Showing posts with label brixton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brixton. Show all posts

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Champagne + Fromage, melting Camembert in Brixton

melting Camembert at Champagne + Fromage ©Rosana_McPhee

Champagne is, in essence, a sparkling wine from the Champagne area in France. These fine wines are produced from grapes from the region and under the strict rules and regulations of the appellation, which includes secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation, the much-loved bubbles.

Lately, I have been trying some delicious Champagne and food pairing. My latest champagne adventure was at my local  Champagne + Fromage in Brixton. They have a new addition to their menu that features melting Camembert with different and exciting toppings, each one paired with various champagnes.  Their champagne cellar contains only bottles from small growers, and family run businesses who produce limited and small quantities of quality champagne with great care.

Some of the baked Camembert we tried

Montbelliard sausage and wholegrain mustard baked camembert, mixed leaf salad and new potatoes.  Corsican Ham & Red Pepper Jam, The Pesto & Tomato is very popular with the Italians

Other options are Garlic & Herb, Figs & Thyme, Basil & Sun Dried Tomatoes and Truffle all paired with champagne - they have all the pairings sorted, so you don't have to!  With about 17  different toppings - 3 sweets and 14 savouries, the menu rotates regularly, so you have interesting choices every time you visit it.

Champagne+Fromage serve excellent charcuterie and cheese boards with all the trimmings and for the brave  - Like me! - Escargots with herb and garlic butter- It was the perfect meal.  Despite the unusual pairing, the acidity fo the champagne cuts through the fat of cheese making the perfect match!
Homemade Fondant Au Chocolat ©Rosana_McPhee

We finished lunch with a great and gooey Homemade Fondant Au Chocolat and an espresso.

This new Camembert menu is a great  comforting addition to their repertoire. Worth a try.

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Champagne+Fromage. All views are my own.

Friday, 21 April 2017

NOLA inspired food at The King & Co


It's no secret that one of my top wanderlust places to visit is New Orleans, so the invitation to taste some NOLA inspired food was very welcomed by yours truly. The King & Co is a local pub near where I live, in the boarders of Brixton and Clapham. 

The kitchen is often taken over by different chefs and cuisines. This April & May the kitchen has been taken over by Division 194 with a menu inspired by New Orleans dishes. Running daily, the pop-up showcases the trader’s tempting NOLA snacks & generously-stuffed Po’ Boy sandwiches using quality British ingredients, as well as a brand new Saturday brunch specials &  Sunday roast with all trimmings. 

Po'Boys are a traditional sandwich from Louisiana. It always consists of meat, which is usually sloppy roast beef or fried seafood which can include shrimp, crawfish, oysters and crab. The meat is served on a baguette-like New Orleans French bread, known for its crisp crust and fluffy centre. It's said the Po'Boy  was created in New Orleans in 1929 to feed striking tram workers.

Our tasting of NOLA in London

We started with a delicious trio of NOLA-style starters:

Deville Burford Brown egg and popped pig skin - this dish is such a delectable combination of textures and tastes.

Cauliflower cheese bombs  were remarkable & smoked chilli ketchup was my favourite sauce/dip of the night.  

 Finger licking buttermilk-fried chicken nuggets & a very tasty aioli

Followed by delicious crisp and sticky Chicken Wings confit'd in duck fat, fried until crisp, tossed in pickled chilli butter and served with blue cheese dip,

The Po'Boys


Beef shin ‘debris and bone marrow gravy sandwich and the NOLA-style shrimp were both were tasty, superbly generous filled and very nourish.

The drinks choice on the night was a pub tap takeover from  Berkshire-based Siren Craft Brew ( It was a brilliant and diverse array of beers.
Some of the beers we sampled:
Broken dream - breakfast stout - hints of coffee and cocoa beans
Half Mast QIPA - tasted like a boozy squash - light
Keg Beers:
Soundwave , west coast IPA - soft and light - perfect for beginners  quite elegant - great for non-beer drinkers.
Yu Lu, loose leaf pale ale, Sour  and tea-like after taste.
Undercurrent , oatmeal plae ale  we had that with our starters - toasty taste
Ryesing Tides, Rye IPA - we had this with  chicken wings  - it has a sweet liquor  taste.
Bourbon Milkshake, Imperial Bourbon milk stout -  it went down very well with dessert.
Acid Jam, Imperial Kettle sour blend, smooth and sour  easy drinking.
Maiden, aged barley wine - wine / light beer type of drink. -  quite high in alcohol 11.6%

Dessert was a decadent and rich 72% chocolate mousse, salted peanut praline, creme fraiche  - Delicious!
Division_194  will be serving fabulous food at King & Co until the 4th June 2017.

