Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The smoking goat review

Smoking goat delight
Hello readers, How's your week coming along?. Have eaten soo much over the past few days, I think have put on a ton. Yes even more than usual because am Louis's self appointed dedicated foodie tour guide. This was his third day in London ( see my previous post ) and the plan was to drag my friend to all the restaurants on my foodie lists. The next restaurant on my list was a Thai BBQ place called the Smoking goat on 7 Denmark street ( WC2H 8LZ) , a few minutes walk from Tottenham court road station.  One of the first thing that gets you is the waff of aromas coming out of the kitchens. A lemongrass wonderland. We scanned the menu quickly while waiting for Diran ( who arrived almost 60 minutes late by the way) and many of the dishes massively stood out. The chilli fish sauce wings (£7) , goat sausage with tumeric and chilli ( £4 ),  smoked goat shoulder (£34) , Cornish lamb ribs with pickles (£11) and  rarebreed pork chop to name a few. We settled for the first four and all I can say is.....Bucket loads of flavour galore.
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Saturday, November 04, 2017

A French restaurant with a roof top garden : Coq d argent

London skyline from Coq d argent
My thursday morning entailed a 6am visit to Heathrow airport to pick up a childhood friend visiting from the land of #Covfefe and fake news.The last time I saw Louis aka Timi ( always Louis to me mate ) was 4 years ago at his wedding in Virginia, so I was really looking forward to catching up on 4 years worth of stories. Yes I know there's something called Face Timeth, but alas as these things go at times we just never got round to it. A quick journey home from Heathrow and it was back out again to visit a restaurant near Bank train station that have always had on my foodie list. A private lift from the ground floor of No 1 Poultry building reveals a french brasserie with a beautiful roof top garden called Coq d'argent.
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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Padella : A review of the Best Italian restaurant near Borough Market

Padella
When my friend asked to meet up in London for a meal before he jets off to Malaysia, one restaurant with a queue as long as Israelites marching out of Egypt to the promise land came to mind. The promise land in this case being Padella , a restaurant that turned out to be one of the best Italian restaurants have had the pleasure of dining at around Borough Market or dare I say London Bridge. Every time I saw chefs rolling fresh pasta by hand at their window overlooking Borough high street during my lunch break , I look to the left and the queue just dampened my foodie soul. Luckily Guiseppes and Brindisa were always around the corner to provide much needed sustainance. The spaghetti and lobster at Guiseppes is worthy of being a last meal by the way. So, back to Padella, as it so turns out, I had the Monday off work and was prepared to queue for their 5pm opening...as you do on your day off. While queuing I read about the owners ( Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda ) and their other restaurant in Islington called Trullo. The positive reviews I read made me look forward even more to what Padella had to offer.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A review of London's Zuma restaurant

Zuma giant dessert tower
Trying to write a blog post review about a high end modern Japanese restaurant I visited two weeks ago in London's Knightsbridge isnt the easiest task. So for inspiration, am kicking off my saturday morning by drinking champagne in bed at 8am in the hope that such Brexit averse living will reignite memories of that nights decadence. It may also be that I just want an excuse to drink at this hour, so adding apple juice to the champagne was the perfect healthy balance. Who say's I cant do healthy?. Okay, am going off track. Back to Zuma. The venue itself wasnt overwhelmingly luxurious, but still oozed class. You had your wooden tables like classic japanese restaurants , granite bench tops and decor that reminded me of  Roka . The atmosphere was electric even at 6pm and the vibe in this restaurant is one that makes you want to have a very good evening by maxing your card out on fancy cocktails and lobsters. My friend was celebrating a new aquisition so it was only right we reminisced about things finally working out after a number of years. So celebrate we did. Sake, cocktails, tequila and more cocktails while eating some very tasty dishes really made this a lavish evening that ended in Bulgari and Novikov.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review of private menu tasting event


I received an invitation a couple of weeks ago while stuffing my face at a Jollof rice festival in Lagos, Nigeria. This invitation was from Tholani, the moderator of an African culture blog. The event itself was hosted by an up and coming chef called Victor Okunowo with a brief that involves us food lovers/bloggers critiquing his dishes prior to a planned Eight Course supperclub taking place in October called Ounje.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

EAT DRINK LAGOS FESTIVAL OF JOLLOF

Jollof
Majority of you already know how I feel about a good plate of spicy jollof rice, so on hearing about an Eat drink Lagos Jollof festival taking place at the Nigerian railway compound, Ebute-Metta, I just had to attend.The last blog post I wrote featured a Jollof rice dish that was quite lacking in taste and substance as such an opportunity to stuff my face at a festival that had various types of Jollof rice couldnt be missed. The brief given to the various vendors at the festival was to re-imagine Jollof and after trying out the various combinations, the vendors definitely met the brief. The various dishes we tried out were;

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