Eneko at One Aldwych

This is a long over due review of Eneko at One Aldwych, located near Covent Garden. The restaurant is brought to you from Chef Eneko Atxa who is known for his three Michelin restaurant in Spain.

Eneko

We started our meal with bread with herb butter.

Eneko

Starters are categorised from the sea, from the land and from the garden. From the sea we tried Memories of the Bay of Biscay (£15) – Oyster, crab and wild prawn tartare. This was the highlight of the meal. It was not just the taste and the presentation, but the experience of this dish with sight and smell. I could sense a bay with dish, with the smell of the salty sea and the taste of fresh seafood.

Eneko

We also tried the Squid Marmitake (£12) which is made up of squid stew with courgette ribbons. It was on the spicy side and had a distinct flavour that did not favour my tastbuds.

Eneko

From the land: Txerri Boda Pork Festival (£13) – Chorizo on milk bread, glazed sweetbread and suckling pig brioche. The presentation of the dish in a wooden box with a pig face was the winner than the actual food in the box.

Eneko

Mains include a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian. I ordered the seared duck breast served with julienne of king oyster mushrooms and pickled red onion (£25). It was a dish I was disappointed as the duck was over-cooked. Otherwise the presentation of this dish was beautiful and skills in the combination of all the different ingredients.

Eneko

The other mains that was ordered I felt was better executed than the duck.

Slow-cooked oxtail, mushroom emulsion (£20)

Eneko

Roasted iberico presa served with wheat in chickpea sauce and garlic cream (£24).

Eneko

Along with our mains we also ordered a range of sides. The mash potato (£4) was a smooth puree and I could not find a single lumps.

Eneko

Piperrak (green gernika peppers) (£6)

Eneko

The Sauteed garden vegetable (£5/£7) was beautiful with all the colour and truly reminded of a colourful garden.

Eneko

There was a dessert trolley with a selection to choose and each one £9 each which are all served with traditional Basque ice cream.

Dark chocolate with biscuit crumble base.

Eneko

The only dessert that was not found on the dessert trolley is Torrija which is a Basque vanilla sponge.

Eneko

Overall every dish was beautifully presented but the dessert was the one course where I felt was the least exciting.

I was dining there during their soft launch period where the price of the starters and mains were tagged at almost double of the price then on their current menu. Even with 50% off food we felt it was expensive and I would not consider it as an everyday dining.

Eneko

(Price and menu are correct at the time of dining. Not sponsored)

Eneko at One Aldwych
London,
WC2B 4BZ

http://www.eneko.london

Shotgun BBQ (Closed)

The food business is not the easiest industry and nor is every one successful. There has been many examples of restaurant that I have seen closing and the most recent one this year is Shotgun BBQ. Soon after my visit in January of this year Shotgun BBQ closed it doors.

I had their all you can eat lunch offer for £25 excluding drinks and service charge. A great deal if you can eat enough meat to make your money worth.

To start we had Gombo (okra with smoked pork belly) and  boiled peanut dip. Those with nut allergies the restaurant swap the boiled peanut dip for devil egg. I thought the devil egg was a better option than the boiled peanut dip.

Shotgun BBQ

Following by the mains where it started with a trip to the kitchen. We got to visit the chef who then filled our plates with meat. There was choice of Smoked chicken BBQ Rub, USDA brisket, Suckling pig and Pork Belly.

Looking at the suckling pig make you think this is worth it even if I don’t go for a second round.

Shotgun BBQ

I found the beef brisket on the dry side and it was my least favourite meat we tried. The chicken was as I expected to be dry being the chicken breast and I have a preference of the more succulent part of the chicken. My favourite would be the suckling pig that was served like pulled pork mixed in a spicy seasoning. Follow by the belly pork which was still moist.

Shotgun BBQ

The meat came with unlimited helping of pickles, raw onions and bun.

Shotgun BBQ

We also got four sides to go with the meat including cornbread which according to the menu should had come as a starter.

Shotgun BBQ

The meal finished with a banana pudding for dessert which was not exciting. A bit of fresh bananas, cream, cake and banana purée.

Shotgun BBQ

The restaurant did felt a bit on the dull side. The curtain which was there to keep the place warm when the door open but it did not help the place. I still remember reaching the front door thinking they looked closed and they are now truly closed. Here is a video of the memories of my trip to Shotgun BBQ.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo BBQ is a tradition Korean restaurant where you can get charcoal BBQ in North West London. The restaurant is local to North Finchley and right next to the tube station.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo BBQ

There are are a range of Korean starters to select on the menu. We ordered a variety of traditional Korean starters.

