The Sticky Bundits | Sushi Burger

June 21, 2016


sushi burger

A few weeks ago I whizzed to London Bridge on my lunch break to enjoy a treat with Tabl. Hosted by The Urban Kitchen and Sticky Bundits, my mid-week lunch was filled with new and exciting tastes.

I arrived at the venue hot and flustered on a rather humid day, so was happy to be greeted with a cold birch water and refreshing salad of Asian-Pickled vegetable salad with smoked trout and Thai basil. 

urban kitchen salad

As I had to scoot off and get back to work the lovely guys behind Sticky Bundits whipped up their signature sushi burger for me 'to go'. The concept of a sushi burger (two 'buns' of griddled sushi rice filled with deliciousness) was completely new to me, but there was no doubt in my mind that the dish would be delicious - and it was.  

I chose the 'Okonomi-Yummy', which is a seasoned chicken thigh with a moreish sweet and smoky sauce, pickled ginger, red cabbage, kewpie mayonnaise and a sprinkle of seaweed. 

sushi burger
I hastily made my way back to the office whilst attempting to eat the burger without dropping a morsel. All I can say is WOW. The chicken was so juicy and the sweet and savoury flavours of the rice, sauces and cabbage gave such an interesting flavour combination - it was like nothing I've ever eaten before.

If you'd like to try a sushi burger yourself then pop down to Lower Marsh market on Thursdays or Fridays or catch them at Maltby Street Market on Saturdays. 

sushi burger

Biscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit Tin

June 17, 2016

Biscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit Tin

Looking for something a little different for Father's Day this year? 

If your Dad is a motor lover and has a sweet tooth, I think I've found you the perfect gift that can also double up as a thank you for all the driving he has done for you over the years. 

Biscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit Tin 

Featuring some of the most iconic classic cars, the Biscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit Tin is the tastiest things on four wheel. The hand-iced vanilla biscuits are in the style of Jaguars and Rolls Royce and even includes a shiny Aston Martin. 

Biscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit Tin
Biscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit TinBiscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit Tin

The attention to detail on each biscuit is incredible - from the headlights to the wheels, this little box has a real luxurious feel to it.

Just be prepared to have to make your Dad numerous cups of tea so he can enjoy his present to the fullest. 
Biscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit TinBiscuiteers Classic Car Show Biscuit Tin

Want to see how the classic car biscuits are iced? Click here

Hunter 486 | The Arch London | Restaurant Review

June 15, 2016


 

Last week Russell and I was invited to Hunter 486, located in The Arch Hotel just behind Marble Arch station. 

Promising a 'best of British' menu in a relaxed atmosphere, we were pretty impressed with the menu before our visit as it seemed to have a dish for everyone (making it very hard to choose what to order). We also noticed it was VERY reasonably priced for central London.
The restaurant has an open plan kitchen, allowing you to watch the chefs at work, whilst large windows offer a view of a residential mews lined with pots of flowers. It's a rather romantic setting, which we wasn't expecting at all.


To start I ordered the dressed Dorset crab, avocado and pink grapefruit (£9.50), which was the perfect choice on a hot summer's evening. It was fresh, light and delicate; the grapefruit cut through the creaminess of the avocado whilst the Dorset crab added sweetness to the dish.

Russell opted for the pan fried chicken livers, bacon, pea and mint which was rich, robust and hearty - the complete opposite of my dish. He lapped it up without much feedback, so it must have been good. The next time we visit I will be ordering this dish for myself. 


For main course I chose off the stone oven section of the menu and selected the rack of lamb, crushed Jersey Royals, spring vegetables and a herb broth (£20). I was impressed with the freshness of the dish - it's vibrant colours and herbaceous smell instantly transported me to the British countryside. The lamb was cooked to perfection and the sweet onions and carrots gave a great contrast to the white sauce. 

We were both impressed to see Flat Iron steak (19.50) on the menu, which surprisingly is our favourite cut. Served with sweet potato fries and a peppercorn sauce, unfortunately the meat was rather overcooked and the sauce wasn't to our taste (which I hate to say as we really wanted to love this dish!).  

We both tucked into a side of tomato and onion salad which was drizzled with a sweet yet sharp balsamic. It's slightly addictive... you have been warned. 

 


We finished the meal with an indulgent chocolate fondant and a cocktail - the perfect end to a very good meal. 

If you're looking for somewhere with good food but in a relaxed atmosphere, then this is your place! Perfect for an after-work meal, the staff instantly put you at ease and the final bill will be a very pleasant surprise.

A Long Weekend In Bruges

June 14, 2016

bloggers guide to bruges

Last month Russell and I enjoyed a last minuet long weekend in Bruges after I surprisingly won Eurostar tickets in a Twitter competition. 

We've always wanted to visit Bruges due to its stunning scenery and notorious foodie scene and we were both desperate for a break, so the opportunity came at just the right time. 

Hoping on the Eurostar to Brussels was a piece of cake. Once you get to the capital you're required to change onto an overhead train which takes about an hour to Bruges - your Eurostar ticket is valid on these trains so you can hop straight on (ask at information which train is the fastest, as some of the trains can take twice as long!).  

