The Clove Club

I have always maintained that expectations often preclude a disappointment – sadly, this statement often proves true when it comes to restaurants.

It isn’t hard not to have expectations of the Clove Club, as it comfortably sits at No 26 on the San Pellegrino Worlds 50 Best Restaurant list. Perhaps this situation wasn’t aided by my recent obsession with the Netlix series “Chef’s Table” (which I highly recommend to all, foodies and non-foodies alike). But it was a disappointment nonetheless.Continue reading

The Potato Project (Soho)

Even in my darkest times while living in Australia (it’s true, I used to complain more than I should have, it’s really not that bad), there was always one thing about it that gave me hope in a better life, in the existence of a higher purpose: Spud Bar. Something as simple as a baked potato with all the filing one could wish is the perfect evolution of “fast food” that also doesn’t make me feel like I’ve just drank antifreeze.

So think of the joy when I realized the Spud Bar has a London equivalent: the Potato Project.

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The Cow

One might ask themselves why a bar/pub decides to set “cows” as a theme for themselves – from the painfully bad puns, such as “udder floors”, to the oddly cowboyesque furniture. The answer, I believe, is simple: being part of the new complex in Stratford, it gives an eery feeling of ready-made-building. Someone, somewhere, knew that plain pubs or bars aren’t as good as ones that have a vibe. Or a theme.┬áSo they just picked whatever they could come up with and did this.

The place was fairly noisy and busy (at around 5PM on a Friday), with no free space to sit at really. The selection of drinks was your run-of-the-mill pub really, and it wouldn’t be a place I would come drink unless it was the closest thing to work and I couldn’t be bothered to go anywhere else.

 

The Cow Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

Poncho 8

Burritos are really my jam, so discovering there is a (new?) place that caters for that in the Wharf was great – that, and they offer chicken burritos which is just great. I was trying out the new MealPal app which meant no queue for me, because otherwise Canary Wharf queues tend to be soul-crushing during lunch times. The meat was very tender and deliciously spicy, with a gorgeous guacamole filling, in what ended up quite a decent sized meal.

Poncho 8 does self-describe itself as offering the “best burritos in London” – which I’m not entirely quite sure would stand an objective analysis, as Korrito was incredible, but it definitely is a really good option (Especially for the area).

 

Poncho 8 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wok to Walk

Wok to Walk very much reminds me of when we got the first similar(ish) restaurant in my hometown (Cluj) and it was very bloody exciting. I, for one, love Asian cuisine and it was particularly exotic back in the day. The way I would describe this restaurant is more as an Asian fast food joint – which for all intents and purposes, it is – than anything else. It offers decent(ish) food for a good enough price, and I do somehow feel more comfortable that I’m not eating rat meat than with the equivalents of Burger King and McDonalds.

 

Wok To Walk Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Burnt Toast Cafe

Brixton market is always a somewhat surreal experience, by virtue of how un-London the whole place is – more similar to a marketplace in Marrakech than our urban jungle. It’s also one of the few places where virtually all restaurants (bar one) are cash only. As I found out tho, it’s also the home of one of London’s must visit breakfast places.

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The Calf

There was a soft autumn light which poured itself inside┬áthe pub – which is strange given that it is only the beginning of spring. The Calf was eerily quiet, as many places tend to be at this time of the day, but I’ve always found that to be a perk, and it meant we could easily pick whichever part of the pub to accommodate us.

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