By Lori Campbell- Contributor to Miss Jones PA
For a roast – The Gun, Spitalfields
I headed down to this recently relaunched pub to try out their Sunday roast menu. I am pretty sceptical on how somewhere can ever beat a Sunday at my parent’s house, but I had heard good things so ventured down one weekend while they were away. We were unanimous in wanting to share the feasting menu and what a very wise choice that was. The trio of meats (slow roast rib of beef, herb roasted chicken and slow roast lamb shoulder) is served in a giant Yorkshire pudding and I now think this is the only way a roast dinner should be served. This is a great spot for a lazy afternoon right next to Liverpool Street with live jazz easing away the aftermath of Saturday night.They had me sold at personal gravy boat, it’s a yes from me!
For street Food – Rainbo, Boxpark Shoreditch and Wharf Kitchen Canary Wharf
Sometimes a girl just wants some street food in their life without feeling like a long workout is required beforehand to earn it. Rainbo is perfect for that because their dishes come with the mostcolourful array of salad bits that make eating healthily seem like a breeze (5 a day anyone?). I went to their Boxpark spot this month to try some of their new menu items and they did not disappoint.They have added chicken karaage to their menu and for anyone that follows me on Instagram knows I am a sucker for anywhere that nails this dish. They also do great rice boxes which are a meal in themselves and have a huge selection of yummy gyozas. With a constantly changing menu you can keep going back and always find something new which I absolutely love!
For a supperclub – Dine on a boathouse, Paddington
I enjoyed a completely magical evening on The Boathouse London for only my second ever supper club a few weeks ago. On arrival, welcome drinks were served on top deck where we could enjoy being out on the water in Paddington Basin and get to know our fellow diners. I can only imagine how special it will be as the weather warms up when you can also eat outside. Banquet London then treated all twenty-two of us to five brilliant courses and managed to do so in a teeny tiny kitchen in full sight of our table. I really love the communal dining experience you get from a supper club and combined with this setting and the excellent food this was such a special evening from start to finish.Supper clubs tend to be in the higher price bracket but with predominately BYO it keeps the cost down and gives you an experience you just cannot get from a restaurant.
For a new take on pizza – Flamboree, Old Street
I went to this newly opened spot for my first ever experience of what the French call ‘Tarte Flambee’ and the German’s call ‘Flammkuchen’. A hybrid between flatbread and pizza they start with a layer of crème fraiche before being finished with an assortment of toppings. I really didn’t know what to
expect before I went but they are so light, fresh and moorish we managed to scoff down four between the two of us and still walked away without needing an afternoon office nap like we would have done after a pizza fest. They also do what is still my favourite dessert of the year so far which
you absolutely must go and try for yourself. Bold statement I know!
For a taste of Italy – La Trattoria by Alfred Russo, South Kensington
The final stop of my tour of the Star Collezione hotels and this time it was The Pelhem to try out their family orientated trattoria by the Michelin starred chef; Alfred Russo. There was a real buzz radiating from this spot and with entrances from both inside the hotel and from the main street this is a hotel restaurant you can easily spot and wander in to, unlike many other which remain very well hidden. I had my waiter’s recommended dish, the suckling lamb, which was huge, very reasonably priced and with a smell that had my smiling all evening. This is a great spot for a more relaxed lunch or dinner while still being in the comfort of a five-star hotel.
For sharing plate – Ember, Brick Lane
Another sharing plate restaurant I hear you say but a welcome addition to the right end of Brick Lane (think Smokestack and Blanchette East vibes). An intimate and cosy restaurant, chef Craig McAlpine uses the finest seasonal British produce to create a small plate menu with international flavours. I lost count of all the dishes we tried but as much as I enjoyed them all they absolutely nailed the vegetable dishes. It is places like this that make me think maybe, just maybe I could be a vegetarian.
It is a perfect spot for a quiet date night or for catching up with girlfriends over good food and wine. They even have a chocolate cocktail bar downstairs what more could you want!
For Asian Fusion – Mber, Monument
I tried out this new pan Asian spot a few ago with a girlfriend on a Tuesday evening. An intimate and decadent spot, as soon as you walk down the stairs you forget you are in the heart of the city. It was very quiet when we arrived (it was 6pm) but the place was buzzing with predominately city workers by the time we left. We shared an array of dishes (way more that the recommended two dishes per person) but in doing so we got a real flavour of their menu where they have created their own versions of iconic East Asian dishes. Although we ordered a substantial amount of food it was
definitely necessary and in doing so this is quite a pricey place to dine. In saying so it would be perfect for a business lunch / dinner or that special get together one evening where you a pushing the boat out a little bit more.
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