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 £15 from Fridays – Sundays (no more weekdays!) so make sure you book ahead 🙂

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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Bumpkin, yum-kin

As a foodie, I’m always on the lookout for new food to try, new restaurants to explore. Situated in South Kensington, Bumpkin is a, relaxed, shabby chic like restaurant for a cute lunch/dinner date or just a chilled catch up with the girls and good wine.

For me it was the perfect end to an afternoon date at the V&A museum.

Sitting inside, it was posh but not in a pretentious way, it made you feel comfortable, and calm, surrounded by shabby chic styled furniture and fresh plants on the window sills.

They served British food so I felt compelled to choose a British dish as well. I ended up choosing the fish pie 🙂

The fish pie was delicious; beautifully creamy and a perfectly baked golden cheese topping.

I didn’t try the burger but it looked pretty great. Just check out the cheese oozing out of it!!

If you’re in the area, you should definitely check it out 🙂

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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 😉 

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 🙂 

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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 🙂 

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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 🙂 

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 £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 🙂 

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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).

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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

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Above: King Special Matcha Udon

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

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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 ðŸ˜›

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!

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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 🙂

-Eats Escapades