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

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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

Galvin La Chapelle (Galvin Gastronomic 5-course Menu)

This Summer has been gastronomic and I am really grateful to be able try out so many new openings and revisiting some of my favourite places.

One of the place I revisited was Galvin La Chapelle. Over the Summer they offered their Galvin Gastronomic 5-course menu for £29. It included Galvin’s signature dishes including two of my favourite dishes, their Dorset crab lasange and soufflé.

Galvin La Chapelle

The Galvin gastronomic journey started with the Parfait of Goosnagh duck liver, Rhône peaches & pain d’épices. The duck liver parfait was light in flavour and creamy in texture. It went well with its friend, toasted bread. The slice of peach pair well with the parfait to make a good mouth cleanser.

Galvin La Chapelle

The second course was my beloved Lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais & pea shoots. I was intrigued to see if it was as good as the one I had at their other restaurant, Glavin Bristrot de Luxe. The verdict is it did not disappoint and was as gorgeous as I remember. The dish was full of flavour and the combination of the lasagne, crab meat with the light sauce worked well.

Galvin La Chapelle

It was follow by our third course which was the Pot roast suprême of Landes corn fed chicken, risotto of girolles & soft herbs. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this dish, as I am skeptic about ordering chicken especially the chicken breast as it tend to be dry. But this chicken was beautifully moist.

Galvin La Chapelle

The fourth course was the Fourme d’Ambert, grape chutney & walnuts. You will need to love your strong cheese to appreciate this dish.

Galvin La Chapelle

For the final and fifth course was the Raspberry soufflé, Valrhona chocolate sauce. It was beautiful to watch our waiter split open the soufflé and pour the valrhona chocolate sauce in to it.

The soufflé was light and the sharpeness of the raspberry was balanced out by the chocolate sauce.

Galvin La Chapelle

Galvin La Chapelle

We did have an additional course which we did not need after the 5 course gastronomic feast. But a birthday is not one without a birthday cake and we ordered one directly from Galvin La Chapelle.

It was a chocolate sponge cake which was an indulgent and just thinking about it while I am writing this make me want to have a piece now.

The layer of sponge and cream was just perfect and although the cake looked rich it was not at all. The sweetness was just right for me. Even the birthday boy was impressed and said it was the best birthday cake he had this year!

Galvin La Chapelle

Previous review of Galvin La Chapelle: https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/galvin-la-chapelle/

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

Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square,
London,
E1 6DY,
UK

https://www.galvinrestaurants.com

Cafe Damoa (Bingsu – shaved ice dessert)

Cafe Damoa is a casual cafe located in Golders Green (north west London), that serves Korean and Japanese food. It is also a place for Bingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert).

Cafe Domoa

For those who follow me will know what is bingsu (also known as bing) because it is actually not ice but milk that is turned in to snow that you can eat. You expect a light fluffy texture that goes creamy like ice cream when it melts in you mouth.

Domoa offers a variety of bingsu and in two sizes – small and large. Options of flavours includes Red bean, Strawberry, Blueberry (£7.90/£12.50), Oreo…etc

The Matcha (£8.90/£12.90) bingsu comes with red beans, mochi, corn flakes and a scoop of matcha ice cream. If you do not want a particular toppings the cafe is happy to exclude them or serve them separately.

Cafe Domoa

The Mango (£7.90/£12.50) bingsu is my current favourite at Damoa. The shaved ice is made up of fresh mango pieces, a scoop of mango ice cream and sprinkled with mango sauce.

When you compare the bingsu with the one at Shibuya, then Shibuya bingsu lead. That is why they are known for their bingsu in London.

I felt that Damoa’s matcha bingsu lacked green tea flavour. It was just the matcha ice cream that had the green tea flavour. May be they could had sprinkle matcha powder over the shaved ice. However, Damoa’s mango bingsu was delicious and the flavour was better than the mango bingu I have had at Shibuya.

Cafe Domoa

As well as bingsu for dessert the cafe also serves waffles which can be ordered on its own or as a set which come with coffee or bubble tea. Yes you heard it! Damoa also sell Bubble Tea (£3.40) with a choice of topping (tapioca pearls and popping boba).

Cafe Domoa

Damoa does not only serve drinks and dessert. They also offer a range of savoury dish such as sushi, noodle soup and bibimba dupbap (rice and salad). I have not yet had the chance to try their savoury dishes to be able to share with you.

(Not Sponsored. Menu and price correct at the time of visit)

Cafe Damoa
32 Golders Green Road,
London,
NW11 8LL,
UK

https://en-gb.facebook.com/Cafe-Damoa-170800179961870/