Bone Daddies – Soho, London

The last time I did a blog post about Bone Daddies was a while ago. So it is time to give an updated one (with much better photos compared to the ones taken on my old phone – thank you technology evolution).

Come rain, snow, icy wind and cold English weather – this is the place I crave.

Jack and I went recently. Hidden away in a small side street in Soho, it’s got a cool, casual, light rock-type vibe, but not too in your face and I think their food, their service and their atmosphere is fantastic for a modern, big city, ramen bar.

We got a starter of wild soft shell crab tempura £9.40. If you haven’t tried this and you are a fan of seafood – well then you are most definitely missing out. I wasn’t a massive fan of the ginger sauce on the side but I dipped them into soya sauce instead and they tasted absolutely stunning. The crunch of the tempura coating on the outside and the softness of the crab on the inside is a gorgeous contrast.

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Then I got my Bone Daddies bib on ready for my ramen!IMG-20160525-WA0009

We got the Tonkotsu Ramen £11. Tonkotsu is a pork bone broth which is usually cooked for about 20 hours until the soup goes a milky white. Absolutely beautiful and it must have so much goodness in there.

Ramen is a particular type of Japanese wheat noodle that usually comes in a pork broth that has cooked for so long that it has become creamy and it is absolutely gorgeous. What makes a ramen dish exciting are all the little colourful parts of it – The spring onions, the meat that falls apart, the bamboo shoots that give a sweet crunch, the fresh beansprouts, the nori (seaweed) and those melt in your mouth, soya dipped, runny yolked eggs! ARGH GET IN MY MOUTH NOW! (Sorry I got a little carried away there).20150920_134959

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If you haven’t been to Bone Daddies yet – try and make it there for some gorgeous, feel-good, Japanese comfort food.

http://www.bonedaddies.com/peter-st-soho/

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Le Peche Mignon – Highbury, London

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On a quiet residential street named Ronalds Road in Highbury, on a quiet little corner, there is a little cafe called Le Peche Mignon.

Last year (yes I am a little late on this post) Renata and I were feeling a bit peckish after a Sunday morning pedicure so we wondered over to Le Peche Mignon for a wonderfully French brunch.

I ordered the Eggs Royale (£7.50) and Renata ordered the Croque Madame (£6.50).

Mine was divine! The muffin was fluffy and chewy at the same time, they weren’t stingy with the smoked salmon, the spinach was wilted to perfection and wow when those poached eggs were cut through, the yolk poured all over the salmon and muffin and married well with the beautiful yellow hollandaise sauce. What an absolute treat!

Renata said the Croque Madame was the best that she has ever tasted as well. And their coffee is pretty fabulous too!

Definitely worth popping into if you are in the area!

http://lepechemignon.co.uk/

 

Warung Padang -Bermondsey, London

I wrote about the authentic Indonesian restaurant in Soho called East West Oriental a while ago, but unfortunately they closed down last year. Well, the guys that worked there opened up their own Indonesian restaurant in Bermondsey called Warung Padang.

It is a wonderfully authentic experience of Indonesian cuisine. Its a laid back atmosphere where everyone is friendly, the food is freshly made and absolutely delicious, and it is really well priced.20160110_140401

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20160110_142256I recently went with Rebecca and we missed Indonesian food so much that we felt the need to try everything so we ended up ordering the whole menu. Or most of it anyway.

We had some prawn crackers with chili sauce, a Vietnamese Coffee (which is a strong filtered coffee that is mixed with condensed milk), a Nasi Padang Special (white rice with a couple of curries from the Padang region in Indonesia), and a Mie Bakso (a meatball and noodle soup).

We obviously ordered too much and had to take the rest home with us but it was all gorgeous and really reminded me of Indonesia – I almost forgot that I was in London. Glorious!20151014_194114

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https://www.facebook.com/Warung-Padang-London-1601167470143715/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d7596942-Reviews-Warung_Padang-London_England.html

When the Sun Shines in London Town

It is absolutely amazing the noticeable change of mood and vibe that London has when the sun is shining down upon it:

  1. People start smiling and stop looking solemn and depressed.
  2. People start wearing colours other than black.
  3. You hear more laughter in the air.
  4. People let each other on the tube!! Yes!! Can you believe it? No one pushed and shoved. In fact, people ushered each other on like “no you go first” and “haha no no you go first” and there was “thank you”s and “you’re welcome”s being delivered.
  5. Are they skipping? Singing? Whistling? High-fiving one another? I feel like I am in a Walt Disney cartoon scene!

