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Bottomless Brunch, Brunch, London, London Restaurants

Bottomless Brunching in London, it’s something I get asked about pretty much on a daily basis. It’s hard to know where to go when there are so many and you don’t want to make the wrong decision. Bottomless Brunching = commitment. 

I’ve not done them all but I’ve done a fair few and I’m working my way through the best (and the worst) this glorious city has to offer.

The best: Hotbox 

If you read my blog post about brunch at Hotbox you’ll know I’ve already found the winner. Nothing can compare and I challenge any of you to argue it. Read this for details. 

£25 for unlimited Bloody Mary’s & Prosecco. Order a la carte. 2 hours. Shoreditch. 10/10.

Just because I’ve found the best doesn’t mean I’ll stop the search. You’ve got to keep going…

The worst: Bad Egg

I may as well get this bit over with, the bottom of the bottomless, the worst of the lot and the place I don’t recommend and certainly won’t be returning to any time soon… Bag Egg. 

Bad in the name, the service and most importantly, the eggs. Don’t serve me over cooked poached eggs, get aggy when I want a refill and make me sit on an uncomfortable chair for 2 hours and expect me to come away happy. Barely even got an apology either, was not impressed.

Good Bloody Mary’s though. 

£35 for unlimited Bloody Mary’s, Prosecco & Mimosas plus 3 items off the menu. 2 hours. Moorgate. 5/10.

The cheap one: Cabana 

Brasilian basic brunch in Brixton. Read all about it here

Unlimited Tropical Bellinis & Bloody Maria’s for £14.95. Order a la carte. Brixton & Islington. 2 hours. 7/10.

The one with the dessert: Shackfuyu

Don’t go if you’re only interested in getting pissed. This is one of the more civilised brunches; they weren’t overly keen on me having 2 drinks on the go at once and it’s also only a 1.5 hour sitting. The food though, is insane. 

Order the Corn, the Aubergine, the Korean Wings and obviously enjoy London’s most Instagrammed dessert, the Kinako French Toast with Matcha Soft Serve Ice Cream. To. Die. For. 

£35 for unlimited Prosecco & Pineapple Sake, 2 small dishes, 1 big dish and a dessert for the table. Soho. 1.5 hours. Sunday only.  8/10. 

The extravagant one: Flesh & Buns

The best thing about this brunch? Unlimited small plates. That’s the hook here. All the Korean Wings you could dream of. There just isn’t a better offer. You get a cocktail on arrival, unlimited Prosecco OR wine, nibbles, their signature flesh & buns AND a dessert. Plus, there are 2 menus to chose from and the food is insane. It’s got a banging atmosphere, the service is good considering how busy they always are and although it’s one of the more expensive ones, it’s totally worth it. 

£39 or £46 for a cocktail on arrival, unlimited Prosecco, white wine, red wine and small hot & cold dishes. Nibbles & dessert for the table AND their signature flesh & buns. Covent Garden. 2 hours. 9/10.

The simple one: Jones & Sons 

Simple, tasty brunch dishes and flowing Prosecco. Plus, the great thing about this place is, you can keep ordering meals throughout your 2 hour slot. The catch is you have to wait for everyone at the table to finish their course before ordering the next one but go in a small group or with equally hungry/greedy people and you can really make the most of your money. 

£27 for unlimited Prosecco OR Bloody Mary’s OR Bucks Fizz OR Bellinis & unlimited brunch dishes. 

The one with a Sunday roast: New Street Grill 

The best thing about this place is the Sunday Roast. You can also get a fancy selection of brunch/lunch dishes and it’s all super premium. Bottomless Prosecco and a banging Sunday roast  = life.  

2 courses for £20, 3 for £25 & unlimited Prosecco for £15. Liverpool Street. 2 hours. 7/10.

Dirty Bones 

I expected this to be incredible and come in a close second to Hotbox. Even though it was pretty amazing it still didn’t come close. It’s got all the right components but the food just doesn’t cut it. Brilliant service and great vibes but the brunch itself needed improvement. Great mac n cheese though, can’t fault that. 

