Sunday, December 20, 2015

Afternoon tea at the Mandarin hotel


Hello readers, how's that christmas shopping coming along?. I have a feeling I'm not going to start shopping till the 24th yet again. Something about last minute shopping always excites me. Here's to hoping Borough market still has a few whole ducks, spices, mince pies, mulled wine and cakes on the shelves. 

Speaking of cakes I spent my day stuffing myself in preparation for Christmas at an afternoon tea at the Mandarin hotel's rosebery lounge based just a few yards away from Knightsbridge station. Have been to a few places such as Fortnum and mason and  Langham hotel Palm court lounge for
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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Places to eat in Mallorca

Hello readers, it seems like eons since I last mentioned my upcoming trip to Mallorca, Spain. Alas, the trips over and I can't help but reminisce as I write this under a duvet freezing my ass off in 12 degrees London weather. It's cold, rainy and I miss all the lovely tapas and fusion dishes I tried out in good ol Mallorca. So without further ado, here are a few pictures showcasing the various places to eat in Mallorca. It wouldn't be complete without adding pictures of the beautiful city of course. 
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ozz restaurant review

Hi readers, how's your weekend coming along. I'm trying my hardest not to think of work on this cold Sunday evening in the East end of London. When I do finally get to work tomorrow however, I know a few things to tap into whenever I need to smile while working away. I am talking about a 5 and 4 course gourmet experience I shared with Vanessa at a Marylebone based restaurant called Ozz. I enjoyed it so much I thought why not do a review. 

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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Late night restaurants in London, Monsoon Indian restaurant review

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Sticks'n'sushi restaurant

Hello readers, hope you're weeks going great. The weekends here, so thought I do a quick post about a very good restaurant in Canary wharf called sticks'n'sushi. The first I knew about the place was via a London restaurant festival deal I saw on the net. It's located right next to the new cross rail, so it's quite easy to get to. 
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Sketch restaurant

Hello readers, how's the weekend coming along. Willing to bet some of you might still be in bed trying to recover from the weekend's excesses. That was my weekend last week after 5 days of London cocktail week. For those of you still in bed I wanted to put a quick short post together before I head out to canary wharfs stick and sushi in celebration of London restaurant festival month. The post will mainly focus on my time at a restaurant called Sketch, in the Mayfair area a few days ago.visited two of this restaurant's four rooms ( Gallery and the Glade) and a few things really stood out, first of which was the Gallery's very pink theme.The walls, the chairs, roofs were all strikingly pink.Enough to make you gasp and wonder where the insane but clever idea came from.
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Saturday, October 10, 2015

London cocktail week

Hello readers, just a quick post about what have been up to this week. It mostly involved cocktails as part of London cocktail week.Yes..its back, but finishing tomorrow (11th of October), so buy the £10
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bottomless Bellini brunch in Bourne and Hollingsworth

Hello readers, how's you're weekend coming along. It's been a few days since my last post, or 2 weeks to be exact. During that time I actually checked out a few restaurants, however I had my mind set on blogging about a place that served a bottomless Bellini brunch in Farringdon called Bourne and Hollingsworth. I read about this restaurant in a Timeout article titled 19 things to do in Clerkenwell before the world ends and found the list quite intriguing due to the fact that I never actually knew there was much to do in Clerkenwell. As it so turns out, it has some very decent foodie spots. Bournes and Hollingsworth fits into this group perfectly. 

On entering the restaurant it felt like I was transported into Kew gardens. The hanging plants, tropical seat covers and old colonial style decor really help to make this place a stunning venue. 

When the food did come, it didn't disappoint. We decided to share the eggs benedict ( ham hock and Bernaise sauce ) and Huevos Benedictos ( chorizo, avocado and  Bernaise sauce). The poached eggs were runny and perfect. All this was washed down with their bottomless peach Bellini ( needs just a tad more alcohol ) of course. 

We still felt peckish after trying the dishes above and felt the best options was to go for some sweet dishes. We were quite lucky to get served due to the restaurant losing power. The dishes we ended up going for were the drop scones, caramelised banana and mixed nuts. 

