Recipe: Short ribs with dates, date molasses & potatoes

Honey & Co is one of my favourite eateries in London. Since I got my hands on their Middle Eastern cookbook last year I couldn’t wait to try out some of their recipes at home. I shared the Pomegranate Molasses Chicken dish last January, which has been one of the most-read posts on my blog since.

This dish is a very simple one which requires few ingredients but a long cooking time. Prepare it early afternoon for dinner or late one evening for lunch the next day. I got my hands on three short ribs, roughly 970g for £10 at The Ginger Pig butches. The remaining ingredients are cheap so you take the hit when purchasing good quality meat but when it’s so essential to the dish, it’s worth it.

If you struggle to find date molasses which is used as a glaze for the meat, head to Holland & Barrett or you’re local health food store or deli. I managed to find a date syrup, which worked just as well, at As Nature Intended Ltd in Balham, South London.

Ingredients – Serves 2 people

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 850g beef short rib
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 onions, peeled (about 350g)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled (about 450g)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 60g dried pitted dates
  • 120ml water
  • 2 tbsp date molasses, to glaze

Short ribs with dates, date molasses and potatoesStep 1

Heat the oil in a large frying pan on a high heat. Place the short ribs flat-side down in the pan and season with salt and pepper. Let the ribs brown on one side before turning them over to colour the other side.

Ginger Pig Beef Short RibsStep 2

Peel the onions and potatoes before cutting into 6-8 wedges each.

Step 3

Remove the ribs from the frying plan and place into a ovenproof pot, leaving the frying pan on the heat. Put the onions into the frying pan and keep on a high heat, allow them to colour for 2 minutes then add the potato wedges.

Potatoes and OnionsStep 4

Add one tablespoon of tomato puree and stir around to coat the vegetables.

Tomato PureeStep 5

Tip the contents of the frying pan into the ovenproof pot with the short rib. Add the water and dates then you can either simmer on the hob over a low heat for 3-4 hours or slow cook in the oven for 3-4 hours at 160°C/140°C fan/gas mark 3. Honey & Co even suggest slow cooking the pot overnight on  150°C/130°C fan/gas mark 2.

Slow cooked short rib date molassesStep 6

Once the potatoes have browned and caramelised, and the meat is tender and ready to fall off the bone it’s time to serve. Brush the short rib with date molasses to make it shiny and sweet. Perfect.

Short rib honey & co

For more middle-eastern recipes from the wonderful Honey & Co you can get yourself a copy of the cookbook here.

Review: Ben’s Canteen, Battersea

It’s official. South London has too many brunch spots, but what lead me to Ben’s Canteen was their foodie-licious Instagram account. Pictures of flowery plates topped with colourful foods, featuring some of my favourite ingredients, were hard to resist.

Ben, of Ben’s Canteen, prides himself on creating a relaxed neighbourhood hangout that does dinner, cracking cocktails and exciting wines. At the weekend Ben puts on brunch, offering Aussie treats similar to Brickwood, with the addition of banging Bloody Marys and Breakfast Fizz.

We booked a table for 10.15am on a Saturday to kick off (pun intended) a day of boozy brunching and Six Nations rugby! A refreshing glass of fizzy and fruity orange juice, with marmalade syrup and cava woke us up followed by a two course breakie.

My dining partner, who was also the birthday boy, went for the Big Ben; sausage, bacon, bloody mary beans, hash browns, black pudding, mushroom, tomato, toast and eggs. The best bit was the homemade hash browns, corrrr.

Ben's Canteen Big Ben

Photo credit: Ben’s Canteen

I went veggie (almost) opting for the Sweet Corn & Courgette Fritters with halloumi, balsamic roast tomato chutney and a poached egg. I cheekily added chorizo which brought a bit of spice to the otherwise fresh and summery dish.Sweet Corn & Courgette Fritters

We topped up our Breakfast Fizzes with a bottle of Prosecco, I mean we were celebrating after all! Ben’s Canteen has a number of sweet treats on their breakfast menu which are also hard to resist, so we decided to get a plate of French Toast to share. Decorated with edible flowers, a poached pear and a pot of warm vanilla mascarpone, it was indeed a treat.

