Hungry for Steak at Hawksmoor

Steak at HawksmoorA few weeks ago my boyfriend and I visited Hawksmoor Steakhouse in the Seven Dials. The steak was delicious and the experience was fantastic!

The vibe in the restaurant was cool and relaxed which made us feel comfortable straight away. We started off with a couple of cocktails each. I had a rum number described as “a secret mix of rums and tropical fruit”, which was pretty strong!

After being seated by our friendly waitress, we listened to her recommendations and ended up skipping the starters and ordered a 900g Porterhouse steak from the chef’s daily cuts with triple cooked chips, asparagus, potatoes and peppercorn sauce on the side.

The steak was so good that what I write probably won’t do it justice. Every bit of it was tasty and tender, down to the seared fat… my mouth is watering as I write this blog!

Hawksmoor

After this point we were stuffed but couldn’t say no to dessert. I ordered a peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream whilst my boyfriend had a honeycomb cheesecake. We really could have done with just ordering one to share, but we were too greedy and they were good nonetheless.

The whole meal and a bottle of (mid range) wine came to £200, which was quite pricey but worth every penny, I felt that we also ordered more than we needed.

The dress code was quite casual so there was no need to worry about dressing up (just make sure you have a loose number on!).

If you love steak, one word – go!
Have you eaten at Hawksmoor? Let me know what you think!

A Visit to Nobu Restaurant

NobuA couple of weeks ago I went for a meal with a couple of friends to Japanese restaurant, Nobu. It’s located above the Metropolitan Hotel, Park Lane, but had its own entrance to the restaurant. The staff, decor and more importantly the food, were all excellent!

When we arrived the staff were friendly and welcoming. We nibbled on edamame beans while deciding what to order. We didn’t really know where to start, so I asked the waiter if we could share the food – I was half expecting him to turn his nose up at me, but he said everything on the menu could be shared and he then guided us around the it! Put at ease, we ordered the tempura dinner, the black cod the sashimi dinner and sushi dinner to share.

The food was lovely, but the black cod was certainly the highlight of the night! I can’t stop thinking about the miso marinated, sweet, mouth-watering taste of the silky black cod.

It’s hard for me to describe the food, so here are some pictures:

Tempura:

tempura

Black Cod:

Black Cod

Sashimi and Sushi:

White Chocolate:

White chocolate

Two of us finished dinner with a cocktail, one Lychee cocktail and one Watermelon cocktail, which were both delicious. I could have worked my way through the cocktail list! My other friend had a white chocolate with green tea ice cream for dessert (I can’t remember the name of it!), which he also enjoyed.

Along with a bottle of Sancerre and a bottle of water, the whole meal came to around £270. The food was definitely worth it.

I would love to go again and am thinking of visiting the Berkeley Street Nobu, but I don’t have many friends who like sushi (or they just refuse to try it!). Also, if you’re umming and ahhing about what to wear, it says the dress code is smart casual, but most people were dressed smart.

Visit to Imperial China in Teddington

This is my favourite place to eat dim sum. What’s even better is that this restaurant is close to home, so I thought it would write about this place.

I’ve noticed that after a few years of eating at Imperial China, it’s getting busier and busier, especially on the weekends. The last weekend I went, we didn’t book a table and had to wait 40 min. However, a couple of people who had actually booked a table – had to wait even longer, I think it was because they were waiting for a table for 2, which the restaurant has very little of. Ok, so the service fluctuates – as it gets busier, the staff get more stressed and the service starts to go downhill, but the food however, is delicious every time!

The dim sum menu is extensive at Imperial China. My favourite dishes are the pork puff pastries, prawn dumplings and the baby chilli squids.

The pork puff pastries are fresh, flaky and the meat inside is so tasty. The prawn in the prawn dumplings are big, delicious, and the pastry wrapped around the prawns are perfect. The baby chilli squids are on the main menu and are a bit expensive, but are definitely something worth treating yourself too, if you like squid. I love the chilli kick that the crispy squids have.

The standard of food at Imperial China, has always been better than the dim sum restaurants that I’ve been to in China Town. It’s well worth a visit if you like the little parcels of goodness. Just get to the restaurant early!