£19 for unlimited Prosecco. Order a la carte. Soho. 2 hours. 7.5/10.

I hope I’ve given you some food for thought and that you’ll be sipping on some bubbles by Saturday. Enjoy… 

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Right, so. Cafe Rouge. Not the kind of place I usually visit I know. To be honest it’s actually the kind of place I’d usually turn my food snobby nose up at but that being said I’m not one to turn down an invitation to dinner. This week I visited the Canary Wharf branch and had a three course French feast. They’ve got new items on the menu that really appealed to me and I was actually pleasantly surprised…

For my starter I went for French Onion Soup (or Soup À L’Oignon) with gruyère and croutons. 

My aunty makes a mean onion soup so my expectations were high, it wasn’t as salty or cheesy as hers but that being said I ate pretty much the whole thing and enjoyed it.

My guest for the evening had the smoked & cured Salmon Rillettes with pickled fennel and chargrilled sourdough bread.  You can see it poking out in the background behind my soup. It was nice but not my kind of starter. 

Main course was a whole lot more exciting. My Beef Bourguignon was THE ONE. 

This is one of my all time favourite dishes. Slow-cooked Beef in red wine with smoked bacon and mushrooms served with roasted carrots, herby mash and crispy onions. All the best things. The beef was soft, melty and rich, the mash was smooth, soft and creamy and the crispy onions added the perfect bit of texture. My side of spinach was also bang on. 

My guest had the salmon option for main. Yes, salmon again. Twice in one meal. 

Double salmon may be an odd choice but the Skin on salmon fillet served with buttered spinach, croutons, lemon and beurre noisette was actually a really nice dish. 

Our brilliant waitress Assa picked our wine and our dessert for us. She told us she’d surprise us and that we wouldn’t be disappointed. She wasn’t wrong… 

We were presented with the Tarte Aux Pommes; a warm apple tart with Tarte Tatin ice cream AND a pretty impressive cheese board to go with my first red wine of the season. French artisan cheese,  baby figs, grapes, celery and water biscuits. The BEST way to end any meal. Especially this one. 

Atmosphere was a little shoddy but I blame that on it being a Monday. The manager promised us that on a Thursday and Friday the restaurant is buzzing and that summer is their busiest time due to their huge terrace lookimg out onto the Thames. The views are incredible and the food is a damn sight better than I ever remember. Don’t judge a book by its cover… 

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Bakery, Brunch, Cake, East London, Healthy, London

So it’s been at the top of my list for a while now and yesterday I finally got to visit Palm Vaults in Hackney for the ultimate hipster Tropicana experience. If you follow @plantsonpink on Instagram you’ll appreciate this little girl gang haven. It’s the most Instagrammed and Instagrammable place in London right now and rightly so. You can enjoy pink, green and golden lattes, the all important basic brunch of avo toast or even a smoothie bowl if you’re feeling adventurous. 

As they’d run out of most the stuff we wanted I went for a mixed vegan salad and a matcha latte, my pink princesses had a dirty chai, fresh mint tea and vegan chocolate cake. If I’m honest the salad was a bit TOO vegan for me but the experience itself was so worth it. Next time I’m going early and I’m ordering something with cheese. 

Go with a phone full of battery so you can take all the pictures you need, expect to queue, go early, wear pink, visit the toilet and eat the vegan chocolate cake. Enjoy! 💕🌴🌸🌵💅🏼

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Bar, British, Gastropub, London, London Bars, London Pub, London Restaurants, Pub

Now that I’m back on the blogging bandwagon, the invitations just keep coming. This week I got to check out yet another Fuller’s Kitchen venue; The Sail Loft at Cutty Sark. I was one of the lucky ones selected to sample their simple but delicious menu and was overjoyed to be back in my element eating all the food.  

The venue itself is worth writing home about. Floor to ceiling windows with incredible views of London looking out onto the river and yet another subtle and effective theme; this time of a nautical nature. The Sail Loft was an impressive choice, Fuller’s Kitchen have over 190 venues (with a dedicated menu for each restaurant) and this one was an experience. 