French Toast, Poached Pear, Vanilla MascarponeBen has succeeded in creating a relaxed all-day pub vibe inside a modern and friendly canteen. Stalk the menu and I’m sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy. Dinner from Ben’s Canteen can also be delivered to your door from the help of Deliveroo if you’re looking to recreate the neighbourhood feel inside your home.

Details

ADDRESS: 140 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SL

OPENING HOURS: 5pm–12am Monday to Thursday, 9am–12am Friday and Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sundays

CONTACT: 020 7228 3260

WEBSITE: http://www.benscanteen.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/BensCanteen

TWITTER: @benscanteen

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Review: Kricket, Pop Brixton

Kricket lives inside a shipping container which makes up part of Pop Brixton, a community of bars, restaurants and retail units found on Brixton Station Road. Serving Indian small plates and cocktails, it’s tricky to get a table so head down early in the week as they don’t take reservations. The menu is short offering dishes from £4 – £10 in price. Be warned you will want to try everything on the list so arrive hungry and with an open mind as some of the ingredients listed will be new to most.

Kricket Review

We started things off with the best dish on the menu, the Bhel Puri which is a popular mumbai street food made from puffed rice, vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce. Kricket added raw mango and sev, which is an Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles. Topped with yoghurt the dish was full of the most amazing textures and flavours.

BHEL PURI

Next up, Samphire Pakoras decorated with date and tamarind chutney and a side of chilli garlic mayonnaise. Samphire is a sea vegetable which has a crisp texture and a sweet sea flavour.

SAMPHIRE PAKORAS

A portion of grilled sweet potato with black garlic, gunpowder and labneh was next to arrive at the table. The skin was beautifully blackened but we were advised not to eat it. The light yogurt and flowery garlic flavours balanced out the powerful gunpowder seasoning.

GRILLED SWEET POTATO

Kricket’s Keralan Fried Chicken was another awesome dish. The spicy batter was the perfect coating for the small pieces of chicken which were accompanied by a brilliant bright yellow curry leaf mayonnaise. Thin slices of pickled mouli, part of the radish family, complete the dish.

KERALAN FRIED CHICKEN

My least favourite dish was probably the Hyderabad baby aubergine which was a shame considering I am an aubergine lover. Sweet flakes of coconut were a pleasant addition but overall the flavour somewhat lacked.

HYDERABAD BABY AUBERGINE

We finished things off with a plate of smoked haddock, yellow moong dal, pickled cauliflower and a raw eggs yolk. Made from rice and lentils, the Kichri was surprisingly light. Smothering the raw egg yolk over thin slices of cauliflower made for a unique dish.

KICHRI

Finally two cuts of Sulla Venison Rump served with chunks of pumpkin and burnt calcot onion raita. Jerusalem artichokes and chanterelles complete the dish which was a meaty, fresh and flavoursome.

SULLA VENISON RUMP

Kricket is definitely worth a visit. Go for the Bhel Puri, Samphire Pakoras and Keralan Fried Chicken alone and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Details

ADDRESS: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ

OPENING HOURS: Mon–Thu: 12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm Fri: 12pm–3pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm Sat: 12pm–4pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm Sun: 11am–4pm

CONTACT: hello@kricket.co.uk

WEBSITE: www.kricket.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/kricketbrixton

TWITTER: @KricketBrixton

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Review: The Old George

The Old George is a beautifully restored London pub, dating back to the 1700s, found at 379 Bethnal Green Road. Under the ownership of the Antic Collective, The Old George recently opened a restaurant on the first floor of its establishment, where you’ll find fantastic food served in quaint and cooky surroundings.

the old george pub

The restaurant menu hosts an impressive array of fish, meats and seasonal vegetables. They must have quite the pantry in the kitchen, from corn-fed poussin to stinging nettle gnocchi, there has clearly been a lot of thought put into the menu. With such choice I struggled to choose what to order, but the waiter helped by recommending his favourites and highlighting the most popular dishes.

