Sun’s out, Bun House!

You know the saying – sun’s out, buns out!

And I know just the spot to get your bun fix – Bun House!

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

Light and airy, Bun House isn’t very big but the menu is every steamed bun lover’s dream come true.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

The bun selection is rather wide: there’s pork of course, but also lamb, veggie, fish, as well as a couple of sweet options.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

All steamed to order and ready in minutes.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

We made the most of a quiet Monday lunch service to try it all…

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

Veggie? Good.

Fish? Good.

Lamb? Gooooooooooooooood!

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

The pickled daikon is a great way to keep things fresh.

And the lotus crisps are simply too good to pass.

Bun House / Cantonese-style steamed buns / Soho, London

Take it all down with many a cup of tea… and there you have it: the perfect London lunch in the sun!

Or the rain. Or even in case of a return of the Beast from the East…

Bun House, 24 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DZ

Where else’s good near Bun House?

Xu, Chinatown

Kricket, Soho

Temper, Soho

Palomar, Soho

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Sun’s out, Bun House!

Dinner at Kricket

I hate restaurants that don’t take reservations for less than 4 people.

I hate restaurants where the host, when I pop in and ask if they have a table for 2 at 7:15pm, answers they do… at 10:30pm.

And I HATE restaurants that insist on running separate lunch and dinner services so that I can’t have a meal at strange mid-afternoon hours on the weekend.

Dinner at Kricket ● London Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

All of the above are the reasons why I hate loving Kricket so much.

It’s going to make my life so very difficult every time I crave Indian food.

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But well, I’ll just have to deal with it all (and take friends down with me so we can book at table!) because the food, the drinks and the atmosphere are all fantastic.

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The cocktail list is short but perfect formed, making the on-duty bartender a very busy man (or woman) indeed.

Dinner at Kricket ● London Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

Which you could feel bad about or just embrace with a couple of the truly excellent whisky + orange marmalade cocktails…

Dinner at Kricket ● London Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

Also excellent were the Jerusalem artichokes and pea samosas.

Light, crispy pastry triangles, filled with the most delicious, subtly spiced vegetable filling.

Needless to say, those didn’t last long.

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My favourite dish – Pumpkin, makhani sauce, fresh paneer, hazelnut crumble, puffed wild rice.

Dinner at Kricket ● London Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

Served with masala kulcha bread straight from the tandoor.

Charred pumpkin, the best (really, even my Indian boyfriend says so, and he’s had A LOT of butter chicken) butter-tomato sauce, begin to be scooped over some bread…

It was the sort of dish I wish I knew how to make so I could have it every day.

One that hangs around the top of my list of London’s best dishes, too.

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Kricket’s signature Keralan fried chicken, served with curry leaf mayonnaise and pickled mouli.

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Venison keema.

Warming and gently spiced, and the perfect reminder of why I must add keema to my winter meal rota.

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Beautifully cooked duck breast, served with fiery vindaloo sauce and refreshing Brussel sprout and coconut thoran.

Dinner at Kricket ● London Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

Polishing it all off on a sweet note in the form of carrot halwa with chestnut ice cream (delicious but veeeeeeery rich) and gorgeous, posset-like misti doi.

All in all, not a dal plate in sight at Kricket… So, no matter how difficult/irritating getting a table is, it’s worth the patience and hard work.

You know what they they… Keep calm and curry on!

Kricket Soho (the original venue’s in Brixton), 12 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HH

More things to eat in Soho

EVERYTHING at Temper

Cake for dinner at Cutter & Squidge

Ramen at Kanada Ya

Chinatown’s best hot pot

Dinner at Kricket

Cake for Dinner at Cutter & Squidge

When the London weather is frightful (August? Really? More like November-ish!), few things are more delightful than cuddling up with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

Luckily, I know just the place!

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Located in the heart of Soho, minutes from Piccadilly Circus, Cutter & Squidge is a cake’s lover dream come true – with shelves stacked high with all kinds of sweet treats.

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

Creative twists on classic puds, like this gorgeous Eton Mess layer cake…

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

Dreamy Sundaes…

And shelves full of the most incredible flavours of Biskies.

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

What’s a biskuit I hear you ask?

The most amazing biscuit/cookie creation filled with lightened buttercream, handmade jams, caramels and other delights, that’s what.

All crafted using the highest quality ingredients, all beautiful, all delicious… The only difficult thing is to pick one!

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

Matcha & black sesame? Chocolate hazelnut pearl?

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

Choc O Berry? Lemon meringue?

