Sunday, 24 November 2013

THE NIBBLE TRAIL #2

Oops, I've missed a post last week due to...unforeseen circumstances.
This can only mean one thing - more eating to catch up on!
I've decided to do it on a Saturday this time, because some of my favourite places are closed on Sundays.

1. Schokokusse - Southbank Centre Christmas Market (15th November - 24th December)

It's that wonderful festive time of the year again! - unless of course you're the Christmas Grinch.
Contemplating on what I should get, I spotted this stall selling chocolate kisses. The last time I had one of these was at the Christmas market on my trip to Bruges, which I loved.

 
 

My little Irish cream chocolate kiss wanted to get a selfie with the London Eye, but the sun was unfortunately shining from the wrong direction...
So we ended up at Trafalgar Square instead.

 

Oh the things I do for you little one.

2. 10 Greek Street - 10 Greek Street, London W1D 4DH

A lone diner at one of my favourite places again, I perched myself at the end of the bar. I was asked if I was waiting for someone else, which I said no - maybe I should have pretended that I was stood up by my date.

I ordered a small portion of seared scallops which was served with cauliflower puree, clementines and pomegranates.
Perfectly seared scallops, and I especially loved the smooth creamy texture of the cauliflower puree.

 

3. Yoobi - 38 Lexington Street, Soho, London W1F 0LL

I usually order the temaki, but this time I went for the maki rolls - ordering a portion of the Unagi eel maki rolls from the Specials board.

4. Muriel's Kitchen - 36-38 Old Compton Street, Soho, London 

By this time, I had met up with Lili for our usual catch up - and what better way to do it than with some lovely sweet treats! Food is after all best shared in the company of good friends.
This new branch in Soho has just recently opened in the last couple of days, and we were lucky enough to be seated at the table with the swings! 

We ordered the apple strudel with ice cream and the coconut and orange loaf cake.

 

And convinced by our very charming and attentive waiter, I ordered an extra portion of the red velvet layered cake with berries - very naughty of me I know.

 

 

Not quite sure what I was looking at...but it must have been good.

If you missed the last #nibbletrail post, click here.

Watch this space, or follow me on Twitter/Instagram for more #nibbletrail adventures.

The Cheekster, signing off x


Sunday, 10 November 2013

THE NIBBLE TRAIL #1

As my Sundays are usually quite chilled and relaxed (a.k.a. I have 'too much' free time - sometimes), I've decided to do a weekly post (#nibbletrail). These will basically be short posts of my foodie adventures - ideal when I'm having solo days out. The rule is that I will only order one dish/drink at every stop - bars, restaurants, cafes (cake with coffee is accepted - because you just can't have cake without coffee), food stalls etc. 

1. Koya Bar - 50 Frith Street, London W1D 4SQ

 I got in just before 12noon for the breakfast menu. Initially, I was planning to order the Okayu, but then became swayed by the specials board, and ordered the onigiri instead. 
Tasty little rice parcels wrapped in seaweed, served with miso soup and pickled beetroot.

 

2. Damson & Co - 21 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RL

One of my favourite places to stopover for a coffee, except this time I went for the salmon tartare. If there was tartare on any menu, and I could only choose one dish, the tartare would be the clear winner - because who doesn't love tartare. 
Light, fresh and citrus-y, with a slight hint of spiciness.


3. Poppy & Sebastian at The Real Food Market - Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London Se1 8XX

Food markets are great for their variety of foods, and The Real Food Market is one of my favourites on a weekend. The Chou pastry dessert from Poppy & Sebastian was just too strong a temptation - sugar-coated, soft and fluffy pastry filled with creamy custard, and topped off with a thin slice of caramelized nuts. 

 


London is so beautiful when the weather is good - so breathtaking that even my little Chou could not resist taking a selfie against the London Eye...


Because this would be the first and last time for him. Sorry little Chou.

4. Kaffeine - 66 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QJ

Another one of my favourite coffee places, and a nice stopover when shopping around Oxford Street. Usually I would have ordered a flat white, but I haven't had an affogato in ages, and this is one of the places that I always know I can count on.

 

That concludes today's Nibble Trail. Eating out at a variety of places means that I am not restricted to just one menu, and I can continue exploring (and shopping) in between. I also don't have to linger around at one place for too long and avoid looking like a sad,  neglected little singleton. 
Besides that, I feel less restrained when taking silly photos in public - I just pretend to be some innocent snap-happy tourist.

Let's hope we have more sunny weekends ahead. 
And if you're excited about Christmas lights, the Oxford Street Christmas Light switch-on is on Tuesday 12th November.

 

For future posts, follow me on Twitter/Instagram #nibbletrail - yes, I do use the HASHTAG, despite the fact that I do find them quite annoying at times. I only use them when necessary though - honest. 

Hope everyone else had a good weekend.

The Cheekster, signing off x


Monday, 4 November 2013

BO LONDON

It's not very often that I have dim sum on a weekday - usually it's an occasional weekend affair when I get the odd craving. However, I purchased a voucher from Groupon quite a while back, which I thankfully remembered about, just in time before it expired...

My Mondays are usually reserved for dancing, but I took it easy today (without missing the amazing class by Jasmin Saulo!) and excitedly rushed off after class to meet Mr D.

The voucher entitled each of us to two dishes from the Steamed section, two dishes from the Fried section, and a bowl of fried rice.
Our reservation was for 1.30pm, and it was rather disappointing that they had already sold out of four of the dishes (?!).
So this then narrowed down our choices, leaving us with eight other dishes which we ordered one of everything to share between us.
I also ordered some Jasmine tea, which came served in a cute little pot with a long handle.

 


| Black truffle, soy, Chinese cheung fun |

This is probably the daintiest-looking cheung fun that I have ever eaten - six delicate rolls of cheung fun with the tiny little mushrooms.

 

| Sichuan spiced lamb xiao long bao |

One of my favourite dim sum choices that is never missed off the order - we ordered this alongside the classic version. Lovely hint of spiciness. 
The skin was maybe a bit denser than what I'm usually used to, but tasty nonetheless.


| Har gau with black truffle XO |

Another one of my dim sum staples.
Delicious fresh and juicy prawns encased in a a lovely, thin, translucent skin.
The only thing missing now is my sieu mai.

 

| Wild mushroom dumpling |

 A nice, generous stuffing of mushrooms. A meat-free choice, but still one of my favourites, knowing how much I love mushrooms...


 

| Foie gras pot sticker |

A gyoza, but with foie gras stuffing.
One of the delicacies that I very rarely eat...just in case any of you animal activist/fanatics out there are reading this...

 

| Fried squid ball, kaffir lime |

 Juicy, bouncy balls of goodness - and the kaffir lime mayo sauce was a nice twist.


| Chicken pesto spring roll |

Smaller than your average spring roll, fried to perfection and full of flavour.

 

| Fried rice with Chinese olive leaf |

Very tasty, if maybe just a tad bit on the oily side. 
Then again, oily fried rice usually tastes way better...
As they say, you can't win 'em all.


The meal turned out to be quite filling. As with all my dim sum experiences, I always leave feeling guiltily satisfied. Fat yet happy.

Overall, Bo London is a bit on the pricey side in terms of dim sum, but I suppose it would be great for an indulgent treat every now and then.
Well-suited for those who prefer a more contemporary variation to the traditional dim sum.

The Cheekster, signing off x


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