And French toast , with clotted cream, berries and honey 

Both dishes were definitely very moorish and tasty. I highly recommend the scones if you ever get to visit. The costs were quite affordable, with the scones and French bread totalling about £6.50 each.

On the whole I had a nice time at the restaurant and am looking forward to visiting again in the not too distant future. Do you have any brunch ideas? Feel free to comment below or on twitter. I would love to find some quirkier spots.  

                                     Have a nice weekend and a good start to the week. Bye for now 

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

A review of Places to eat in Westminster - Roux , Skylon , Cubana and aJamaican stall at Lower Marsh Market

Hi friends, how's your week coming along?. Mine started with hanging out at a nice restaurant in Westminster. I started working in that area a few months ago and ever since then have had it in mind to write about good places to eat in Westminster.  So without further ado, let's look at some of these places.

Lower Marsh Market Stalls

A few minutes walk from my work place, this area can be reach via a tunnel with tons of beautiful graffiti. The paintings seem to change every week. It's a nice route to take away from the hustle and bustle of London eye. It's never packed so I doubt the tourists know it exists. 

Passing through the tunnel leads you to the array of food stalls. The first Jamaican food stall you come across serves some of the best Caribbean dishes have ever had. Their amazing jerk chicken, tasty goat mean and mouth watering Oxtails always pulls a few crowd to the area. Pierced at just £6 pounds on average, it's always well worth the wait. 

Lower Marsh Market Jerk Chicken

Goat meat curry

Sumptuous Oxtail

Lower Marsh Market ( if coming via the tunnel) : Cubana

Just a stones throw from waterloo station and at the end or start of lower marsh ( depending on where you set off from ) sits a Cuban restaurant that serves street food dishes with a mix of Spanish, Caribbean, African and French influences. These dishes include but's not limited to , Cuban slow roasted free range marinated pork, Cuban styled shredded beef with rice, black beans and plantains, hot Cuban sandwiches etc. For lunch I had some free range chicken casseroled in fresh orange juice, sherry and onions served with chilli rice, Cuban black beans and plantains. This was without doubt a tasty and fragrant meal. Every bite had a bursts of oranges and chilli. The plantains were just perfect as well. On the whole I liked what I ate and would visit again. 

Cubana casseroled chicken

I visited and blogged about Michel Roux Jr's restaurant a few months ago so make sure you check my " Roux" blog post. Loved the previous dishes on offer, so quick catch up with my sister entailed another visit to roux at the parliament square. The main dishes and desserts ordered were just perfect. I have to admit now that I'm a big fan of soufflés, so I was really looking forward to trying out their new selection. The main dishes selected was a succulent Iberico pork chop with a very tasty romescu sauce and a roast Anjou pigeon with spiced pickled cherries and almonds. Both dishes were really that good.

Roux at the parliament square iberico pork

Roux at the parliament square roast pigeon
Finally , we had the delicious soufflé for desserts. If only I could remember what it was called now?. However the images below really captures the emotions linked to this dessert. 

Roux at the parliament square soufflé.

We came, we saw, we ate some very delicious desserts. Compliments to the chef ofcourse. 

Last but not the least is a modern European restaurant called Skylon.

I visited this restaurant based in the Southbank building with a few colleagues from my old workplace. One of the first things that came to mind was the stunning view of the Thames from our window table. A very nice seating during the sunset indeed. The common consensus around the table regarding the taste of the dishes served was quite positive and the cocktails were also a hit. 

Skylon Confit duck, beetroot, cavolo nero and heritage carrots: Well presented tasty dish

Skylon wild seabass with a very Moorish mussel casserole

Skylon slow roasted Pork belly

There goes my list of restaurants and stalls you should visit if you're ever in the Westminster area.  I will hopefully visit more places in this area with time.  I hope you enjoyed blog and don't forget to check out my twitter page, Makelesmouthful for more foodie pics. 

If you have any ideas about other restaurants you want me to check out, send some tweets my way. I heard a place called Restaurant story's quite good. Have a nice weekend and see you soon.

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