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Cornerstone in Hackney Wick Review

Cornerstone in Hackney Wick Review

Named after an Arctic Monkeys song, Tom Brown’s restaurant Cornerstone in Hackney Wick offers fabulous small plates/ tapas style food. On our recent visit, each stunning dish is a smash hit. This large airy space, situated down a quiet side street is home to Brown’s […]

Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields

Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields

Nestling on the banks of the Humber estuary is Winteringham Fields, a superb Michelin star restaurant with rooms. We opt for the couples retreat package (a Christmas present to ourselves), which includes an eight course surprise tasting menu, an overnight stay, and continental breakfast. The room: […]

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

As returning customers to the amazing Michelin star food of Restaurant Sat Bains (2 Michelin stars) I thought ‘can this really be as good as last time?’ By the end of my 10 course tasting menu I discovered it wasn’t as good as our last meal- it was even better!

All the menus have been created using the five tastes of salt, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. Each course delivers a flavour hit that is staggeringly good.

Amazing Michelin star food
Veal Croquette, Peas,mint,shoots,hay, hollandaise.

Highlights:

It is true that all of the dishes were highlights but stand out dishes include veal croquette served with fresh peas,mints and shoots. A velvety hay infused hollandaise adds a lovely texture and extra flavour to this dish.

Assiette of Lamb- Memories of Montpelier 1999.

My favourite dish of the evening was the assiette of lamb. Studded with amazing flavours and delights, this Mediterranean influenced plate delivered fantastic flavours. The lamb perfectly cooked came in different guises along with a mixture of peppers and courgette. This dish alone is worth a visit.

Desserts

Conclusion- Thai green curry ice-cream and candy floss.

Ingredients and ideas that are not often seen are common place in desserts here which makes them interesting and inventive.


Lenton Lane- Inspired by the rocky road.

Lenton Lane (the road which the restaurant is located on), is a take on the rocky road that leads you to the restaurant with ingredients from the surrounding areas. Packed with textures and tastes, this witty dessert is a hit with us.

Chocolate log:

The chocolate!

It is worth having a coffee to complete your meal not just because the coffee is delicious but it comes with a chocolate log! Yes a log with shards of different flavour chocolate jutting out which is sensational.

Scallop black 2018.

Amazing Michelin star food:

Sat Bains is one of the worlds best chefs and as result his restaurant is one of the worlds finest. He is always at the forefront of the industry and he continues to deliver exciting, flavoursome and interesting food. If at all possible, treat yourself and go.

On this occasion we stayed in one of the rooms on site, the ultimate luxury. When you have finished your tasting menu you can simply walk upstairs to your bedroom and slump into your king size bed,dreaming about your next visit.

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Quality food in Cambridge: Restaurant 22

Quality food in Cambridge: Restaurant 22

If you are looking for quality food in Cambridge Restaurant 22 is the place to go. It has been far too long since our last visit and since then this superb establishment has gone from strength to strength. Gaining both local and national acclaim (all […]

Great Places to Eat in Rutland, The Olive Branch

Great Places to Eat in Rutland, The Olive Branch

Following a recommendation from fellow foodie friends we discovered The Olive Branch in Clipsham as one of the great places to eat in Rutland. A good place to catch up over a plate or two of delicious food. Using homegrown or locally sourced seasonal produce, […]

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men

The Venue:

Nestling behind the shiny disc-covered building that is home to Selfridges in Birmingham you can find the Original Patty Men. The self-proclaimed ‘patty pimps and purveyors of filth!’. These are brilliant burgers in Birmingham.

A firm favourite of the cities street food scene for many years they took up residence in this old railway arch in 2015. Since then they have gone from strength to strength. It is always the place to go for a quick lunch or evening bite when I find myself back in the city that I called home whilst at university.

Burgers

The Menu:

A focused but mouth-watering menu of 5 burgers and sides (plus a few specials which change on a daily basis) forces you to make a difficult decision as it all sounds so good. A pleasant problem.

brilliant burgers in Birmingham

Burgers:

I go for the Pineapple express burgeraged longhorn beef patty, maple coated bacon, lettuce, roquito chilli peppers, fresh tomato, cheddar cheese, house pineapple hot sauce. The juicy beefy burger works perfectly with the salty but sweet bacon, cheese, and the punch of heat that comes from a spicy pineapple salsa. I greedily devour the burger without pause!

fries OPM

Vegetarian & Vegan Options:

Mel, who isn’t the biggest burger fan (closes eyes and shakes head) is torn between the vegetarian Po money, Po mushroomPo boy style breaded mushrooms, lettuce, pickle, cajun Boss Man sauce, and the vegan special option. On the advice of the waiter she goes for the vegan burger. This is a crispy battered hunk of tofu expertly cooked and tucked inside a fluffy bun alongside some fresh salad and melting cheese.

