Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Koya: Simple, Unassuming Japanese restaurant in Soho specializing in Udon noodles

GinFizzGirl Koya udon noodles

I had my first experience of tasting udon noodles at Koya and was rather comforted by the clean fresh flavours presented. Thick long gloopy strands of cold udon noodles were dunked into a hot broth sprinkled with slivers of ginger and spring onions. Coupled with some crispy prawn and vegetable tempura, it was just the right amount of food to walk back home feeling content and satisfied. I had a bit of trepidation when I was handling the noodles with my chopsticks and wondered if I could manage eating this without making a muddle of it and hey, it wasn't too bad. You get into the rhythm of lifting with your chopsticks, twirling the udon around, dunking quickly and then satisfyingly slurping it up. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Patty & Bun: Contender to Meat Liquor for Best Burger Joint in London

The last year or so has seen London embrace the classic American cheese burger. Sure there are burgers in London, but with the arrival of pop-ups turned restaurants like Meat Liquour, the greasy, oozy, dripping with love, meat feast of burger has arrived in London. I’ve written about the burgers at Meat Liquor before…which were so good that I no longer crave for burgers from Burger Joint in New York but this weekend, I had chance to suss out the competition – Patty & Bun.

Just a few streets away from Meat Liquor on St. Christopher Lane near Oxford Street is a burger joint that’s  been getting rave reviews since it opened. Having seen the lines that snake out of this tiny restaurant and hearing about the infamous hour and a half long wait times, I never really actively sought out a visit. Until one sunny day, when I was in Hyde Park with a friend and heard him moan about how hungry he was – a flash of inspiration hit me. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon and highly unlikely that there would be a hungry crowd waiting outside Patty & Bun and my friend in his hunger-induced state, having no idea what or where Patty & Bun was, agreed to join me.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tinello: Excellent Chic Italian restaurant in Chelsea

I was a tad bit unenthusiastic when my friend suggested we try out a restaurant near Sloan Square called Tinello. The moment I heard the words ‘Sloan Square’, I instantly started moaning about how over-priced it’s going to be. I also made a big fuss about trudging all the way out to Chelsea for a meal when we could easily go to one of the many good restaurants in and around Marylebone and Soho.

But in the end, I’m so glad my friend picked Tinello because our meal was amazing!  My dish of Nettle Pappardelle with Duck Ragout was outstanding. Delicate pasta ribbons made with nettle that curved around the most delicious ragout I’ve ever tasted.