My dining partner started with the pan seared scallops. An excellent choice sprinkled with fennel pollen, the dish came alive with the addition of blood orange puree.

Pan seared scallops, fennel pollen, blood orange

I chose the lamb neck croquettes which were beautifully resting on a bed of lemon spinach, dotted with mint aioli.

Lamb neck croquettes, mint aioli, lemon spinach

For main, I was presented with a hearty dish of roast wild pheasant, toulouse sausage stuffing and celeriac dauphinoise. The pheasant meat was unfortunately a little dry but it was thankfully moistened by the rosemary jus.

roast wild pheasant, toulouse sausage stuffing, celeriac dauphinoise, rosemary jus

The baked sea bream served with clams in white wine butter and pickled asparagus was an impressive plate. A mountain of clams acted as a throne for the fresh sea bream which was perfectly baked.

baked sea bream with clams in white wine butter and pickled asparagus

We ordered a slice of blood orange tart to share for dessert. The chefs kindly served us a rather large slice which despite being full we managed to wolf down! I especially liked the orange caramel that accompanied the zesty tart.

Blood orange tart and orange caramel

I get the impression that The Old George is still perfecting it’s offering as it finds its feet in the competitive London restaurant scene. The kitchen staff seem passionate about what they do which I think will be the driving force behind what I expect to be a popular destination in Bethnal Green. Thank you for an enjoyable evening.

Details

ADDRESS: 379 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN

CONTACT: 020 7033 9726

WEBSITE: oldgeorge.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/OldGeorgeBethnalGreen

TWITTER: @TheOldGeorge

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Review: The Abbeville

During the month of January, The Abbeville pub was offering 50% off food. This left me with no excuse but to jump out the front door and toodle down the road to enjoy a candle lit dinner with an old friend. With it being a popular hideout for many locals we booked a table for two, at 7pm in advance, which was a wise decision as it was rather busy despite it being a midweek occasion.

You mustn’t let The Abbeville’s label of ‘a gentrified gastropub with an imaginative British menu’ put you off. With a half-modern, half-traditional interior the setting is homely and the staff are friendly. The menu offers a good range to suit most palates from burgers and ribs to more traditional pub grub like fish & chips and steak. Starting with a bottle of house red, we chatted and browsed the food menu, deciding whether any of the dishes on the chalk board of specials also took our fancy.

Scribbled at the top of the specials board were scotch eggs which arrived on a round wooden board and disappointingly lacked a runny yolk. Ever since I discovered Scotchtails (aka the best Scotch Egg you’ll ever eat) my expectations for a good scotch egg have been heightened so I can’t blame the Abbeville for producing a very average egg.

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For some reason, I’m obsessed with croquettes at the moment, which meant we had to order a portion of those as well.  Stuffed full of pork cheek they were awesome. Accompanied with a creamy garlic aioli dip and bright yellow piccalilli, both starters were great to share.

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For main, I went for the St. Louis Barbecue Pork Ribs served with sweet potato fries and apple and red cabbage slaw. The ribs were fantastic, I was surprised how tender the meat was and the gravy was delish.

St. Louis Barbecue Pork Ribs

My dining partner went for another item on the specials board, homemade beef and ale pie with chunky chips and salad. The pie was surprisingly dense and full of meaty goodness. It would have been even better if it came with a pot of gravy to help moisten the dish though.

steak and ale pie

I’m delighted that The Abbeville is my new local, I’ve visited again since my first visit and I’m sure I’ll become a regular during the Six Nations. With 50% off the food bill, I felt like we got good value for money which means at full price the Abbeville can be a little high on the expense scales for pub food. But fear not, Sundays through to Thursdays you can get 50% off via tastecard. Bingo.

