Cheesy date at Melt Room

Nothing beats a cheesy date.

By which I don’t mean an amalgam of all the cliches you see in movies.

Nop, no red roses, candlelit restaurants or gondola ride for me. Instead, loads and loads of melted cheese and bread.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Melt Room is London’s first grilled cheese sandwich shop.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Yes, you read that right. They only serve grilled cheese sandwiches.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

And a few other things on the side…

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

The atmosphere is very in phase with the menu…

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

In an American diner meets your wildest childhood dream kind of way.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Service is friendly and really quick.

Those guys sure understand that cheese cravings don’t wait.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

The cheese fries arrived first.

Crispy, yet soft in the middle, and covered in the most sinful puddle of cheese sauce, they were simply delicious.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

And even more so when combined with the homemade relish (that thing is gold, do get some!)

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

The Mac ‘n’ Cheese is a must-order.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Golden toasted sourdough bread, sandwiching a generous serving of Mac ‘n’ Cheese (with added chorizo because YOLO).

Come on, you know you want to.

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Or will it be the Pastrami (with mushrooms, horseradish, red leicestershire and cheddar)?

Melt Room {Restaurant review} | Cake + Whisky

Melt Room also does a brilliant tomato soup + classic grilled cheese sandwich deal for £5.

That’s your lunch break (and all of your cheese cravings) sorted then.

Melt Room, 26 Noel Street, Soho, London W1F 8GY  Melt Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cheesy date at Melt Room

Battersea Pie Station | Covent Garden

Covent garden has been near the top of my absolute favourite places in London since the first time I went there back in 2011. I tend to hate touristy places, especially when they’re really crowded, but there’s something about Covent Garden I simply can’t resist.

As for most heavily touristy places, food is still a bit meh around there though. And/Or rather expensive. But, as for any general rules, there are always exception and I think I’ve found Covent Garden’s!
Cake + Whisky | Battersea Pie Covent GardenBattersea Pie‘s shop is a tiny unassuming shop located on the lower level of Covent Garden’s Plaza. It is really easy to miss it as everything else around is so buzzy and colourful and loud, but somehow, I always find my way there when I’m in the neighbourhood. Most probably because it’s the best value-for-money meal you’ll find! And also, PIE
Cake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonNo-nonse there: as soon as you get through the door, you’re greeted by those golden beauties! And there begins my your agonising mission of choosing just ONE of them to inhale bring home with you!Cake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonCake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonCake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonDecisions, decisions… Cake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonThe whole place is pretty simple. It’s all white tiles, marble-like tables and wooden stools. Plus all the necessary condiments. Which is perfectly fine by me (for some reason, I rather like this no-fuss look).Cake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonBut what I like even more are the pies, that are really quickly brought to your table by one of the lovely, always smilling members of staff. From then on, it becomes really difficult to resist the urge to dive in. Which I somehow managed to do for a few seconds to click those pictures (what a dedicated blogger I am!!) before I gave in to buttery, flaky pastry encasing the most moreish mince beef and onion filling. Hot, salty and very satisfying, there isn’t much more to ask from a pie, is there?
Cake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonThe pastries aren’t bad looking either! And from what I’ve heard, really good too!Cake + Whisky | Vegetarian fod at The Gate IslingtonWhat: The best cheap meal on the Plaza.

How much: Pies are around £5 (prices vary according to what you get, and also if you eat in or take it away). £10 should be more than enough for a very filling, satisfying lunch of pie, mash, gravy etc…

Tip: If the weather happen to be nice, I’d really recommend you take your pie(s) to St Paul’s Churchyard and enjoy it in the sun. Best lunch break ever? I sure think so!

Where: Battersea Pie Station, 28 The Market, Lower Ground Floor, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RA

 

Battersea Pie Station | Covent Garden

Brick Lane’s Beigel Bake | Salt beef or smoked salmon? | London

Beigel Bake on Brick Lane is a London institution that’s been around for as long as I can remember. It’s open 24/7 and there is always, ALWAYS a line. Not really surprising considering the value for money those guys offer!

It’s all made on site (watching the bakers make the bagels will keep you busy while you queue!), very generous (I swear there was half a pack of cream cheese in my bagel!), and stupidly cheap too!

Cake + Whisky | Brick Lane Beigel Bake | LondonIt might look a bit dodgy, but do not run away!
Cake + Whisky | Brick Lane Beigel Bake | LondonDecisions, decisions… (I wanted everything!)
Cake + Whisky | Brick Lane Beigel Bake | LondonThat time I manage to click a perfectly non-blurry picture… of the brown paper bag! #failCake + Whisky | Brick Lane Beigel Bake | LondonCake + Whisky | Brick Lane Beigel Bake | LondonThe smoked salmon + cream cheese: fresh, slightly sour cream cheese and the most melty salmon; a real beauty! And look at the bagel dough! Very springy, but still soft and pillowy…
Cake + Whisky | Brick Lane Beigel Bake | LondonBut the kind of all bagels is without a doubt Beigel Bake’s Salt Beef! Generous chunk of meat, just teased by the spicy taste of American mustard… it doesn’t get much better!Cake + Whisky | Brick Lane Beigel Bake | LondonAnd a picture of Shoreditch, just because!

What: Beigels in all their glorious forms. But it would be a mistale not to get the -massive- salt beef. Or the -ridiculously indulgent- smoked salmon with cream cheese!

Tip: When you’re there, you might as well grab 6 plain bagels to put in your freezer and use for emergency breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner… You know what I mean!

How much: Ridiculously cheap: plain beigels are £0.30 a pop; smoked salmon + cream cheese will set you back 1.60 and London’s best salt beef beigels are a bit over £3.

Where: Brick Lane Beigel Bake, 159 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB

Brick Lane’s Beigel Bake | Salt beef or smoked salmon? | London