All posts tagged: Mediterranean food

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 …

Dinner at The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

Every now and then I find a real treasure somewhere unexpected, and that happened when I visited The Artisan Bistro in Chelsea. It was less than a 10 minute walk from Earl’s Court station, down a quiet residential street. As soon as we walked through the door, we were made to feel incredibly welcome – the kind of hospitality I remember from Cyprus which is sadly often lacking in London. We decided to take a seat out in the adorable garden at the back, surrounded by lavender and other plants, even grape vines! We kicked off proceedings with raspberry mojitos, which was the perfect refreshing tipple for the summer evening, along with some bread and marinated olives to snack on. Something that really excited me before visiting this restaurant was the menu, which I’d had a peek at online. Obviously you’re only going to visit a restaurant if the food appeals to you, but this was my dream menu – a fantastic range of delicious-sounding small plates, and meat and fresh fish galore! It’s difficult to …

A Tabl Dinner with Amba Chefs, Battersea

I’m thoroughly enjoying going to supper clubs and pop ups at the moment, partly because I’ve had a couple of negative restaurant visits of late. But I also find that the whole experience of going to a supper club is a lot more personal and friendly, and you learn a lot more about the cuisine and the people cooking it. You might have heard of a company called Tabl and I’m very proud to be one of their community founders. Tabl describe themselves as ‘the new home for pop-up kitchens, “secret” supper clubs and food adventures.’ A couple of weeks ago I went to one of their supper clubs, hosted by Amba Chefs. Amba Chefs is made up of Beth, Alison, Monica and Angela – pictured above. As they explain on their website, their passion for all things food led to them giving up their careers to train as professional chefs at Leiths School of Food and Wine. They have combined their backgrounds and cultures (Italian, American, Spanish and British) to produce a fantastic fusion of high …