Tuesday, March 25, 2014

28-50 Wine Bar and Restaurant in Marylebone near Oxford Street

When I’ve been asked to recommend a wine bar in the past, the only place that used to come to mind was Vinoteca, a rather successful and popular wine bar that’s now popped up in various locations. However, I’m a bit indifferent to the food served there and tastings by the glass add up to quite a bit on your bill. So I’m happy now to say that I found something better – a low-key casual yet smart wine bar called 28-50 on Marylebone Lane that serves a wine by the glass with a price range that keeps your wallet happy. It’s easy to sample a large range of wines if you go for the 75ml glasses which range from £2.50 upwards.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Flavour Expats: Battle of the supperclubs on Edible Experiences

I’ve been quite excited to go to one of the Flavour Expat Supperclub events this March and April. Essentially a collaboration between 2 different supperclub every week – I loved the idea of it and got tickets for Italy vs Hakka China. Italy was represented by Rob of Backdoor Kitchen and Hakka China by Wen, founder of Edible Experiences – a website that showcases all the pop up events, supperclubs, cooking classes and food tours held in London. Each chef will cook 3 courses - in total, it’s £35 for a 6 course menu and it’s BYOB. The fact that it was in an area in Hackney I’ve never been before and potentially quite a trek to get to from work and then back home again didn’t faze me. Luckily I had two friends join me so I knew it was a going to be a good night all in all.

Samsui Chicken at Flavour Expats

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dinner at Scratch Supperclub in Marylebone

Lemon Olive Chicken Tagine

I love going to supperclubs. It’s a great way to discover a new chef, eat some delicious food and meet new people outside your social circle. Last month, I attended a 'Scratch Supperclub' dinner in Marylebone hosted by Michelle, a lovely Australian ex-chef who’s been doing these events for a while. The dinner was 8 course menu with Moroccan influences (inspired by her recent trip to Morocco).

We barged in a few minute late – so any awkwardness I felt about entering the rather intimate setting of stranger’s home quickly dissipated. We were just in time for the first starter, a Chermoula and Lamb crostini which was utterly delicious. As I tasted the first bite of slow-cooked lamb, in an instant all my fears vanished. Who knew how this night would go but it was certainly starting off on a good note.