All posts tagged: seafood

Lunch at The Whitstable Oyster Company, Kent

Ever since we got a car towards the end of last year, we’ve been looking for places to explore within an hour or two of our house in South London. One of the neighbouring and closest counties to us is Kent, and this has been the location of many countryside jaunts of late. The most recent took us to the coast, in Whitstable. It took us about an hour and 45 mins to drive there, which wasn’t too bad, and given it was the bank holiday, there was still plenty of parking available. The weather was looking a bit ‘iffy’ to say the least so perhaps people hadn’t risked it. But we did and it certainly paid off, as it stayed dry the whole time we were there – with beaming blue skies at some points. I absolutely love the sea side. I miss being able to see the sea from my bedroom window in Cyprus, and spending afternoons after school and at weekends lazing on the beach. The British seaside might not be quite …

Exploring Luss, Loch Lomond

You might have read my previous post about our visit to the beautiful Cameron House on Loch Lomond. During our stay, we thought we’d hire some bikes and cycle to the nearest place to the hotel, Luss. Google Maps had said it was about half an hour, but when we hired the bikes from Lomond Shores, we were told it was more like double that. Thanks Google Maps! At which point Tim asked if I could actually ride a bike! Cheeky git! And when my mum called to say ‘Happy Birthday’, she nearly choked with laughter when I told her our plans for the day. There’s a theme here…To be fair I hadn’t been on a bike since I was about 11 years old in Yorkshire when my friends and I used to practically live on them. But after nearly 20 years (blimey) I was pleased to say I could ride it, although it took some getting used to (and I had an extremely sore bum at the end of it, I clearly hadn’t got …

Review of Ondine, Edinburgh

During our recent long weekend in Scotland, we visited Ondine for dinner. Researching where to go beforehand, we loved the look of this (largely) seafood restaurant, and it seemed to have a great reputation. They were actually hosting a Duck and Waffle brunch with Dan Doherty the following day, but aside from already having lunch plans, we figured we could enjoy his food back in London (although bizarrely we still haven’t managed to pay the restaurant a visit, it’s been on ‘the list’ for so long!) Ondine is located on an upper floor above shops/restaurants just off the Royal Mile. In the centre is a bar, with a display of fresh, chilled oysters to tempt you as you walk in. We were seated right next to another couple, fairly close to the bar. There were quite a few tables free in other parts of the restaurant, which often irks me, but to be fair, the rest of the restaurant filled up to capacity pretty quickly. (Photo taken from the website) This might sound a bit …

Sutton & Sons – more than just ‘fish and chips’

You might recall I visited a fish and chip restaurant called Sutton & Sons at Boxpark in Shoreditch over the Summer. It didn’t blow me away. The food was great, but the venue just didn’t do it for me – it felt like a lot to pay (and a long time to wait) for a fish and chips takeaway experience. When I saw that they had a restaurant in Stoke Newington (where their fishmongers are based), I was keen to try it out to see how the experience would differ. And then a couple of weeks ago, I was invited to try out their brand new restaurant on Essex Road in Islington. On a Sunday lunchtime, Tim and I headed up there to see what it was all about. I can tell you right now, we were very impressed! And having grown up in Cyprus with beautiful fresh fish available all year round, we had high expectations. We were warmly greeted by Matthew Drummy, who talked us through the business. He’s been with Sutton and …

Lunch at Señor Ceviche, Soho

I’ve been to a few restaurants in Soho recently for lunch, that I didn’t feel I could really make big blog posts out of. They were fairly casual lunches and I didn’t have my good camera on me. But I thought it would be a shame not to share my thoughts on them at least – so the first of these short and snappy posts is about Señor Ceviche. I’d been hearing great things about it, so it couldn’t have been more perfect when the fabulous Lauren of The Lifestyle Diaries suggested we meet there. We’d been talking for months on social media but had never met in person. Our lunch at Señor Ceviche would change that! The restaurant is located in Soho’s Kingly Court, which I’ve been so impressed with recently, and have been visiting quite a bit. It’s a courtyard tucked away between Carnaby Street and Regent Street, and hosts many wonderful restaurants. I remember going there a few years ago and there was barely anything there – it has changed a lot! …

Sea Bream & King Prawns with Kale Recipe

During the week, we tried out a fishmongers in Tooting, which was quite novel for us, as we didn’t have anything like this on our doorstep in Bow. So we got quite excited about what was on offer, everything from squid to oysters. One of my favourite fish is sea bream, or tsipoura as we called it in Cyprus. It was always served whole, cooked on the BBQ and served with chips and a huge number of meze plates. You can read an example of this here, one of my previous blog posts about Yialos Taverna in Paphos. The entire meal, including drinks, would normally cost no more than about 15 Euros per person, so I was always disappointed when I first moved back to the UK, when ordering sea bream or bass in a restaurant, that it was already filleted and was often pretty pricey. Part of the fun is filleting the fish, and I also (perhaps weirdly) really like the taste of the skin, which you often don’t get served in restaurants. The …

Throwback Thursday – Sand Restaurant, The Maldives

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about another of the fabulous dinners we had on our honeymoon in the Maldives. You may have seen my previous post about the Teppanyaki restaurant, today’s post is about Sand Restaurant on our island resort of Velassaru. Sand restaurant, as you might have guessed, is situated out on the sand, right by the sea. Some diners were seated under cover on the pavilion, but we were ‘out in the open’ under the stars, which was lovely! The food in all of the restaurants was superb, but Sand especially so. It focuses on two things: Meat and Fish, cooked on the hot stone grill. Can’t get much better than that! To start with, we ordered the Fisherman’s Chilled Platter for Two. The Fish Platter is one of our favourite things to order in a restaurant as we’re both shellfish lovers, but this was by far the biggest platter we’d ever had the pleasure of eating. It included a dozen pacific rock oysters, six medium prawns and a steamed lobster! Served …