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]
Hello everyone. Sorry for the quietness on the blog over the last few weeks! Life has been busy and I’ve just not had the energy or time to focus on the blog. Also the weird thing is that my blog used to be a huge creative outlet for me after I’d come home from my corporate job. But the trust is now that my job is a so much more ‘me’ I feel I get home and don’t as much have the drive to blog. I weirdly feel guilty about this but then I also want to continue to do this as a hobby and not feel it should be a task. Hope you guys can understand. I still update my instagram pretty regularly so if you want to see more of what I am up to then make sure you follow me at @dutchessroz.
Anyway, last night I went to Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A and it was so incredible I just wanted to share some sneaky pics. Savage Beauty, is a homage to the late Alexander McQueen and it definitely wasn’t like any other fashion exhibition I’ve ever seen. It was dark and beautiful at the same time and left me feeling amazed and inspired. Not only was he obviously very talented and this garments were beautiful tailored and detailed (gosh the detail..) but I also really I loved seeing a lot of sculptured accessories like shoes, hats and body pieces which made the exhibition a real visual treat.
Hello all. As you know I have recently changed jobs, and one of the benefits of my new job is that I get to wear some pretty awesome specs! I actually do need glasses to be able to see properly (long distance) but I used to be quite lazy in wearing them and instead I just squinted a lot or couldn’t see properly. Why? Well mainly because I just didn’t really like my old glasses. But, now that I work for Bailey Nelson London I am surrounded by cool glasses all the time and I have already got myself 3 new pairs (woops)!
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.
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.
I recently discovered a fab new cafe in Notting Hill. The funny thing is that I used to live just around the corner from Chepstow Road and in this slightly odd looking purple building (just up the road from The Prince Bonaparte) used to be a Thai restaurant that wasn’t quite on my faves list. So I didn’t pay much attention the spot. Silly me it proves, because little did I realise that in November 2013 the Thai left the site and it turned into the ‘The Wildflower Cafe’ which is a wonderful cafe / flower shop!
The Wildflower Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they are committed to using seasonal, fresh produce and creating beautiful meals from scratch. The lilac exterior of the building seems to have remained but now the outside is adorned with lovely flowers and plants that draw you into the cosy cafe / bistro. Oh, and if you happen to spot their delicious home baked cakes in the window then you are totally doomed – you will won’t be able to resist walking past the Wildflower Cafe!