Saturday, December 30, 2017

The perfect place for delightful beers and rib eye steaks in Brugge

Koen on the grill
My next blog post was meant to be about my time at a Christmas market in Ghent, however on getting to Brugge, the lack of wifi meant having to wait till I was back in London to put some posts together. It was this wait that changed the order of my posts due to the amazing time I had savouring the tastiest rib eye steaks washed down with delighful beers at a restaurant  ( In't Nieuw Museum) 15 odd minutes walk away from Brugge's historic UNESCO city centre. I need to show you a few pictures of the lovely medieval buildings and canals first, then we can pan back to the steaks. 
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas in Gent : Naturell Restaurant

Beautiful Gent
This mini Belgium blog series idea all started a few months ago following my time at Luke and Wendy's wedding in the Netherlands. I loved every minute of the wedding , especially the reception. It was like Britains got talent meets xfactor meets celebrity dancing on ice in dutch. Totally loved every minute of it.
Wedding over, seeing as we stopped over at Dunkirk on the first leg of the trip, we decided to spend a few hours in any beautiful city on our way back to London. After a while on google , Gent seemed to stand out quite a bit from the rest. Walking around Gent was like being transported into a magical disney town. Tons of little streets, canals, medieval architectures, coloured buildings, beer houses,  basically it was like being in a painting at times.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The smoking goat review

Smoking goat delight
Hello readers, How's your week coming along?. Have eaten soo much over the past few days, I think have put on a ton. Yes even more than usual because am Louis's self appointed dedicated foodie tour guide. This was his third day in London ( see my previous post ) and the plan was to drag my friend to all the restaurants on my foodie lists. The next restaurant on my list was a Thai BBQ place called the Smoking goat on 7 Denmark street ( WC2H 8LZ) , a few minutes walk from Tottenham court road station.  One of the first thing that gets you is the waff of aromas coming out of the kitchens. A lemongrass wonderland. We scanned the menu quickly while waiting for Diran ( who arrived almost 60 minutes late by the way) and many of the dishes massively stood out. The chilli fish sauce wings (£7) , goat sausage with tumeric and chilli ( £4 ),  smoked goat shoulder (£34) , Cornish lamb ribs with pickles (£11) and  rarebreed pork chop to name a few. We settled for the first four and all I can say is.....Bucket loads of flavour galore.
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Saturday, November 04, 2017

A French restaurant with a roof top garden : Coq d argent

London skyline from Coq d argent
My thursday morning entailed a 6am visit to Heathrow airport to pick up a childhood friend visiting from the land of #Covfefe and fake news.The last time I saw Louis aka Timi ( always Louis to me mate ) was 4 years ago at his wedding in Virginia, so I was really looking forward to catching up on 4 years worth of stories. Yes I know there's something called Face Timeth, but alas as these things go at times we just never got round to it. A quick journey home from Heathrow and it was back out again to visit a restaurant near Bank train station that have always had on my foodie list. A private lift from the ground floor of No 1 Poultry building reveals a french brasserie with a beautiful roof top garden called Coq d'argent.
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Padella : A review of the Best Italian restaurant near Borough Market

When my friend asked to meet up in London for a meal before he jets off to Malaysia, one restaurant with a queue as long as Israelites marching out of Egypt to the promise land came to mind. The promise land in this case being Padella , a restaurant that turned out to be one of the best Italian restaurants have had the pleasure of dining at around Borough Market or dare I say London Bridge. Every time I saw chefs rolling fresh pasta by hand at their window overlooking Borough high street during my lunch break , I look to the left and the queue just dampened my foodie soul. Luckily Guiseppes and Brindisa were always around the corner to provide much needed sustainance. The spaghetti and lobster at Guiseppes is worthy of being a last meal by the way. So, back to Padella, as it so turns out, I had the Monday off work and was prepared to queue for their 5pm you do on your day off. While queuing I read about the owners ( Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda ) and their other restaurant in Islington called Trullo. The positive reviews I read made me look forward even more to what Padella had to offer.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A review of London's Zuma restaurant

Zuma giant dessert tower
Trying to write a blog post review about a high end modern Japanese restaurant I visited two weeks ago in London's Knightsbridge isnt the easiest task. So for inspiration, am kicking off my saturday morning by drinking champagne in bed at 8am in the hope that such Brexit averse living will reignite memories of that nights decadence. It may also be that I just want an excuse to drink at this hour, so adding apple juice to the champagne was the perfect healthy balance. Who say's I cant do healthy?. Okay, am going off track. Back to Zuma. The venue itself wasnt overwhelmingly luxurious, but still oozed class. You had your wooden tables like classic japanese restaurants , granite bench tops and decor that reminded me of  Roka . The atmosphere was electric even at 6pm and the vibe in this restaurant is one that makes you want to have a very good evening by maxing your card out on fancy cocktails and lobsters. My friend was celebrating a new aquisition so it was only right we reminisced about things finally working out after a number of years. So celebrate we did. Sake, cocktails, tequila and more cocktails while eating some very tasty dishes really made this a lavish evening that ended in Bulgari and Novikov.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review of private menu tasting event

I received an invitation a couple of weeks ago while stuffing my face at a Jollof rice festival in Lagos, Nigeria. This invitation was from Tholani, the moderator of an African culture blog. The event itself was hosted by an up and coming chef called Victor Okunowo with a brief that involves us food lovers/bloggers critiquing his dishes prior to a planned Eight Course supperclub taking place in October called Ounje.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017


