Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Galvin La Chapelle

Jazzy Sunday lunch


Slow cooked duck egg, broad beans and smoked duck


Out of all the Galvin restaurants in London, Galvin La Chapelle is my personal favourite of mine. Beside its Michelin star status, I really enjoy the beautiful decor, built within a former chapel, its interior has such a classic glamour feel to it without being dated. Plus the cooking here are generally pretty strong no matter if you go for the tasting menu or the set menuOn Sunday, the restaurant offer a set menu with relaxing jazz music playing in the background, not a bad way to kick off a lazy Sunday. The menu itself is more or less the same as the weekday lunch menu, with a few more choices to add.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Smokstak

Finest BBQ 



thick-cut pork ribs

It appears starting life as a street food vendor before setting up a proper restaurant is the way to go these days. Smokestak is one of the latest restaurants that has successfully transferred from a hipster street food joint into a popular restaurant in Shoreditch. I had great memories with Smokestak from its street food days, it's pork ribs were really something special and that is one of the few street food items that stood out for me. Smokestak's new home is edgy and bold in design, very dark and it has limited branding, almost like an abandoned torture house from a horror movie.

BAO Fitzrovia

Bao expansion 


Classic pork bao


The Bao story was a touching story, it all started off life as a street food store before spotted and fallen in love by a restaurateur. With the financial backing, it opened a restaurant in Soho and gained phenomenal success in no time. The second Bao in Fitzrovia was a touch bigger than its Soho site, span across two floors with more small plates on offer beside the classic Bao dishes. And what made this new site awesome, was you could book in advance which was music to my ears. As both Bao sites right now are still some of the hottest restaurants in London, it is normal wait over an hour before you can get a table.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Pho & Bun

Massive improvement


Bò Chín - Tender Beef


I am a big fan of Vietnamese cuisine, its freshness and aromatic flavours are truly special, and as an ex colonial of France, the cooking can also be quite bold and rich. Simply put, it is hard not to love Vietnamese food! When Pho & Bun was newly launched in late 2015, I was one of the first people rushing to try, but it was not quite right for me, the service was very weak, and some of the dishes were very questionable. 2 years later, you would think the restaurant has ironed out all the launch issues and refined the menu, so off I go again.

Shackfuyu

Brunch on a Monday night


chicken tsukune - ponzu - quail egg


I really admire the Bone Daddies brand, from its namesake ramen joints, to its Flesh & Bun and Shackfuyu restaurants, each one managed to gain mainstream success and really put Japanese cuisine on the map for Londoners. Shackfuyu was an interesting concept, it offered a range of small and big Asian plates, mostly loaded with rich and bold flavours which I really enjoyed on a few occasions. It has launched a new brunch menu for Monday, with unlimited bubbles or sake for £35. The dishes are taken out from its normal menu so it doesn't feel like it was a downgrade, which can be the case in some restaurants when you opted a set menu over a la carte.