Showing posts with label London. Show all posts
Showing posts with label London. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Basque brunch at Eneko, London


Eneko at One Aldwych

Last year one of the best meals I ate was at Eneko by three Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa whose culinary inspiration comes from his hometown of Bilbao, with this in mind Chef Eneko has created one of London’s first and finest  Basque brunches.  Having just got back from the Basque Country myself, where I ate my weight in food and more, I was elated to sample more of this fabulous cuisine back home.  I loved Eneko the first time, read here,  but would I still love it the second time round?

It's an exciting menu with some of the dishes from the main menu and some new intriguing and stimulating dishes.  The kind of menu that makes you want to discover more and taste Basque cuisine.

The brunch menu at Eneko at One Aldwych is divided by four Basque culinary styles – Euskal Azoka (street food), Gallinero (eggs), Txoko (classics) and Asador (grill).

You can choose a la carte or tasting menu which consists of 5 dishes, tea and coffee at £50/head plus drinks.

We decided to go a la carte with three courses and bottle of delicious bottle of Cava Mas Macia from Penedes, a fresh, creamy and lively  Cava with intricate flavours of stone fruits, apple and some nutty, yeasty notes. Good acidity and a long, savoury finish.

The wine list is made up entirely by Spanish wines including four from Eneko’s family winery, Gorka Izagirre.

Food options are intended to be mixed, matched and share.  There's something for everyone. Brunch at Eneko at One Aldwych is available every weekend. Great way to spend with family and friends around the table, with good food, drinks, excellent and knowledgeable service.  The place is casual and yet elegant.

Our meal was delicious, and we lingered over the food not wanting the brunch ever to finish, but eventually it did.   Yes, I still love this place! 

Brunch at Eneko

Golden Mary / Spiced vodka, golden tomato juice, celery foam

 Oxtail on Milk Bread / Slow-cooked oxtail, Idiazabal cheese  and
Cerdito Caliente “Hot Hog” / Iberico ham, mushroom duxelle, Basque muffin


Egg Yolks Tempura - intense vegetable confit and the most incredible  bright yolk

Egg Yolks Tempura / Creamy potatoes, confit vegetables

Txuleta / Basque-style  juicy and tender prime rib of beef, excellent spring onion salad and skinny fries

Salted caramel mousse, cookie crumble - great textures every bit as delicious as the description!

Pineapple sorbet and foam, sweet celery ribbons - intriguing, refreshing and tasty




Brunch:
Saturday 11.30am-2.30pm
Sunday  11.30am-3.30pm
Book : eneko@onealdwych.com or call +44 (0)20 7300 0300
Walk-ins are also welcome.


 
Eneko at One Aldwych
One Aldwych
London WC2B 4BZ
T: 020 7300 0300
eneko@onealdwych.com
www.eneko.london

Disclosure: I was a guest of Eneko at One Aldwych. All views are my own. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

London, Northbank revisited



Northbank


It's been almost two years to the day from my first proper meal at Northbank in London. I remember it so well. It was a great meal with lovely company.

This year, we (CookSister and I) went along to try their new menu from Head Chef John Harrison, who is originally from Lancashire. John took up residence at the end of last year. He is a classically trained chef and has worked in many prominent places in and around London.

John's repertoire is mainly modern British with traditional French influences, and we learned that his favourite ingredient is crab. If you have never been to Northbank, you are missing out on great views of iconic London architecture and fantastic food. Northbank is ideally located on the north side of the Thames by the Millenium Bridge. A stone's throw from the City of London, it overlooks South Bank Shakespeare's Globe, and it has magnificent views of the Shard. Not bad, hey?

Northbank is celebrating ten years in business this year. The owner, Christian Butler (ex-Adam Street and Baltic) is from Cornwall, and the menu is created around the Cornish fishing influence and displaying ingredients from Christian's hometown of Falmouth and surrounding areas. Fresh fish is delivered daily from boats off the Cornish coast straight to Northbank.

On the evening visited, the service was very charming. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The bar is well stocked, and we had a creative and a classic drink to start with. Mine was a Manhattan!

The next time you are strolling by the Thames and fancy a drink or two and a delicious meal, stop by Northbank; you won't be disappointed.

Northbank 

The Dinner at Northbank

Soft and pillowy Blini topped lemony smoked salmon pate - Full of flavour


Roasted Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms with Truffle Butter and Tarragon
 Roasted Scallops and Enoki Mushrooms with Truffle Butter and Tarragon - the scallops were quite big and cooked to perfection with a crunchy topping - lots of textures - love it!

Truro Black Pudding with Crispy Duck Egg Yolk, Potato and Mustard Mousse

Truro Black Pudding with Crispy Duck Egg Yolk, Potato and Mustard Mousse  - what a fantastic choice by Cooksister! and beautifully presented and tasty!

Braised Cornish Lamb Neck with Crisp Sweetbreads
Braised Cornish Lamb Neck with Crisp Sweetbreads and Carrot, Pistachio Crumb  - another beautiful plate - the lamb was incredibly juicy and tender; sweetbreads were delicate, creamy morsels with a crisp case. The pistachio crumb was a nice touch! 