We were greeted in the best way possible, with ice cold Prosecco and a welcoming smile from our favourite PR people. The private dining room was set up ready for us to take our seats and shortly after we were seated, the wine was poured and we were presented with a selection of delightful starters. 

West Mersea oysters with shallot vinaigrette and lemon 

Juicy, slippery, salty and delicious. I had two myself and even managed to persuade my oyster virgin, fish hating friend to try one. She’s not fully conformed but she didn’t gag so that’s definitely a good sign. 

Venison Carpaccio with pear and almond vinaigrette, cocoa nibs and Manchego

Rich, salty and meaty, everything you’d want from Carpaccio. Weirdly this was the only dish that wasn’t finished but I really rated it. 

Seared Scallops with pork belly, celeriac puree, apple and truffle vinaigrette 

I was gutted I didn’t get to try this dish, it was probably too yummy for people to share but looked sensational and smelled divine, the rich truffle scent filled the room before it was even served and had my salivating from the moment I saw it. 

Roasted Octopus with chorizo jam, confit fennel and crispy capers

This was another dish I didn’t get to try but was less upset about, it freaks me about a bit when you can see the octopus and it’s not something I’ve ever got round to trying. I’ve only just stared to enjoy crispy squid so it might be a little while before I’ll appreciate chowing down on tentacles. 

Roasted Beetroots with honeycomb, goat’s cheese mousse, almonds and grape molasses 

My favourite. A dish I’ll always order if it’s on the menu and this was one of the best. The honeycomb was a weird but incredible addition and the sweet grape molasses combined with the salty goats cheese made me so happy inside. 

Cured Meat Platter with figs, caper berries, olives and toast 

This was never going to be my favourite because cured meats don’t excite me but the fig did and it was actually delicious. One for the less adventurous eaters but a yummy one nonetheless. 

Next we were asked to choose a main course, something I struggle with at the best of times, let alone once I’ve had a few glasses of Prosecco and haven’t even browsed the menu. To settle my indecisive panic I went halves with Kim, my guest for the evening. We definitely did the right thing, both dishes were out of this bloody world. 

The 8oz Rib Eye Steak with dauphinoise chips, truffle crust, watercress and Marmite hollandaise absolutely blew my mind. 

Obviously anything with Marmite hollandaise was going to be my first choice and obviously it was going to be delicious but my god was this good. The dauphinois chips were also a revelation, especially for someone who hasn’t been eating carbs. 

BUT… even better than the steak was the Roasted Duck Breast with gin infused blackberries, crispy potato, carrot puree and juniper jus.

Excuse my language and the unintended pun but fuck and duck was this good. Probably one of the yummiest things I’ve eaten in a while and it looked so beautiful on the plate. Dream dish. 


We couldn’t decide between the sides so ordered them all; Charred Chicory, pancetta and chestnut butter, Garlic & Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries with Parmesan AND Butter Roasted Pumpkin with Chilli and Crispy Sage. The sweet potato fries dipped in Marmite hollandaise made me die a little bit inside – so bloody good. 

Desserts also came in abundance. Baked Alaska with Poached Peaches and raspberries (my favourite of the lot), Banoffe Sundae (I accidentally put this in my mouth without asking what it was and had to spit it straight out because bananas are the ONLY thing I refuse to eat), Lemon Tart with Marshmallow and Rasberries (yum) and finally Paul’s Chocolate Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Peanuts (yes Paul!). 

Incredible decor, delicious food, amazing service and all round great event. Plus the toilets are AMAZING…

All in all it was an extremely delicious meal and an amazing evening, I’d recommend it, I’d go back and I’m excited to try more Fuller’s Kitchen menu’s in the future. Thanks for having me! 

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British, London Bars, London Pub, London Restaurants, Lunch, Small Plates

It’s been a while since I last posted anything on here. I’ve started a new job and had one of the bussiest months of my life, it feels good to be back though. 

