Monday, January 21, 2013

Giraffe Stop

Whilst waiting for my boyfriend's train to arrive at London Kings Cross we stopped off to get a quick bite to eat at Giraffe, in which I conveniently had a 40% off voucher to redeem. From the outside I initially thought it was a full on restaurant, but as I looked around it was different, it had more of a cafe culture to it and it was until then I realised this was a Giraffe Stop. The menu was a lot smaller, displaying burgers, hotdogs, toasties, curries and a breakfast menu and the counter was full of snacks like crisps and cakes, so pretty much anything you could easily take away with you on your commute to work.

We ordered at the counter then took our seat in the dine in area (which by the way you have to pay a bit extra for). The food came out surprisingly quick, we were only seated for about 5 minutes before the waiter came over with our orders. Part of the restaurant had a typical American diner feel but way more modernised, I like the fact that they left large jugs of water on a counter, which you could help yourselves with. Burgers were served on paper in a plastic basket to give you that diner experience.

This was my first time eating at Giraffe Stop and I must say that I left with a full belly and with a good impression. It was clean, the food came out fast and it was ok-priced for a restaurant in a London train station. 
Chicken green curry
Chicken BLT

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Breakfast after a night on the lash

I have a group of friends who I met on my Industrial Placement year at University and each time after a heavy night out, we would stumble into a Wetherspoons or Llyods and indulge in a greasy breakfast. However the difference today was that we were in the Midlands and this Wetherspoon Traditional breakfast cost me a mere £3.09. You got that right, £3.09!! I'm pretty sure I've paid for the same breakfast for around £4-£5 in Basingstoke and everything was more or less the same only it tasted better today as it was so cheap. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Micky's Fish and Chips

I've lived in London for the past four and a half months and have rarely eaten anywhere within a mile radius from my house. The other day my boyfriend and I stumbled around Micky's Fishbar, which is literally a two minute walk from where I live. We noticed that Micky's was part of Heston Blumenthal's TV program "In Search of Perfection" Fish and Chips episode, which took us by surprise. So one lazy Saturday evening we decided to stop off at Micky's for dinner. 

When you first step into the restaurant its clean, simplistic and what drew to my attention first was the large fish tank on the side. We took our seats and the waiter kindly pointed out to put our phones in a safe place, as they had incidents where thieves would scoop off peoples' phones from the table as they ate. The menu was easy to read and well priced for London. I chose the fish and chips and my boyfriend had the whole roast chicken with chips. The food came out quickly and hot. The portions were so large that another plate would have been handy on the side to move the food around. Nonetheless, the chips were good, they were soft and fluffy inside and had a nice crunch as I bit into it. The fish was my favourite, the batter was so crunchy and light.

I tried the roast chicken which was really good as well, the meal my boyfriend had was probably enough for two people. Our overall experience was a good one, the only downside was that my boyfriend first ordered a Lucozade, which was out of date. The waiter then apologised and changed it for a soft drink.

I would recommend this fish and chip shop for anyone who craves a decent chippie at a very reasonable price.

Menu - Photos were taken with my phone
Micky's fish and chips with soft drink
Whole roast chicken and chips
Rating: 7.5
Service: 8/10
Presentation: 6/10
Taste: 8/10
Quality: 8/10

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013 everybody!!

Another new year to try out new foods, today I booked a 2 week holiday to Malaysia and Singapore so watch out for more food updates around Asia. 

My aim this year is to try more foods, which I've never tasted before and to explore England especially the Lake District. 

Happy New Year from London!