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Disclosure: I was a guest at this dinner. All views are my own.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Chateau Marmot: a British affair at Beehive Place by Sam Hodges

Living in Brixton has been nothing short of an extraordinary experience. Nine years ago there was nothing to shout about the area. A few local places to eat and drink that were acceptable and some not so much. Things have changed beyond recognition with the inevitable touches of gentrification that comes with evolution and regeneration.

Brixton  has become a foodie destination, rather the tube station getaway into town. My next adventure took place very near the station, easy to find in a narrow, empty street around the corner from the buzzing  market street.  We found ourselves in front of a bright yellow door and a very welcoming front of the house greeting  guests. 

We arrived at Beehive Place Kitchen and Bar, where British chef Sam Hodges and Chateau Marmot are having a busy pop-up.  Beehive Place is an old spacious Victorian hay loft with Jessica Albarn whose wonderful work covering one wall. Mismatching tables and chairs, bare brickwork, grey painted plastered wall and wood panelling.
making cocktails at Beehive Place
 This pop-up  is a joint force between highly praised  temporary restaurant Chateau Marmot and inspiring chef Sam Hodges, whose impressive CV includes St John and Soho House.  The menu is a very British affair. They’re have created a series of one-off dining experiences between November 2014 and March 2015,  with a fully licensed bar serving signature cocktails, craft beers and wines from independent suppliers.

bar area

Above: bar area and  a-beery-cano cocktail (£8): a British take on classic Americano, Blackdown gin, homemade blackberry and lavender shrub, Kamm & Son's (aperitif,45 natural botanicals) topped with English Sparkling wine.
Hot crab apple toddy (£7),  Lambs Navy rum, dry cider, crab apple, London honey, pickleback (pickle brine), spices, served warm,  very delicious!
The cocktail menu (£7-£8/cocktail)  features innovative and very creative concoctions including infusions, wild and  forage elements. Spirits and very local craft beers (draught and bottled) are available as well as soft drinks.  They have researched the length and breath of the country to find small, ethical, sustainable and niche suppliers to both the bar and restaurant. The food  menu varies every week, so it's always a surprise in store.

 The meal

we started with a small pot of very hot to handle  roasted chestnuts from Kent followed by Pine fired Cornish plumb mussels in cider and for the non-seafood eater a basked of fried salsify, an acquired taste.
The eating area

The second course was organic venison & juniper sausage from Devon, Norfolk cauliflower, wild rosemary flowers and a wonderful sweet and sticky venison reduction with walnuts. That was seeved wth Colacino Savuto Rosso, a red Italian wine from Calabria, an intense  and concentrated ruby red with cherry notes and blackberry on the nose, slightly anise on the finish. Very appetising course.

above: Sam Hodges in action

 The third course: was a delightful salted baked beetroot from Suffolk, cow's curd, a tasty garlic grass and olive oil sauce, and grated horseradish from Sussex.  Simple and very flavoursome. The wine match was South African, Franschhoek Cellar Semillon, a fresh, pale gold and citrousy and peachy white wine. Smooth and lengthy on the palate
 The fourth course: a rich densely-textured, but very tender and juicy meat goose breast from Bedfordshire that was cooked to perfection!  Potato, Norfolk Jerusalem artichoke, a sweet and tangy Devonshire cranberry sauce and goosefoot (green foliage). My favourite dish  of the evening.  Wine pairing was Willunga 100, 2013 from Australia, a Grenache bright red, light body and fine tannings. It was spicy with raspberry aroma. 

Dessert: Blickling pear (dessert pear) white, slightly gritty, coarse, juicy flesh with a very sweet flavour, it was served warm, it was a bit hard  but the taste was lovely, topped with Kentish cobnut crumble, and a creamy textured and sweet-nutty to the palate clotted cream ice cream. Wine pairing: Rialto, a sweet  aromatic and soft Moscato from Veneto, Italy. The Dessert was nice and not too heavy - Perfect finish, if you like pears.
I attended a previous Chateau Marmot dining experience last year and enjoyed immensely, you can read about it here,  so I was looking forward to the Brixton dates and again it didn't disappoint.

This pop up finishes in March 2015 - don't delay and get a ticket for next year as they are almost fully booked this year! 