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

Classic (or salted caramel!!) S’mores? PB&J?

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

Of course it had to be PB&J!

Cutter & Squidge • London Restaurant • Cake + Whisky

What can I say, that’s just my jam!

Add a glass of (incredible!) ice tea and here it is: the perfect spot to escape the rain/cold/overall dreadful weather – or recover from an especially intensive shopping session…

Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ

(or you can also place an order online)

Cake for Dinner at Cutter & Squidge

Kiln, Soho

With so many new restaurants popping up in London every month week, coming across something that’s not already been de- and re-constructed 25 times over is a rare thing.

And yet it’s just what super-popular, Thai-inspired Kiln does.

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

With a succession of 5* reviews under their belt, as well original Thai-inspired small plates cooked with first-class British ingredients and very keen pricing to top it all, scoring one of the few bar stools overlooking the open kitchen is no easy thing.

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Which is why when you finally do, you better make the most of it and order up a storm!

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Starting with a couple of drinks…

A green peppercorn daiquiri for him…

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

And a tall glass of super-refreshing lemongrass iced tea for me!

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Aged lamb & cumin skewers.

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Crispy, intense, fatty in the best sort of way.

Was I not so curious and set on trying as many dishes as could possible handle, I could happily have eaten a plateful of those and left a very happy customer!

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Smoked sausage with turmeric.

Spicy, complex and not unlike top-quality BBQ-ed merguez sausages…

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Beautifully plump, sweet langoustines, kaffir lime and sweet mint.

Summer supper perfection.

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Clay pot baked glass noodles with five spice ducks and offal with aged soy.

Warming, comforting and interesting all at once!

Kiln, Soho ● Restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Last but not least – Wild ginger and short rib curry from Burma.

A beautiful, delicate curry, with melt-in-the-mouth beef rib slices, lifted by the fresh flavour of anise-sweet Thai basil.

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With stir fried Cornish greens & soybrown and brown jasmine rice on the side, because wasting any of that curry sauce would be a crime.

Much like not serving dessert is usually one in my book. But with Crosstown and Gelupo nearby and open ’til late(ish), I suppose in Kiln’s case, it’s not that much of a big deal!

Soooo, get there early and get queuing!

(or if you can get a few people together, they also take bookings for 6+ people… #just saying)

Kiln Soho58 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9TL

Kiln, Soho

The Palomar revisited

I love Easter Monday.

All the tourists that flooded to the capital are on their way home, the Londoners that were clever enough to escape the egg-hunting crowds aren’t back yet and unlike Christmas week, all every store and restaurant worth their while are open for business.

Which means it’s one of those few magic days (together with tube-strike days) where you can get a table pretty much anywhere you fancy.

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

The perfect opportunity to -finally- (re)visit the infamous, impossible-to-get-into-unless-you-book-a-table-2-months-ahead Palomar.

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Grab a couple of seats at the bar and forget all you thought you knew about Jewish food.

Serving up what they describe as “the food of modern day Jerusalem”, The Palomar is all about twists on the classics and loads of fresh, punchy flavours.

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Point made right from the start with the restaurant’s signature Kubaneh, coming to the table in its own tin and served pipping hot with tahini & velvet tomatoes.

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Dense, buttery and fluffy, this Eastern Mediterannean brioche is made to be dipped so make sure you order the burnt courgette tzatkiki too!

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Add a couple of perfectly mixed cocktails and you’re all set to peruse the rest of the rather unortodox menu…

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Beef Tataki Damaskus gate style with crispy Jerusalem bagel, tahini & spicy tomatoes

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Must-order Shakshukit (deconstructed kebab with minced beef & lamb, yoghurt, tahini, cured lemon & harissa)

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Quite simply life changing – No matter how good/needed they are, you’ll never look at kebabs quite the same way after that!

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Siske Pork Belly with Ras el Hanout, dried apricot, glazed carrot & celeriac cream.

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Sweet, sticky, indulgent, absolutely not kosher-friendly but well worth every transgression!

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

And then there’s this cute little pan, filled with the best dish in the house, no less!

The Palomar ● London restaurant review ● Cake + Whisky

Super creamy Josperised Aubergine under a blanket of creay feta emulsion, crispy shallots & pine nuts.

Aubergenius.

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All polished off with your pick from the sweetest of desserts menus…

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As long as your pick includes the Malabi, that is.