Details

ADDRESS: 67-69 Abbeville Rd, London SW4 9JW

OPENING HOURS: 11am–11pm Monday to Wednesday, 11am–12am Thursday to Saturday and  11am–10:30pm on Sundays

CONTACT: 020 8675 2201

WEBSITE: www.theabbeville.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ThreeCheersPubs

TWITTER: @ThreeCheersPubs

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Recipe: Banana Bread 🍌

With as little as 30 mins prep time, this easy banana bread recipe is perfect for using up overripe bananas. Matched with cupboard essentials, flour, sugar, bicarb and vanilla extract, you’ll only need to pop to the shop for a few extras. Cooked in a loaf tin the outcome is a moist, sweet bread, enjoyed by all.

Ingredients

  • 285g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 110g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 85ml buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Banana Bread Ingredients

Step 1

First off you need to preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Step 2

Next weigh the flour and sift into a large mixing bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and salt.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.

Step 3

In a different bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Mash the bananas in another bowl using a fork, add to the butter and sugar mixture, along with the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract.

Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract

Step 5

Now you need to fold the mixture and the flour together. You’ll be left with a mushy cakey mix read to pour into a baking tin. Make sure you grease the tin and line with baking paper. Transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown.

Pour the cake mixture into the tin

Step 6

Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving. Enjoy! 👌

Emma Rose Tully Banana Bread

Fitzrovia Favourites Pt. 3

In my second Fitzrovia Favourites post I wrote about Bobo Social on Charlotte Street and its neighbouring restaurants which also began with the letter B. Here’s my lunch time review of three more Fitzrovia eateries, all beginning with B. You just can’t make this stuff up, can you? Brilliant.

Big Fernand

I know what you’re thinking – London is overrun with burger restaurants, surely there isn’t any room for more? Well apparently there is and Big Fernand joins us all the way from Paris. Crossing the channel and arriving at Percy Street just off Tottenham Court Road, Big Fernand offers beef, veal, lamb, chicken and veg burgers on its menu.

Having only ever tasted Le Bartholomé with dry-aged beef, raclette cheese and smoked streaky bacon I can’t speak on behalf of any of the other options available. Topped with caramelised onions, chives, barbecue sauce and homemade cocktail sauce it’s got all the right flavours in all the right places. Big Fernand serve their fries in a homemade paprika seasoning which are gorgeous when dipped into the homemade sweet mayonnaise. Big FernandBig Fernand Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Barnyard

Having reviewed Barnyard within its first few weeks of opening I thoroughly enjoyed an evening of sharing plates and drinks. This time around I was looking forward to sampling what the lunch menu had to offer. Served Monday to Friday until 3pm with 2 courses priced at £14.50 and 3 for £17.50.

We kicked things off with the infamous Homemade Sausage Roll, a meaty, gristly thing served alongside vibrant piccalilli. Delish. To follow, I went for the Roast Beef on Toast with watercress and pickles. A truly unique dish where slithers of beef are presented with a small jug of warm garlic buttermilk to cover the meat. Barnyard Sausage Roll Barnyard Lunch MenuBarnyard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bang Bang Canteen

Having walked passed Bang Bang on my way to and from Warren Street day after day, one lunch time I decided it was time to check it out. Having visited twice since, I will continue to go back for those Bang Bang Bao steamed buns. The Slow Cooked Pork Belly has to be my favourite as the meat is fatty and succulent. I also recommend the Chargrilled Lime Leaf Chicken and the Chargrilled Lemongrass Pork.

I’ve since sampled a selection of other dishes from the menu like the Muc Rang Muoi (that’s chilli salted squid) and the Cha Gio (spring rolls, which were made of prawn, pork & kohlrabi). Bang Bang Canteen is a perfect for a quick feed during your lunch break or after work.

