FOOD – arthur’s on the green, twickenham london

food - arthurs on the green twickenham london

If you ever find yourself south of the River and in the home of ‘England rugby’, be sure to stop by gourmet bistro Arthur’s On The Green for a true taste of Twickenham’s finest food.

From the outside, modern British restaurant Arthur’s On The Green looks like a conservatory you would find attached to your grandma’s house. Adorned with vibrant bunting, beautiful flower pots and the odd swan fixture, it’s no wonder that this bistro is popular with visitors and yummy mummies alike. But aside from it’s quirky decor and clientele, one thing this restaurant is famous for is its brunch. Boasting a variety of dishes from the traditional Full English to a more indulgent omlette Arnold Bennett (the classic dish from the Savoy Hotel), its no wonder their breakfast gets rave reviews. Wanting to try it out for ourselves, me and Ali headed over to see what the fuss was all about.

food - arthurs on the green twickenham - duck egg & brioche

Quick off-the-mark with their service, Arthur’s On The Green were on hand to answer any questions (one being ‘what is brioche’ – aha we all have to learn sometime) and recommended some of their favourite breakfast dishes. I decided on the duck egg & brioche (poached duck egg served on toasted brioche, with crispy bacon, lemon & dill mayonnaise), whereas channeling his inner Spaniard, Ali chose aptly titled dish ‘The Spanish’ (chorizo, Spanish tortilla, chargrilled piquillo peppers, fried mushrooms, grilled tomato with herbs, streaky bacon and toast with preservatives). Both dishes were £7 each.

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Having never tried my dish before, I was more than happy with my duck egg & brioche. The brioche was light and yet filling, with the delicious duck egg yolk spilling out onto it, making for a perfect compliment. The lemon in the mayonnaise was not overpowering, and the bacon was just the right amount of crispy goodness! Ali also loved his breakfast – especially the chargrilled piquillo peppers, and kindly mopped up my yolk with his toast.

Sitting on its own on Twickenham Green, Arthur’s On The Green is a great and quiet place to stop by for food. With attentive service and gorgeous non-expensive dishes to choose from, this bistro has definitely mastered the art of brunch and is a must-try place if you’re ever in the area.

Arthur’s On The Green is located at 20 The Green, Twickenham,, London, TW2 5AB.

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FOOD – ole pera, finsbury park london

food - ole pera finsbury park london

One of my favourite restaurants in London, Ole Pera not only serves you delicious Mediterranean cuisine, they are also a great choice for those on a budget.

I was first introduced to Ole Pera by my first ‘London’ friend and roomie, Ellie, and I have literally been coming back ever since. One of their best menu offers is their two courses for £9.95. With a set menu of delicious Mediterranean dishes to choose from, you are literally spoilt for choice!

food - ole pera, finsbury park - starter bread, olives and spicy sauce

Aside from their friendly service, they also provide a free bread basket with green and black olives and a spicy sauce for you to snack on whilst you ponder the menu. One starter that I always order is the hummus. That alongside the olives, makes for an amazing combination.

food - ole pera, finsbury park - lamb shish

For the main, one dish I couldn’t recommend more is the chicken shish. Slightly blackened for a smoky effect, the chicken cubes are still moist and comes with a tangy salsa, tortilla wrap and a portion of dome sized sticky rice. Other options you can choose from on the set menu are the lamb shish or if you’re a vegetarian, the musakka.

Within easy reach of Finsbury Park station, Ole Pera is the perfect post-work spot. Not only will you get brilliant and attentive service, but their wholesome food is great for those watching their pennies and you don’t have to worry about leaving on an empty stomach!

Ole Pera is located at 145 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3PZ.

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FOOD – haché burgers, clapham london

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My search for the best cheap eats in London led me to gourmet burger restaurant Haché Burgers. Opened in 2004, Haché Burgers offers quirky unrivalled burgers at an inexpensive price!

But the one thing which really sold it to me was their concept of the ‘Sunday roast burger’. Yep, you read that right. Nothing could surpass your mum’s Sunday roast, but at £9.95, this burger tried its damnedest! A Scotch beef patty sandwiched between two homemade Yorkshire puddings, soaked in a beef jus and topped with Dauphinoise potatoes and parsnip with crispy carrot strips. It sounded like heaven, and it most definitely was!

The medium rare patty melted in your mouth, whilst the crispy carrots and parsnips added an amazing texture. The Yorkshire puddings were large and soft, with the gravy and horseradish sauce being great accompaniments.

food - hache burgers, clapham - potato wedges and sweet potato fries

I also had a side of sweet potato fries (it’s becoming a reoccurring side dish in my food reviews, I know!), but you cannot beat a good sweet potato fry! These were nice and crispy and not too thin, and strangely complemented the Sunday roast burger perfectly! In fact, I could only manage a few fries as the burger was very filling, which was an extra bonus!

food - hache burgers, clapham - free sweets

For their interesting and not too expensive concepts, Haché Burgers is a must visit for those adventurous burger lovers wanting to try something new and different. They offer a quick and friendly service and the food does speak for itself!

Haché Burgers is located at 157 Clapham High Street, SW4 7SS, with branches in Camden, Chelsea, Shoreditch and Balham.

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FOOD – monty’s nepalese, northfields london

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Established since 1980, Monty’s Nepalese Cuisine is an Indian and Nepalese restaurant with branches in Northfields, Kingston and Ealing. 

