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 πŸ˜…

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. 

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

Dessert

Above: crepe wih soufflΓ© 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 soufflΓ© 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 πŸ˜„

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Sakurado – The most colourful Japanese desserts

I recently had the pleasure to try out this cute little Japanese cafe in Putney. As far as it was from me (I’m based in East London), it was worth the trek! Just check out these super colourful Japanese cakes!

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Here we have the Mille Crepes in the forefront. Flavours were (left to right): Raspberry, coconut, matcha and Mango.

In the background we have their cake rolls. Flavours were (left to right): chestnut, matcha, sweet potato and mango.

They taste as good as they look 😍

Sakurado is known for their desserts but their hot food is great too! They do a set lunch for Β£15 from Fridays – Sundays (no more weekdays!) so make sure you book ahead πŸ™‚

Starter

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A lovely mix of starter plates, from what I remember it was miso soup, pumpkin salad, sesame vegetables, pickled vegetables and matcha pudding. The mini bowls they come in is just too cute! My favourite was the pumpkin salad, mmm.

 

Mains

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Chicken oyakodon; I only tried a bit of this but my god the egg was tasty. I highly recommend this one.

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Salmon teriyaki: at first I thought this plate didn’t look like a lot but the onigiri’s were deceptively filling! The teriyaki sauce was delicious, wish there was more of it!

More dessert

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Saving the best for last; the matcha tiramisu! The coffee was quite strong but I love coffee so it didn’t bother me. The matcha creme was strongly infused with matcha, and the combination of the matcha creme and the coffee base was perfect. I’ll honestly come back just for this!

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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 πŸ™‚ 

Introducing… Wings Wednesday at Bird, Shoreditch, London. 

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

The wings Wednesday deal consists of 12 wings and a beer for Β£10. 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 πŸ™‚ 

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Fine Dining on a Roof Garden

Fine dining; fine (little) portions of food at Babylon; The Kensington Roof Gardens.

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Lovely place with an even better surprise on the roof garden! Who would have thought to keep flamingos as a roof top garden attraction?! What a brilliant idea. The garden was the best part; aside from flamingos there was a man made stream and wooden bridges.

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We had the set lunch menu on a week day. Cocktails were delicious but the food was just alright for what it was worth; not quite on my recommendations list. Unless you wanted decent enough food and didn’t want to travel far between the restaurant and the roof garden then the Babylon would be a good choice. Otherwise, for around Β£50 per person you’re better off elsewhere (with larger portions of food!).

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pork

 drinks


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