I’ve had to turn down a fair few invitations over the last few weeks but can finally breathe a little bit again and get some good food in my gob; starting with Sunday lunch at The Hydrant. 

The Hydrant isn’t a themed restaurant but it’s definitely got a theme, the decor screams fire station and every single fixture and fitting is considered, which I loved. Fire extinguisher lamp shades, water hose walls and an emergency call phone box are just a few of the quirky little details The Hydrant has to offer.

When it comes to food, The Hydrant is all about small plates; you’ve got Meat, Veggie, Fish, Bread, Snacks, Sides, Salads and Sweets. You probably only need about 2-3 each and they’re all very reasonably priced. I’m trying (my absolute hardest/but also kind of failing) not to eat carbs so although my options were slightly limited, it didn’t really matter because the choice was there. 

I couldn’t resist the Chargrilled Kefalotyri (basically halloumi), Courgettes, Tomato & Crispy Capers – everything about that combination appealed to me and it didn’t disappoint, plus I was over the moon at how cute all the plates and bowls were. 

The Beetroot, Spelt, Pistachio, Baked Ricotta, Pomegranate & Berbere Croutons Salad was my favourite dish though, it was presented perfectly and tasted amazing. The ingredients were fresh and the flavours worked together really well. 

We shared the Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip and although they were pleasant, we weren’t overly impressed with the level of sauciness. I’m a buffalo wing connoisseur and pretty much always order them when they’re on a menu but these just didn’t live up to to the hot, sticky, saucy expectations that I’m used to. Basically if I don’t need a whole roll of kitchen towel to wipe my hands after I eat them they aren’t wet enough and these didn’t require more than a suck of the fingers. 

Where they failed in buffalo sauce they made up for in dessert; the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Tart with Raspberry Sorbet and the Roast Pineapple, Coconut & Almond Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream won me over. The crumble (which wasn’t really much of a crumble and more of an avalanche of dessicated coconut and almond flakes) was my favourite and my ‘I’ll just have one bite’ went swiftly out the window after the first taste.

Chloe (the guest of honour) ordered the Saffron, Caramelised Onion & Pea Frittata, a side of Buttered Spinach and the Fish Finger Bun – I wasn’t keen on the frittata but was drooling over the brioche bun and fried fish combo, pretty sure the spinach was her favourite part, she’s weird like that. 

Was kind of let down at the lack of sexy firemen but enjoyed my meal nonetheless… thanks for having me guys


Bottomless Brunch, Brazilian, Brunch

Most bottomless brunches in London come with commitment. Commitment to a 3 course meal, commitment to one type of drink, commitment that I just don’t have time for. I like freedom. Freedom to eat, drink and do whatever I like (within reason). Cabana’s #BasicBrunch is about the freedom and they don’t tie you down to anything other than a two hour limit and a little note to keep it friendly, of course. Go crazy on pineapple, mango or passion fruit Bellini’s, soften the blow of your hangover with their signature Bloody Maria’s and flit between the two if that’s what floats your boat.

You have to finish one drink before ordering the next one, so unlike some brunches you will have to encounter an empty glass, but the staff are attentive and for £14.95 a head (probably the cheapest bottomless deal yet) you really can’t complain. Plus, you don’t technically even have to order food to make use of the bottomless deal, although I’d recommend you do.

We ordered a few dishes and shared, as #BasicBitches that brunch usually do. The menu is short but sweet and gives your hungover fuzzy indecisive brain a break. 

What would a #BasicBrunch be without Avocado Toast? Like all the greatest, Cabana serve their avo on toasted sourdough and it’s topped with fresh chilli, lime and a perfectly runny poached egg. Winning. 

Our favourite dish of the meal was the Sweet Potato Hash with a Poached Egg, Crumbled Feta and Chopped Parsley, something I’m definitely going to try and recreate at home and would order again and again if I had the chance. The gooey, oozy yolk, mixed with the salty feta and the sweetness from the sweet potato hash was just basic perfection. 