I steal a bite and am surprised how well it works. Mel also loved the combination and finished it off . We paired our burgers with Skin on Fries and the O.P.M fries. These are a spicy version of the fries topped with a mound of crispy slaw and Sriracha mayo.

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham?

A good ‘Arctic Monkeys’ heavy play, friendly service and a laid back atmosphere all add to the experience. O.P.M is a top place to eat, drink and be happy! Go once and you will be hooked. Arrive early or prepare to wait for your burger. Don’t worry, the queue goes down quickly and it is definitely worth the wait.

Burgers, Burgers, Burgers.

I am a BIG burger fan and also love the burgers at small independent (predominantly London based) chain Patty and Bun. My local favourite is Cambridge based Steak and honour. For a different type of burger and BBQ style try Cambridge based SmokeWorks. See our review of SmokeWorks here. Quality ingredients creating quality burgers- delicious!

Where to Get Bao in London- BAO SOHO

Where to Get Bao in London- BAO SOHO

BAO: Wondering where to get bao in London? BAO SOHO is an excellent choice. This is one of three BAO restaurants dotted around the city from the same group which all specialise in Taiwanese BAO. These fluffy, delicious steamed buns stuffed with mounds of tantalising different […]

The Red Lion in Soham Review

The Red Lion in Soham Review

Grace Dent has long been a favourite reviewer of ours when it comes to commenting on restaurants. When she gave a glowing review of lunch at The Red Lion in Soham in the Guardian a few months ago it was always going to result in […]

Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam

Wonderful Michelin Star Food-Spectrum, Amsterdam

There are many things you can do in Amsterdam but for me what could be better than an evening in the beautiful dining room of recently renamed (from Librijes Zusje) Spectrum  enjoying wonderful Michelin star food 
 
 

The Venue:

The restaurant can be found in the elegant Waldorf Astoria Hotel, overlooking the perfectly manicured gardens of the beautiful canal-side building. If you have time arrive early and pop in the Vault Bar for a drink. You guessed it, the bar is a former bank vault and is found on the lower floor of the hotel. It even has the old safety deposit boxes for wall decoration, some of which (rumour has it) are still unopened!

The Menu:

Librije’s Zusjue is outstanding. The food is without doubt some of the most exciting, interesting and delicious that we have ever eaten. We go for the chefs tasting menu- 7 amazing courses including a couple of ingredients that I had never heard of before and never mind tasted. Heard of Sepia anyone? Anyway, all of the ingredients and combinations make perfect sense.
 
24 hour slow roasted beef short rib picked from bone and then crisped and served under thinly sliced carabineros shrimp with a good kick of heat from roasted bell pepper and ginger, then cooled down by watermelon is a simply sublime plate of food.
 
The other major stand out dish was the perfectly cooked duck. Pink with crispy skin which is artistically plated alongside aubergine, coriander, tulip (we are in Holland after all), pomegranate and black olive.
 
The courses are all excellent and the menu flows with exciting moments at all stages. Mystery surrounds the table decoration-is it a flower? Sponge? Ceramic ? What do you think ? It is in fact a mushroom (tremella)which is eventually used in the dessert course ! I loved this idea. So tasty and so much fun with the front of house team enjoying the mystery with diners.
 
 

Chocolates:

The chocolates at the end of the meal are stunning. Shiny dots of pleasure which repeat the flavours of the menu. You simply match the colour of the chocolate to the colour on the menu and the flavour mirrors some of the elements from each course- amazing! Another thoughtful and inventive touch from a restaurant truly at the top of its game.
 
 

Enjoying Wonderful Michelin Star Food:

World class cooking and service all the way. If you love food this place is simply a must when in Amsterdam.
 
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A Foodies Tour of Cambridge.

A Foodies Tour of Cambridge.

The food offering in this city has grown rapidly and there are now many excellent places to choose from for a foodies tour of Cambridge. For a quick bite or a special occasion, here are some of our favourites: Hot Numbers:  Start the day with […]