A rose-scented milk pudding, raspberry coulis, coconut meringue pistachio crunch, fresh raspberries & kataifi, it is perfectly balanced and my Mr. simply won’t leave The Palomar without having it.

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That said, the Jerusalem Mess (labneh mousse, almond crumble, strawberries, lemon cream…) isn’t too shabby either. And the fondue-style chocolate crémeux is every bit as good as it sounds too, so you can’t really go wrong.

Just make sure you go early (or book a table), go hungry and leave plenty of room for pudding…

Which I know is difficult when the whole menu looks So-ho good!

The Palomar, 34 Rupert St, London W1D 6DN

No tables available at The Palomar? Try one of those nearby restaurants!

Jen Café, Chinatown

Chick ‘n’ Sours, Seven Dials

The Barbary, Neal’s Yard

The Palomar revisited

BRGR.CO, Chelsea

I love a good burger.

That’s hardly a secret to anyone anymore, is it?

I have strong London favourites (anything from these guys + Shake Shack’s Shroom burger, in case you were wondering), but I keep trying new ones just in case.

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I had heard great things about BRGR.CO, and had meant to visit for a proper taste after trying their Founder special at an event.

But girl gots many a burger to try, and it’s taken me until now to get my butt down to their Chelsea branch.

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

And holy cow, was I glad I finally did!

Because 1. The decor is the absolute cutest. I mean, just look at those gorgeous wooden painted ones hanging over the tables!

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

And 2. They serve the BEST MAC ‘N’ CHEESE EVER!

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Creamy, cheesy, a little bit spicy, all sorts of dreamy and absolutely addictive!

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

But then again, any place that serves a burger with guac’ is always going to be a winner in my book.

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

The vegetarian falafel option isn’t half bad either…

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

Though I would recommend you add some cheese on it and maybe skip the bun for that one!

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

One thing you do not want to skip though are the fries.

Drizzled in truffle oil and topped with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese, they absolutely unmissable.

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

While you’re at it, you might as well get a portion of the super-light, super-crunchy onion rings as well…

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

And some decidedly American-inspired drinks.

BRGR.CO Chelsea ● Restaurant Review ● Cake + Whisky

Shake hands over an excellent order, and tuck in, before shaking it all off with a bit of shopping and culture on the King’s Road! Just the way to hamburgled my heart!

BRGR.CO Chelsea, 127 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4PW (they also have a Soho branch)

More great London burgers?

Islington – Lucky Chip

Spitafield – Bleecker Burger

Oxford Street – Patty & Bun

*I dined at BRGR.CO as a guest of the restaurant but all pictures, opinions & mac’n’cheese addiction my own.

BRGR.CO, Chelsea

The Founder burger at BRGR.CO

London LOVES its burgers.

The Founder BRGR by BRGR.CO - London's best burger?

Not that we’d globe up any old Mickey D’s classics, though.

The delightful mix of juicy patties, weirdly addictive plastic cheese and magic ‘secret’ sauce might taste like our childhood, but us Londoners now love our buns to be a touch more elaborate, with provenance’d and pedigree’d ingredients.

The Founder BRGR by BRGR.CO - London's best burger?

And then some day (this week) the best thing happened.

And by the best thing, I mean one of London’s best burger spots, BRGR.CO launched their own take on McD’s Big one.

The Founder BRGR by BRGR.CO - London's best burger?

Named ‘The Founder’ as an hommage to the soon-to-be-released movie, it comprises of two of BRGR’s signature Blade steak patties with melted cheese, shredded iceburg lettuce, pickled gherkins, and of course, the secret recipe BRGR.CO sauce, all inside a triple layer sesame bun.

The Founder BRGR by BRGR.CO - London's best burger?

With carefully sourced ingredients, it’s the best of both burger worlds and a thing of true meaty beauty, and very, very close to the original.

Except better, because the meat is cooked properly (and incredibly marbled). Nothing dry or chewy about it; it’s pure juiciness in a (soft) bun. And because the fries are approximatively 100 billion times better.

The Founder BRGR by BRGR.CO - London's best burger?

Unfortunately, it’s a limited edition sort of burger, which will only be on sales 13th-26th February from both BRGR.CO locations.

BRGR.CO Soho: 187 Wardour Street, London W1 8ZB
BRGR.CO Chelsea: 127 King’s Road, London SW3 4PW

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I have just one piece of advice: get your hands on The Founder BRGR soon.

Even better yet, pair it up with a trip to the cinema.

Burger (movie) + Burger (& fries) = the perfect combo!

The Founder burger at BRGR.CO