Yukhoe (£9.50) is a Korean beef tartare served with pear and topped with egg.

Yijo BBQ

Par Jeon (£7.90) is a Korean seafood pancake and is one of my favourite Korean dish to order.

Yijo BBQ

Yang yeum chicken (£8.50) is fired chicken in sweet chilli sauce.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo has a range of meats to order for BBQ, ranging from beef, chicken, pork, lamb, duck and seafood. There is also platters which are great to get a range of meat. We ordered the modum so gogi set (£30) which includes different selection of meat.

Yijo BBQ

The restaurant is happy to leave you to cook the meat yourself. But if you are not sure how to cook the meat or prefer it to be cooked for you the staff will be happy to help.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo BBQ

The BBQ meats came served with lettuce leaves, side dishes and sauces.

Yijo BBQ

Yijo has a selection of rice and noodles including the famous bibimbap.

Yijo BBQ

There is a range of Korean broths and hotpots on Yijo’s menu. We tried the Sam Gae Tang (£15) which is one of the traditional Korean broth. It is made up of a whole chicken cooked with ginseng.

The portion size was decent for the price. Although the chicken was nicely cooked but I thought there was not enough ginseng.

Yijo BBQ

It is not a fancy place but one where you get decent Korean food at reasonable price. I do recommend you book in advance for a table.

Yijo BBQ
1 Station Road,
Finchley
N3 2SB,
UK

http://www.yijo.co.uk

Roast Restaurant

Have you missed me? I know it has been a while since my last post. I can’t believe we are already reaching the end of February and finally do I have time to sit down and write my first blog for 2017.

To start with 2017, I will share my visit to Roast restaurant at the beginning of this year. The restaurant is located near London Bridge station and within one of London famous Borough Market. It has a lovely  view over Borough Market. I was there for Sunday brunch so the market was closed but I can imagine having  lunch watching over the stalls when it is open.

Roast restaurant serves British cuisine and is opened most of the day serving breakfast to dinner. On Sunday the restaurant only serves a market menu consisting three courses for £37.50 which includes a fabulous Sunday roast.

From the market menu we had for starter the baked charcoal cheddar souffle with oyster mushrooms and chives. The souffle was light and fluffy. The dish had a taste of cheddar with a hint of mushroom.

Roast restaurant

For mains, we regret not ordering the roast beef with Yokrshire pudding. Instead we ordered the pork belly with bramley apple sauce. It was a chunky piece of pork belly. If we had the choice we could had skip the starter with such a large piece of meat.

A petite lady like me probably would only need half the size and a welcome half the price!

Roast restaurant

If you are not a big meat fan than the market menu also offer fish. We had the Cornish hake with clams that day. The fish was beautifully cooked and it was no doubt a lighter dish compared to the pork belly.

Roast restaurant

All mains on the market menu comes served with trimmings consisting of carrots, greens and roast potatos. The dishes would not be the same with these happy trimmings. Each one is served in a separate bowl which gives that family Sunday roast setting.

Roast restaurant

Pudding we had a warm apple crumble served with custard. A lovely British classic British dessert that bring back many primary school memories. 

Roast restaurant

For a sweeter pudding the chocolate and peanut butter mousse with honeycromb ice cream is a good choice. Although I do love apple crumbles and custard, I am having a bit of a sweet tooth lately that the mousse won.

Roast restaurant

If you prefer not to have a Sunday roast or a three courses than there is a small selection of starters and mains that you can order separates. This included a classic British dish, Fish and Chips (£18.50). We had a beautifully fried haddock in beer battered coating. The fish was moist under the crispy battered.

Roast restaurant

The Roast restaurant is a nice casual place which is suitable for celebrating a special occasion. They also have a big round table for those family gathering. Although it has a slight causal feel it still a fairly pricey place to dine. For the majority of us this would not be your every day dining.

Roast restaurant

(Not sponsored. Menu and prices are correct at the time of dining.)

Roast restaurant
The Floral Hall,
Borough Market,
Stoney Street,
London,
SE1 1TL,
UK

http://www.roast-restaurant.com

The Hottest K-Food in London 2016

It was a great pleasure to be invited to attend The Hottest K-Food in London organised by Korean culture centre and Embassy of the Republic of Korean in the UK.

The Hottest K-food in London 2016

The event started with guest speakers sharing about their experience of how they got to where they were with their passion about Korean food. Daniel O’Sullivan shared the story of starting his restaurant Kimchi Cult in Scotland. Da-Hae West also shared her experience of how she and her husband AmeriKorean dream food business Busan BBQ was born. Jordan Burke the author of his award wining book Our Korean Kitchen, spoke about his experience of fermentation and explaining it is one of the main technique used in Korean cuisines.

