Ahi Poke, Fitzrovia

With both of my siblings visiting back-to-back, this week is o-fish-ally the busiest ones this year.

Admittedly, it’s only the beginning of January, but I doubt it’s going to get worse than that any time soon.

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The good thing about my brother & sister though is that when I offer to go here or there for lunch/dinner/drinks, they always say ‘poke-doke’!

Which is how we ended up at Ahi Poke the other day.

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Located at the heart of bustling Fitzrovia, with colourful exteriors, bright planted filled with equally bright flowers and walls enhanced with surfboards, Ahi Poke is about as close as you’ll get to a visit to Hawaii at lunchtime.

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The small but perfectly formed restaurant surfs on the one-item-menu trend and dishes up the most delicious bowls of poke a.k.a. the ultimate Hawaiian staple.

A tumble of sticky sushi rice, raw fish, crunchy vegetables, punchy sauces… It’s sort of like a burrito bowl, but with a sushi twist, which makes it both a comfort food and a healthy meal.

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Part of the fun is to mix and match ingredients to make your perfect DIY poke bowl. Which is just what we did.

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Half-and-half (rice & kale salad) with leche de tigre salmon with carrot, radish, red onion and crispy shallots.

If you’re lacking the time/energy to DIY, you can pick from a handful of the team’s fave pairings.

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Including the Heat Wave poke bowl (quinoa, salmon, avocado, kimchi cucumber, red onion, coriander, chipotle mayo).

Very Venice Beach and very, very good indeed!

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If you’re hungry in Fitzrovia, Ahi Poke is soy the place to go!

Delicious, healthy & cheap as (kale) chips, it’s the kind of lunch that’ll for sure be maki‘ng you very happy!

Ahi Poke3 Percy St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1DF

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Ahi Poke, Fitzrovia

Scottish brunch at Mac and Wild

On one of my -very productive- days scrolling the internet, I came across the word ‘fernweh’.

Fernweh is a consuming longing to be somewhere you’ve never been. I wasn’t sure I really understood it at the time, but it all made sense as soon as I stepped into Mac and Wild in Fitzrovia.

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The brick walls, the raw wooden tables, the casual-meets-refined atmosphere…

It all collided and made me want to turn right back and head on to the Highlands.

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But with over 50 different labels of whisky, home-bottled cocktails and a whole shelf full of pickles, Mac and Wild has strong arguments to help you postpone the fernweh urge…

… and settle for Scottish brunch instead!

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Starting with a classic: Scottish breakfast.

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Loads of brown food, and pretty much every single kind of meat patty you can possibly think of.

It might be a cardiologist’s worst nightmare (even though Mac & Wild’s version is surprising un-greasy!), but things don’t get much better than that…

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… unless of course you go for the Veni-Moo.

Voted UK & London’s best burger for two years running, Mac and Wild signature dish is an absolute beauty!

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…especially if you decide to add candy bacon to the juicy beef-venison-caramelised onion-bearnaise masterpiece.

Quite simply burger-perfection.

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All washed down with cocktails & a few drops of scotch…

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… plus some Irn-Bru (it would have been wrong not to!)

Its bubblegum taste was the perfect introduction to our beast of a dessert.

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I shouldn’t but I will‘: Dark chocolate Nemesis, salted caramel sauce, orange, almonds, vanilla ice cream & taffy crumble.

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The ultimate indulgence and one of the many, many reasons to get to Mac & Wild very soon!

Bangin’ cocktails, eye-rolling-ly good food, all served by dynamic and passionate staff…

… Oh, and have I mentioned that they take bookings too?

Brunch winner right there!

Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PS

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Scottish brunch at Mac and Wild

BiBimBap Fitzrovia

What did you do with the extra 24h you got this #LeapYear?

You know me, I took advantage of it to stuff even more food into my life.

So I met with my favourite foodie sidekicks for a taste of Korean food at BiBimBap.

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The restaurant itself is a bit clean-lines meets K-Town.

Understands fairly basics but with a Korean pop-star fan club touch ??

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And the cutest, most kawaii menu EVER!

The restaurant takes its name from bibimbap, a signature Korean dish of fried rice, topped with vegetables and soy sauce, served in a hot stone bowl.

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Each bibimbap bowl comes with a rainbow of thinly sliced vegetables (carrots, daikon, cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, spinach…) and there’s a huge variety of toppings for you to choose from, ranging from Kimchi (chilli-spiced fermented cabbage) to seafood, spicy pork, beef and much more.

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The whole lot is brought to your table in a blisteringly hot stone bowl. So hot in fact that you can hear the rice sizzling!

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A very good thing as it means that while you make your way through the layers of flavourful marinated meat and colourful, artifully arranged vegetables, the thin layer of rice will continue to cook and turn crispy, making for the most wonderful of surprises when you reach the bottom of the bowl!

A much healthier (and vegetarian friendly) version of crackling, but just as addictive!

While the many variations of the humble bibimbap lead the show at the eponymous restaurant, there are also plenty of sides to choose from.

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Pork & vegetable dumplings (lovely and crispy)

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Sweet and salty Korean Fried Chicken.

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Just look at that shinny soy sauce glaze!

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Kimchi pancakes. Spicy and comforting at the same time, and my absolute favourite.

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My verdict? BiBimBap was a great way to wave February goodbye. Relatively healthy food, excellent value, great company and many a giggle… Quite a brilliant way to use that extra leap year day (or any other day, really!)

BiBimBap, 10 Charlotte Street,Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LT  Bibimbap Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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