Hello, fellow foodies!

The last four weeks have been the most intense of my university life. I can finally say that as of Monday I will be done with my degree and done with university. I can’t wait to be a graduate and have time to blog again. Here are my top recommendations of the week, they’re going to include some of the best places I have eaten at over the past month. Enjoy!

The Orange, Chelsea

English classics with a twist

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Rabbit pie with asparagus. This dish was rich and tender with articulate presentation, far more artsy than your standard steak and ale!

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Tender lamb rump with potato puree, new season onion and wild garlic. This was my dish, I’ve never had pink lamb before but it was beautiful.  

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I wish I had picked this! Gnocchi with smoked garlic cream. Rich and heavenly.

Il Borgo, Kensington

A slice of Italy in London, the wall art and fish tanks will keep you looking around the room, rather than your phone!

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After craving gnocchi since visiting The Orange, I had to have the gorgonzola gnocchi at Il Borgo. Definitely worth a visit just for this.

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Calamari will always be a personal favourite, especially when served with aioli.

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Laduree, Covent Garden

Macarons are a food of the gods, the vanilla and salted caramel ones blew me away! Thanks to my bestie for getting me these for my birthday. Macarons used to scare me because I thought they were all marzipan flavoured for some unknown reason, but low and behold they’re not, and they’re awesome.

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Pix, Soho

This is something for a fun Friday night. Instead of going out for a normal meal, go to Pix in Soho and pick and choose exactly what you want to eat, the tapas style portions are so much fun and it’s great for sharing and conversation!

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With the same idea in mind as Yo Sushi, you pick as many tapas portions as you want and pay at the end. Tapas with the long sticks are £3.50 and small sticks are £2.50. It’s easy to rack up a big bill in here if you aren’t watching what you are doing, so be careful!

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The truffle oil, artichoke and parmesan toast were my favourite, closely followed by the prosciutto and quails egg. This is a great spot for people who love picky food or just want a light dinner.

So there we have it, those are my top foodie picks from the last month. I hope I’ve inspired some of you to visit these places, because they were all to die for.

Happy Friday!

Chiltern Firehouse is renowned for it’s affiliation with celebrities and high flyers. Unlike some other top end restaurant’s in London, Chiltern Firehouse has no dress code but “smart-casual” is preferred – it’s entry policy is more based upon who you are rather than what you’re wearing.

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We started off with champs as we ogled over the wine menu. Something I was unaware of before I arrived was the “hidden garden behind the mirror” … but more on that later. Now for the bit you’re all waiting for, the food!

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Bacon cornbread with chipotle-maple butter 

The menu is packed full of wicked and wonderful unique creations. You’ll be able to find certain ‘classics’, but they’ll be combined with flavours to create dishes that I doubt many people will have experienced before.

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My starter was a “steak tartare” – packed with chipotle and hot sauce to add a spicy twist to this classic

I seriously could have eaten more of this, I loved the spicy kick.

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George had “Hay-roasted pigeon with walnut mole and yoghurt” – beautifully presented

I was nervous to try pigeon for the first time. Nevertheless, I’m never one to shy away from experimenting with food. All I can say is that it reminded me of a rare duck breast, but with a faint gamey taste – it wasn’t unpleasant by any means.

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The ‘Alice in Wonderland-esque’ “drink me” bottle was filled with BBQ sauce, combined with the dill on the toast was a unique fusion of flavours.

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“Aged beef fillet with mushroom caramel and roasted onions” 

My beef fillet had a hint of “oak-smoke” on the crust, which gave it a blackened outside and a perfectly rare interior, just the way I like it! Unfortunately, it seems like they left the whole “wow factor” of the plate down to the texture and quality of the meat (which in all fairness was incredible). However, the onions were a little too vapid for my liking as big bold flavours are my thing and the mushroom caramel didn’t add too much either, but they made my plate look charming nevertheless.

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George’s slow-cooked lamb with artichoke was beautifully tender.

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The meal was finished off with a bang as they brought out my chocolate pudding (of course I chose the chocolate pudding) with a personalised “happy birthday.”

After all of the wine and lovely food, we carried our drinks down to the loo’s (yes, the loo’s), which aren’t unisex but both contain mirrored doors that lead to a hidden garden.

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 Head out here for “Cigarettes and men” 

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The heated outdoor area made us feel like we were on a street in Bali and the soundproofing added a wonderful serenity to the area as we sipped on our Malbec’s.

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Thank-you Chiltern Firehouse for making my birthday extra special!

Hello everyone, I’m back on the blog after a few weeks of focusing on intense of Uni work and this one’s a real corker!

What’s better than chocolate? Chocolate dipped in chocolate of course.

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‘Said’ is an exquisite chocolatier on Broadwick Street in Soho. The scent of cocoa, coffee and indulgence hits you as you walk through the door.

