I have egg-cellent news for brunch lovers in West London; there’s a new hot spot in the area! Egg Break opened in July and is a joint project between Soho House and the team behind the Hoxton Hotel. They’ve teamed up before with winning places like Hubbard & Bell and Chicken Shop!
Egg Break is just near Notting Hill Gate on Uxbridge Street in a space formally occupied by the small ‘Thai Break’ restaurant. As much as that Thai was actually nice so it’s sad to see it’s gone – I am a bigger lover of good brunch spots and I’d heard good reviews from friends so I couldn’t wait to try it out this weekend.
For my job I am spending quite a bit of time these days in Putney in South West London. Putney is a lovely area near the river but when it comes to lunch time food options it’s a bit limited. However, recently I discovered a new little gem in the area; Retreat Cafe on Upper Richmond Rd. Retreat Cafe is a vegetarian cafe with loads of healthy and vegan or gluten free options. It’s small but cosy, the staff is super friendly and it is part of @thehouseofyoga which is Putney’s first Hot Yoga studio!
“At Retreat Café we believe in wholesome nourishment. Food that promotes health without a whiff of rabbit food. Our products are virtuous in every sense of the word. Healthy never tasted so good! All of our products are home-made and carefully formulated by our very own qualified Naturopath, chef and founder, Kimberly Parsons. Absolutely everything on our menu is gluten free, refined sugar free & tastes great!”
Retreat Cafe also has a branch in Soho at Kingly Court so for you more central peeps, go check them out for your health fix. Since discovering them this week I’ve been there twice already for their Avocado on Spelt Toast with rocket and seeds. It’s simple but oh so delicious! Avocado on toast is pretty hard to beat right? [obsessed]
Eggvocado you might ask?! Well, eggvocado is something I’ve seen floating around the internet and have been keen to try for myself. Turns out, it makes for a delicious, healthy and different breakfast or brunch dish. Eggvocado is pretty much what it sounds like; an egg + avocado but the basics of it is that you bake the egg inside a slightly hollowed out avocado. Clever huh? So, I made this little treat of a breakfast for Father’s Day the other weekend and it sure was a hit!
Summer is upon us. Well kind of anyway, as I still live in London ;) However this means BBQ season has kicked off. I often get asked to bring a salad or dish to a BBQ and this Zesty Bulgur Wheat Tabbouleh Salad has been a go-to for me for years!
It’s refreshing, healthy and goes perfectly with any type of grilled meats or fish. It’s super simple and quick to put together, the longest part being the chopping of the ingredients. I added some extra crunch to the recipe this time by sprinkling over my favourite roasted chickpeas. It’s so yummy and love how colourful and fresh this salad looks. Click below for the full recipe and instructions.
Healthy food lovers; listen up! I recently discovered a gem of a health foodie spot that you need to visit. The Wild Food Cafe is tucked away in the colourful courtyard that is Neal’s Yard. I love that place, it’s such a hidden little treat in buzzing Sevendials. For a not so healthy spot there go to Homeslice (review here), it’s pretty bombdiggity! Anyway, back to the Wild Food Cafe. Now this is a raw-centric, vegan and vegetarian hot spot using local and fresh organic ingredients.
When it comes to breakfast and the weather getting warmer again in London, I just can’t help craving Granola all the time! And I like my granola fresh and homemade because the store bought ones are full of added sugars and preservatives that are really unnecessary. My usual go-to granola recipe is this Honey Nut Granola which is deliciously crunchy, nutty and healthy – but I was in the mood for something new recently. Now, it’s no secret that I am totally obsessed with anything containing peanut butter so I thought why not mix my cravings for granola and peanut butter together to create a healthy homemade Peanut Butter Granola!
Steak lovers; this little post is one for you! I recently went for dinner at Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote in Marylebone. This London branch of the Paris steak institution ‘Le Relais de Venise’ is pretty much a replication of the famous 1959 Paris eatery. Think very simple French brasserie decor, mirrors on the walls, white table cloths and pretty french waitresses wearing maid-like outfits. Really the place itself is nothing special. Also when it comes to the menu, it’s pretty simple because there is no menu! All they offer is a set menu which start with a green salad with mustard vinaigrette topped with walnuts, followed by steak and frites priced at £24pp.
So why do people queue up (they don’t take reservations) to get a table in this restaurant most night? Well, because of the simplicity and because the one thing they do, they do incredibly well. I think it’s by far one of the best steak restaurants in London. The entrecote beef (cook to your taste; blue, rare, medium or well done) is given to you in two servings with crispy perfection french fries and comes with their secret sauce. That sauce, oh dear that sauce. I have no idea what’s in it (and they won’t reveal it as it’s a family secret) but it’s like a creamy mustard herb-like sauce and it’s absolutely delicious.