All posts tagged: cheap eats london

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 …

Music, Poetry and British Grub at The Forge, Camden

Where The Forge, Camden What Camden culture vultures are being encouraged to dine at The Forge. Located just off Camden High Street is the beautifully designed concert venue offering lucky North London visitors top quality classical, jazz, folk and spoken word events – and first-rate British cuisine. Experience The menu is almost split in two. On the left is a choice of sophisticated modern British cuisine for those looking to have a relaxed meal and on the right is a selection of homemade burgers, for those wanting to grab a quick bite before the show. For starter, my friend ordered the cured gravlax seasoned with dill and pepper which was fresh, light and smoky. It was accompanied by a side of indulgent horseradish cream, capers, a lemon wedge and tonnes of lightly toasted doorstep granary bread. I opted for the roasted Portobello mushroom topped with goats cheese and stuffed with thyme, garlic, more mushrooms and served with salad leaves and caramelised onions. Each mouthful was a joy to eat and I even wiped my plate …

Beany Green – Bringing the Lunch Box to Life

Where Beany Green, London What Beany Green has opened a flagship cafe in the new Broadgate Circus development tucked behind Liverpool Street Station. Experience Australian born Prue Freeman and her English partner Tom Onions gave it all up to bring hand crafted coffees to the City in 2012. Now launching their filth venue, Beany Green offers a larger city venue with tables located around the open-aired terrace of Broadway Circus, prefect for people watching. Forget those soggy sandwiches and boring packaged salads. Beany Green is on a mission to revolutionise the diet of the average city worker with their bold, healthy food offerings and perfectly roasted coffee. Order a Beany Green Salad Box packed full of your choice of three freshly prepared, daily-changing salads devised by Ottolenghi-trained Executive Chef Tricia Jadoonanan – yummy! Beany Green screams ‘upbeat Melbourne cool’ without being pretentious. OH – and it has a trick up its sleeve. It’s open in the evening to stir and shake the most incredible cocktails. The Espresso Martini is made with freshly poured coffee house …

Carluccio’s Launches Spring/Summer Menu

Where Carluccio’s, Garrick Street, London What The infamous Italian restaurant chain, Carluccio’s, has launched a new spring / summer menu so I was invited along to the Garrick Street restaurant, near Covent Garden, to celebrate. Experience It was a sunny afternoon at the beginning of spring when I made my way to meet my friend Alice outside Carluccio’s. Sun seekers had already filled the outdoor tables, sipping on ice cold white wine, enjoying the hottest day of the year. We were lead up a grand, spiral staircase which lead to a private dining room, and presented with an offering of a prosecco cocktail – yes please. The prosecco was lightly quenched with limonchello and made an uncomfortably warm girl instantly revived. The Garrick Street Carluccio’s is housed inside an historic London building with tall ceilings and whiter-than-white painted walls. It hosts a bar and dining area over two floors, along with a private dining room and of course the infamous Carluccio’s deli. In the far corner were the guys from Peroni working their magic shaking …