Fusion food isn’t a new concept but whenever I do find a fusion food restaurant, they always take me by surprise. Whether good or bad, it’s always so interesting to see and taste how different… More
Can’t believe we’re already in February or 2017!! Time really has flown by…2016 (most would agree) has been a roller coaster year with plenty of surprises. Here’s to a better 2017
I’ve been busy with my new job (just started in Jan, whoop!) but over the next few days or so I’ll upload everything I’ve eaten, and for most of them I can’t wait to share how tasty they were!
First stop, The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Starting the new year right with some fine dining
Baked halibut fillet with shaved fennel, grapefruit and spinach salad with picked herbs and citrus butter sauce.
The dish was beautifully plated and was delicious. The grapefruit and citrus butter sauce was a delightfully fresh compliment to the halibut.
Koko Coup; A take on the coconut and lychee daiquiri with Havana 3 year rum, Koko Kanu, lychee and agave freshened with grapefruit.
I’d like to draw your attention to the adorable swirl of hearts on the cocktail
Last but not least, the reason I was attracted to this restaurant is explained thoroughly in the above picture. The beautiful gardenesque seating area makes The Ivy Chelsea a very worth while restaurant to try out. Remember, it’s the Chelsea branch 😉
For all who either know me personally or who have read my previous posts will know that I’m an avid fan of matcha flavoured food, especially matcha flavoured desserts (matcha is a lifestyle 👸). This is another post showcasing even more matcha desserts 💓 (perhaps my blog should purely be about matcha flavoured food? Food for thought :P).
Oh and also, it’s Christmas day! Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎉❤, for all who don’t celebrate Christmas, happy holidays! 🎉 My family and I will be celebrating Christmas with a little something different this year in terms of dessert (I’m sure you can guess what it is already with the name of this post, hehe).
Without further ado, let me introduce you to Kova Patisserie, based in Soho, London. They are a patisserie store famous for their mille crepe cake and matcha flavoured patisserie.
Here’s a close cup of the matcha mille crepe cake:
And a close up of the matcha latte (with a swirl of hearts circling the edge ontop 💚💚💚 how adorable!):
This year for Christmas, I bought their matcha roll cake as our dessert for our Christmas meal:
My fridge was fully stocked up at my parents (super spoilt with food when I’m home 😋). I found some fresh berries and was excited to eat them but they were too sour on its own (winter isn’t the season for berries 🙁) so I thought, why not pair it with the matcha roll; the sour/sweet taste of the berries combined with the sweet/slight bitter matcha taste turned out to be a wonderful combination:
Mmm, matcha ❤
Another post on all things green tea (and a token Japanese dish)!
Tombo, so far imo, serves the best green tea ice-cream in London. There are various places who have emerged in London serving green tea ice-cream but they just can’t compare to the perfect blend of creamy mild milk flavour with the almost bitter taste of green tea matcha ice-cream they serve.
Easily one of my favourite green tea dessert shop 💓
Matcha soft serve:
Matcha ice-cream sundae in all its glory with matcha ice-cream, matcha brownie, azuki paste, granola, date syrup and cone biscuit:
Salmon sashimi don: salmon sashimi, salmon roe, salmon tartar & avocado on Tombo sushi rice
…a lovely cup of latte…
(Did anyone catch the love pun? hehe :P)
…along with the most beautifully decorated French Toast I have seen to date
Like seriously, here’s a close up:
Like honestly, how aesthetically pleasing is that? Absolutely gorgeous!
It tasted great as well. I’m usually not a fan of flower flavouring in food (most of the time it reminds me too closely of perfume and who would want to eat perfume?) but the taste of the petals blended beautifully with the pear/maple syrup sauce. Not only did the crushed petals look beautiful, it added a nice hint of extra flavouring.
The cafe I went to is called The Attendant; a quirky, shabby chic coffee/lunch restaurant that fits perfectly within the hipster style of Shoreditch, London. I had a meeting around this area and so originally only stopped by for a quick bite/coffee fix thinking it was just a coffee shop and that was all did, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much more they offered in terms of menu items and the interior design. You all know how much I love a nice, shabby chic designed cafe 😉 They offer breakfast, brunch and lunch menus daily.
Here’s how the interior looked:
Just look at clever design of the overhanging, multi plant pot holding decor on the ceiling:
Here’s a close up, it gives the cafe a refreshing atmosphere:
More leafy vines decoration at the back of the cafe:
If you’re ever around, I recommend popping by even for a quick coffee to go 🙂
Bonus: they also serve still water in a jug mixed with mint leaves and cucumber for free, pure awesomeness.
I’ve been meaning to try out more Spanish tapas restaurants in London so when my friend suggest Copa de Cava I was completely up for it! Copa de Cava is a Spanish tapas restaurant situated in Blackfriars, an easy 5 minute walk from the tube/train station. We nearly missed it since we didn’t know it was actually located underneath a bar!
Going down the stairs from the bar, we were greeted by large, medieval looking dungeon doors (super dramatic!).
We ordered Sangria spiced with cinnamon (the taste was reminiscent of cold mulled wine), which was delicious and happily proceeded to order our tapas. It was definitely a tough choice but with the help of the friendly waitor we came to a decision 🙂
Riojan Chorizo: With roasted piquillo peppers
Patatas Bravas: Potatoes with brava sauce and alioli
Pulpo: Octopus with chickpea and beetroot puree, praprika, sea salt, olive oil
Deep Fried Vegetarian Cheese
Manchego: Ewe’s cheese, quince jelly
Huevos Rotos: Potatoes with free range Clarence Court Burford brown egg, smoked paprika
The food was absolutely divine. We ordered 3 tapas each which was the perfect amount. It would have been better if we shared but we had a vegetarian in our group so decided it was much easier to order individually. I also spoke to a Spanish friend of mine afterwards detailing what I had and turns out it was definitely traditional Spanish tapas food, bingo!
Here are a few more pictures of the interior, following the medieval entrance, the inside was reminiscent of a wine cellar.
It was a bit on the pricy side (but most tapas places are due to the small portions served) but it was well worth the visit! A great place for a date or an intimate gathering with close friends.
Blanchette, is a lovely, petite French restaurant I stumbled upon one day in Soho, London. I had a friend visiting from abroad, as we haven’t seen each other in a while, we decided to to have lunch some place fancier than usual. On our hunt for a restaurant, we knew we didn’t want Asian food as she’s from east Asia and we wanted somewhere central. After searching on Google, we landed on Blanchette. We chose this due to the great reviews and beautiful pictures of the place; it didn’t disappoint!
The interior of the restaurant was a twist on old, victorian style with bricked walls, wooden floorboards and furniture but spiced up with large overhanging spotlights casting shadows around the room. It was small and cosy, perfect for a date/intimate gathering with a small group of friends.
Each dish was designed for sharing, so we ordered a few to share amongst us.
Everything was absolutely delicious. great wine, good food, lovely atmosphere 🙂