Pachamama

It’s no secret that I love Peruvian food. It’s also no secret that I love beautifully presented plates, so my trip to Pachamama in Marylebone was a match made in heaven.

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For a restaurant located down from street level, Pachamama is remarkably well-lit, and a lovely place for brunch with some friends!

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It’s another one of those places made for sharing plates, which is great, because you get to try a little bit of everything – which is just what we did!

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All the dishes come as soon as they’re ready, and they come out in waves. Our first wave included their delicious ceviches (their sea bass and salmon tiradito was delicious), as were padron peppers, Peruvian fried chicken, pork belly chicarrones and anticuchos.

I didn’t try the brown crab and yuca churros, but they came highly recommended!

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The next wave included the quinoa waffles, and some of the vegetarian dishes, which were among my favourite of the lot – plantain with yacon syrup, feta, and black olive, and aubergine with smoked yoghurt and pecans. The only dish I didn’t particularly care for was a surprise to me – the lamb belly with jalapeno and miso, which I found to be dry.

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We had Miraflores cocktails with our meal, a delicious blend of pisco, Mandarine Napoleon, strawberries, lychee, lime orange blossom, bitters and violet foam.

Everything was presented so beautifully, and so perfect for Instagram that they even have a booth inside the restaurant where you can print off some of the photos! (It’s worth bringing change with you though, as the machine doesn’t take cash!)

We finished it all off with a couple of their stunning desserts – a blackberry and sorrel suspiro limena, their version of an Eton Mess, and a Torta de Lucuma & peach.

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I wholeheartedly recommend Pachamama for a meal with close friends or family. It costs a little more than some of the other Peruvian places in town (it came to around £50 per head, with a couple of cocktails), but you’re paying for the amazing location, and high quality fare – it’s definitely worth it.

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Pachamama is located at 18 Thayer St, London W1U 3JY.

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Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle is a wonderful place to go for a celebration.

Duck & Waffle, LondonDuck & Waffle, LondonFantastic coffee, dramatic views – and, of course, their signature dish – Duck & Waffle.

It’s also open 24 hours, as well, which is handy – although getting a booking can sometimes be tricky, so you’re better off doing it in advance! Also, it’s probably worth not trying after a night out – I’ve spent several evenings trying to get in after being out on the town and (surprisingly) they don’t seem to go for letting in a tipsy group of girls at 2am.

Duck & Waffle, LondonLatte, Duck & WaffleWe were celebrating something rather exciting, so we all opted for morning mimosas to go with our duck & waffle. Mine was, of course, gluten free, and was delicious.

Latte, Duck & WaffleDuck & Waffle, LondonDuck & WaffleThe duck & waffle is so simple, but so good – the confit leg of duck is served on top of a waffle, which is topped with fried duck egg over which you pour a little jug of mustard maple syrup.

Gluten Free Duck & WaffleGluten Free Duck & WaffleGluten Free Duck & Waffle, LondonI haven’t tried any of the other breakfast items, as this one is seriously good – but I’ve also been for dinner and I can wholeheartedly recommend it (and you can get duck & waffle on the evening menu, too!)

If you do pop in for dinner, I definitely recommend the crispy pig ears. Life-changing.

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Duck & Waffle is located  at:

110 Bishopsgate
40th Floor
London EC2N 4AY

 

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Afternoon Tea at The Kensington

I do love a good afternoon tea.

The Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, London I’m also a massive sucker for grand, luxurious London hotels, so when The Kensington invited me to try their gluten free afternoon tea, I couldn’t resist!

The Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonI’m rarely in South Kensington, but whenever I am it’s usually to go to a museum – the V&A is one of my favourite places in London, and it’s such a beautiful area of London.

The Kensington is gorgeous, with a lovely atmosphere – the dining room complete with a roaring fire. It was unbelievably cosy, and very welcome with all of this changeable weather at the moment!

The Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonI opted for the gluten free champagne afternoon tea (£45).

The Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonThe Kensington Hotel, LondonThe gluten free option started off with a red pepper hummus feta on grilled gluten free flat bread and a fresh Superfood salad with red chicory leaf. The gluten free option is described as being a ‘lighter’ option but there’s really nothing light about it – it’s all incredibly rich and delicious!

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Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonI prefer savoury over sweet, and I loved the sandwiches: Dorset crab & avocado with lemon purée; Wiltshire ham & tarragon mustard with pea shoots; Braised salt beef with English mustard & cornichons and Cucumber & cream cheese on white bread with baby watercress. The ham sandwich was a definite favourite.

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonGluten Free Afternoon Tea at the Kensington Hotel, LondonThe sweet offerings were also incredible: carrot & walnut cake with a cucumber & cream cheese icing; vanilla & raspberry macaron; dark chocolate & cherry pannacotta with sea salt caramel and date & almond balls, dipped in chocolate & grated coconut and pâte de fruit. I went for the scones with clotted cream and jam first (they are always much better fresh) and was given a cute box to take the rest home in – there was so much to choose from!

Afternoon tea at The Kensington felt like such a treat – and just what I needed after a stressful few weeks at work. The service was impeccable, and the food was divine – what you’d expect from Steven Gibbs, who was previously at Hix and The Ivy.

