Cheese and wine night anyone?

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!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

-Eats Esacapdes 

Ice-cream on a cloud

Ever wanted an ice cream in a cloud? Well, even if you haven’t thought about it, you can now give this a try in London! Milk Train is the name to look out for next time you’re in Covent garden to try the delicious and instagram worthy ice cream cone ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Left: Oreo and chocolate sauce  toppings with pistachio Ice cream 

Right: Oreo and panda cookie with pistachio Ice cream 

Both surrounded by a fluffy swirl of cotton candy 

Close up shot of the ice cream ๐Ÿ™‚ 

-Eats Esacapdes 

Shake shack burger

Shack up this winter with some juicy, meaty burger at Shake Shack, London. Shake shack originated from America and recently opened up in London. Reminiscent of five guys (upper market fast food style service, originating from the states) shake shack serves decent burgers for days when you want to sink your teeth in some juicy burgers with quick service but not quite keen on going to a fast food chain (McDonald’s and Burger King shall be reserved for those 3am naughty cravings).

Our massive platter of burgers and fries

Close up of my Shackmeister: cheeseburger with crispy Shackmeister ale marinated shallots and shacksauce.

Yum ๐Ÿ™‚ 

-Eats Esacapdes  

Gyoza bar

As the name suggests, Gyoza bar is a bar like restaurant that offers a good a selection of gyoza paired with a choice of craft beer. It is a modern take on Japanese food with a twist of contemporary and traditional cooking styles, tastes and interior design.   

The restaurant also serves ramen based on homemade broth and the gyoza are grilled and served on grill pans from Japan. 

Deep fried chicken gyoza served on a gyoza grill pan – how tasty does this look?

Pan fried salmon gyoza with a special mayonaise blend and pan fried pork gyoza. The salmon gyoza isn’t common so I was excited to try this! The taste of it was very interesting, it was just, different. I couldn’t quite tell if I liked it or not. Maybe you guys can tell me what you think when you give this a go!

Ramen with char siu and shoyu egg

Ramen with pork belly and shoyu egg

Sweet potato chips – this was delicious! 

The interior design is a modern take of a traditional Japanese setting combining wooden panel designs with modern lighting. Mimicking a bar setting, it showcased a partially open kitchen where customers can watch the cooks wrapping the dumplings and rolling the noodles.

The strange thing was that because gyoza bar and the restaurant next to it (murakami) is owned by the same owner, even though they had separate entrances they shared the same bathroom. This meant that going to the toilet meant you will pass through the restaurant next door before entering the toilet. Not a problem, I was just slightly disorientated when I first went ๐Ÿ˜›  

-Eats Esacapdes 

Eat Tokyoย 

Eat Tokyo is my staple Japanese restaurant in London. Great value for money and decent Japanese food. Boasting a large menu ranging from sushi and sashimi with great combinations of sushi rolls to large bento boxes and a good selection of hot dishes.

Salmon and avocado donburi 

Deep fried sweet potato 

Oishi ๐Ÿ˜‹

-Eats Esacapdes 

Brunch. Munch. Fun. Part 2ย 

Another weekend, another weekend for brunch! This time, it’s at a shabby chic styled restaurant located amongst modern, business high rises. Bad Egg, London,ย has long been regarded as a great lunch place with high review scores so I’ve been excited to give this place a visit! As the name suggests, expect to see eggs, as a component within your choice of dish. Seeing as I’m a lover of eggs, this doesn’t sound like a strange idea at all ๐Ÿ™‚

Above: the massive amounts of dishes we had between 4 people ๐Ÿ˜›

They also offer bottomless brunches (unlimited alcohol for a set amount of time with your choice of brunch set), but we went ahead with the all day brunch menu instead; bottomless brunch for next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

See the below for close ups:

Huevos Rancheros:ย Creamy scrambled eggs, chilli, cheese fondue, chorizo, peppers, salsa and guacamole. Served with fried tacos

French Toastย with blueberry jam, vanilla cream & maple syrup

Cheeseburger Hash:ย All the parts of their cheeseburger except the bun smashed with crispy fries & a fried egg

Pancakes with fried chicken, banana & maple syrup

Last but not least, the perfect dessert for this cold, winter-like autumn:

Warm sticky toffee pudding with caramelised apples and peanut butter ice-cream. What a fantastic dish to and the meal!

I recommend making a booking in advance as the restaurant is normally pretty busy during the weekends. They’re usually booked upย for large groups of people going for their bottomless brunch. You can easily make a booking online – simple.

-Eats Escapades