Lemon Sole and Prawns with Glazed Mash and Slow Cooked Leeks

Lemon Sole and Prawns with Glazed Mash and Slow Cooked Leeks -
Fresh light Sole, the prawns were excellent and plump - I love mash, and this one was terrific with the addition of leeks, so seasonal!

Cauliflower, Leek and Smoked Bacon Gratin - a special mention here: This side dish is fabulous!  Please try it and be amazed! Simple but sooo tasty!



Desserts
West Country Cheese Slate with Fruit Chutney
  My choice: West Country Cheese Slate with Fruit Chutney, Water Crackers and Grapes - love cheeses and this platter didn't disappoint.
Rhubarb Crumble Soufflé with Poached Rhubarb and Custard
video

Rhubarb Crumble Soufflé with Poached Rhubarb and Custard - a  grand but delicate soufflé with a soft centre  rhubarb pieces and the silky custard was rather delectable.
Highly recommended!

northbankrestaurant.com

One Paul’s Walk, London EC4V 3QH
t: 0044 (0) 20 7329 9299

Openings hours
Monday:  12pm–12am
Tuesday:  12pm–12am
Wednesday:  12pm–12am
Thursday:  12pm–12am
Friday:  12pm–12am
Saturday:  12pm–12am
Sunday - Closed
    

Disclosure: I was a guest of Northbank. All opinions  and words are my own.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Dinner at Ms Marmite Lover with South African Flavorking Plums




One of many supper clubs left to attend on my long list! Mind you I have attended quite a few over the years, but I finally I managed to visit Ms Marmite Lover, who launched the supper club/underground restaurant movement in the UK in 2009 with her supper club The Underground Restaurant.

The evening  I attended It was a was all about  South African Flavorking plums! All recipes and drinks had Flavorking plums as ingredients.  You probably think I have misspelt the name of the glorious stone fruit - Not I haven't!  Thanks!  what's the name Flavorking - full of flavour or flavor - the spelling depends where you come from.

Flavorking plums are a majestic presence in a fruit bowl thanks to their size, colour and sweetness.  These plums are quite large and have a deep crimson blush flash. They are very juicy and full of flavour as the name suggests. This fruit has a punch taste that’s reminiscent of bubblegum. Their season is quite short so run to the supermarket now and try this delicious fruit.  Available at M&S for a limited time.


The dinner

Prosecco with plum syrup

we started with a rather tasty and quite addictive
 Prosecco with plum syrup
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Plum-cured cold smoked salmon canapé

Followed by little morsels of Plum-cured cold smoked salmon canapés - The salmon was cured by Kerstin herself in her home - fabulous!
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Mushroom and tofu gyoza with plum sauce and purple sweet potato and blood orange

Once seated we started the event with Mushroom and tofu gyoza with plum sauce and purple sweet potato and blood orange - I love gyozas, and I was quite impressed by the homemade parcels - so beautifully done!  I am not good at making Gyoza but I have an exceptional talent to eat them!
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This is going to sound a bit unusual but OMG that has good!  Sea bass en papillote on a bed of plum noodles with umeboshi plums and bergamot zest with plum salsa -  the sea bass was delicate, and the salsa was extraordinary! It was fruity, sweet, lemony, aromatic with a slight kick of chilli on the finish,  recipe here!
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plum fruit leather

Goulds cheddar cheese board with plum fruit leather and plum pickled burdock root - the fruit leather was a brilliant idea.  Great fun and quite delicious.

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Plum clafoutis - comfort food on a cold evening - a winner!

 
It was a nice evening with  lots of laughter,  it was good to meet new folks and catch up with old friends!

Disclosure: I was a guest at this event- everything you are reading here are my words and my opinions.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Holy Birds


The Holy Birds
Holy Negroni at The Holy Birds
Holy Negroni : Beefeater 24 Gin, Campari, White Port topped with an almond and
orange foam
Uptown Manhattan and Babycham
Uptown Manhattan:
The smooth flavour of Wild Turkey washed with Extra Virgin
Olive Oil combined with the sweetness of maraschino played
off against Lillet Blanc and the crisp celery, notes makes for an
unusual but balanced twist on a Manhattan. - Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon, Lillet Blanc, De Kuyper Marasquin, celery bitters and Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Back in the day we went to The Library at The Lanesborough hotel where Salvatore Calabrese, The Maestro,  was concocting some very lovely Lavander Martini. It was a very enjoyable experience.  Fast forward  I've now been to his son's place where the cocktail menu is created by Salvatore, The Maestro himself.

The Holy Birds is a commercial establishment located in London’s Petticoat Lane Market. The two-floor bar and restaurant has an interior design that was inspired by 60s Danish modernist movement, very much to my liking. You might feel like you went back to that era as soon as you enter the door.  Play attention to the reception table, lots of colourful 60's phones.

On the ground floor of The Holy Birds, you’ll find a cocktail lounge that serves late-night refreshment. The interior design is a combination of personalised design and mid-century decors. It features a top of the line sound system that is used during performances of live acts and in-demand DJs. More often than not, they play music that has been inspired 60s era.