Cabana’s Spicy Malagueta Chicken Wings are their specialty, I’ve had my fair share of them in the past but couldn’t resist ordering a portion at brunch because frankly it’s never too early for chicken wings. They went down a treat, my only complaint was that there weren’t enough – five split between three meant that someone drew the short straw and that someone ended up being me. I did however get to devour three quarters of the Picanha Burger which kind of made up for it. The burger itself isn’t particularly juicy, fat didn’t drip down my chin like I’ve become accustomed to but the Malagueta Mayo Chimichurri and Rio Beans more than make up for this in terms of moisture. The beef patty, mayo and beans are sandwiched between a Brioche Bun (totes basic), topped with tomato and matchsticks (not quite sure what these are) and served with Fries and a fruity Slaw. What better way to soak up all the alcohol?

We ended the meal with a Pastel De Nata; a baked custard tart for those of you that aren’t familiar – not something I’d usually order but delightful nonetheless. The Peanut Butter and Oreo Sundae made with frozen yoghurt was more my kind of thing and I demolished the lot.

Cabana’s #BasicBrunch runs every Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm at Islington or Brixton. I recommend Brixton, then you can take a little trip to Brixton Beach Boulevard after to make the most of your Bellini buzz!

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Lobster, London, London Restaurants, Mediterranean, Seafood

I rarely venture out to West London but when I do I enjoy a taste of the high life. I enjoy roaming around the streets pretending the prettiest houses are mine and I imagine what life would be like living in complete and utter luxury. It’s enjoyable but heart-breaking so I don’t do it too often. Last night was an exception, The Artisan Bistro on Hollywood Road showcases an innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine, serving small plates, traditional favourites and one of the best seafood dishes I’ve ever tasted.

We started the meal how every good meal starts. Warm bread with balsamic and olive oil and a cocktail. The cocktail was Amaretto based and sour and went down a treat. The bread did a wonderful job at satisfying the hunger until our starters arrived.

Starters came in the form of Sautéed Padron Peppers with Orange & Sherry Drizzle and Crispy Aubergine with Soy Caramel, both items I find hard to resist on any menu. Having tried enough aubergine dishes in my life time to rival a hard-core vegetarian I can be trusted when I say this was one of the good ones. Crispy, hot breadcrumbs encompass even hotter, soft, juicy aubergine flesh and the whole thing is drizzled in a sticky, caramely, salty soy dressing. Padron Peppers are always something of a risk but I’m lucky to only have every had one bad experience with a hot one. These came with no nasty surprises, were cooked to perfection and the orange and sherry drizzle gave them a nice citrusy kick!

To keep us going until our mains arrived we were served Truffle Fries with Parmesan and a Kale Salad with Parmesan and Pomegranate – chips and kale couldn’t be more of a contradiction but that’s how I live my life and I don’t care. The kale makes up for the chips anyway right? It’s a superfood! Anything covered in truffle oil and parmesan goes down as a winner in my book and the kale salad didn’t disappoint.

For my main course I went for the Lobster Linguine. Of course, when in Rome. Scottish Lobster, Black Linguine, Mussels, Prosecco and Truffle Butter come together to from one of the most divine seafood dishes I’ve ever come across and I could not praise it any higher.  

My date had the Spinach Risotto with Green Peas and Grana Padano, which she enjoyed thoroughly. Maybe taking a seafood fearing friend to a restaurant that’s menu is 90% seafood wasn’t the greatest idea but she was extremely satisfied with her meal and had no complaints to make.

Surprisingly, after all this food we still had space for dessert. It’s a different hole right? We went for the Chocolate Tart with Bailey’s Cream and Rhubarb Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm is all I have to say.

The interior features modern art from local artists, the wine selection is from small artisanal and iconic producers and the (beautiful) outside space is DOG FRIENDLY. I know right. We spent the meal surrounded by three of the cutest dogs I’ve ever met. Rory Tucker, Pogo Stick & Freddie – two Pomeranians and a Maltese, I was in my element.

