Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shoryu

I came here with my brother who made a rare visit to London and his friends. He was recommended Shoryu as he loves Japanese food, especially ramen since he recently came back from Japan. 


My first impression of Shoryu is that it's a modern Japanese ramen restaurant that has been well decorated. I loved the draped split cloth outside and the hanging lanterns. When we walked in we didn't have to wait long until we were seated and ordered the soft shell crab tempura and Hakata Tetsunabe Gyozas. 


I liked how the gyozas were served in a skillet and piping hot. These were tasty and well seasoned. For my main I had the signature dish Ganso Tonkotsu ramen which was yummy and the portion size is pretty big. Every ramen dish is topped with nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori & mayu (caramelised black garlic oil). I loved the egg, it had a soft texture and a gluey centre of yolk yumminess. 

My friend ordered the Kirin frozen beer which had an ice cold froth on top, this was tasty and like nothing I've had before. It was kind of like a beer flavoured slushie. Perfect drink on a warm summers day.


I enjoyed the food and the style of how every dish was presented at Shoryu, everything was eye candy. 

Ramen bars have recently been cropping up all over London and it's not like I wouldn't come here again, I think I just want to try out other restaurants of a similar kind.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Football World Cup-cakes

I walked past Lola's Cupcakes in Selfridges and these baked goods caught my eye. The colours were so vibrant on each and every cupcake, I really wanted to dip my finger into the icing. I hope they taste better than they look. 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Gourmet Pizza Company - Southbank

This was my second visit to the Gourmet Pizza Company on Gabriel's Wharf and I loved the food just as much as I did the first time. The restaurant is one of two, where the other is located in Winchester, so I can't speak for that one but this pizzeria impresses me. It sits next to right next to the Thames and has outdoor seating where you can people watch and view the beautiful St Paul's cathedral across the river. 

Today was a glorious sunny day so my friend and I made the most of it by dining outside. I have such a terrible habit in people watching but I could also see passer bys ogling at our pizzas. The pizza I chose was generously topped with chunky pieces of Cajun chicken, crispy bacon and creamy goat's cheese on a crispy base, it was just delicious. The pizza is a good size and I'm glad it's not any larger as I would not be able to resist eating it all. Gourmet Pizza Company is so far one of my top places to eat pizza in London and I'm just so glad its only a few minutes walk from where I work.

Cajun chicken, bacon and goat's cheese
Along with the great food, the service was good, their staff very attentive and friendly. I would recommend Gourmet Pizza Company, its a few more minutes walk away from the cluster of restaurant chains from Waterloo Bridge but well worth it. You will also get to see the city of London's high rise skyline as you walk towards the pizzeria.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Golden Pagoda - Chinatown

My dining experiences in London's Chinatown have never been great and tonight wasn't an exception. After a night out my friends were craving Chinese food, so as we pondered through Gerrard Street walking past the array of restaurants, Golden Pagoda looked the most attractive at 22.30. It was surprisingly still busy for this time at night and people were still being served after we were seated.

Like all menus around Chinatown, there are about a hundred different dishes to choose from on the menu, which takes ages to scan through unless you know exactly what you want. I craved something warm and went for the wonton soup. It was pretty average, the wontons were nice and meaty but what put me off were the noodles. When I used my chopsticks to lift the noodles, the whole thing came up all together. It reminded me of when I ate instant noodles and the noodles come out the pot in one and you have to separate it from the clump. 

The whole restaurant is outdated and reminds me of going to an old relative's house, especially with the crockery they serve food in, as we have the same pattern at home.