All posts tagged: lunch

A Sunday Lunch at Fire Stables, Wimbledon

This is a long overview blog post from late last Summer which I’m finally getting around to writing up. But it’s about a Sunday Roast, so maybe it’s actually more suitable as we’re now in Winter and chillier weekends when a good heart-warming roast dinner is just what you need. I say it’s about a Roast Dinner. It was technically a combo of roast and seafood. I’ll explain… We live in Tooting and while we often pop into the centre of Wimbledon for shopping or the cinema, we hadn’t explored the village before. That was until we visited Fire Stables. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the station into a very charming party of Wimbledon and looks out onto a quiet street – in the summer it quite literally opened out onto the street with folding back doors/windows and so that’s where we sat, soaking up the sunshine. It’s part of the Young’s network, but what I love about these pubs is that you would never know they’re part of a chain unless you really …

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 Arancini Brothers, Old Street

You may have seen in my post earlier this week about the Moretti Gran Tour that I tried some risotto balls from Arancini Brothers – they were gorgeous and I was definitely left wanting more! Luckily, the guys were kind enough to give me a voucher to try one of their wraps from their Old Street shop. Very convenient considering I work close to there! One day this week, I decided to give it a try during my lunch hour. It was a bit of a longer walk than I was expecting so I was pretty hungry when I arrived, pleased to see the signature orange exterior in front of me. I wasn’t sure if it would just be a ‘take out’ style place, but they also have tables and chairs where you can quite happily have a nice, quick meal. I liked how the art on the wall charted the story of the business, I thought that was a nice touch. I was a little overwhelmed by the menu when I first looked up …

Lunch at Pizza East, Portobello Road

One of my favourite companies is the Soho House group. Their private members clubs are second to none – an evening on the roof terrace at Shoreditch House with its swimming pool and loungers is hard to beat. The group owns a number of restaurants including Chicken Shop, which I wrote about recently. Last week I was kindly invited to review Pizza East. I walk past the Shoreditch restaurant every day to get to work, and therefore rather naively believed (given the name), that this was the only one. I’ve since learned that they are also based in Notting Hill/Portobello Road, Kentish Town and also overseas in Chicago and Istanbul.  I was invited to the Portobello Road restaurant which I was particularly excited about, as I really don’t get to spend enough time in West London. After battling the Notting Hill crowds, the lovely restaurant, with its blue and white awning, felt like a little jewel amongst the hectic market.  The restaurant was pretty much full when we arrived just after midday, as we soon …

Lunch at Porky’s, Shoreditch

I’m gradually working my way around Boxpark in Shoreditch, as it’s really close to where I work and perfect for meeting up with friends during my lunch break. You might have read my posts about Chicken Box, Sushilicious and Falafelicious so far. Last week I visited Porky’s with my friend Kelly. It’s right smack in the middle of Boxpark (under cover, which is a good job, as the heavens opened for the first time in weeks while we were there!) Porky’s is your typical American BBQ restaurant. It was first established in Camden by Joy and Simon Brigg who wanted to bring their love and experience of American Barbecue to North London. The now also have a branch on Bankside, as well as Camden and Shoreditch. The food is what you’d expect – chicken wings, burgers, pulled pork, ribs and so forth. It all looked incredibly yummy! In my mind, there’s nothing more indulgent and comforting in this kind of food. Kelly went for The Standard pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and I had The …

Sushi Lunch from Sushilicious, BOXPARK Shoreditch

I love sushi, although I’ll admit, I was quite a late adopter! I’ve always been into seafood, but growing up in Cyprus, there wasn’t really anywhere that sold sushi. I thought I’d give it a go for lunch one time when I started working in London, and bought some from M&S – big mistake! It was pretty rough, and it put me off sushi for ages, as I was completely disillusioned about what good sushi should be. It tasted fake and rubbery. Tim eventually got me into it and now I can’t get enough of it! We’ve been to some fabulous sushi restaurants in London, such as ROKA and Flesh & Buns, but I’ve never found a good ‘fast food’ alternative… until now! Sushilicious recently opened up in Shoreditch’s ‘BOXPARK’, next to Shoreditch High Street station. It’s located next to Falafelicious, which I visited recently and wrote about here. When I walked in to Sushilicious (around 1pm on Friday) the fridge shelves were pretty bare. I was worried I’d fallen victim to the Friday lunchtime …

Lunch from FalafeLicious, Boxpark, Shoreditch

I had seen FalafeLicious advertised on Facebook (via Boxpark), and had been wanting to try it out for some time. And yesterday was the day! I headed over for lunch and was really impressed by the range on offer. I originally thought it would just be falafel in pitta bread (as I’d seen on Facebook), but was surprised to see their extensive range of salads. For £4.95 you can indeed have falafel in pitta, but for £6.95 you can have falafel in a big salad box, which is what I opted for. I think I counted 20 different types of salads/dressings on offer, including things like couscous, grilled aubergines, white beans, red cabbage and marinated olives, and a particularly delicious red chilli sauce! Once I’d filled up my salad box with all of these goodies, I headed for the counter where the lady added a whopping eight freshly cooked falafel. I was asked if I wanted houmous and tahini, to which I said a big YES, as they’re two of my favourite dips, as well …

The Porridge Cafe

When I heard that there was going to be a ‘Porridge Cafe’ opening in London (and just a stone’s throw from the office), I was excited! I wouldn’t say I’m a porridge fanatic by any means, but I love it when new ideas like this pop up! I remember visiting a rice pudding cafe in New York’s Lower East Side a year or two ago, and thinking what a good idea this sort of thing was. The Porridge Cafe opened up while I was on honeymoon, so I was keen to try it out as soon as I got back.      They serve five different types of porridge every day, with three ‘healthy and sweet’ options, and two ‘savoury and risotto’ options. As it was lunchtime, I opted for the latter, and had the salami, pecorino and porcini mushroom with grain spelt (£6.50). it was served in a big brown tub and I took it back to the office to eat. It was far too much for me (it might be worth considering smaller, …

Champagne Lunch at Club Gascon

When I sadly left my old job at 2K at the end of last year, I was given a wonderful leaving gift – a champagne lunch for two people at Club Gascon – they know me very well!! Tim and I went along to the restaurant in Farringdon a few weeks ago, during our lunch break. As a Michelin-starred French restaurant, the service is impeccable, as you would expect. But it was, without a doubt, the best lunch break I’ve ever had! We were greeted with a glass of champagne and a delicious amuse bouche. I chose the crackling slow cooked egg, truffle and salted fingers, followed by the winter veal variation, confit salsifis and bacon. Both were to die for and even the small touches, such as the breads and accompaniments, were excellent.     I was given this gift via Truly Experiences. I hadn’t come across them before, but the service was great – they managed the restaurant booking and made sure I had everything I needed. The gift was given to me …

Brunch at Caravan

I first went to Caravan in Kings Cross a couple of summers ago with friends, and loved it. But being a bit out of the way (it’s tucked away behind the station in the Granary Building), it’s not the most obvious place to think of going – but it’s always worth it. We took a long (2 hour) walk along Regents Canal from our flat in East London to Kings Cross, so we’d certainly worked up an appetite by the time we arrived! As always, it was incredibly busy (you can’t book a table for brunch at weekends) and there was a rather ridiculous one hour wait for a table. Luckily they told us we could also eat at the bar, where conveniently, two bar stools were sitting there with our names on them. Despite it being so busy, we were served quickly and the food arrived in a respectable amount of time. I had the baked eggs, tomato pepper ragout, greek yoghurt, sourdough toast and merguez sausage, while Tim had the barbeque baked beans, …