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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚



Asian, Fusion, Cuban

Fusion food isn’t a new concept but whenever I do find a fusion food restaurant, they always take me by surprise. Whether good or bad, it’s always so interesting to see and taste how different types of food and flavours combine that are mainly found in specific cultures.

Asia de Cuba serves dishes with a fascinating twist of Cuban mixed with Asian flavours. As a starter, I had the Crispy Octopus Al Ajillo, a delicious combination with lychee; the sweet lychee with the savoury Octopus with a hint of chilli was just the perfect combination!


After such a brilliant start, I was all prepped up and looking forward to my main πŸ™‚

My main was a coffee crusted ribeye with grilled tomatoes on vine, shiso mojo butter and wasabi miso potato purΓ©e. It was absolutely delicious. The coffee crust have the steak such a deep, rich flavour it didn’t need additional sauce. However, the coffee flavouring made it err slightly on the salty side though.

The interior design of the restaurant was actually quite interesting as well, three main pillars actung as the centre piece of the restaurant decorated as bookshelves and by picture frames.

Contrasted by the otherside of the wall covered in funky posters depicting Cuban culture and pop art.

All in all a very interesting, fresh dining experience but a great experience 😊


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 😍

Like seriously, here’s a close up:

Like honestly, how aesthetically pleasing is that? Absolutely gorgeous! πŸ’“

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 extraΒ flavouring.

The cafe I went to is calledΒ The Attendant;Β Β 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

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!


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 πŸ™‚ 

-Eats Esacapdes 

Brunch. Munch. Fun. Part 2Β 

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,Β 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 πŸ™‚

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

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 πŸ˜‰

See the below for close ups:

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

French ToastΒ with blueberry jam, vanilla cream & maple syrup

Cheeseburger Hash:Β 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 upΒ for large groups of people going for their bottomless brunch. You can easily make a booking online – simple.

-Eats Escapades