Berber & Q’s Shawarma Bar

God, looking for a new flat in London is an exausting task!

So after a loooooong morning of (rather unsuccessful) viewings, when we found ourselves right around the corner of my favourite little pocket of London, we decided to take a break from it all and treat ourself to a nice lunch.

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Our spot of choice? Berber & Q’s super-instagramable Shawarma Bar.

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A tiny but perfectly formed, new-wave shawarma bar, brought to central London by Haggerston’s Middle Eastern barbecue superstar.

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No mystery meat to be seen here.

Instead, the menu’s on the shorter side and full of vegetarian-oriented small plates, shawarma-stuffed pitas dishes and plates and creative sides.

Needless to say, it’s a ‘let’s get one of each and share’-type dinner’s dream, be it for a relaxed weekday lunch, a casual dinner or not-your-usual weekend brunch.

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Start with a cock/mocktail…

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Followed by a smogasboard of small plates to share!

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Za’atar-roasted tomatoes with labneh.

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Ezme with pine nuts and red chilli.

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Joojeh chicken pita with blackened green chilli sauce & garlic yoghurt.

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(which was quite enjoyable as it came, but even better once turned upside down onto a plate, teared up and mixed!)

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Signature cauliflower shawarma with sultanas, rose, pine nuts & pomegranate.

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And some of the best hummus I’ve had in my life.

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A tableful of goodies ready for you to scoop and dip into to your heart’s content!

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All topped up with a beautiful, panna cotta-like cardamom malabi.

Delicate and wobbly and all, what a way to wrap it up!

Shawarma Bar by Berber & Q, 46 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QE
Berber & Q’s Shawarma Bar

Greek Feast at The Real Greek

If you can’t go to Athens, let Athens come to you.

Which, short of the view, is just what The Real Greek does!

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Modeled after traditional Greek tavernas, The Real greek offers a wide range of inexpensive Greek mezze, all designed by Greek cooking goddess Tonia Buxton.

Perfect for a quick lunch or to linger over a few nibbles and a chilled bottle of wine with a big bunch of your favourite people!

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Over-ordering non-comulsory but very much recommended!

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Creamy Houmous, rich in tahini and delicately spiced with cumin and fresh chilli.

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Melitzanosalata, a light and fragrant blend of smoked aubergine, garlic, shallot and lemon.

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All scooped up with warm Greek flatbread!

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Crisp & morish Tiropitakia, filled with with creamy leek, spinach and feta.

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An absolute triumph!

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Zesty Revithia, a traditional chickpea salad with handfuls of herbs, olive oil and lemon.

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Hearty Gigandes Plaki, slow-cooked in a rich and herby tomato sauce.

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Beer-battered salt cod.

Perfect to replenish your stock of minerals!

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Delightful with a little squeeze of lemon!

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Tonia’s Prawns with feta

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Finger licking tiger prawns with tomato sauce, feta and a hint of Ouzo, and pretty much the essence of summer in a bowl.

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Grilled octopus with Greek oregano.

A standout dish and my absolute favourite.

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Lamb meatballs.

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Greek salad, obviously.

Classic, hearty, rustic and an absolute must-order!

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Though the Couscous salad is also a good choice and pairs especially well with grilled meats.

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Put everything in the middle of the table, pour everyone a glass of chilled Greek rosé and nibble your way through!

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And if pudding isn’t much of a thing in Greece, where sweets are traditionally eaten inbetween meals rather than at the end of them, you sure shouldn’t overlook them at The Real Greek!

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Greek yoghurt with walnuts in syrup.

Not much of a looker, but the perfect way to end the meal on an indulgent, yet healthy note.

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Greek filo custard pie is just the opposite: rich and indulgent, it’s an absolute delight!

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But nothing a big cup of Greek Mountain Tea can’t counter-act.

Full of anti-oxydants, and very delicate in flavour, it encapsulates the spirit of Greek food perfectly: super tasty, sort of healthy, perfect for sharing.

A-mezze-ing!

All you need now is getting everyone together and book a table at one of The Real Greek’s 8 London locations.

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Or you could have your own little Greek feast at home!

The Real Greek is -finally- releasing a cookbook, full of their best-sellers recipes (including all of the above), from delicious meze dishes to scrumptious feasts of lamb kleftiko and Loukaniko.

Marbleous recipes and an absolute bargain, you’d be a fool not to order it!

 

Greek Feast at The Real Greek

Hummus Bowl? | Hummus Bros

Obsessions can sometimes be a good thing. Sure, people might look at you and point fingers if all you do all afternoon if saying how much you’re craving falafels. But then, you might end up (FINALLY) visiting this great little place that’s been on your list FOREVER and it might end up being just as good as you imagined it would be.
Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoCake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoClean, simple design, a lot of natural light and a touch of colour. I was pretty much already convinced I’d love this place.Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoHummus Bros does very much what it says on paper: hummus. And then a few extra stuff to eat it with. Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoCake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoOnce you’ve picked which way you want your serve of the smooth Lebanese chickpea dip to be serve, there’s a lot to keep you entertained while you wait for your food. Like people passing by (people-watching is one of my favourite things to do!) and a touch a humour too! 😜Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoThe wraps are a good option if you’re very hungry as they are HUGE! We tried the chicken one, which included shredded chicken, hummus, salsa and pickles. The balance of flavour was on point and for such a big amount of food, it wasn’t too stuffy and managed to stay fresh. Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoI absolutely loved the Falafel Salad (white cabbage, toamtoes, cucumber, tzaziki and falafels). The crunchy texture of the cabbage worked perfectly against the rather moist falafel and the tzaziki brought just the right amount of punchy garlic to keep things interesting. Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoCake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoCake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoBut the star of the show? The hummus bowls! Basically hummus with whatever toppings you want pilled high on it and served with warm, fluffy pitta bread. The simplest of ideas, but a very tasty one indeed! #LightbulbMoment Come on, dig in, you know you want to! 
Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoAnd the best part of it (besides the delicous falafels?). There’s food aplenty but the bill is teeny tiny. 🙌🙌
Cake + Whisky | Hummus Bros SohoWhat: Hummus. And stuff in/on/around it.

How much: around £10 per person

Where: I visited the flagship branch in Soho (88 Wardour Street, London, Soho W1F 0TH) but they have a few more restaurants around London (and they do take-away too! 🙌#WinningLunch)

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