The Artisan is everything you expect of a restaurant in Chelsea; classy, gourmet and incredible for people watching. Such a hidden gem and well worth the trip.

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B.Y.O.C. Ft James Cochran

Bar, Cocktails

B.Y.O.C. is a fantastic concept. Bring Your Own Cocktail for those of you who can’t work it out on your own – essentially you just show up, hand over a bottle of your chosen spirit and spend the evening sipping cocktails made specially for you by the in-house mixologists, all for just £25 per person. Brighton, Covent Garden, Camden and now Soho, this is a night out not to be forgotten (unless you go a little too hard on the liquor). As if that wasn’t amazing enough, the Soho branch has gone one step further and thrown in a sensational ground floor restaurant to enhance the experience beyond your wildest dreams. James Cochran (AKA God as we were calling him last night) has devised a menu so perfect, that you’d be wise to visit just for the food, even if cocktails don’t float your boat. That being said, cocktails don’t hugely float by boat either, but at the launch event last night I was well and truly turned and can assure you I’ll be back with a bottle of Bombay Sapphire in tow to experience the whole thing again, and again (and maybe again).

We started upstairs, sampling oysters and sipping champagne – as you do. It’s dark, its romantic and its cosy. It’s exactly the sort of place you’d take a date if you were out to impress and get intimate over cocktails. The venue has the whole prohibition / speakeasy vibe going on and is one of those places that makes you appreciate London in all its glory.  

After a couple of drinks we headed down to the restaurant for dinner, the part of the evening I was most looking forward to – obviously. The restaurant itself totally contrasts the upstairs bar. it’s light and airy and quite laid back, I suppose you could say it lets the food do the talking. And boy does the food talk. We got to choose three small plates from the savoury list and one dessert each. Every single dish sounded beyond incredible but I managed to narrow it down to what I believe were the top three.


Crispy Cauliflower, Ras El Haneout, Onion Raita, Mint & Shallots – this dish was heavenly. I’m a cauliflower fanatic and I’ll always order it when it’s on the menu but this was beyond anything I’ve ever had before and most certainly not just for the vegetarians amongst us.


Braised Short Rib Of Ruby beef, Jerusalem Artichokes, Girolle Marmalade & Smoked Lardo – there are no words. Soft, melt in your mouth, meat that falls apart as you cut it. The flavours in this dish were so enjoyable I actually wanted to cry when it was over.

Crisp Pork Belly, Yoghurt, Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Pine Nuts – I never order pork belly because the fatty bit always grosses me out but something came over me and I couldn’t resist. I also kind of enjoyed the soft fatty bit below the oh so crispy layer of goodness. Weird. The broccoli was tremendous, as was everything else on the plate and although it was my third (not least) favourite, it was still an exquisite dish.

I didn’t order this but I did get to try a forkful of the Cornish Wray Wing, Jersey Royals, Hazelnut, Cured Pork Collar & Samphire – which was of course sublime.

Chocolate Malt Parfait, Honeycomb & Peanuts – just the little bit of sweet we needed after our feast. Divine, chocolatey, crunchy, cold and creamy.

Paxton and Whitfield Cheese – because how else are you supposed to end an evening of fine dining? Absolutely sensational selection of cheeses with crumbly crackers and a fiery chilli chutney. The blue cheese was sickeningly good.

After dinner we headed back upstairs for an evening of cocktails, made bespoke for us by our own personal bartenders, Marvin and Lloyd. They couldn’t have been more attentive, charming or dapper and made the entire experience for us. The creamy peanut butter gin based concoction made by Marvin was without a doubt the best cocktail that’s ever graced my lips. There were espresso martinis, champagne based elderflower delights and god knows what else flying about and it was all amazing. Such a fun evening, so many delicious things and just and overall amazing experience. Highly, highly recommended for after work drinks, birthday nights out, hen do’s, leaving drinks, dates and basically whatever gives you the excuse to get your ass down there for some alcohol fuelled fun.