Bang Bang Vietnamese CanteenBang Bang Canteen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’m always looking for new places to eat in the Fitzrovia area, so do comment below if you have any suggestions!

Review: The House of Ho

As my quest to find Fitzrovia’s Favourites continues, I was delighted to find the rebranded House of Ho situated where Percy and Charlotte Street meet. The new flagship restaurant for Vietnamese cuisine, opened in December 2015 attracting plenty of critics to the four storey townhouse where head chef, Ian Pengelly, brings contemporary flavours to authentic plates.

The pan-Asian menu offers starters, small dishes, rolls & salads, dumplings, signature dishes, sides and happy endings (aka desserts). We kicked things off by ordered still and sparkling water, Vietnamese crackers & fresh salsa and Edamame with chilli garlic.The House of HoTo follow we tucked into a small bowl of Crispy baby squid flavoured with chilli and sea salt – it was simple but exquisite. I was blown away by the smokiness of the Jasmine smoked chilli glazed ribs – I struggled to control my manners by taking more than my fair share of tender meat as it fell off the bone.Crispy Baby Squid with Chilli & Sea Salt Jasmine Smoked Chilli Glazed Ribs My dining partner went for the Beef Pho from The House of Ho lunch menu. The traditional Vietnamese noodle soup was served with all the trimmings you’d expect. Special rice noodles swam in the homemade broth topped with beef, beansprouts, fresh mixed herbs, chopped chillies and spring onions to garnish.  Beef Pho House of HoMy other dining partner and I both opted for signature dishes with a side of House Of Ho Special Fried Rice – which by the way, was no ordinary special fried rice, it had real bits of meat in and juicy prawns!

The Black Angus Shaking Beef (220g) also known as Bò lúc lắc is a dish made up of cubed beef, sautéed with cucumber, tomatoes, onion, pepper, and soy sauce – a French-inspired Vietnamese cuisine. One of the chef’s signature offerings at The House of Ho, this moreish dish features juicy seared beef beautifully offset against soy and chilli dipping sauces. Shaking BeefThe Panfried Smoked Organic Duck Breast with Orange Miso and Young Vegetables was also pretty darn magical. The duck was pink and juicy and the orange miso added warmth to the dish without overpowering it. The plate was dusted with what tasted like ash – a very unique addition to an otherwise classic pan-Asian dish.

Panfried Smoked Organic Duck Breast, Orange MisoLocated in the trendy area of Fitzrovia, why not pop to The House of Ho for a date night or a special occasion? It has a beautiful interior, great service and well planned menu. What ever you do, don’t miss out on ordering a portion of those Jasmine smoked chilli glazed ribs!

Details

ADDRESS: 1 Percy St, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DW

OPENING HOURS: 12 – 11pm 7 days a week

CONTACT: 020 7323 9130

WEBSITE: www.houseofho.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/houseofho.co.uk

TWITTER: @HouseOfHo

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Review: Hawksmoor, Spitalfields

Hawksmoor Spitalfields was the very first Hawksmoor to open back in 2006. Now a successful restaurant group with 6 sites across London, it is regarded as one of the finest steak houses in the capital.Hawksmoor SpitalfieldsWith this review, I felt it was best to cut to the chase. Hawksmoor is hands down THE best roast I’ve ever had.

