I seem to have fingers in various pies of late, doing pretty varied jobs for a range of food based businesses. One of my favourites in the last couple of years has been the Gelato Festival, held in Old Spitalfields Market and part of a Europe-wide tour, where participants compete to win the championship.
A new find on Soho’s Frith Street, Adam Simmonds’ The Test Kitchen is a lovely little haven of calm and quality slick but friendly service, gorgeous food and the happy satisfaction of watching it all come together.
As Chinese restaurants go, there’s no doubt you’re spoiled for choice if you live in London, delicious options including favourites Silk Road and Mama Lan. This time we plumped for one of the posher options with a beautiful lunch at Royal China on Baker Street, who were also kind enough to share the recipe for their delicious pork puffs. Happy days!
What a great point to give my poor, neglected blog a bit of love – not a review of a restaurant, or a recipe that may or may not work (being methodical and consistent is not really my style, with hindsight), but an entire afternoon spent eating and drinking on my first ever Brighton food tour!
I’ve never bought into the dry January/detox thing – what a rubbish time to do it! I had a boss a few years ago, a lovely guy called Roger, and he always did dry February instead, on the basis that January is miserable enough already without the bleak prospect of lentils and no booze. It’s something that’s kind of stuck with me, and in that spirit ( albeit in early Feb) me and Ian headed off to Dip & Flip in Brixton, home of meat, gravy and other lovely things.
Stevie Parle is not short of decent restaurants; Dock Kitchen, Craft, Rotorino and most recently Sardine, a lovely little southern French place, founded with Alex Jackson. Seemingly on a bit of a roll, Stevie has smashed all his previous high points (in my opinion) with Clerkenwell’s Palatino, a lovely take on simple Roman specialities.
I was fortunate enough last week to be invited by The Food Sauce to Levi Roots’ ‘rastarant’ in Westfield Stratford, to eat my way through the menu, meet the man himself and get an insight into the differences between Levi’s venues and other Caribbean places. He was so lovely, and the food was immense – a pretty good evening all round.
This week I was introduced to TG Green Tea, a range of teas and iced teas that launched last year with the aim of shaking up the healthy drinks market.
I tend to be a bit wary when it comes to big chains – it’s hard to maintain quality and personality on a big scale, which I remember reading was why Bone Daddies are looking to keep to just a few, something I can respect. But Drake & Morgan I’ve always found to be slightly different. Yes they are huge, and have recently become even bigger through buying tired City drinking group Corney & Barrow. But each venue has its own personality, the staff aren’t drones, the decor is fab and the food delicious (minus one very beige platter at the Folly once).
I love a bit of a wander, and on turning up in Canterbury town centre following a lovely wedding nearby we came across the lovely little Tiny Tim’s Tea Room on a quaint looking little street in the shadow of the huge cathedral.