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Mexican, tacos

So apparently 2016 is the year of the taco. They’re everywhere. And they’re bloody good.
Mole Taco Bar serve up some of London’s best tacos and this week I finally got to stuff myself silly on them. I’ve sampled Mole’s dishes at Taste Of London for the last two years running and after eating lunch in the restaurant this week I can safely say they’re doing it oh so very well. The menu is simple; Small plates, ceviche, Peruvian skewers, tacos, mains, sides and dessert. We went in.

We started with tortilla chips, as everyone should do when dining Mexicana. Avocado, Lime, Sea Salt and Pomegranate are mixed together to make the perfect guacamole and I slathered it on pretty much everything that we were served.

After the tortilla chips we enjoyed the Cheese Empanada served with Ahogada sauce as a little pre taco starter. We probably didn’t need it because of the taco onslaught we were about to experience but it was good.

The tacos come in twos (a bit like the animals on their way to the arc) which is great if you’re sharing. One of each is more than enough and I recommend trying as many as possible because they are simply DIVINE. We tried four, and I’d struggle to put them in order of amazingness because they were all so bloody amazing. We started with Chipotle beef shortrib with sweet potato hay, radish and jalapeno. Sweet potato hay needs to be more of a thing, it is amazing. The meat was juicy to the point that it was dripping off my hand onto my lap – which is always a good sign. 

Then we feasted on Cochinita Pibil – pulled pork, micro corriander, pickled onion and avocado. Such a classic taco combo and one that works every single time. This was a particularly yummy version though and the pork was better than most. 

After sampling Tacombi’s fish taco in New York and loving it, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give Mole’s a go. The Baja fish taco – pollock fillet tempura, chipotle mayo and jalapeno slaw was visually sensational, crispy, fresh and delicious. 

The winner though, was without a doubt the Hoisin duck taco with black habanero and spring onion. It’s confusing as hell because if you close your eyes you’d feel like you were in a (really, really good) Chinese restaurant but it has a Mexican twist. It was next level.

Nothing compared to dessert though. The Dulce De Leche Creme Crûlée blew me away. I wanted to lick the dish clean – there just aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to describe how insane this dessert was. You absolutely must try it yourself…

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Festival, Food Festival, London, Pop Up

It’s that time of year again, last week Taste of London popped up in Regents Park and London’s foodie scene flocked to enjoy some of the cities best dishes. I was of course there with bells on (twice) and have nothing but praise for the event that kills it every single time. Please remember that the following food was consumed over two sittings and was shared. I’m not that much of a pig I promise. 

Let’s start by discussing Heddon Street Kitchen’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Braised Beef Cheeks, Pickled Onion & Croutons. It was heavenly, crispy, cheesy, beefy goodness. It killed it. Obviously. I mean look at it…

The Tamarind Spiced Chicken Wings with Onion & Coriander were sticky and crispy and juicy and delicious. HSK also had an ice cream bar with pic ‘n’ mix toppings which looked extremely enjoyable. Well done Mr Ramsay. 

This was quite possibly the winning dish. Smoked 48 Hour Cooked USDA Prime Short Rib with Buttermilk Purée & Textures of Onion. It was visually spectacular, melted in your mouth and tasted sensational. M Restaurants you really know what you’re doing. 

Sartoria smashed it with their Fettuccine with Grana Padano, broad beans, peas and black truffle. I mean honestly look at those truffle shavings, are they joking?!

One of my favourite experiences was at Chai Wu. They fed us very well and 2/3 were in my top 5 dishes of the week. Big up the Popcorn shrimp with spicy wasabi mayo and the Wagyu puff – both SUBLIME. The Roast duck mantou bun with garlic truffle oil was also rather dreamy. Watered down with an ice cold cup of Twisted Halo’s boozy sparkling coconut water. 

Duck & Waffle‘s stand was heaving the entire time and you couldn’t get your hands on their dishes without getting in line. I obviously got in line, Dan Doherty is a genius and it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve visited the restaurant, they always do something fun at Taste. I was extremely impressed with the Sloppy Joe; a Beef ragout with smoked chilli in a brioche bun, spring onion, roasted peanuts, crispy shallots & pickles. I mean you can’t go wrong with a sloppy Joe but this was next level delicious.