Thank you sunshine (except for today’s rain- we are in London after-all)! Welcome to Summer 2016! Hello park days, hello festivals, hello picnics, hello barbeques, and goodbye winter coats and thick tights!

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Mr Bao – Peckham, London

Tessa and I went to Mr. Bao in Peckham one evening after work. It had just opened recently so the reduced, soft opening menu was still being used instead of the full menu.

It is a small, compact restaurant which has a great buzzing atmosphere. The service is awesome and everyone is happy to help you choose from the menu.

We had an absolute feast of a meal starting off with some Taiwanese Sausage, Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Chips and then we carried on the meal with the Bao Diddley, Shitake Mushroom and Slow Cooked Lamb Bao’s.

The actual Bao itself is a soft, fluffy and ever-so-slightly sweet bun that is then stuffed with different bits of goodness. The Bao Diddley, which is the bao stuffed with fried chicken with some wasabi mayo was definitely my favourite.

Very more-ish and will set you back about £25-30 per person but a great place to try something new and for a catch up with good friends.

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http://www.mrbao.co.uk/

S&K Salt Beef Bar – Edgware, London

For a good old traditional Jewish deli meal, I would definitely recommend S&K Salt Beef Bar in Edgware, London. Pop in a take away some succulent, moist salt beef, a few crisp latkas, a tub of fresh coleslaw,serve with English mustard and boom there you go for the perfectly traditional Jewish deli lunch. Add some pickled gerkins for an extra touch.

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http://www.bksaltbeefbar.com/

Bad Egg – Moorgate, London

You know how much I love a brunch. I mean, who doesn’t? It means you have time for a lie in, a gym session AND you are still in time to get the glorious breakfast foods that you wouldn’t have the time to eat during the weekdays.

For Astrid’s birthday this year we went to the famous Bad Egg for a boozy Saturday brunch. I was so excited as I have been meaning to go here for ages. For £35 you get 3 different dishes PLUS bottomless drinks for 2 hours! Please tell me how that doesn’t sound appealing.20160312_151513

20160312_151524Our server was absolutely hilarious. He was loud and funny and we just thought the service was fabulous because of him.

I started off with a Bloody Mary (which was AMAZING!) and continued on the meal with the house prosecco on the bottomless menu which was actually quite nice. I was very happy with the drink situation – absolutely worth the bottomless brunch choice.

On the menu you are able to choose 3 different plates. I chose the buffalo rib tips (served with spicy Buffalo sauce & blue cheese mayo),  pulled pork, beans & kimchi on toast (slow cooked pork, baked beans & kimchi on sourdough toast), and the pancake with bacon and maple syrup.

The kimchi pulled pork with beans on toast was sensational – not just to look at – but also all the different flavours went very well together. I recommend this one definitely.

The buffalo rip tips weren’t but favourite but I didn’t dislike them. They were just a tad bit over cooked so they were a bit hard and I couldn’t really taste the meat but they were also a tad bit too saucy, in a overbearingly salty and sour way that made my eyeballs twitch just a tad. If you enjoy an eyeball twitch – this is the thing to order. Otherwise – don’t.

Then last but not least, they put down the plate of what seemed to be a mini crepe (not the fluffy buttermilk pancake I had imagined) that had unfortunately died a tragic death by drowning in a sea of maple syrup (RIP) with two bacon rashers to cover up the awful murder scene, and my face dropped. And no, unfortunately it didn’t taste any better than it looked. Just don’t order it if you go.

The mac and cheese balls and the hash that my friends had ordered looked great and also were raved about highly – So I’d probably try these next time.20160312_151014Overall it was a really fun meal out and a great atmosphere. A fabulous place for a brunch with a group of friends, as long as you don’t take the food too seriously.

 

http://badegg.london/

http://badegg.london/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/BAD-EGG-Bottomless-Brunch-Menu-October.pdf