All posts tagged: cheap eats london

Service at its worst at Machan Kitchen, Croydon

Hooray, there’s a new Sri Lankan restaurant on the block. Me and my mates had been patiently waiting for it to open, excited to try it out. Croydon has a few gems (The Store and Mr. Fox being two), but is in need of a lot more. But having opened a few weeks ago, last night we trudged through the rain to try Machan Kitchen. Now, I should have known that the ordering process wouldn’t be smooth when on the walk my mate told me about her previous experience. Sit down, scan the QR code, yea… we all know how to do this after months of agonising changes due to the little monster known un affectionately as COVID dramatically changing the way we live our lives. Pop your table number in, group size and browse the menu. You’d think that every member of the group would be able to order their own food to the table and pay on the app – but no. The whole order has to be done at the same time. …

Bunnychow Launches ‘Better Breads’ Menu

  What Bunnychow launches their new ‘Better Breads’ menu; a lighter take on the classic South African dish with even punchier fillings. Where Bunnychow 74 Wardour Street Soho London Experience Straight after work on a vibrant, busy Soho evening I made my way to Bunnychow to meet my pal Lucy for a catch-up dinner. While I waited for Lucy to stroll a few metres from her office I picked a Cucumber Mojito from the selection of fresh exotic juices behind the counter and, as it was Thursday, added a naughty shot of rum. For those who have been living in a cave, Bunnychow’s now infamous ‘Bunnys’ are South African inspired hollowed out round freshly baked loaves crammed with your choice of delicious hot filling. Lucy arrived and after a natter we made our way to the counter to pick a Bunny. First we select our bread, then filling, then topping. I went for a nutrient-rich charcoal brioche and succulent pulled pork bunny. Lucy had a matcha green tea loaf with a veggie filling, made up …

Family Fun at Pizza Union

Where Pizza Union, Kings Cross  http://www.pizzaunion.com/ What After two years at the original Spitalfields restaurant, Pizza Union fires up its new all-day Pizza Bar in Kings Cross.   Experience I met my two sisters, niece and nephew at St Pancras Station, who were all visiting from the Midlands. Before we set off on a jam packed day of London tourism, we stopped by Pizza Union at Kings Cross for lunch.   “Pizza is my favourite” my little nephew Bobby told me with a huge grin on his face. You can tell we are related. We made our selection at the till and were given a buzzer and instructions to collect our pizzas at the bar. We ordered a Margherita and Fiorentina for the table, and grabbed some olives and drinks at the till. With such a reasonable price, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of our pizzas. The Roman-style thin and crispy 12” wonders were made fresh to order and fire-baked in 3 minutes in a huge traditional domed stone pizza oven. The rich tomato …

Melt Room – Say Cheese

What The grilled cheese sandwich goes gourmet at London’s first American-style grilled cheese diner. Experience The Melt Room is taking grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level. I met up with my cheese fanatic friend Lucy in Soho before wandering over to Noel Street on a busy Friday afternoon. The pocket sized 12 seater diner, fittingly decorated bright yellow, stands out for all the right reasons. Inside, the simple menu offers melts including slow and low lamb shoulder with mustard greens and melted Swiss and Portobello mushroom with thyme, roasted peppers and provolone. Behind the glass cabinet I was tempted by the pastrami with porcini, Sparkenhoe Red Leicestershire and horseradish melt. The crust was evenly toasted and crunchy. The filling was salty and oozed with delicious British farmhouse cheese. Three thumbs up! A Melt Room grilled cheese is not for the feint hearted. To balance out the gluttony, I ordered a house salad on the side which made everything better. As I went in for my third bite I hesitated for just enough time to sing the ‘Pure and …

The Burger Shack at The Wood House

What Hidden in the far corner of the vast, not-so-secret, garden of The Wood House pub on Sydenham Hill, lies the latest addition to the Young’s Family, The Burger Shack. Experience Gourmet burgers could not be more popular right now. The Burger Shack  is up to the challenge of rivalling your favourite. Visitors in the beautifully refurbished pub can opt to dine from the menu inside, but those who crave something quick and meaty can order straight from The Burger Shack outside. The garden hosts heated huts, family friendly giant games and, if you get the right night, even live music. I settled in the ‘Robin’ hut fit for six (all huts are named after woodland birds) and enjoyed the final few hours of evening summer heat. The garden was already busy with people who had the same idea. The menu for the shack is simple. I went for ‘The Streaky’ burger, presumably named after the deliciously salty Dingley Dell streaky maple bacon which propped up the top bun. I squeezed down on the medium …