On the second floor is the restaurant that specialises in poultry. Its menu consists of dishes made from free-range birds that include ducks, grouses, wood pigeons, pheasants, quails, and chickens. It is said to be the first of such restaurant to be established in London.

The Holy Birds is the first time that the Calabrese Brothers collaborated with their father, Salvatore Calabrese, who is a world-renowned mixologist. The maestro started working in the industry in the 60s and has developed designer cocktails since then. The Holy Birds is just one of the bars in London that offers these cocktails.
downstairs bar

This is just one of the ventures of the Calabrese Brothers in the London bar industry. Their company was also responsible for other successful establishments in the city, such as the award-winning Hoxton Pony in Shoreditch and Hoxton Gin. Another recent project of their business is the Wringer and Mangle restaurant and music venue in London Fields.

The meal


Wings with soy sauce and Dijon mustard and crispy chicken skins

The snacks were on pint at The Holy Birds,  well seasoned chicken wings
CHIROUBLES LES FARGES DOMAINE CHEYSSON

CHIROUBLES LES FARGES DOMAINE CHEYSSON
Beaujolais, France 2014
Serious Cru Beaujolais, soft and juicy, with hints of raspberries, strawberries and violet

Heritage carrots, roasted parsnips, curd & curry oil salad, a very tasty and divine salad
Roast duck breast - succulent, well prepared and perfectly cooked


The Holy Birds buttermilk chicken burger with hand-cut chips and
Celeriac remoulade (off picture)  a majestivc burger with juicy chicken and so much flavour.
Chocolate & sea salt Baked Alaska - how gorgeous does that look?  Sweet and chocolaty
Hot chocolate pudding with Kirsch & cherry sauce- I just love the chocolate and cherry match always a winner!
The service was very amicable and polite. It wasn't a very busy evening when we had dinner there. It' a quite sizable place  - I am sure they can cope.


Disclosure:  I was a guest of The Holy Birds. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Kitty Hawk, Department of Dining



The Kitty Hawk, The Department Store of Dining, a bespoke culinary experience to be had under one roof and located at the heart of the city of London.  It's owned by Wright & Bell, a new enterprise inspired by different ways of exploring modern casual dining and drinking.

There's a beautiful and sophisticated bar by the entrance,  a casual all-day dining, a downstairs steak and seafood restaurant,  a beautifully appointed cafe with its own entrance selling pastries, cakes,  light meals and beverages  They are catering to everyone's taste and all day eating adventure.

The stunning interior is inspired by travel - think of the Wright Brothers who thought us to fly,  the town Kitty Hawk in North Carolina became world-famous after the Wright brothers made the first controlled powered aeroplane flights, another inspiration comes from Alexandre Graham Bell, credited with patenting the first telephone. Special touches make this place elegant and approachable.  The service is understated and friendly.

They source the best artisan products,  ethically and sustainable fish and seafood, local farmers,  the finest world wine, curated in collaboration with Rothschild wines, as well as cask ales and niche beers.

The meat is sourced from family owned Alec Jarrett & Sons, who rear  Award winning West Country beef, dry-aged for 7-10 days and wet-aged for a further 28 days resulting in a 35-day aged, tender British steak.

This place is serving fabulous meals and wines. It is very much a crowd pleaser, there's something for everyone. The evening we drop by the restaurant was buzzing with city types having business dinner and  stylish after work drinks.

The meal at Kitty Hawk


The restaurant is very cool and with touches of sophistication. Strategically placed lights and friendly servers. 


Burrata was creamy and  oozing when I cut into it, the braised lentils and  sweet beetroot worked perfectly together-   Italian burrata from Salerno, served with braised puy lentils, roasted beetroots, shaved radishes and heritage carrots, a good fresh starter.


 Rump steak - 225g  - super juicy and tender steak - cooked to perfection no runing blood and yet medium-rare.



Sides
Mac and cheese - superb, creamy and cheese-y
Roasted root vegetables in honey -a great alternative to chips
Wilted spinach with nutmeg - always a winner !

Confit duck leg cassoulet-  slow-cooked cassoulet served with a whole confit duck leg, pancetta,  smoked gammon knuckle, cannellini beans and a wedge of artisan bread.  It was a good substantial dish. Flavoursome and the duck was falling off the bone, the beans we nicely cooked.


The Kitty Hawk Sundae - Scoops of Cotswold ice cream layered with caramel
sauce, vanilla bean cream and seasonal compote, served with chocolate
shards, hand-broken meringue and honeycomb - Ice cream, chocolate and Honeycomb - you can't go wrong with this dessert.

Expect to pay for 3 course meal + wine around £140 (January 2017)



The Kitty Hawk 
11,13,14 South Pl, London EC2M 7EB
Hours:
Monday7am–12am
Tuesday7am–12am
Wednesday7am–12am
Thursday7am–12am
Friday7am–12am
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed


Disclosure: I was a guest of The Kitty Hawk, all views are my own.  
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