FINALLY ARRIVED IN LONDON!
Amongst many other interesting visits, was my first food stop at Harrods Food Court- Lower Level. There were so many interesting looking foods on display that I was stuck on what to order!
Anyway I ended up getting a Scotch egg. Hmm. In my mind I had envisioned warm crispy outer layer with warm insides plus gooey egg centre yay! BUT IT WAS NOT THIS DAY! (LOTR haha). According to the shopkeeper, in London, they serve their Scotch eggs cold, I asked why and she said it was to avoid reheating the egg which would cook the gooey egg centre.
I found it strange haha but I went with it. I didn't really enjoy it, I prefer how its done in Sydney, warm and crispy.
(There was pork mince and gooey egg centre)
For lunch, I decided to visit Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas restaurant in Soho. The restaurant didn't have tables which was strange, so we all had to sit around the bar area, kinda like a sushi train. It was quite fun to watch them cook food behind the counter (they cooked on the spot with fresh seafood hanging out behind them for fresh picking). They were ridiculously fast at preparing the food actually which didn't affect the quality of the food which was STUPENDOUS! Haha. First up was the grilled octopus with capers.
(Flesh was bouncy and grilled just right with crispy caramelised edges)
Then came the Morcilla with fried quail eggs. My great egggspectations was satisfied because this was freakin awesome! Who knew I would actually like blood pudding!
(Those two were sitting on grilled capsicum and tostada yum)
I'm thinking I'll visit again before I leave, maybe bring Jin with me, its his sorta thing I imagine. Haha.
So I ended up choosing a Lebanese restaurant called Maroush, which was had a really relaxing vibe and nice ambience. It was so good cause I was so tired from all the walking and just wanted to chill out like a bean on a nice soft couch, which they also had :)
First came the entrees of hommus and tabouli.
(hommus was so creamy and the oil so fragrant!)
And then there was light-- no heavy dose of meats! :P
My goodness thought the chicken, lamb and beef mind skewers were bloody awesome! I particularly enjoyed the grilled chicken breast. I mean an experience with chicken breast can easily be bad, but IT WAS NOT THIS DAY! Hehe
Then the kind boss Paul, brought out special Lebanese desserts.
They were all quite similar, I recognise the Baklava because I have had it before and it was yummy. The pastry very flaky and light.
(Baklava was the one back left)
Day 2- Fossils and stuff.
So the next morning, I knew I wanted to have something biiiiiggg, something like a British Big Breakfast! :D
So I went searching for The Breakfast Club. I got totally lost on the way and was so happy to find the place when my little dream was shattered when they told me that there was a 45minute wait. I went out of the restaruant, looked around teh cirner, and lo and behold, a massive cue. And can you imagine, it was pouring rain?
I couldn't wait, so i sadly went in search of another eatery. I remembered seeing this place on the way, cafe called L'eto Caffe, so I decided to go there instead.
It was a cute little cafe, with a huge array of desserts ranging from cakes, muffins, and sweet pies.
For breakfast, I opted for the Truffle egg on brioche. This lonely sandwich was pretty nice, especially the bread, which was warm, had a crusty outer layer but super fluffy innards. The only thing as that the cheese had not fully melted in the centre as you'll see in my other picture below.
(They sprinkeld truffled oil on the egg which was yummy)
(As you can see, there were chunks of cheese floating in my egg yolk :/)
For dessert, I ended up getting the honey cake, which was layers of soft and moist cake and cream. Apparently it is a Hungarian spaiclaity! Not really my kinda cake though, I mean ti was nice but not soemething I'd ever order again. There was this taste that I can't quite figure out what it is.
After breakfast, I went to find fossils. Muahaha.
That's all for now! I am going to be updating my blog regularly this trip so stay tuned! :)
One of my best experiences so so far in London was at Hawksmoor Guildhall in London Business District, CBD.
I opted for the Express Menu which was 27 pounds, which was awesome because I got to choose three items from the menu. The main was half the size than normal, but the entree and dessert were regular sized!
First up, was my choice of bone marrow and caramelised onions.
This was so so sooooo good!!!!! The bone marrow was soooo soft and oozy and it paired so well with the sweeeet caramelised onions even I was shocked, cause I vowed that I would never have a bone marrow as awesome as the one I had in the US at Minetta Tavern, but alas! I was wrong! And this one is now on par :)
(the crusty sourdough on the side was toasted just right!)
My main was the Ribeye and it was cooked just right, and was super tasty. Sometimes I find steak can be a great cut and perfectly cooked, but bland, but this was seasoned just right with that beautiful meaty flavour all over! :9
(side of fresh lettuce which was surprisingly really good, the sauce was like a zesty shallot and garlic sauce. Yum)
Finally came my dessert, a slab of shortbread and peanut butter ice cream.
My goodness, again, so delicious. Just imagine, a waaaarm crusty but soft melt in the mouth shortbread when bitten into feeling paired with cold and creamy peanut butter ice cream. It was soooo good :9
Oh and did I mention that the centre, was ooozing with salted caramel? YUP!
Like I said before, favourite dinner so far! :) I am probably going to go back before I leave London.
For breakfast the next day, I went to The Breakfast Club at 8am to avoid the horrendous queue that I have personally experienced the previous day, begins shortly after 8.
I got the Huevos Al Benny, which was a beautiful plate of poached eggs, roast peppers, avocado, fresh chillies and spicy hollandaise. The hollandaise sauce was just right, nice and creamy and tasty and I loved the chorizo.
Everyone around me got different foods, and they all looked delicious especially their big breakfast! I might go back if I have time :9
I actually just checked out that website, which is super cute!!!
I couldn't help but notice that over here, they package their sashimi so cute in their express take away sushi shops :D
Stay tuned for moreeee soooon!