Food reviews and recipes

Herman Ze German

I used to work right by Charlotte Street, and that made lunchtimes incredibly dangerous for my bank balance. It’s gotten even better since I stopped working around there – I love The Ninth, and you are spoilt for choice in that neighbourhood (Pied a Terre is another fantastic restaurant).

Neither of which are that friendly to your bank balance, so if you’re up for something a little more casual I’d head on down to Herman Ze German.

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It’s fairly casual, and not a first date kinda place – but it’s the perfect venue to take an old friend, and catch up over a couple of beers and some good food.

I’m always a fan of eating family-style, and sharing a few dishes. We went slightly overboard, but the staff were great about packing it all up afterwards (you can get it all to go, if you prefer) so lunch was sorted for the next few days. Winning.

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My favourite dish of the lot was Ze Wilde Bock Roll – bockwurst, curry sauce, crispy onions in a light roll with some chips on the side. The flavours and textures were so satisfying, and I would definitely go back again for this dish alone.

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The chicken schnitzel sandwich was the favourite dish of my lunch date, who isn’t as into curry sauce as I am.

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It still didn’t stop her from ordering the pommes spezial as a side – chips topped with crispy onions, curry sauce and mayo.

Did I mention we went slightly overboard? We also went for one of their wursts in a roll, which was absolutely delicious, although I much preferred the texture of Ze Wilde Bock Roll.

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The only disappointing dish for us was off of their brunch menu – the Big Faddi Bumbaladdi. A leberkase sausage patty with a fried egg and cheese, served in a bun – the meat was slightly overprocessed for us, and I wasn’t a fan of the texture.

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Overall I really enjoyed my Herman Ze German experience – it’s affordable, excellent food, and a great place to grab lunch.

Have you been to Herman Ze German? What are your thoughts? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram

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Pop Up India, Proud East

Last week I popped back to Proud East, this time to check out Pop Up India.

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Now I really enjoyed myself at their Pop Up Japan launch, but if anything their Pop Up India is better.

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I didn’t get to experience any of their events this time (Nomad Cinema are showing Bollywood films every week, and they have classes like henna, Bollywood dance, yoga and live music), but after dinner we had a few goes on the ping pong tables, which is always fun.

The food was unbelievable. Proud East have partnered with Chit Chaat Chai for the pop up, and the street food-inspired menu was phenomenal.

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The vegetarian options in particular were really outstanding – I wholeheartedly recommend the yoghurt puri (semolina balls filled with yoghurt) as well as the okra fries, the samosa chaat (vegetarian samosas in a chickpea sauce, topped with various chutneys) and the fusion chilli paneer.

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I was slightly underwhelmed by the keema pau – spiced lamb mince served in little buns – the texture didn’t really do anything for me, and in comparison to the other dishes it really didn’t stand out.

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If you’re thirsty, I’d really recommend their lychee martinis.

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Pop Up India is on until September 26th, so get yourself down there!

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Sake No Hana, Mayfair

I feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop with this one.

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Yeah, it’s really pretty, and yes, maybe I’m biased because as a Japanese person, I think any attempt at fusion should be done incredibly well or not at all – but I just don’t get it.

I was so prepared to fall in love with Sake no Hana. It’s constantly on my Instagram feed, and everyone is always talking about it, but I found my experience really didn’t live up to the hype.

The last time I felt this way was when Avatar came out – for weeks, all you could hear about was how great it was – and when I finally went to go see it, I felt totally duped. Wasn’t that just blue Pocahontas? In 3D?

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While the service was impeccable, I found the rice on the sushi to be hard and somewhat stale, despite being beautifully presented.

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I went for the vegetarian main, which is an old favourite of mine – agedashi tofu, or deep-fried tofu, which was nice, but nothing to write home about. My dinner date opted for a chicken dish which was rather fatty, and somewhat clumsily put together.

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While I’m not a big fan of dessert at the best of times, I was really disappointed in this one – a coconut ice-cream and pineapple cheesecake. I really wished they had used some more traditional ingredients and flavours, but that’s just my personal preference.

All in all, I was slightly let down by my experience – but what are your thoughts? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram

In Rude Health

Before my little trip to Italy, I’d spent most of my time snacking on my haul I’d been given as part of In Rude Health week.

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The folks behind Rude Health had put on an entire week of fun and healthy activities, like paddleboarding and brunch, a gong bath, and a naked bike ride.

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I was lucky enough to go along to the make your own cosmetics masterclass, which was hosted in partnership with Made in Hackney at the Rude Health Cafe.

Using their products, we made a few face and body scrubs, which tasted as good as they felt afterwards – almond face scrub was a particular favourite of mine.

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Since the event I’ve become addicted to their almond milk, which is seriously delicious – and all the food was great, so I’ll definitely be heading back to the cafe soon!

I also dragged a friend with me to their neon boxing event – the class, which was run by The Boxx Method, featured neon paint, great music, and an amazing way to spend a Friday night (sans the hangover the next day).

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I had a fantastic Rude Health week, and can’t wait for the next one!

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The Director’s Cut at GŌNG Bar, Shangri-La Hotel

It seems as though I’ve spent most of April and May up the Shard, but I popped in again recently to try out the new cocktail menu up at the GŌNG Bar in the Shangri-La Hotel.

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The Director’s Cut is inspired by some of the most iconic film directors, and features 16 cocktails across different genres.

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‘Fear The Jungle’, inspired by Steven Spielberg, combines BarSol Quebranta Pisco, banana, pineapple skin sherbet, lime and chocolate in an ivy-covered highball. It’s not one for you if you’re squeamish – it comes topped with a scorpion (which the bartenders will make you eat).

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‘Dirty Business’ combines Woodford Reserve bourbon, Mr Black cold-pressed coffee liqueur, Fernet Amaro and a douse of stout.

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Perhaps my favourite of the evening, the Fleming Sweep – Tanqueray, Cocchi Americano, elderflower, champagne and sour hop sourced from local micro- brewery Anspach & Hobday in Bermondsey.

The cocktails aren’t cheap, but you get what you pay for – they are some of the nicest I’ve had in a long time, and you really can’t beat that view.

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