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    Wednesday, 12 March 2014

    BURGER AND LOBSTER - GREEN PARK

    i'm not the biggest fan of roast dinners so my favourite alternative is to head to burger and lobster for an late sunday afternoon lunch. everyone knows the drill by now about burger and lobster...you get the choice of a burger, lobster or lobster roll served with salad and fries for just £20. its a simple concept to follow plus they even paint the instructions on the wall for anyone struggling to understand....


    Burger and Lobster Green Park


    Burger and Lobster Green Park


    Burger and Lobster Green Park


    whenever i've been, the wait for a table is ALWAYS at least about 40 minutes but instead of giving up and going somewhere else...be patient! you can pop your name on the waiting list and they'll give you  a call when your tables ready so you're free to go for a wander or drink elsewhere. My advice - prop yourself up at the bar and have a drink - the cocktails are seriously good!


    Burger and Lobster Green Park


    Once you've made the arduous decision as to whether you're going to go surf or turf, sit back and get ready for the beautiful beast to make it's way to your table. I always go whole lobster, grilled with lemon butter, however I have it on good authority that the burger is amazing too though....and i really do intend to try it every time I go, but £20 for a whole lobster? There's no arguing with that. 


    Burger and Lobster Green Park

    Burger and Lobster Green Park

    There's now serveral B&L locations across London including the newly opened site on the 5th Floor at Harvey Nics. Some of the restaurants are now taking reservations so check out the website here

    Sunday, 9 March 2014

    HUMMUS BROS - SOHO

    Any restaurant that goes with the tag-line ‘give peas a chance’ is pretty damn awesome so Hummus Bros was already on to a winner in my eyes. The concept is pretty simple, you order a hummus base and chose a topping which comes served up to you with some warm pitta breads which you can use to scoop up the goodness and shovel into your drooling mouth.
    Hummus Bros Soho
    There are also a number of extra sides and salads which you can order to make up a proper meal. I’m a sucker for a Lebanese (food that is) so I also ordered the tabbouleh salad as a side dish – and I can confirm it’s amazing. It’s got the right kick of limon juice to balance out of the tomatoey, parsley goodness and tastes amazing spooned into your hummus mixture. I also went for extra jalapenos....

    Hummus Bros Soho

    Hummus Bros Soho


    Hummus Bros Soho

    Best of all, this is health food?! I know I don’t believe them either right! You can check out Hummus Bros for yourself at one of their several locations scattered across the capital:  http://www.hbros.co.uk

    Saturday, 8 March 2014

    RIDING HOUSE CAFE

    If there's one thing I love more than breakfast, it's being out of the office at a working breakfast and the best place for a working breakfast has to be the Riding House Cafe on Great Titchfield Street.
    Riding House Cafe


                               (image source: http://thehappinessprojectlondon.files.wordpress.com)*


    If you go mid-week, you'll find tables filled with twentysomething media types brainstorming, networking and working on their big ideas and this day was no different, in fact Abbey Clancey was being interviewed by a journo on the very table next to me! (yes she's more beautiful in real life and no she didn't eat anything!).
    Riding House Cafe
                                                 (image source: http://thisyellow-hairedgirl.blogspot.co.uk/)*


    The menu at the Riding House is pretty varied, you can go for sweet or savoury depending on whether you fancy pancakes or eggs - always a tough choice in my mind - and they do really great smoothies which are served in milk bottles. On this occasion, I opted for the avocado on toast with poached eggs - but i can also vouch for the buttermilk pancakes! And the Chorizo hash browns....and the eggs benedict.....

    Riding House Cafe

    The Riding House Cafe can be found at 43-51 Great Titchfield street and you can check out the website here: http://www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk

    *like an idiot i forgot to take photos until my food came out so I've used images from other people who've been to RHC. I've credited the source under the images - please forgive me!

    Friday, 7 March 2014

    CHUCK BURGER, HATCH END

    I love burgers, like really really LOVE burgers and luckily for me, there's an outstanding burger bar situated just a ten minute drive away from my flat. Chuck, in Hatch End, is nestled amongst a high street full of restaurants and has served as the perfect hangover cure to me on many a Sunday afternoon.
      Chuck Burger Hatch End

    I'm a creature of habit so once I find something I like, I tend to stick to it over and over again. CHUCK however broke my monotony and I found myself  sampling something different every time I went - first there was the devil burger, followed by the bacon and cheese and then on to the dolly....this was all until I met the piggy burger. this little piggy is aptly named as it's a 28 day aged hunk of beef topped with pulled pork and coleslaw sandwiched between a soft brioche bun..... I dream of this burger sometimes. It's a thing of beauty. If i were to order another burger in there I think I'd feel guilty...and that's the thing about the piggy I love. She makes you feel dirty.

    Chuck Burger Hatch End

    My hangovers pack a punch so I don't stop there to appease them, I need fries and CHUCK fries are legendary in their own right. The chilli cheese are piled high with fire bomb chilli and melted cheese but do your self a favour and go for the bacon and cheese loaded fries, honestly you can thank me later. Aside from the food, one of the things I love is the way the food is served, everything comes on little metal trays with your cutlery in a pot on the table. The walls are also adorned with interesting bits for you to look at whilst you dribble waiting for your food....
    Chuck Burger Hatch End


    Now if like me, you like to indulge a little hair of the dog, let me talk to you about the Pornstar Martini's. These passionfruit beauties are my absolute favourite drink and CHUCK does the best pornstar I've had - I'd go as far as to say they are better than STK and that's a bold statement. Trust me, if you're going book a cab and have a couple of these with your food - you won't regret it. 


    Chuck Burger Hatch End


    You can find them located at 322-324 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End - they're also a pretty social bunch so be sure to tweet them @fancyachuck - those cheeky things.