Broadgate Circle

“Broadgate Circle, where’s that?” my dad asked before I ventured out for brunch last Sunday. It’s nestled just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Street Station. I always find the City of London to be a strange place on the weekend, it’s eerily quiet – but now I’ve figured out where everyone is flocking to – Broadgate Circle. It’s a relatively recent development, but it’s fast become a foodie hub and it brings together a varied collection of restaurants, cafes, bars and street food to the City.

I’d like to stress that Broadgate Circle is such a good place to catch-up with people, because of it’s closeness to Liverpool Street Station — the epicenter of all transport connections.

So, what’s on offer?

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It’s a funky spot that brightens up the concrete jungle that is Broadgate Circle, and it’s here where I went for brunch last weekend. There are not many seats (and the majority of them are outside) as it’s the type of place that is geared up for a workers lunch. Their counter is full of vibrant salads, protein balls, and muffins to take away.  But we were here for brunch – my advice is to go hungry as you can as they offer a two-course bottomless brunch with free-flowing cocktails.

Their avocado toast is one of the best I’ve ever made. It’s served on organic charcoal sourdough, topped with avocado and then sprinkled with lime and lemon dukkah. Served with a dollop of labneh and homemade chili pesto.

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The Crab Tavern

I originally came here with a couple of friends and I’ve been dying to go back since. It’s such a warm and inviting eatery with leather booths and high tables – although I’d probably swerve it on a Thursday as it’s full of city slickers get pissed.

Now, you will have to shell out a fair bit to eat here, and naturally, crab does feature heavily on the menu. And I’m not kidding: hot, cold, served tartar or deep fried, on bread, in a coquette, or stacked into towers. If you can do it to a crab, they do it here.

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Yauatcha City

Brought to you by the genius behind the Hakkasan Group and Yauatcha City offers high-quality Dim Sum. The restaurant is huge (and albeit a slightly odd shape as it essentially occupies an entire semi-circle of Broadgate Circle).

All of the delights of authentic Cantonese dim sum are on offer here and they have installed open kitchens, so you’re able to watch the skills chefs prepare a huge range of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum. Just promise me if you venture here that you’ll try the Venison Puffs.

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Franco Manca

I’ve mentioned Franco Manca on my blog before (and much has been said about it). I adore their slow-rising sourdough pizza bases and the fact that the ingredients are either organic Italian or locally sourced, definitely appeals to me. It’s also incredibly affordable, you can easily bag you’re a pizza for £6 – and even though it’s cheap, they don’t comprise on taste.

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Shoryu Ramen

This joint is from the folk behind the Japan Centre, and the clue is in the name in terms of what they offer here – Ramen. But more specifically, Tonkotsu Ramen. It’s a thick, rich, 12-hour pork broth ramen served with char siu, pork belly, nitamago egg, mushrooms, spring onions, sesame, and seaweed.

But if ramen isn’t your thing, don’t fret. There are plenty of other options, like their steamed buns and gyozas.

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Best Places for Pizza in London

Nothing can beat that crispy crust, covered in savoury tomato sauce, concealed under a mountain of melty, gooey cheese – it’s one of the world’s favourites foods, of course, it’s pizza.

God know’s I love Pizza, and it’s more than just something you have when you’re hungover. Say goodbye to Papa Johns and hello to my favourite pizzeria’s in London.

Sodo Pizza 

As the name applies, it’s all about the sourdough at Sodo Pizza. They’ve got three branches – Upper Clapton, Hoxton and now Walthamstow. Their dough is fermented for around 18 hours and then blasted at 450°C. The Winter Goat is a winner with tomato, mozzarella, goats cheese, walnuts, caramelised onions and olives, yum.

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Pizza Pilgrims 

Pizza Pilgrims set up shop shortly after a pilgrimage to Italy to discover how to make the best pizza. They started out in a van in Soho and have have truly completed the transition from street food vendors to restaurateurs. Expect chewy and soft pizzas – well worth the pilgrimage to any of their branches.

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Pizza East 

SoHo House’s pizza branch, Pizza East, started on Shoreditch High Street and has now been rolled out to Kentish Town and Portobello. They serve up rustic pizza’s made from seasonal ingredients with ciabatta-style dough with a generous crust.

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Franco Manca

You can thank Franco Manca for bringing the sourdough pizza revolution to London. The menu is focused on six pizzas plus a changing specials board. At around £6 a pizza and £3 a beer, you’ll marvel at how small your bill is.

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Zia Lucia 

Hidden in Holloway, Zia Lucia is a local gem. Their pizzas are served on 48-hour slow-fermented sourdoughs and their bases come in four varieties: vegetable charcoal, wholemeal, gluten-free, and traditional. I’ve never come across a pizzeria where I could actually choose the type of dough, it’s incredibly refreshing.

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Yard Sale Pizza 

Yard Sale Pizza have two shops in Clapton and Finsbury Park and this place is primarily for take-away. I adore their pizza with butternut squash, goats cheese, rocket and honey drizzle. Don’t forgot about the dips, their garlic & herb has nothing on Dominoes.

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Homeslice 

Beer and pizza? Hell Yeah. Well that’s exactly what the guy’s at Homeslice thought back in 2011 when they did they’re first event at London Fields Brewery. They do massive portions with inventive flavours, my advice is to share one between two, with different toppings on each half. Make sure to get the aubergine, cauliflower cheese, spinach and harissa pizza.

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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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