If you book afternoon tea at The Kensington, you also might be able to get free tickets to Botticelli Reimagined, the latest exhibition at the V&A!

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I was invited to The Kensington for the purposes of review – all views my own.
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Edwin’s, Borough

A visit to Edwin’s has become an almost weekly occurrence.

The restaurant is located just about Borough station, and it’s quite easy to miss – just a little blue door nestled between the station and the next café over.

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Follow the stairs up and you’ll find a bright and charming room filled with eclectic but modern furnishings. It’s always got such a nice atmosphere, but it’s never rammed (although I’d strongly recommend making a reservation to avoid disappointment).

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I always describe Edwin’s as ‘new English’, which has fast become one of my favourite cuisines – traditional dishes and ingredients, but presented in a contemporary and interesting way.

I highly recommend getting a few of the small plates to share – they are all so delicious, and I love getting to try a little bit of everything.

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I’ve been about five or six times now, but only ever during the week, but everything I have tried on the weekday lunch menu has been absolutely fantastic.

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My favourite small plates include the purple sprouting broccoli, which is topped with duck egg, cobnut and beurre noisette. The combination of flavours with the duck egg and the hazelnuts is really incredible, and is definitely a dish I get every time.

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The rabbit with spinach polenta, which is served with a little parmesan is also lovely, but the wood pigeon with Jerusalem artichoke, mushroom and port is the real star of the small plates. It’s absolutely incredible, and while you might have to keep an eye out for shot, it’s really not a dish to be missed.

The roasted plaice with salsify, fennel, Pernod and mussel sauce is also delicious, and the oxtail stew that I’ve had previously is so comforting. The stew is served with garlic mash, and the sauce is heavenly – if you don’t mind a bit of a fiddly dish, then I’d really recommend you try it.

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The only downside for me is that the desserts all seem to be flour-based, so I haven’t managed to try any, but given that I’m not one for desserts anyway it’s not too much of a problem for me at all!

Edwin’s is perfect for client lunches, or lunch with friends – it’s got such an intimate, quiet and lovely atmosphere, so if you’re ever in the London Bridge area I wholeheartedly recommend you check it out.

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The Ship Tavern, Holborn

One of my favourite things about living in London is its rich history. I love the fact that the barbershop down the road from my house is over 100 years old, or that the fact that I work by a 17th century galleried coaching inn, almost directly under the Shard.

The Ship TavernThe Ship TavernSo when the team behind The Ship Tavern asked me to drop by, I was intrigued. Tucked away in an alleyway behind the chaos of Holborn station, The Ship Tavern is a 16th century pub filled with a rich and vibrant history. It was used to shelter Catholic priests at the height of the reformation,  and was also a masonic lodge at one point, too!

The Ship TavernThe Ship TavernOur important business took place in their upstairs dining room, where we got to sample some of their Valentine’s Day menu.

The Ship TavernThe Ship TavernAlthough it was my first visit to The Ship Tavern, it wasn’t my boyfriend’s, who had actually arranged a welcome lunch there previously for colleagues who had just moved to the UK. I think it’s a brilliant choice for taking tourists, or people from out of town. It’s steeped in rich history, and the oak panelled room and decor means you can get the full pub experience without compromising on ambience or the quality of the food.

The Ship Tavern - Scallops with RabbitThe Ship Tavern - Scallops with RabbitThe Ship Tavern - Scallops with RabbitWe kicked the meal off with two starters – the scallops with rabbit and the deep-fried soft shell crab served with caviar. I preferred the former – the scallops were beautifully done, and the rabbit was such an unusual addition, and was really delicious. This was actually the first time I had soft shell crab dish that wasn’t tempura, and while I enjoyed the combination of flavours with the caviar, I missed the light crispiness of the Japanese batter.

The Ship Tavern - Fried Soft Shell Crab with CaviarThe Ship Tavern - Fried Soft Shell Crab with CaviarMy boyfriend went for the Beef Wellington, which came with truffle mash and kale in a red wine jus. The truffle mash was incredible – the portions were extremely generous. It was the ultimate comfort food dish for someone nursing a particularly brutal hangover!

The Ship Tavern - Beef WellingtonI went for the venison steak au poivre, which was served with a haggis and potato pithivier and buttered green beans.

The Ship Tavern - Venison SteakThe Ship Tavern - Venison SteakThe Ship Tavern - ChipsThe portions were unbelievably generous, and I couldn’t manage the entire thing, but the venison was perfectly cooked – just the right amount of pink.

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The service was wonderful – the staff were all very friendly and attentive in the dining room, and we had a really lovely meal.

On our way out we left through the pub – which, compared to the dining room upstairs, was much more familiar. Match of the day, pints, old men – the works, but in a really charming and rustic setting.

The Ship TavernThe Ship TavernThe Ship Tavern I had a really wonderful meal at The Ship Tavern. While it’s a higher price point than the usual pub fare, I think you do get what you pay for regarding the atmosphere and the quality of the food. It’s not necessarily a place I’d recommend to go with little kids, but for visitors to London and history buffs I would definitely recommend it.

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I was invited to The Ship Tavern for a fair and honest review – I wouldn’t blog about it if I didn’t like it!