Lovers of curry and wanting to try sometime a bit different, me and Ali visited the Northfields restaurant.

food - montys nepalese, northfields - chutneys

When we arrived it was a very busy night, and despite not making a reservation, the waiters were very nice and quickly got us a table. After browsing the menu and ordering a couple of soft drinks, we decided that for starters we would have poppadums with a pickle and chutney tray – always a classic.

food - montys nepalese, northfields - lamb madras

food - montys nepalese, northfields - Chicken Dilkhoosh

 After filling us up quite nicely, our main courses came. Ali ordered a lamb madras with boiled rice for £7.60, whereas I went for the chicken dilkhoosh, (chicken breasts covered in a thick creamy sauce with rice and mushrooms), which was £11.90. My dish was absolutely delicious! I love creamy dishes, and this one didn’t disappoint! It was mild and sweet and the rice was just the right portion without being too over-filling.

We would definitely visit Monty’s again. I would say it is fairly cheap considering it’s in London and next time I’ll be sure to try more of the Nepalese dishes!

Monty’s Nepalese is located at 54 Northfield Avenue, London, W13 9RR, with branches in Kingston and Ealing as well.

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FOOD – beigel bake, brick lane london

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On my search for the best cheap eats in London I came across snack shop Beigel Bake.
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Situated on Brick Lane, Beigel Bake is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The East End institution was built around the time when the community was predominantly Jewish – hence its traditional Jewish style-filled bagels.

food - beigel bake, brick lane - beef bagelFor £3.70 you can get its famous salt beef bagel with or without mustard. I opted for without mustard and as simple as it may look, the portion of salt beef was very generous (as you can see in the photo above, I had to take some out of my bagel) and the moist beef melted in my mouth. 

If you’re around Brick Lane, Beigel Bake is a definite must-visit. If bagels aren’t your thing, they do delicious Danish pastries, fresh cream cakes and even soup for under £1!

Beigel Bake is located at 159 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB.

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FOOD & LIFESTYLE – chinese new year

food and lifestyle - chinese new yearLast weekend was Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate the Year of the Sheep than tucking into a delicious meal in Chinatown?

With beautiful decorations, lots of dining options – including Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants – and even a lifesize panda in the streets, me and my boyfriend Ali thought it would be a great idea to experience our first Chinatown meal.

Chinese New Year - Lantern

One place that we stumbled across and couldn’t recommend more was Leong’s Legend on Macclesfield St. With queues forming outside the door, diners had to knock on the wooden door to be let in (very mysterious I know). After knocking on the door, we were greeted and taken to a wooden table in a quiet corner with a small partition for privacy. After glancing at the menu, we ordered a ¼ duck with pancakes and hoisin sauce (classic), sticky rice with shredded beef, pork dim sum and kung pao chicken.

Chinese New Year - Leongs Legend - Sticky rice with shredded beef

Chinese New Year - Leongs Legend - Kung pao chicken

Our food arrived at the same time which was great for us to dip in and out of dishes. The sticky rice with shredded beef was beautifully presented and tasted very sweet, however it was a tad small portion-wise. When our duck arrived the waiter kindly cut it up for us, something which we weren’t expecting but was lovely service nonetheless. One dish which I was eager to try was dim sum. We decided to go for the pork bun – pork belly in a peanut butter sauce – which was really sweet and delicious.

Lifestyle & Food - colourfully lit building in Chinatown London

On our way home we stopped off at the famous Kowloon Bakery on Gerrard St to sample some Chinese treats – and of course to grab a fortune cookie! We opted for a coconut bun (a coconut flavoured muffin with a cherry on top), a mooncake (with a red bean paste filling) and a nuomici (a glutinous rice ball with dried coconut shavings on the outside).

Chinese New Year - Cakes and Chinese treats from Kowloon Bakery

Chinese New Year - Chinese treats from Kowloon Bakery

My favourite dessert was the coconut bun which had a hard pastry case and a soft coconut flavoured muffin filling. I wasn’t too keen on the nuomici due to the texture, but each to their own!  It was a lovely end to our first dining experience in Chinatown and I cannot wait to try out new places the next time I go there!

How did you spend Chinese New Year?

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FOOD – kerbisher & malt, hammersmith london

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Hailed as ‘Britain’s best contemporary fish & chip shop’ by Esquire Magazine, it’s no wonder why many flock to the Kerbisher & Malt to sample their version of Britain’s most famous dish.

Located on Shepherd’s Bush Road and within easy reach of Hammersmith tube station, Kerbisher & Malt Brook Green is one of five open in London. Set up in 2011, owners Nick and Saul wanted to make fish and chips that were simple, fresh and healthy. With a variety of fish available such as haddock, cod and pollock and sides starting from 40p, I just had to check this plaice out. [Sorry, had to go there]

Order bar at the Kerbisher & Malt

Kerbisher & Malt decor

I guess one thing which surprises most visitors is how small and minimalistic the shop is. Most of Kerbisher & Malt’s dishes are helpfully listed on a white tiled wall as you walk in, and a simple, but cosy setting means that you can either dine on a long wooden bench, or for something a little more private there’s smaller tables. Stripped-back decor such as newspaper decorated walls greeting you in the toilets and ‘in the press’ style photo frames at the order bar means that their delicious food isn’t overshadowed.

Kerbisher & Malt's Coley and chips special

For just £5 I got the small Coley and chips special with tartar sauce and mushy peas on the side for an extra £1.60. The portion of chips was huge and the fish had a nice lightweight batter. The service was quick and with fish cooked to order, you don’t have to worry about how long your fish has been left to dry out.

In all honesty, cheap eating in London does not get better than this. It’s hard to find a place which offers simple but delicious dishes. If you don’t fancy their signature fish and chips, Kerbisher & Malt also offers fish finger butties, fishcake burgers and even calamari.

Kerbisher & Malt is located at 164 Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6 7PB, with branches in Ealing, Clapham and Mortlake/East Sheen.

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