Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Breakfast Club

I love this place and would highly recommend it if you enjoy a good hearty breakfast. When we arrived there was already a queue of people lined up outside and when I popped my head in the window I could see a small cosy restaurant with tables cramped in with people enjoying their food. I was a bit jealous as the food looked great, I just wanted to be seated as soon as possible. After waiting around for about 30 minutes we were finally seated, the restaurant was still busy with chatter and you could hear the clanking of cutlery against the plate as people scraped all the food from the plate. 

I ordered The Full Monty which included bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, fried potatoes  mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato and toast. I have to stress here that the roasted potatoes (or hash browns) were not your usual greasy spuds but they were crispy on the outside and the potato inside were so light and fluffy. I enjoyed every bit of my meal and just couldn't get enough.  

My friend on the other hand chose the Veggie All American which included pancakes, eggs, veggie sausages, mushrooms, hash browns and maple syrup. On behalf of her, I am sure she loved every bit of her meal.

I plan on visiting again, maybe to another branch to see if its any different. I would highly recommend The Breakfast Club for yummy honest food.

Walls decorated with photos from visitors all over the world
The Full Monty
Tea pigs tea bag
Veggie All American
Rating: 7.75
Service: 7/10
Presentation: 7/10
Taste: 9/10
Quality: 8/10
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Friday, June 15, 2012

London World Food Market

I love London Southbank as they usually have food stalls of different cuisines from all over the world outside the Royal Festival Hall. I took a few snapshots to for you to see what its like. It's worth checking out if you like street food and want to pick up something to eat for a cheap price.

Yummy arrancini balls
A selection of pastries
Macaroni and cheese

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Me gusta tapas

I applied for a free trial in the Taste Card and visited La Tascas as they were promoting 40% off your bill, which was an opportunity too good to miss. We went a bit crazy in our Tapas to Share and ordered:

  • Calamares
  • Patatas bravas
  • Croquetas de manchego
  • Chorizo
  • Gambas gambardina
  • Salsa chicken wings
This is the third time I have eaten at La Tasca (twice in Brighton) and I've always had a faultless dining experience. The staff are friendly, the food was great and sangria topped everything off. My absolute favourite dish was the patatas bravas, which is fried potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce. The potatoes were so crispy and moreish and the sauce complimented it perfectly. If I had to say which dish let me down, I would say the chorizo as I found it too chewy. But that aside, it was a great meal and I will definitely be dining here again.

Rating: 7.75
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 7/10
Taste: 8/10
Quality: 8/10

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Afternoon Tea at Mercure Hotel

My friend and I had an bought an offer on afternoon tea at Mercure hotel. If this is your type of thing, there are always discounts online for afternoon tea in London so keep your eyes peeled. The hotel staff were very accommodating, upon arrival we were given a glass of champagne (my friend chose orange juice as an alternative) and were shown our seats. We decided to seat ourselves on the sofas and could see other couplets enjoying their afternoon tea across the tables.

The whole experience was great, staff were friendly, the atmosphere was how I liked it. Low lit rooms, clean and very modern. The food was good, we were provided what you would normally expect from afternoon tea. Small cute sandwiches, scones with jam and butter, finger sized desserts and a wide selection of teas to choose from. I was so full up after, it surprised me as I didn't think it would be as filling. 

Plain scones
Selection of sandwiches
Jam, cream and butter for the scones
Selection of desserts
Scone with clotted cream and jam
Strawberries and cream

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Strawberries and waffle

I was walking down London Southbank on a hot summer day and could not resist from buying this calorific dessert. Strawberries and ice cream on a warm waffle. Delicious!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Yo Sushi!

My friend from Australia came to visit and was curious to see what Yo Sushi was like. I don't tend to eat at Yo Sushi unless they have offers on their website, but today was an exception. From when I last ate here I noticed they had buffed up their menu since, I chose the set menu Fill Me Up, this included: duck gyoza with moromi miso sauce, chicken katsu curry, vegetable yakisoba and salmon and avocado hand roll for £12.50, which I thought was reasonable.

The food was average, which is why I don't like paying full price here, I think its quite expensive. Nonetheless I do like the concept of having the sushi moving along the conveyor belt and that everything you need is in front of you like water, condiments and buttons to hail the waiter. 

For those who haven't experienced Yo Sushi you basically seat yourself down and pick what you want from the conveyor belt, where each plate is colour coded with a price. There is also a menu, which has everything Yo Sushi has to offer and you can order anything from the waiter. At the end of the meal, the number of plates you have are tallied up and the total cost is calculated from the colours of the plates. I do like the atmosphere and I find its usually a good place to catch up with friends at.

Conveyor belt
Salmon and avocado hand wrap
Duck gyoza and moromi miso sauce
Chicken katsu curry
Set menu - Fill Me Up
Rating: 5.5/10
Presentation: 7/10
Quality: 5/10
Taste: 5/10
Service: 5/10

Monday, June 4, 2012

Coco Bamboo

During the summer I signed up for a Taste card and received a month free trial so this was my opportunity to eat in as many different places as I could. My friend and I tried Coco Bamboo in Chalk Farm, which specialises in Brazilian and Caribbean food. When we first arrived the restaurant was so quiet, I was gutted that we could not sit on the terrace outside as it was a beautiful sunny day. 

The Taste card allowed us 50% off the a la carte menu, which had a decent selection of dishes. For starters we had jerked chicken wings, avocado and mango salad. The mains were curry goat with basmati rice and Feijoada, which is supposedly Brazil's traditional dish of black bean stew cooked with pork and spices, served with rice, farofa, sauteed greens and orange slices. I had the Feijoada which was really good, I initially thought that I wouldn't have liked the orange slices with the meal but if tasted so good together, it was like a match made in heaven. I've never eaten anything like the black bean dish but it was bursting with flavour all over the place. My friend didn't enjoy the curry, it was very spicy and spoilt her meal, she ended up leaving half the dish. Lastly for dessert we had the mango and coconut creme brulee, which was delicious, the flavours weren't too overpowering  It made a great cracking sound when we snapped the top with a spoon, so yummy that I could have eaten another pot.

I was impressed with the meal, probably wouldn't have noticed this place if it wasn't on the Taste card selection.

Mango and avocado salad
Jerked chicken wings
Black bean stew with pork and spices
Curry goat
Mango and coconut creme brulee
Rating: 6.5/10
Service: 6/10
Presentation: 6/10
Taste: 7/10
Quality: 7/10
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