Pink slices of beef cooked on charcoal before finishing in the oven, half a roasted garlic bulb – divine, a roasted shallot, sweet and scrumptious. A perfect Yorkshire pud housing three fluffy and crisp duck fat roasted potatoes. The only thing I didn’t like and actually left a lot of, was the pile of slightly chewy greens. The carrots on the other hand were honey roasted and mouth-wateringly good.Hawksmoor RoastWe accompanied our roast with creamed spinach which is insanely good – spiced with nutmeg – I’d love to find out exactly how they prepare it. I’m a macaroni and cheese fan at the moment so I had to get a wee portion on the side as Hawksmoor’s is one of the best. Just look at that cheesy, bready crust! Hawksmoor Sides

For dessert I went for sticky toffee switching the clotted cream for salted caramel ice cream as recommended by the waiter. It was pretty darn good deserving an 8.5 out of 10 (to be precise). The peanut butter shortbread was presentable and worth trying for any PB fan.Hawksmoor DessertIf you’re put off by the high steak prices at Hawksmoor then Sunday lunch is your best bet. I’m already planning my next trip.

Details

ADDRESS: 157A Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ

OPENING HOURS: 12–2:30pm, 5–10:30pm Monday to Saturday and 12-8pm Sundays

CONTACT: 020 7426 4850

WEBSITE: thehawksmoor.com/locations/spitalfields

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Hawksmoor

TWITTER: @HawksmoorLondon

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Fitzrovia Favourites Pt. 2

Without meaning to distract you from that salad you’ve got lined up, here’s three much better looking lunch alternatives to be found in Fitzrovia. It’s time to beat those January blues with a Scottish feast at Mac & Wild, eat pizza has big as your dining room table at Homeslice or get experimental with burgers at Bobo Social.

Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild are the makers of the mouthwatering Veni-Moo burger. That’s one venison patty, one beef patty, béarnaise cheese and caramelised onion in a brioche bun sprinkled with sesame seeds. Fortunately it’s as incredible as it sounds, patties arrive pink with cheese smothering every corner. For starter make sure you order the bread, freshly baked sourdough with whipped butter. The fish sticks are meaty and also make a nice appetiser.

With Mac & Wild only around the corner from my office, the general consensus from colleagues and friends alike is – awesome food, average service. Many have been granted discount for slow service, the kitchen is small so if you’re a table of 3 or more do expect to wait.
Mac and Wild Starters Veni-Moo burgerMac & Wild Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Homeslice

Having only visited Homeslice’s Covent Garden location once before, since opening their second home on Wells Street I’ve already managed to work my way through the entire menu. Why? Because it’s so good!

Go 50/50 on a 20 inch pizza or grab a slice of the Margherita, Salami or Mushroom to go. The Goat Shoulder with Savoy Cabbage & Sumac Yoghurt is my absolute fav, with the Pumpkin, Broccoli, Pecorino and Crispy Onions in second place. The Caprese is as fresh and juicy as any Caprese should be, scattered with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, red onion and basil.

Wine is delivered to the table in a magnum which is measured with a long wooden ruler so that once you’ve finished they know how much to charge you for. Arrive at midday to guarantee a table for lunch or be prepared to put your name and number down in the evening to secure a place at dinner. Homeslice Wells StreetHomeslice Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bobo Social

Bobo Social joins other well reviewed eateries along Charlotte Street that bizarrely also begin with the letter B, such as Barnyard, Bi Bim Bap and Bubbledogs. A strong contender in the competition for London’s best burger, Bobo Social can be found in a townhouse which looks more like an elegant home than a restaurant.

The Lobster and Crab burger comes smothered in a dill caper cream with wasabi fried onions, and the chef’s special of ‘Beef on Beef’ came with fillet steak strips on a 6oz rare-breed beef. Served with lettuce, tomato and a honey mustard glaze it was a salty, juicy delight. For any PBJ fans out there, then the signature Peanut Butter burger is not to be missed, with Westcombe Cheddar and Maple Cured Bacon.

To top things off, Bobo Social hosts their own Experimental Burger classes – every Monday and Saturday. Guests get to enjoy a welcome cocktail, meat tasting, wine pairings and even get to create their own burger using exotic meats like Kangaroo, Alligator, and Ostrich. Bobo SocialBobo Social Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
For more Fitzrovia Favourites, check out my review of salt beef extraordinaire Delancey & Co, Italian pizza joint ICCo and southern-fried chicken at The Green Man.

