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!
Today is my last day at my current job at a Venture Capital firm based in Kings Cross. There seem to be quite a few people that are not big fans of the Kings Cross area because it’s still known to be a bit dodgy and not very city or classy, but I actually have a bit of a soft spot for Kings Cross in London. I’ve worked in this area twice over the last 5 years and it has changed so much! Especially the area around the regents canal is amazing and there are fantastic markets and restaurants popping up all over the place like Honest Burger, Dishoom and Caravan, which is one of my favourite brunch places.
When it comes to food though, there is one place in Kings Cross that I will miss very much, and that is Niven’s Fine Food. I am a bit of a routine person, and basically getting lunch from Niven’s was my (almost) daily routine for the last 6 months. Not only do they serve incredibly delicious, fresh and healthy food; Niven and the staff have become my friends. So let me show you round this little gem in Kings Cross, based on 157 King’s Cross Road.
One of my favourite restaurants in London is Kurobuta and when I met the chef (and aussie legend of a guy) Scott Hallsworth back in November he told me about his just opened new venture with Piers Adam (the man behind many of London’s nightlife, such as Bodo’s Schloss, Mahiki and Whisky Mist) called Ramusake. So ever since then, it’s been high on my list to visit. Ramusake is a restaurant / club and is located on the former site of the Old Brompton Club in South Kensington. The bar and dining room is in the basement which means it’s dark and kind of sexy and Shoreditch cool, but very much a relaxing dining which turns into a late night club after dinner service.
They have an extensive Rum & Sake Cocktail list to kick off your night, and the food, oh let’s not forget about the food! Obviously as Scott is the chef behind the restaurant I knew it would be good. The menu is similar to Kurobuta with inventive post-Japanese dishes such as Junk Food Japan, Robata BBQ and sushi. A few weeks ago I went here for a girls night out (Insert; lots of wine, lots of delicious food and plenty of laughs and cocktails!)
Now, I love catching up with my friends during on weeknights, but going out for dinner a lot can affect my trying to be healthy ‘8020 diet‘ plan. So discovering new healthy restaurants in London is always a huge winner. Ethos restaurant is one of those places. Ethos is a self-service restaurant in central London, just near Oxford Circus making it very handy for a mid-week post work catch up! They offer a vegetarian buffet that works on a ‘choose – then weigh – then pay’ system.