All posts tagged: shoreditch

Calçotada at Tramontana Brindisa

What Tramontana Brindisa has added another feather to its cap of authentic, Spanish experiences; the Calçotada. Unknown to even many Spanish people, the Calçotada hails from the North-Eastern region of Catalonia, well-known for its gastronomy, tourism and football, and less well-known for its large, spring onion-esque vegetables. It is, essentially, a festival to celebrate the arrival of Spring, and indeed these fresh, quality ingredients, artfully prepared and delivered almost as entertainment, are quite something to celebrate.  Where Available at: Morada Brindisa Asador 18-20 Rupert St London W1D 6DF   And Brindisa Tramontana 152 Curtain Rd London EC2A 3AT   Experience Before arriving at Brindisa Tramontana on a cold, rainy Tuesday evening, I had little idea of what a Calçotada festival actually was. Intrigued, I waded my way towards the Shoreditch restaurant, struggling to imagine how a re-enactment of a Spanish Spring festival could possibly be achieved in weather such as this. And little did I know that the Calçotada was to be held outside. I needn’t have worried; as I was shown out the back …

On the Bab, Shoreditch

Where On the Bab, Shoreditch What On the Bab is a Korean street food restaurant and takeaway. A place for casual dining where typical Korean drinks and popular dishes can be enjoyed together in a Korean tradition known as “anju”. The experience On one particularly raininy Sunday evening, I met my friend Joe at On the Bab. We were meant to be doing a tour of Chinatown on that day, but as plans sometimes do, it went a bit squiffy and we ended up having to choose an alternative venue. Enter On the Bab. It was Joe’s suggestion – he fancied Korean and neither of us had tried it, but had passed with intrigue a few times. “You know a good Korean restaurant when most of the clientele is Korean”, said Joe as I sat down in my seat. I agreed as I looked around and saw a restaurant full of smiling Koreans, all seemingly enjoying their dinner and soju cocktails. The menu is split into sections – Smalls Plates, On the Bab, Traditional, Korean …

Commune at Goodhood – Brett Redman of Elliot’s Partners with Goodhood

Where Commune at Goodhood, Shoreditch What Commune at Goodhood is a partnership between Brett Redman (Elliot’s Cafe, Borough Market) and Goodhood co-founders Jo Sindle and Kyle Stewart. It’s located on the lower floor of the 3,000 square Goodhood store in Shoreditch, a plaec both men and women can find the best of a globally curated selection of womenswear, menswear, accessories, kidswear, beauty & grooming products and homeware. The experience Shoreditch has featured heavily in my London life. Nine years ago I was frequenting the Vice pub and slumming it in 333. In those days, the only clothing store I was aware of was American Apparel on Curtain Road. This was back when Redchurch Street was nothing but graffiti and the odd passer by. Shoreditch has changed a lot in that time, definitely for the better, and it’s not surprising that it has become one of London’s best shopping districts, full of independent boutiques, restaurants and cafes. I was invited to lunch at Commune at Goodhood this week, a partnership that intrigued me. I had a …

BIRD, Shoreditch

Where BIRD, Shoreditch What Fried chicken inspired by all of the places that restaurant owners Paul and Cara have visited – Logan Square in Chicago, Sansom Street in Philadelphia, a couple of great places in Brooklyn and not forgetting Asia. The ‘Free Range & Fried’ describes the food and how it’s prepared, but it also describes the restaurant’s attitude to what they do – naughty but nice. The experience Fried chicken is having a moment in London. Everywhere I turn I see a new opening here, a new opening there. Not that it is a problem, of course, because I love the stuff. I recently visited one of the ‘talk of the town’ burger establishments and I was smug munching on my buttermilk fried chicken burger, while my friend chowed down on an unappetising looking cheese burger. So when I visited BIRD for lunch a few weeks ago, anticipation was high. I visited during my lunch hour as I work on Old Street and it was the perfect working day treat. I was there to …

The Best Roast in London? Bacchus Sundays

Where Bacchus Sundays, Hoxton What Bacchus Sundays is the brain-child of the Bacchus Pub & Kitchen team. Formerly of 177 Hoxton Street it now resides as a weekly residency just down the road at the modern and distinctly characterful Hoxton Street Studios. Diners can expect traditional English roast dinners, honest prices and sleek loft style surroundings. The experience A Sunday roast isn’t the first meal that springs to mind in the summer months; but who can argue that a plate of meat, some amazing veggies and lashings of gravy isn’t good at any time of year? I headed to Bacchus Sundays last Sunday with my friend Roxane. She admitted how hungover she was as soon as I arrived and I could see her salivating just looking at the mountainous plates emerging from the kitchen. Despite knowing the only option was a roast, I still felt incredibly indecisive when reading the menu, which included 12 hour roasted sirloin of beef, half a bantam chicken and Gloucester old spot pork belly; but my eyes lit up when …

Bones, Kingsland Road

Where Bones, Kingsland Road What A new all-day restaurant from Joff and Simeon Goodman, the guys behind the fabulous organic and fairtrade store, The Grocery. Situated on Kingsland Road, the restaurant showcases dishes both off and on-the-bone, be it falling off, braised, racked, rotisseried, just picked, pulled or plucked. The experience For me, Kingsland Road has been a go to place for many things; whether that be a cocktail at Jaguar Shoes, a dance at Catch, or a delicious hearty Vietnamese meal at one of the many Vietnamese restaurants on the strip. But now, I shall remember it as an awesome place to go whenever I have a meat craving. I visited Bones a few weeks ago and tried what felt like most of the dishes on offer. There are dishes to share and we tried an amazing Tuscan panzanella salad with tomato, roasted red onions, croutons and garlic and roasted aubergine with feta, pomegranate, chilli and tahini dressing. We also shared the amazing burrata starter with basil oil, chilli flakes and sourdough bread, plus …

Jubo at Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch

What is it with the current obsession with chicken? Oh yea, maybe it’s the fact that, cooked well and with a bit of imagination, it’s utterly DELICIOUS!? I threw in imagination here because last week I was invited to try Jubo, a brand new Korean restaurant at Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch. Opening in September, Jubo will feature a Korean menu with a difference. Jubo takes inspiration from K-Town in New York and the street foods of Seoul, South Korea and the team has developed a sharing menu with dishes including chicken wings and strips (boneless thighs), steamed buns, subs and pickles. We tried most of the menu last week and were impressed with the honey & soy chicken wings and the pickles. The steamed buns and steak bulgogi sub needed way more filling (we ended up scraping the steak bulgogi filling out) but I’m sure with various feedback those changes will be made before opening. We also enjoyed a taster of Korean Hite beer, a good thirst quencher to match the chicken. JUBO will open …