Belfort Bruges 
Belfort BrugesBelfort Bruges

The city is tiny (you can walk from one side to the other within half an hour) so we wheeled our bags noisily across the cobbles to our hotel near the main square. What hit us straight off the train was how beautiful the city is, even down the residential roads. Every single street is lined with beautiful buildings that are impeccably looked after - it's every photographers dream!

travel guide to bruges 

 On our first morning we climbed to the top of the Belfort which is located in the main square (also known as the Markt). With 366 steps that spiral up 82 meters this was a real experience as the stairwell is rather narrow at parts and the steps aren't even - comfortable flat shoes are a must! Once we reached the top (after a few pit stops to catch our breath) we were awarded with stunning views of the city.

bruges canal tour 
Russell Dovey bruges canal tour 

A 'must do' trip during your stay is the canal tour. There's many places across the city which offer the trips and they're all priced at 8 for half an hour. I believe only 20 boats are allowed on the water at the same time so I'd suggest going on a week day as we saw large queues forming on Saturday and Sunday.

bruges canal tour bruges canal tour

The tour itself was great as we had an older skipper who had been doing it for years; he gave a brief overview of the sites and there were lots of photo opps - just make sure you bag yourself a good seat as they cram you in like sardines! 

Looking back we should have done this on our first day as it gave a great overview of the city and showed us a few sites that weren't mentioned in our tour guides.

Charlotte Clarke
Bruges cafeBruges cafe
Bruges dark beer beer and cheese

We discovered it was pretty hard to find good value and great tasting meals in the city, so decided to focus on the great snacks Belgium is famous for.

There's lots of cafes offering hot and cold macchiatos and we came across Li O Lait after reading another bloggers post.  It offers a relaxing hub in the centre of town with free wifi and cheap snacks. 

I'm not a massive beer fan, but the dark beer in Bruges is addictive when served with a pot of Bruges cheese and a mild mustard dip. 
If you're not a beer expert check out De Zandloper TapHouse, which has 18 beers on tap, super friendly staff and an outside seating area that is a sun trap all day long. 
A visit to De Halve Maan Brewery (the only brewery left in the city of Brugues) was also a highlight of our trip. We learnt how beer is made and had a great tour which taught us not only about the drink but also the history of the city. The beer is pretty good too!  

Godiva strawberries

Godiva Hot Chocolateoyya bruges

Although Godiva can be found in other cities, there's nothing like visiting the shop in its home town. Their hot chocolate is heavenly and you'll spot their chocolate strawberries being eaten around the main square and won't be able to resist giving them a visit. If you're looking to buy chocolate, head to the shops near the Frite museum as these are half the price compared to those in the centre. 

The best waffle we had was from Oyya, another blogger recommendation. Topped with a classic cherry ice cream, I wish we had visited sooner so we could have squeezed in another trip before we left. 

where to eat brugesbruges nightlife

We both spent a ridiculous amount of money in search for the the perfect Flemish stew with apple sauce, Belgian fries, eels in a cream sauce and north sea mussels, only to be disappointed every time. 

Our best find? Chez Vincent - the service is rude and it's basically a fast food restaurant, but you can order stew, fries and croquettes for a fraction of the price and the food is just as good as the fancy restaurants rated within the top ten on Trip Advisor. 


All in all, Bruges is THE most beautiful city I have visited to date - it has a relaxed atmosphere and has just enough to see and do over a long weekend so you're not bored but don't feel rushed either. 

Just stay away from the fancy restaurants and focus on the smaller, niche vendors for small plates throughout your day.

Dead Dolls House Islington | Grub London Pop Up | Restaurant Review

June 01, 2016

Grub London

A few weeks ago I visited The Dead Dolls House in Islington with one of my oldest friends Martin to review the Grub London pop up which is currently in residence every other Wednesday. 

A few years ago I hosted a birthday meal at The Dead Dolls House's former site in Hoxton and wasn't too impressed, so when the team asked me to visit their new Islington location I was looking forward to giving it a second shot, and I'm glad I did.

Dead Dolls House Islingtongrub london

  Set in a quirky three-storey Victorian townhouse we were told Grub London's pop-up offers nomadic dinning, however we found the experience more traditionally British. After a few rather strong cocktails we tucked into our starters. 

cured sea bass  
deep fried brisket broad beans on toast

Cured sea bass with smoked yogurt, radishes and orange (£9.75) was a great start to our meal as it was light, fresh and something a little different from the ordinary.

The crispy fried brisket & aioli (£8.50) was a real talking point - we'd never had deep fried beef before - it was salty and slightly addictive and would make the ultimate bar snack. 

A rather pretty dish of broad beans on toast with fresh curd and preserved lemon (£6.50) was lifted with a hint of mint which was right up my street. So far... so good! 

 skirt steak
salt baked sea troutasparagus caesar salad

The skirt steak, oven dried tomatoes peas and anchovy (£16.50) was cooked to perfection and is the dish I would recommend most, however I think the price was pretty steep for the cut of meat. 

Next we tucked into salt baked sea trout, jersey royals, whey and onions (£15.80). The sauce was divine and the onions gave the dish a welcoming sweetness, however again I thought the dish was expensive for the amount that was served (maybe1/4 of a fillet flaked around the plate). 

We finished with a charred asparagus salad with Caesar dressing and Berkswell (£6.95), loaded with croutons and piled high with lots of cheese. The rich orange egg gave a luxurious feel to the salad which shouldn't be overlooked.

All in all, the food was good and the cocktails were boozy, however I noticed the service can be hit and miss (amazingly our service tripled in quality once they realised I was there for a review). I wouldn't recommend visiting for a meal as even though we shared one of everything from the menu we didn't leave full and it would have been a pretty expensive evening (around £200), however for a cocktail and snack this quirky setting is perfect if you're already in the area.