A Korean lunch was provided in a buffet style where we tried a range of traditional Korean food – Kimbap (Korean style sushi), Japchae (Korean stir fried glass noodle), Namul (seasonal vegetable), Jeon (Korean pancake), Ggul tteok (Rice cake with honey), Mujigae tteok (Rainbow rice cake), YangNyum Galbi (Marinated beef), Ddeokbokki (Spicy rice cakes), dumplings and a range of deep-fried vegetables.

The Hottest K-food in London 2016

The final programme of the event was the award ceremony of the top 10 hottest K-food in London and to showcase their winning dishes.

The Hottest K-food in London 2016

Congratulations to all the winners listed below and in no particular order:

As well as showcase of the 10 winning dishes we got to sample the top 10 Korean drink – Morning rice drink, Green plum drink, Milkis, McCol, Aloe Vera drink (Original), Corn silk tea, Vilac rice punch, Vilac Cinnamon Punch, Pororo soy drink (Banana flavour) and Black bean & Calcium soy drink.

The Hottest K-food in London 2016

The Waffle House (St Albans)

I am late with this post having been away from London and returning back during the busy festive season. I finally get to sit down and write this post of The Waffle House when I visited St Albans in September this year.

It is a nice place in the warm summer season where there is outdoor seating beside the river. Although when we visit the weather in the September was cooler we were lucky to still get some warm temperature while the sun was shining in the sky.

As the name The Waffle House suggest the restaurant specialise in waffle. There is no surprise that the menu will consist of a selection of sweet and savoury waffles.

From the range of savoury waffles we tried the Chilli Con Carne (£10.45) – Minced beef cooked with peppers and kidney beans in a spicy tomato sauce, served with sour cream, grated cheddar & tortillas.

From the Sweet waffles we ordered Banoffee (£6.25) – Sliced banana with toffee sauce and sprinkled with flaked chocolate

There is also special waffle of the day and on the day we visited it was fresh strawberries with vanilla ice cream made in the local area.

The Waffle House is one of the place you should consider visiting when you are in St Albans. I recommend that you come early especially in the Summer season as you will find a queue.

The Waffle House
Kingsbury Watermill
St Michael’s Street
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL3 4SJ

http://www.wafflehouse.co.uk

Galvin at Centurion

Continuing with the Glavin’s brothers and this time it is their latest restaurant, Galvin at Centurion. Their newest venture is located on a stunning golf course in Hertfordshire which is only 10 minutes drive from St Albans city centre.

Galvin at Centurion

The menu is simple with a range of choices, including some of the well known dishes from the Galvin’s brothers.

Starters I had Galvin’s signature dish, Lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais & pea shoots (£14.50). The dish was beautifully cooked with full of crab meat. It definitely did not disappoint.

Galvin at Centurion

Mains I choice the Roast corn-fed chicken, griolle & onion tart, mushroom & thyme veloute (£22.50). From just reading the menu I was not sure what to expect, but it was a clever combination. The chicken on its own did not have much flavour, but it did not need to because the flavours from the tart and sauce. When you put every single ingredients together it brings the whole dish alive. All the flavours from each component on the plate worked well together.

Galvin at Centurion

Dessert I went for my favourite soufflé. That evening they were serving Soufflé of Provence apricot & Valrhona chocolate (£8.50). Unlike the ones at Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin Bristrot de Luxe which comes with chocolate sauce. This version did not come with the chocolate sauce. I actually prefer it to come with chocolate sauce and it does give that extra touch watching your waiter pouring it for you. Neitherless the soufflé itself was nice and light. I defintely would not want to share any of Galvin’s soufflé.

Galvin at Centurion

We finished our meal with complimentary chocolate truffles and macaroons. I remember having these at their other Galvin branches.If you are a fan of dark chocolate like me then these chocolate truffles are gorgeous.

Galvin at Centurion

Galvin at Centurion is a lovely place to dine and I would recommend to visit. It is in Hertfordshire which you can make a day out of it by doing a day trip to St Albans. But to get to the Centurion Club you will need a car as there are no public transport link. If you want to get a glimpse of the beautiful view looking out to the golf course then you go when it is still day light.

Visit my instagram @CheCheMui for more highlights of the other dishes that we ordered.

(Not sponsored. Menu and prices are correct at the time of visit)

Galvin at Centurion
Centurion Club,
Hemel Hempstead Road,
Hemel Hempstead,
HP3 8LA

http://www.centurionclub.co.uk/section/3/1/galvin-at-centurion