Asian, Fusion, Cuban

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!

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After such a brilliant start, I was all prepped up and looking forward to my main ๐Ÿ™‚

My main was a coffee crusted ribeye with grilled tomatoes on vine, shiso mojo butter and wasabi miso potato purรฉe. 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Deliciously, Gooey Matcha Fondant

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; Machiya๐Ÿ˜

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 then๐Ÿ˜‰

For now, I wanted introduce to you the most delicious and gooey matcha fondant I’ve had to date in London ๐Ÿ’“

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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New Year; All New Restaurant Review๐Ÿด

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 ๐Ÿป

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 ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿธ

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 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ž

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Eats Esacapdes

Green Tea Goodness

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 ๐Ÿ’“

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:

Matcha latte:

Salmon sashimi don: salmon sashimi, salmon roe, salmon tartar & avocado on Tombo sushi rice

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The Attendant would like to serve you…

…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 ๐Ÿ˜

Like seriously, here’s a close up:

Like honestly, how aesthetically pleasing is that? Absolutely gorgeous! ๐Ÿ’“

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 extraย flavouring.

The cafe I went to is calledย The Attendant;ย ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Bonus: they also serve still water in a jug mixed with mint leaves and cucumber for free, pure awesomeness.

 

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Buen Provecho!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Iberico Meatballs

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.

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