Thursday, May 14, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
over Easter for a
friend’s wedding and I was really excited to visit this Texan city famed for ‘Keeping it Weird’. Austin is known for its
music scene, its quirky laid-back charm and its food! Once we bought our plane
tickets, I proceeded to geek out and read up all the reviews and blog posts I
could find, pestered friends for recommendations and finally made a massive
spreadsheet of every restaurant and bar I could find. I wanted to focus more on
BBQ , Tex-Mex and Street food trailers – food that especially unique to Austin . Austin
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Monday, March 23, 2015
There are two ways of avoiding the queues at ‘no reservation’ restaurant hot spots in Soho:
The first is all about timing. Either go before it opens and be one of those people standing outside a closed restaurant at 5:30 pm or go around 9:30 to 10 pm because most people in London like to have dinner around 8 pm (I've become one of them!)
The second way (and my personal favourite) is to wander around Soho and hit up all the places the people either forgot about or just don’t even know about.
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Like Polpetto – which you couldn’t even enter when it was crammed into that little area in the French House pub but now that it's moved to a nice roomy location in Berwick street, people seemed to have forgotten about it. Or even Duck Soup – less trendy but still great food.
So while implementing my second method, I came across Shackfuyu – brought to you by the Bone Daddies gang (also responsible for Flesh & Buns). It serves up Japanese fusion food and has a rather interesting menu.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I’ve had Vietnamese food before but I’ve never tried Pho. Pho is a Beef Noodle Soup and now that I’ve discovered it at Song Que, - a Vietnamese Restaurant in Hoxton on Kingsland road -, I can’t get enough of it.
At Song Que, they specialize in it - serving big steaming bowls of noodles simmering in a fragrant beefy broth flavoured with lemongrass, ginger and lime and full of aromatic herbs like coriander and basil. They have tons of different variations though I’ve only tried pho with well done flank steak and slices of rare beef. I haven’t been brave enough to try it with tripe or tendons!
Saturday, February 28, 2015
A new restaurant called Twist recently opened on Crawford Street in Marylebone and I decided to try them out for brunch.
My order of ‘Twisted Eggs’ - baked eggs in a pan with tomatoes and marjoram leaves - were delicious and made me keen to check them out for dinner. The restaurant has a warm cozy atmosphere and the staff are friendly and attentive. I liked the rustic decor of the place though be warned – there are one or two tables with some uncomfortable chairs!
The next time at a dinner I discovered the menu, despite having a quite few Spanish dishes, is less about serving quintessential Spanish tapas and more about ‘fusion tapas' (in their own words). There’s a mix of Asian and Mediterranean dishes - I guess this allows the chefs more creativity.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
I’ve been ordering from EatFirst quite a lot these past few weeks. They promise to deliver fresh healthy food within 15 minutes. You can choose between 2 options – one vegetarian and the other non-vegetarian - both costing £7 and pay online or via their app.
So far I’ve enjoyed the food. I like how they have a Protein + Carb + Vegetable component in every meal and I’ve been happy with the portion sizes. They also list the ingredients and nutrition facts as well.
Here’s what I’ve ordered:
Hoisin Chicken with Mixed Vegetables and Brown Rice
A great dish that was simple and healthy with broccoli and mange tout.
Monday, January 12, 2015
During Christmas, I spent a week in
in the South of France and while I was there, I decided to take a cooking
lesson in Thai food from Aoy. Aoy runs Thai cooking lessons in her home and I
couldn’t resist a chance to learn some tips on how to cook some authentic Thai
Aoy knows whole gamut of Thai dishes and I decided to first learn how to cook the ubiquitous Thai Green Curry. Sure I’ve attempted a green curry before – buy some pre-made green curry sauce and stir-fry some vegetables but Aoy’s slow cooked Green Curry with Aubergines and Beef was the real deal.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
With an hour of time to kill one evening, I decided to wander down
street. I found myself in front of Bubbledogs, with miraculously no
queue in front of it. Well it was on a Wednesday but I’ve always refused
to go near Bubbledogs since I can’t rationalize the standard 60 minute wait
just for hot dogs with a glass of bubbles - all of which can be consumed within
When I went to the door, I was told there was still 10 to 15 minute wait. I asked if there any way they could squeeze me in given I was there by myself and the manager was nice enough to find me a spot at the bar. Sitting at the bar is the best seat in the house in my opinion and perfect if you’re flying solo. It’s an excellent viewing point to see the rest of the room and watch the bartenders make fancy cocktails.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
When my friend mentioned having lunch at Orrery, a Michelin-star restaurant on
Marylebone High Street; I originally misheard the name and thought he
said we were at going to eat at ‘Ovary’. Seeing my bemused look, my friend then
spelled out the name but I was none the wiser to what Orrery meant.
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Monday, October 27, 2014
Right after Meat Liquor and Patty & Bun opened up in Marylebone; another burger joint started making waves on the High Street: Tommi’s Burger Joint. I still swear allegiance to the juicy Dead Hippie Burger at Meat Liquor and I adore the chicken wings at Patty & Bun but there’s something about the Burger Joint that keeps drawing me back for more.
No queues. At all.