I wasn’t  hugely sold on were the Crispy Polenta & Parmesan Croquettes with black truffle, they were a little stodgy for my liking and didn’t compare to the other dishes. 

Adding my own toppings to the Golden grahams soft serve was a definite highlight. I went in on the Salted caramel sauce, roasted hazelnuts, crunchy marshmallows and flakes. I was over the moon to be trusted with my own toppings and I definitely made the most of being able to do so.

I was glad to see the traditional Duck & Waffle finally on the menu, as it seemed to be missing in previous years, I just didn’t want to waste valuable stomach space for something I’d already tried. it’s a winner though.

Theo Randall is one of my celeb chef crushes and the fact that he spends every year at Taste feeding the crowds with chunks of parmesan just makes the crush grow stronger. His food is pretty spectacular too. Pasta gaols in the form of his Cappelletti di vitello – Handmade pasta stuffed with slow cooked veal and pancetta with porcini mushroom and dessert goals with the Sorbetto alla pesca – Fresh Sicilian peach sorbet with baked white peaches, vanilla and Moscato. A must have every year. (Ignore previous comment about not having the same thing twice)

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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction may be a mouthful but the Trufón AKA The Big Truffle is well worth it. Idiot over here was too excited to get a before shot and can’t get the video into the blog post but TRUST me this was goooooood.

Tastings are a BIG thing at Taste (duh) and we were lucky enough to experience a Grana Padano and Prosecco pairing with Masterchef finalist Danilo Cortellini. Hosted by Grana Padano in association with Prosecco D.O.C. this was 20 minutes of pure Italian foodie bliss and highly recommended to anyone with a taste for the finer things in life. Danilo whipped us all up a portion of rainbow tortellini (eat your heart out rainbow bagels) filled with a creamy mix of Grana Padano and Béchamel sauce, floating in a tomato based broth with fresh prawns. It was DIVINE. 

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Sea Containers had a winner with their Crab toast, citrus aioli, avocado & pickled jalapeños – all the freshest, yummiest things slathered on a crispy carb, you just cannot go wrong. 

I must give a special shout out and say a huge thank you to the guys at Hippeas for inviting us down as their guests last week. For those of you that don’t know, Hippeas are changing the snack game (one chickpea at a time apparently) and if you’ve not tried them then you’re majorly missing out. Organic chickpea puffs may not sound that sexy but trust me these are a game changer and the guys running the show know how to throw a party. All the middle class white girls rejoice – they’re gluten free, vegan and contain less than 100 calories per bag. I’m a Hippea and you should be too. 

I love Mexican food. Like, really love Mexican food and Molé Taco Bar do it really well. The Guacamole Tostada is a combination of all my favourite things; Avocados with pickled pomegranate seeds, burnt corn, radish & quest fresco and the Cochinita Pibil is the perfect taco – Pulled pork, avocado, pickled onion and orange habanero. Salivating… 

Japanese Barbecue kings Roka gave me the meat sweats with their slow cooked pork belly and lamb cutlets with korean spices. I’m not the worlds biggest barbecued meat fan but both of these dishes were well and truly devoured by my cousin/Taste buddy Lisa and she was in her element the entire time.

Taste is also about the pale, pale Rosé and the best sweet treats. Chocolate covered Oreos by La Di Da Sweet Treats to be precise.

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I do highly rate Bubbledogs but their Horny Devils just didn’t do it for me. In theory Sweetcorn fritters with jalapeños and cheddar cheese should be my ideal dish but they were stodgy (stodgier than the Duck & Waffle croquettes) and seriously lacking a dip. Soz.

We finished off our Friday night with Jose Pizarro‘s 100% acorn fed Jamón Ibérico, the Prawn fritters with saffron aioli and a Chocolate pot with salt, olive oil and Gin Mare biscuit. By this point I could barely consume another morsel and although none of the dishes were my choices they were all pretty good.