Happy Valentines Day! ๐Ÿ’“

It’s that time of the year again where love is in the air and anything cheesy and mushy goes. Or you may be anti valentines day; for those of you who use Spotify, you may notice on their homepage that you’re either one of either camps only; in love or broken hearted, lols, for all who aren’t fussed? Apparently it’s too bad, because you can only be one or the other ๐Ÿ˜‚ (according to spotify). 

All that aside, since it’s valentines day and I’m a huge sucker for all that commercial lovey dovey stuff ๐Ÿ’– today, Dominique Ansel Bakery, London (famous for its cronut originally from the US) is only selling pink coloured desserts! Definitely worth going. 

I unfortunately won’t be able to make it but here’s pictures of when I went last month; for me to reminisce ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

-Eats Esacapdes

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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

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

Matcha Udon

Matcha green tea flavoured food is popping up everywhere in London it’s really hard not to notice. I won’t be surprised if my local coffee shop is selling matcha latte the next time I walk in (not that I’ll be complaining though – ha! I fell in love with matcha flavoured foods way before it was cool #beingasianandall).

interior-door

My next matcha green tea food find is at Ichiryu (London), an udon (Japanese thick noodles) restaurant where you can upgrade your normal white wheat flour udon to matcha udon. Such music to my ears! It is basically matcha flavoured udon noodles. The matcha powder not only creates the green tea flavouring of the noodles but you’ll also find your noodles are served green. For most of you who are used to matcha you won’t be surprised, for all of you who aren’t that familiar, well, see below:

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Above: Niku Beef Matcha Udon

mixed-udon

Above: King Special Matcha Udon

And a close up of the matcha udon noodles below, pretty interesting huh?

udon

What big bowls  you must be thinking! It really was just the bowl itself that was big, the portion of food in the bowl was a good amount. Although the king special was a bit on the heavier side as it was a combination of both beef and tempura prawns; best of both worlds ๐Ÿ˜›

I had the niku beef matcha udon; the beef broth was tasty and thick, beef taste was solid. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The best past of it was the perfectly poached egg!

egg

I was so impressed I had to take a close up of it! It was a perfect balance of cooked and rare, leaning towards rare (which is how I like my eggs). So soft and runny, it literally melted in my mouth.

The restaurant is less than 5 minutes walk from tottenham court road tube station, so if you’re ever in the area, do give it a go ๐Ÿ™‚

-Eats Escapades

 

Fine Dining on a Roof Garden

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

interior

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.

flamingoes

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 ยฃ50 per person you’re better off elsewhere (with larger portions of food!).

 salmon

lemon-compote

pork

 drinks


-Eats Escapades