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Here comes the fun part! Said’s infamous melted chocolate mecca will make you lose your mind.

Choose your preferred hot drink or sweet treat including the popular “chocolate cup” (yes, thats purely a cup made out of chocolate) and have it smothered in melted chocolate. This really is a chocaholic paradise.

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There’s no embarrassment here, as you take a cheeky look around the shop you’ll notice everyone else licking their cups clean, so go ahead! At the bottom of the cappuccino was a glorious surprise, even more melted chocolate.

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I felt like I had been transported into Willy Wonka’s world where everything is edible and there are no limits to how extravagant you can make your order. However, if overindulgence isn’t your thing, then they offer unique individual chocolates such as “black tea and mint” for the adventurous foodies.

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Beware, Said is extremely popular and we were lucky to arrive before a queue started forming out of the door. Similar to a few niche places in London, you may have to wait a while for service due to it being so busy but it will be well worth it.

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So, if your mouth is dribbling and all you can envisage for this weekend is drowning in chocolate, then head to Said.

If you want to visit: 41 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QL

 

Have you ever wanted to indulge yourself in a multi-cultural foodie delight but the “all you can eat world buffet” restaurants just aren’t authentic or eclectic enough for you?

Have you ever wanted to scrap the typical panini and coffee at Pret for lunch to instead rejoice in nostalgia and childhood memories over a bowl of old-school cereal?

Brick Lane is a treasure trove of cuisine, it may be world renowned for its incredible curries but the street food market that is open on Saturday and Sunday caters to every eater.

I started off my day by grabbing a samosa at a local Indian shop, I needed sample at least some of the local Indian food if I was going to immerse myself in a diverse range of cuisine throughout the day! Then I made my way to The Old Truman Brewery where the Old Boiler House food hall is open for business every Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.

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It was heaving inside with hungry visitors who were clutching paper plates that were piled high with food. It’s very hard to enter this room full of food stalls offering delectables from around the globe and only sample one dish!

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Sushi will always be one of my favourite foods. At £1 per roll it can make for an expensive lunch, but with these being so big and fresh it was worth it.

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There were plenty of bratwurst stalls – obviously a popular choice.

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… Which of course meant I had to get one at some point in the day, I picked this one up from one of the street food stalls outside of the Truman Brewery – oh yes, there are more stalls outside of the Brewery, make sure you don’t miss them!

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A vibrant curry stall is shown above, even the colours are making my mouth water now and are also making me wonder why I ever bothered with bad takeaways when I should have just been coming here for my curry fix.

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Dim-sum is also a personal favourite of mine. Look at those freshly steamed dumplings!

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Another beautiful curry stall and with a sizeable amount of food for only £5, what’s there to lose? It was refreshing to see people taking their food and sitting outside in the street to eat it – there aren’t enough space or tables for everyone to fit inside but it gets people talking and being social. After all, when one hand is holding a plate and the other is holding the fork, there are no hands to be using the phone with!

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For all of you sweet-toothed people out there, don’t fear, because there are definitely stalls to cater towards you too.

After making my way through the never ending street food stalls, my last port of call was the Cereal Killer Cafe. Unfortunately I was far too stuffed by this point to try any of the cereals but just look at the selection.

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The Cereal Killer Cafe is a little celebrity in the East End after being the first of its kind to open up in London. They charge £3.20 (the same as a coffee) for a bowl of cereal, which I think is very reasonable. I can’t wait to return to Brick Lane and come here again!

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There was so much more food on offer that isn’t mentioned in this blog post, Italian cuisine and Aberdeen Angus burger lovers can rest assured there is plenty for them too, but if you want to go and see for yourself you will have to go and visit!

The nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street Station and Aldgate East.

What would you be eating if you came here?

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I’ve been meaning to try out ‘Dirty Bones’ for quite a while now and if you’re wondering why, think “6 oz house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac & cheese and BBQ sauce” (The Mac Daddy).  Or if that doesn’t take your fancy, think “6 oz aged steak burger with treacle bacon, poached egg and hollandaise” (The Benedict Burger).

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Their menu goes above and beyond in the indulgence category and even if it’s a slightly smaller menu than burger chains such as GBK or Byron Burgers, it supersedes such chains by having such whacky and wonderful combinations.

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The Benedict Burger (£9.00)

There’s an American twist to the menu, “classic yankee,” “chicken and waffles” and “coffee and doughnuts” all make an appearance and the extravagant dishes such as “deep fried mac and cheese balls” make me feel like I should be on Man vs. Food.

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The Mac Daddy (£10)

Be prepared to get seriously messy. These burgers are overloaded with delicious extras and napkins will be needed!

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If you want to visit: 20 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EP or Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, W1B 5PW

Take a peak at the website: http://dirty-bones.com/food