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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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