Review: Brunch at Brickwood

There is nothing quite like a midweek brunch. For those unacquainted with London life, weekends can often mean endless queues outside those ‘best brunch spots’ you’ve never been bothered to wake up early enough to try. Well, amen to annual leave that’s what I say.

As we were up bright and early most of the hideouts on Abbeville Road weren’t open yet. A wander along Clapham Common soon lead us to Australian/New Zealand inspired coffee and bread house, Brickwood. With a reputation for those long London queues, we managed to secure a table for three pretty pronto.

Brickwood Clapham CommonTeas & coffees were beautifully presented. Fresh tea leaves made for a brilliant brew and the froth on those coffees looked awesome.

Brickwood Tea and CoffeeTo eat, my Mum kept things simple subsidising chorizo for smoked salmon with smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough toast. Drizzled in olive oil, this classic brunch dish was fresh and tasty. My brother was a little more adventurous opting for the breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, hash nuggets, carnitas (pork), red pepper salsa and guacamole. Served in a plastic basket with a small dish of sour cream it was a spicy and an absolutely delicious breakfast concoction!Smashed avocado Breakfast burritoI was tempted by the sound of the sweet potato, poached eggs and halloumi dish. Little did I know it would be such a huge portion! The waitress asked whether I wanted maple bacon, to which I responded “I don’t know, is it good?”, she told me it was really good so of course I said yes. Served with two slices of sourdough toast, smothered in kale pesto and sprinkled with pine nuts. It was a monstrous dish, but oh-so-delicious, and the maple bacon really did make it! Sweet, sticky, salty, crunchy, with oozing eggs yolks and squeaky grilled halloumi – it was every adjective on one plate.

Kumara Sweet Potato BrickwoodBrickwood has a brilliant menu with plenty of unique dishes to choose from. I’m told the banana bread served with expresso whipped butter is a must-try but the sweet potato had defeated me this time around. I’d love to go back for a sourdough toasty and cake. A favourite coffee house for many Clapham residents, it might just be time to brave those queues for Brickwood.

Details

ADDRESS: 16 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AB

OPENING HOURS: 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday

CONTACT: 020 7819 9614

WEBSITE: www.brickwoodlondon.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/BrickwoodLDN

TWITTER: @BrickwoodLDN

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Review: Brunch at Bistro Union

Having enjoyed the delights of french cuisine at La Bonne Heure on Friday evening, my next stop along Abbeville Road was Sunday brunch at Bistro Union. With a menu focusing on seasonal British food, Bistro Union was created by Adam Byatt and the team behind The Trinity, another Clapham based restaurant. The Bistro has a bright interior, laid back atmosphere and was buzzing with locals.

Bistro Union BrunchMyself and three friends arrived at our booked table for 11am and shortly after ordered teas, coffees and fresh juice. The presentation of each beverage was very retro.

Brunch at Bistro UnionThe brunch menu is small but varied from pancakes to bacon sandwiches. Two of my friends went for the BU Fry Up which consisted of sausage, bacon, tomato, black pudding, mushroom, eggs (however you like them), beans and toast. Served in a mini frying pan it was very picturesque.

BU Fry Up Bistro UnionI went for the Smashed Avocado, Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs which was surprisingly filling – there must have been 3 avocados smashed onto that piece-a-sourdough! The salmon was thickly cut and the egg yolks were beautifully orange and runny.

Smashed Avocado, Smoked Salmon and EggsBistro Union has a great neighbourhood feel, with an all-day menu, I’m looking forward to returning for lunch and dinner soon.

Details

ADDRESS: 40 Abbeville Rd, London SW4 9NG

OPENING HOURS: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Sunday till Friday and 9:30 am – 10:00 pm on Saturdays

CONTACT: 020 7042 6400

WEBSITE: www.bistrounion.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Bistro-Union

TWITTER: @BistroUnion

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