Saturday, 13 February 2016

Le Bab

New age Kebab 


Roe deer kebab, cavolo nero kimchi, Jerusalem artichoke crisps,
damson & chilli jam, game mayo

We have had gourmet burgers, pizza, ramen and many other fast food items in 2015, it appears kebab is the next food item getting a premium makeover. Le Bab in Carnaby Street is a new launched restaurant specialising in modern gourmet kebab, it is by a pair of founders who has experience in fine dining. Just like other classic fast food dishes, providing it is in a hand of a capable chef, using top ingredients, with a touch of creativity, it can be just good as a fine dining dish. 
The food was on the house, as they had to cancel my original booking date due to issue with its kitchen.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Brasserie Zedel

Top dog brasserie


Brasserie Zedel

There are not many great value for money French brasserie, but Brasserie Zedel is definitely one of those places. Classy setting, live music and quality traditional French cooking, all at a reasonable price in central London. Beside the classic al la carte menu, Brasserie Zedel also offer some cheaper choices such as the price-fixed-no-choice menu, at £12.50 for 3 courses, it represents one of the best deal you will find in a French restaurant in London. I first experienced Brasserie Zedel back in 2013, now three years later, I was interested to see if the restaurant had kept its good standards, which had landed them a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Newman Arms

The Cornwall Project 


Newman Arms

The Newman Arms have always been a very popular pub for the afterwork crowned in Fitzrovia, since last year, the upstairs space has been taken over by a pop up called The Cornwall Project, Matt Chatfield has selected a small group of suppliers to showcase cooking using some of the best ingredients form Cornwall. The menu is very short, with only 4 mains and 1 dessert. This is slowly becoming a trend in the London dining culture, with chefs preferring to work on a smaller menu to ensure greater quality and reducing waste, which is something I totally support.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Grill on the Market

Smithfield Steak house


The Grill on the Market

The Grill on the Market is a steak restaurant within Smithfield, right opposite to the famous market. London is now full of top notch steak houses, so I was wondering what can The Grill can offer as cost wise is pretty premium. It is part of the Blackhouse group, with 8 steak houses across the UK. I must admit I was not expecting much from its starter offering, but the mackerel was a lot better than I anticipated, the saltiness was spot on as was the crispy skin, even the gem salad and pickled vegetables was finely presented. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Flat Iron Covent Garden

Meaty business


Flat Iron Covent Garden

The steak concept restaurant Flat Iron is going from strength to strength, it has just recently just launched its third site, and it is the biggest to date. Over two floors, with a cocktail bar and a butcher room, in the heart of Covent Garden. While the steaks at Flat Iron will never be as good as the very best from London, it is one of the best low budget steak mini restaurant chains. I always tend to order the specials rather than the standard Flat Iron cut, partly due to the lower quality of the texture. The sirloin was indeed fabulous, super tender and moist with the perfect seasoning, quality wise was not far off to Hawksmoor. However, I would love the fat was cooked a little longer to get a lovely crispy edge. The standard flat iron was not as tender, but still packed with rich meaty flavours. For me, the sauces were really not necessary as it takes away the delightful richness  of the lovely steak.