Majority of you already know how I feel about a good plate of spicy jollof rice, so on hearing about an Eat drink Lagos Jollof festival taking place at the Nigerian railway compound, Ebute-Metta, I just had to attend.The last blog post I wrote featured a Jollof rice dish that was quite lacking in taste and substance as such an opportunity to stuff my face at a festival that had various types of Jollof rice couldnt be missed. The brief given to the various vendors at the festival was to re-imagine Jollof and after trying out the various combinations, the vendors definitely met the brief. The various dishes we tried out were;

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Ikoyi London restaurant review

Ikoyi London
A few friends mentioned a Nigerian fusion restaurant that opened up last month at a spot on St James market street, a stones throw from Piccadilly circus station called Ikoyi London. A vibrant foodie neighbourhood in Lagos ( Ikoyi) with tons of good restaurants seems to have lent its name to this new west african fine dining restaurant in the heart of London. The brain child of Ire Hassan Odukale and Head Chef Jeremy Chan formely of Nobu , the whole idea behind the menu seems to revolve around showcasing West African dishes with a twist to a wider audience. Nigerian restaurants inevitably mostly attract Nigerians and have often wondered why some of the most flavourful dishes I have ever tasted ( Spinach melon seed stew, Jollof rice, banga soup : check out my  Lagos blog posts ) arent in top restaurants on the high streets. On speaking to friends, it seems the lack of popularity of the Nigerian / west african dishes are due to multiple factors,

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lagos Restaurant review : Craft Gourmet

Delicious spaghetti

The last blog post i wrote focussed on very affordable restaurants in Lagos , Nigeria and this review will touch on a slightly more expensive restaurant called Craft Gourmet by Lou Baker based in Victoria Island's Mega plaza mall. It was quite a surprise that a gem of a place was hiding in what i can only describe as an outdated looking mall. You pretty much know you are in for a treat however on entering the restaurant. Wide open spaces, tons of lighting,  white table tops, wooden floors and potted plants makes you feel like you walked into an upmarket restaurant in London bridge. I had to look behind me as the door felt like something out of Narnia.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tasty dishes in Lagos , Nigeria

Pounded yam and friends : vegetable and palm kernel soups

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

London rooftop restaurants review : Madison and Sushisamba

Sushisamba terrace

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Breakfast in Dunkirk

Tasty bagel

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lanesborough hotel's Celeste : restaurant review


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Monday, April 17, 2017

7 course tasting menu at L autre pied

Pig belly, baby carrots, cabbage and celeriac

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rok smokehouse and bar

Chocolate pudding with smoked beetroot ice cream
Hello readers..yes yes I know promised to blog about this restaurant a few weeks ago, but alas here I finally am. It has been a hectic few weeks with work and now the inspections are over I promise to try and post more often. It also helps that I have the week off. So here goes my first post of the week.

Rok smokehouse and bar 
This Nordic eatery on curtain road in Shoreditch serves some of the best cured British meats around. Having spent considerable time at a few very good restaurants in Shoreditch, I am happy to say that this is another nice addition to the list. The occasion this time was a catch up with a friend who normally spends her evening running round forests instead of enjoying all the culinary world has to offer. That's you Sue. We kicked off the evening with a few drinks.
Then followed the drinks by ordering a scallop in the shell with nduja and seaweed (£8) . Weirdly enough my non foodie friend actually knew what nduja was "It's a fiery spreadable pork salami". Jaws on the floor indeed.
Scallop in the shell with nduja and seaweed
  Cobble lane charcuterie with toasted sourdough and pickles was also a nice addition (£6)
Charcuterie with sourdough and pickles
  The main meal we ordered was the duck with bacon lingonberry jam and chanterelles (£16). The duck itself was cooked to perfection and the sweet jam accompaniment was just the perfect partner. 
Duck with bacon lingonberry jam and chanterelles
  I absolutely loved the sides we ordered..a charred squash with kale and blue cheese (£6) and charred broccoli salad with seeds,almonds and quinoa (£6)
Charred squash with kale and blue cheese
Charred broccoli salad with seeds, almond and quinoa
  The only dish I couldn't get my head around was the chocolate pudding with smoked beetroot ice cream dessert (£6). Her views echoed what I was thinking, that it just didn't work. The beetroot ice cream had a slightly bitter and sour taste and when you try it with the dark chocolate pudding , it just didn't  fully compliment each other.  
Birch syrup chocolate pudding with smoked beetroot ice cream
  Eating and discussions about life over, it was time to brave the gloomy rainy weather to find a place to drink more cocktails. I had a good time at Rok and it's definitely somewhere I would come back to. Something about Rok smokehouse reminds me of a restaurant I love in Bethnal Green called, paradise garage. Maybe it's the charred greens, but either way they are both two very good restaurants. 
Rok feast
    Hope you had a nice read and see ye soon readers.i went to Goodmans last night, so will probably blog about that during the week I reckon . Bye for now   
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Japanese restaurant in Chelsea : Kiru

Japanese restaurant in Chelsea

 I was tasked with finding a decent Japanese restaurant in Chelsea by a few friends for a Saturday evening catch up and luckily enough I picked a Japanese restaurant in Chelsea called Kiru courtesy of Open table. I got to the restaurant based on Elystan street, at least 20 minutes before everyone, which wasn't bad considering I get everywhere late. So while waiting I ordered a bottle of sake described as the dulcet silk milk wonder, ShoChikubai Taruzake. This 375 ml bottle of cold sake priced at £25, was worth every drop. 
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

My singing and foodie night out in Soho

House tonkotsu ramen

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sweet and savoury desserts in Shoreditch's Tapas Brindisa


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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Chez Bruce , Michelin starred restaurant

Venison loin and foie gras burger heaven

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Monday, January 02, 2017

Coya Mayfair

Selection of exotic fresh fruit

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