Which is your favourite restaurant? What are your favourite dim sum dishes?

Visit to the Modern Pantry

The Modern Pantry Over the weekend I went to The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell with some of my family to celebrate my cousin’s birthday over brunch.

The restaurant decor was clean, fresh and modern and the atmosphere was casual, relaxed and busy at the same time. The staff were friendly and warm as we arrived. We were 10 minutes late for our booking but our table wasn’t ready yet anyway.

Once the table was ready, we were seated upstairs. The restaurant is set in a Georgian listed building, which felt homely and welcoming. It’s definitely a nice place for friends to catch up at.

To drink, I had organic apple juice (£3.00) which was nicely presented with a slice of apple in it. However, it tasted a bit weak after a while because of all the ice that was in the glass. To eat, I ordered a cooked breakfast. I chose two poached eggs and toast with smoked streaky bacon, slow roast vine ripened tomatoes and buttered mushrooms (£8.50).

Unfortunately the food took over an hour to arrive, it was like they forgotten about us! They did acknowledge this and when the food came, they said there was no charge for the food which was really nice.

The food was nicely presented and really tasty (not sure if I was just very hungry though!). The poached eggs and mushrooms were perfect, the bacon was nice but wasn’t a great fan of the bread which was very oily. All in all, it was a nice breakfast treat!

In the end we only paid for the drinks and service charge. The service could have been better, but if I’m in the City again, I would definitely go to The Modern Pantry again as there are other things on the menu I would like to try!

Have you visited The Modern Pantry before? Leave a comment on Munch and Makeup and let me know how your experience was.

Visit to Barbecoa

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went for drinks and dinner at Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang’s Barbecoa restaurant in the City.

Barbecoa Menu

The story behind Barbecoa restaurant sounds impressive along with its kitchen, which according to their website has Japanese robata grills, tandoor ovens, fire pits and Texan smokers to cook the meat and food with. It would have been great if the kitchen was open so we could see the food being cooked. However, we did have a fabulous view of St. Pauls Cathedral!

St Pauls Cathedral

We had a table booked quite late, for 9pm but the restaurant was still buzzing and had a nice relaxed atmosphere. The staff were friendly and seemed happy to help.

To nibble on, we had pork scratchings (£4) and a bread board (£4). The pork scratchings were crispy and so nice. The bread board was really filling, the only thing that would have been nice was some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to go with it.

pork scratchings

bread board

To start, we shared a portion of crispy calamari (£10) which came with smashed avocado, lemon and rocket and a portion of crispy pig cheeks with piccalilli, chive and lamb’s lettuce salad (£8). Calamari is something that I’ll always order if I see it on the menu as it’s one of my favourites. The batter was quite light so wasn’t as crispy as I was hoping it to be, but it was still tasty and went well with the avocado. On the other hand I didn’t enjoy the crispy pig cheeks, the texture was like eating a stringy/ tough fish – I’m not sure what I was expecting though as this was my first experience eating it!

calamari

Pig cheeks

For our mains we shared the APL rib-eye for two (£65), which is described on the menu as ‘dry aged for a minimum of 48 days, minimum 1.1kg’. The steak was cooked medium rare, as recommended by the waiter/chef and it didn’t disappoint at all. It’s probably the best steak that we’ve tasted for a while. It was succulent, reddish and melted in our mouths! We also had duck fat chips (£4) on the side, but I found them too salty. However, my boyfriend liked them (he’s a salt lover!).

Rib eye steak with chips

Even though we were really full and our bodies were overloaded with cholesterol, we couldn’t say no to dessert! We shared white chocolate ice-cream (£6), although I only took one bite as you really needed to have a sweet tooth, which I don’t have. On the other hand, it went down a treat with my other half!

white chocolate ice cream

The meal came to £159.47 which included a service charge of 12.5%. If you like your meat, definitely go to Barbecoa and try the steak. If you’re not a meat eater, it’s best if you take your money to a different restaurant. Overall, I had a good night and am glad that I’ve finally been, but I wouldn’t go again for a while.