L’ami Malo – French creperie

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 ๐Ÿ˜…

Having had the most amazing crepe in Paris (just a simple crepe drizzled with homemade caramel sauce, that sauce though ๐Ÿ˜) I’ve been trying to find a good crepe/galette restaurant in London.

Let me introduce you to L’ami Malo. 

Starter


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.

Main


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 ๐Ÿ˜„ The caramelised pear was the perfect combination with the duck plus, tenderstems are always the better cousin of broccoli ๐Ÿ˜œ

Dessert

Above: crepe wih soufflรฉ lemon, blueberries & raspberries.

This tasted as beautiful as it looked ๐Ÿ˜ 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 soufflรฉ form it was sweet and creamy ๐Ÿ˜Š

We paired the above with a lovely red Pinot. Perfect date place or small-medium groups for a good catch up over delicious food ๐Ÿ˜„

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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.

 

-Eats Esacapdes

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.

-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  

Them fried chicken though…

What better way to get you through hump day than wings Wednesday! Fried chicken is no doubt a staple in everyone’s unhealthy food’s  guilty pleasure book but let’s not pretend we are all going to stick to some new diet plan to the T that we promised to start months ago. Rather, let’s openely celebrate cheat days  with some good old fried chicken to ride you through that mid-week hump ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Introducing… Wings Wednesday at Bird, Shoreditch, London. 

Above: 

  • 12 buffalo wings with blue cheese dip 
  • 12 honey garlic glazed wings 

The wings Wednesday deal consists of 12 wings and a beer for ยฃ10. Decent offer!

My friends weren’t that keen on the wings but it was great value for money and it was decent wings.

Saving the best dish of the night, let’s get a drum roll for the Original (fried chicken) Waffle Burger: 

In all its delicious, dirty, mighty glory, the majestic waffle burger consists of two boneless fried free range chicken thighs, bacon, American cheese, house BBQ, mayo, hour sauce, maple syrup served between two hot griddled waffles.

The waffle burger was honestly a lot to eat in one go, the portion was massive, sandwiched amongst multiple combinations of sauces. Overall though, I was thoroughly satisfied; succesfully satisfied my cravings for fried chicken ๐Ÿ™‚ 

-Eats Esacapdes