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.

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Visiting Yauatcha for Dim Sum

This is the second time I’ve visited Yauatcha. The first time we were sat upstairs which is bright and airy, but this time we were seated downstairs. The atmosphere downstairs is different, it feels more like a glam bar/nightclub but still beautiful with twinkling ceiling lights, candle stick style lights on the wall, tea lights on the tables and a fish tank running across the bar.

The first time I went, we got told off for taking photos…. so this time I sneakily tried to take quick ones on my phone (apologies if they don’t come out very well!).

There were 4 of us who went, 3 of us shared dim sum while the 4th person had a plate of beef ho fun and a bottle of coca cola to himself!

We were taken to our table by a friendly and glamourous looking waitress and were served by other nice waiters and waitresses throughout our meal. I was surprised there was so many staff working at the time.

The tea we chose was the flowering orchid tea, which tasted nice and went well with the food. We ordered 6 little eats with the intention of ordering more afterwards. Our melt in your mouth venison puff pastries were the first to come out, which were delicious and made us wanting more.

We had our usual har gau prawn dumplings, which were tasty and what anyone would expect from a good restaurant, and we also had char sui cheung fun which was also what you would get in other dim sum eateries.

My favourite was the next dish, the wheat squid, which was the best deep fried squid I’ve ever tasted!

The prawn, cuttlefish and zucchini dumplings were probably my least favourite, they didn’t look too appetising either – maybe I’m a fan of more the traditional dishes than the contemporary ones…!

Our king crab siew long buns with pork were very tasty, especially the soup which you could suck out…

I only got to try a bit of the beef ho fun and the bit I did taste was nice and flavoursome.

Even though 6 dishes didn’t seem like too much, we were full afterwards so didn’t manage to order anything else (not even their delicious looking desserts!).

I only have one quibble, a waiter accidentally dipped his fingers in our chilli sauce, took it away, but never returned. I love and missed my chilli!

The meal cost us £16 per head which included the 12.5% service charge, which was very reasonable for a Michelin star restaurant at lunchtime. I would definitely recommend going there if you are after some fancy dim sum (and can’t face the cost of its sister restaurant, Hakkasan!).

Nando’s Nosh

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Foursquare, know that I enjoy my Portuguese PERi-PERi chicken restaurant, also known as Nandos! I love eating there almost on a weekly basis, as the delicious flame grilled PERi-PERi covered chicken, alongside chips dipped in coleslaw always sorts me out when I’m feeling hungry.

If you are after something wholesome, quick and relatively healthy, Nando’s is a great place to eat.The staff in every restaurant that I’ve been to have been so happy and welcoming. The atmosphere at Nando’s is relaxed and buzzing at the same time.

I don’t even need to look at the menu when I’m at the restaurant, my choice of meal is half a succulent chicken (medium PERi-PERi), chips, coleslaw (£9.65) with a refillable soft drink (£2.25) and if I’m feeling extra greedy, I will also go for a side of halloumi cheese (£1.00) and garlic bread (£2.10) to share. The big juicy spicy mixed olives (£3.15) are also great to share and nice to munch on as an appetiser as well.

There are a range of dipping sauces to choose from, my favourite being the garlic PERi-PERi sauce. But if you are brave enough, you could go for the extra extra hot PERi-PERi sauce.

Another great thing about Nando’s is their loyalty card – On your 3rd visit you get a free ¼ chicken, on your 6th visit you get a free ½ chicken and on your 10th visit you get a free whole chicken. I have a couple of these cards on the go!

It may be just another fast food chain to everyone else, but it’s always my first choice compared to other joints like McDonalds, KFC and Burger King because ultimately, the chicken tastes good!

Need to stop writing– I’m currently dribbling over my keyboard right now. Do you have a passion for PERi-PERi chicken?

Video – Example and Ed Sheeran singing about Nandos