Cost : dinner of 5 coursers at £35, wine flight from £23, cocktails from £7. Other beverages were available to purchased on the night at very reasonable prices. Highly  recommended.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Chateau Marmot, all opinions are my own. 
For more info: Chateau Marmot

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Hot&Chilli : 10 places I like to eat and drink in Brixton

It's been a while since I've written about Brixton, where I've been living for the last 9 years. So much has changed since then. Recently I've been eating and updating myself with new and old favourite places around Brixton, there are places popping up everywhere, some have change owners, some have just moved on,  some have just changed there names and consequently their menus. 
Some are more successful then others and many have come and go. In no particular order my favourites at the moment:

Carioca Brixton
Run by two Venezuelan brothers with Portuguese heritage. Carioca,  was known as Prima Donna until recently,  is  located in Brixton Market Row. The menu is a mix of English breakfast/ brunch, which I was told is delicious, with some Brazilian dishes. Things to look out for are: pao de queijo,  nice homemade coxinhas, chargrilled spare ribs, espetinhos (Brazilian skewers) and the wonderful Brazilian inspired cakes. They make nice caipirinhas too. Cash Only.
Carioca : 25 - 27 Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD 
great cakes at Carioca, salted caramel cheesecake and banana cake with caramel sauce

A small and well formed cafe on Atlantic Road. It has just open about 3 weeks ago. Spyros, the owner is hands on serving and making sure customers are happy. Great service with a smile. The Cafe focus on the quality and unique flavours of homemade and handmade products, like croissants made in the premises,  and embracing a diversity of recipes from around the world. Great cakes and tarts.
79, Atlantic Road SW9 8PX

lovely Cafe - Parissi

Fujiyama Japanese Noddle Bar: Brixton
It's been my favourite place for some sushi-love since moving to Brixton. They also serve bentos, soups, rice and delicious noodle dishes. Fresh and tasty Japanese fare at great prices. They also, have a lunchtime deal menu. I am addicted to the spicy tuna roll. Cash and CC accepted.
Eat in and take-away delivery within 3 miles.
5-7 Vining Street
t: 0207 737 6583

Fujiyama Japanese Noddle Bar

Le DeliCorner
Small, clean and stylish cafe located at Upper Tulse Hill. Great coffee, sourdough breads and small but well formed deli.
Fantastic and friendly service with WiFi. Good variety of freshly made sandwiches, continental breakfasts, soups, light lunches and it will be open till late from April. A hidden gem in Brixton Hill! Cash and CC accepted.
21 Upper Tulse Hill, Brixton, SW22SD 

t: 020 8671 3330

The Deli Corner

The Caribbean restaurant Negril has a variety of curry, rotis, platters, burgers dishes as well as the ever popular jerk chicken. The place has been nicely refurbished, and there's a great outside area. Look out for the Negril Platter for 2 people is a treat! Cash and CC accepted.
132, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RS
t: 02034170674

Negril platter

Duck Egg Cafe (Closed)

Tucked away just outside Brixton Village lies Egg Duck Cafe a small cafe serving great coffee, tea, excellent breakfast and brunch dishes. The portions can be quite big and the service is very friendly. Duck eggs are the selling point at this place. A Thai cafe selling good grease-spoon fare,Illy coffee and Innocent juices and good tea.  Get there early to avoid queues at the weekend. Worth the wait thought. Cash only.
424 Coldharbour Lane London SW9 8LF

Duck Egg Cafe

One of my favourite places for a decent glass of wine and sparkles in Brixton. A vibrant bar, shop and tasting place (£25/head) with an small outside area. Interesting and off-the-beaten-track wines and champagnes with some good spirits on sale too. I love the glassware too, which they also sell in the shop. The menu changes all the time, according to what's been sourced. Charcuterie and cheese from Borough Market. They have a small a cute outside area. It gets quite busy on Fridays and Saturday evenings, so get there early. Cash and CC accepted. Check their site for opening hours.  
1 Vining St, London, 
Brixton SW9 8QA
t: 0203 302 1617

The Wine Palour

Rebranded in 2013, this establishment offers small plates, fantastic crepes and galettes both savoury, sweet and vegan. They also serve one Brazilian dish churrasco (bbq) grilled beef rump steak strip, which is excellent.  They also make their own chilli sauce - delicious! Cash and CC accepted.
Brixton Arcade
41-42 Coldharbour Lane,
London SW9 8PS

Senzala - crepes and food with Brazilian accents

King & Co  and Donastia SC
An independent free house, not quite in Brixton but on the boarders, so I will include this excellent pub. They serve craft beers alongside draft ales and real ciders. One of the highlights is the  pop-up kitchen. At the moment the residency by the innovative street food van, Donastia Social Club is going great guns till 30th November. Their basque inspired food is creative and delectable. Donastia
King & Co
100 Clapham Park Road London SW4 7BZ 
t: 020 7498 1971
(nearest underground: Clapham Common)

Brindisa Food Rooms
Under one of the arches in Atlantic Road, serving the very best Spanish food
inspired by the Catalan Llesqueries. Small plates and excellent wine list are on offer. Nest door shop sells fresh ingredients, olive oil, re-fillable wine bottles, cans, hams and produce from small producers. Last time I was there, they put on a Flamengo show and live music. Excellent!

41 – 43 Atlantic Road

t: 0207 095 8655

Brindisa Food Rooms, Brixton
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