I recently found out that there are two types of crepes; crepes and galettes. Turns out that what I used to refer to as ‘savoury crepes’ are really known as galettes and the wrap is usually made with buckwheat flour filled with savoury fillings. What I used to refer as ‘Sweet crepes’ are just crepes and the wrap is made with the most commonly known thin pancake with sweet fillings 😅
Having had the most amazing crepe in Paris (just a simple crepe drizzled with homemade caramel sauce, that sauce though 😍) I’ve been trying to find a good crepe/galette restaurant in London.
Let me introduce you to L’ami Malo.
Above: Maki roll with avocado , tomato, salsa, baby gem lettuce, cashew nuts & sour cream wrapped with galette.
Such a pretty dish and also tasty too! This was super fresh and great as a small starter.
Above: duck confit galette with braised red cabbage, caramelised pear, tender stem broccoli and red wine jus.
The duck was cooked perfectly, it was super tender and the meat slid right off the bone, with a crispy skin to boot! You must be wondering where the galette comes in, well, interestingly the galette is rolled up and filled with braised red cabbage underneath the duck 😄 The caramelised pear was the perfect combination with the duck plus, tenderstems are always the better cousin of broccoli 😜
Above: crepe wih soufflé lemon, blueberries & raspberries.
This tasted as beautiful as it looked 😍 I’m usually not a massive fan of sour tasting food but this wasn’t too sour at all. In fact, because it’s in soufflé form it was sweet and creamy 😊
We paired the above with a lovely red Pinot. Perfect date place or small-medium groups for a good catch up over delicious food 😄
As a foodie, I’m always on the lookout for new food to try, new restaurants to explore. Situated in South Kensington, Bumpkin is a, relaxed, shabby chic like restaurant for a cute lunch/dinner date or just a chilled catch up with the girls and good wine.
For me it was the perfect end to an afternoon date at the V&A museum.
Sitting inside, it was posh but not in a pretentious way, it made you feel comfortable, and calm, surrounded by shabby chic styled furniture and fresh plants on the window sills.
They served British food so I felt compelled to choose a British dish as well. I ended up choosing the fish pie 🙂
The fish pie was delicious; beautifully creamy and a perfectly baked golden cheese topping.
I didn’t try the burger but it looked pretty great. Just check out the cheese oozing out of it!!
If you’re in the area, you should definitely check it out 🙂
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 types of food and flavours combine that are mainly found in specific cultures.
Asia de Cuba serves dishes with a fascinating twist of Cuban mixed with Asian flavours. As a starter, I had the Crispy Octopus Al Ajillo, a delicious combination with lychee; the sweet lychee with the savoury Octopus with a hint of chilli was just the perfect combination!
After such a brilliant start, I was all prepped up and looking forward to my main 🙂
My main was a coffee crusted ribeye with grilled tomatoes on vine, shiso mojo butter and wasabi miso potato purée. It was absolutely delicious. The coffee crust have the steak such a deep, rich flavour it didn’t need additional sauce. However, the coffee flavouring made it err slightly on the salty side though.
The interior design of the restaurant was actually quite interesting as well, three main pillars actung as the centre piece of the restaurant decorated as bookshelves and by picture frames.
Contrasted by the otherside of the wall covered in funky posters depicting Cuban culture and pop art.
All in all a very interesting, fresh dining experience but a great experience 😊
It’s been a while since I posted, but I really wanted to share this quaint, new Japanese restaurant in Piccadilly, London that just opened up not long ago; Machiya
I was originally drawn to the omurice that was on the menu but sad to say it was sold out when we managed to grab a table after the queue. I’ll be coming here again on Saturday so will be updating this again then
For now, I wanted introduce to you the most delicious and gooey matcha fondant I’ve had to date in London
Just look at that beautiful, delicious, gooey goodness oozing out!
Surprisingly I wasn’t extremely hungry so I had the chicken skewers as a starter. It came with such succulent & juicy chicken pieces paired with flavourful mushroom and peppers.
Overall, I was very happy with this place. Great find 🙂
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 😉
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