Eight Things I Ate This November

I kicked this month off my heading to a local favourite, The Winchmore. They do a killer Sunday roast and one where the trimmings aren’t an after thought. Get the Roasted Belly Pork, I promise you you don’t be disappointed.

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Jones & Sons have recently relocated to Gillet Street. They boast a banging boozy bottomless brunch where both of the food AND drinks are bottomless. Wants not to love? If you’re a big group be sure you book in advance otherwise you’ll leave disappointed.

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I had dinner last week with a friend from college, Serena, at Gunpowder in Spitalfields. If you haven’t been you seriously need to add it to your wish list. They serve Indian small plates which have been crafted to perfection. If there’s one thing you on the menu that you have to order, it’s the Aloo Chat – a dish where potatoes sing with Garam Masala and dressed in creamy yoghurt and topped with fried onions and chickpeas.

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Scott and I headed to Franco Manca before hitting up the Fantastic Beasts. They serve up some of the best pizza’s in London, I adore their Sourdough bases and their a bargain at between £5-£9.

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This month I was taken out on a client lunch and got the opportunity to head to Hawksmoor – A place I’ve been dying to try it out since I started working in London. The rumors are true, Hawksmoor steaks are brilliant. I opted for the Fillet Steak, which just melted in the month. And, their starters are every bit as good – the Roast Scallops were served piping hot on the shell were delicious.

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Clerkenwell Grind is the newest member of the Grind family. Scott and I headed to their soft launch earlier in April and raved about it. Their drinks and delicious food will have you reaching for your camera for every dish. Breakfast includes treats like Kimchee and Mushroom Croquettes and French-Toast Banana Bread, and during their Dinner service they tempt you with delights such as, the Sweet Potato Harissa Cakes with a Duck Egg and Truffle Tagliolini.

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I love baking and my cupboard is full of every type of flour and sugar available. But sometimes I like to mix it up and try healthy alternatives. This month I made a Carrot Cake with a twist, it’s got no refined sugar and I’ve sweetened the cake naturally using mashed banana and pure maple syrup. It’s so yummy and moist, if you have a spare afternoon I highly recommend making this bake.

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I’m not sure how I’ve managed it, but it’s taken me until now to try Dishoom. It’s regularly voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in London and I finally get the hype. I headed there for brunch one weekend in October for my dad’s birthday and it was bloody delicious. They serve up a Bombay-inspired breakfast offering spiced versions on your traditional breakfast grub. Keep your eye out for my full review coming soon…

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A Break from the Daily Grind | Clerkenwell Grind

Earlier this week Grind opened their latest joint, Clerkenwell Grind. It’s spread out over two floors, and features their biggest restaurant to date and a late-night club/bar. Scott and I went during their soft launch and bagged ourseleves a table on a Wednesday night after work. It’s literally around the corner from where I work in the Barbican and Scott greeted me with one of their legendary Espresso Martinis.

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I love the look and feel of the the space, and is located in an old warehouse building on Old Street. You’re greated with one of their signature neon signs before heading into the restaurant which is decorated with beautiful plush pink velvet chairs, marble table tops, royal blue pannelling, which is all complimented with golden lights.

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There’s always bound to be a few hiccups during a soft launch, and there were quite a few items on the dinner menu which were no longer available. I was disappointed when I heard that they had run out of both the starters I had really wanted – the octopus and scallop, so instead I opted for the beef tartare and Scott went for the fig and black boar speck on toast. I love beef tartare and adored the gimmick of the egg yolk served in half an egg shell.

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Between courses we ordered a side of potato skins and unfortantely they weren’t crisp enough and tasted rather bland so we had to add quite a fair bit of salt.

Moving onto mains, I had the sweet potato harissa cakes topped with a poached duck egg and Scott had the bavette steak and had orginally ordered a side of chips. As the food was being served we were told that the chef was not happy with the chips so instead we recieved a bowl of sweet potato flavoured with truffle and garlic.

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My poached egg was perfectly runny but the sweet potato cake was a bit too oily for my taste. Scott was not impressed with his Chimichurri sauce either yet the steak was beautifully cooked and was served pink in the middle.

I love the fact this coffee bar is a five minute walk away from my day job so to say I was exicted by its arrival was an understantment, there’s not a huge amount of variety near the Barbican – I’m so spoilt by Pret and Pizza Express. I’ll never complain about a lack of decent places to eat and drink near the Barbican again and if I can drag my arse out of bed a bit earlier, I could always pop in for breakfast before work.

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Clerkenwell Grind, 2-4 Old Street, EC1V 9AA

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