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
…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.