

Dinner at Foxlow

Over the weekend, we went for dinner at Foxlow in Clerkenwell. We’d been looking for somewhere to go for a steak – our favourite is Goodmans (I seriously need to get round to blogging about it at some point) and we also visit Gaucho and Hawksmoor – but all of these can be a bit pricey, especially if you’re going with friends or in a big group. I’d been hearing good things about Foxlow (it’s run by the team behind Hawksmoor), so we thought we’d try there. Based in Clerkenwell, it’s not the most obvious place to go, but it’s fairly near to where we live, and there’s another one opening soon in Stoke Newington. The restaurant had a great vibe – dim lighting and wooden tables, very chilled out. Straight away, the waiters were incredibly friendly and helpful. We started off with some ‘snacks’ – Anchovy & Goat’s Butter Crisps, Cobble Lane Saucisson and Homemade Ricotta & Crispbread. All of these were around £3.00 per dish and easily satisfied our initial hunger before leading …