Brunch at Coco Momo, Kensington

We have just returned from one of the best brunches we’ve recently had. Coco Momo in Kensington is an American restaurant. (It is no relation of Coco di Mama, an Italian themed chain, but has a sibling in Marylebone and is owned by Food & Fuel who also own ten other places in town.) We were seated at the outdoor seating area on the sidewalk, which was great for people-watching and, thanks to the limited car traffic, not too noisy.    After some deliberation, we opted for the matcha chia seed breakfast bowl (£5), the smoked salmon and avocado on sourdough toast, alfalfa, tomato, chilli, poached egg (£9.75), and the two free-range baked eggs, tomato, kale, sweet potato & halloumi (£9.25), one flat white (£2.75), one Americano (had to be done, right?) with milk (£2.55), one fruit & veg juice (ginger, beetroot, apple, £3.85) and one non-alcoholic Passionfruit Mojito £3.85. […]

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Restaurant Apulia, London – our Review

We’ve just returned from a visit to Apulia, an Italian restaurant right next to the beautiful Smithfield Market of London (we like to buy our meat there, when we find the energy to get up at 3am in the morning). We were just doing a quick stop to get some food on our way to the Barbican, where we were seeing the LA Philharmonic perform. Apulia is the southeasternmost region of Italy, known for its delicious dishes (usually the ones ending in ‘Pugliese’, unsurprisingly) and rich history, having first been colonised by Mycenaean Greeks. The Barbarians have been there several times over the years, and are great fans (can’t really remember the names of all the idyllic small villages.. very fond memories anyway; my first time there was at the age of 10 when my parents, my sister and I took a rather small car ferry from Brindisi to Corfu […]

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Natural Kitchen, City – our Restaurant Review

We’ve just returned from our quick after-work dinner visit to the Natural Kitchen, which opened relatively recently in the City. (They’ve got 8 other outlets spread all over town.) We normally avoid chains, but the big sign advertising £10 off the price for steaks on Mondays and Tuesdays, grabbed our attention, so we gave it a shot. The friendly waiter led us to our table. We enjoyed the warm atmosphere which combines rustic wood elements with modern glass, steel, and a lot of light. Nothing too special, but very pleasant.    Ms B opted for a cheese burger (£11.50), I went for the flat iron steak and chips (£15 instead of £25). Feeling a bit naughty, we also made use of the 2-for-1 cocktail deal and ordered two ‘gin gin mules’ (£9.50 instead of £19 total). The burger was very juicy and just right. Not among the best we’ve had, […]

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The Ninth – our Restaurant Review

We have just come back from Michelin-starred The Ninth in Fitzrovia, and were heavily impressed. Chef Jun Tanaka, whose, you guessed it, 9th restaurant this is, offers “simple but refined French Mediterranean-style dishes”, all made for sharing. Probably because of the rumoured recent pasta obsession of the chef (which is a very good thing, considering his immense skills making pasta!), the dishes today were mostly Italian influenced. For a very competitive £27 per person you can choose three tapas dishes each to share. Between the two of us, Ms B and I ordered 6 tapas, following the waiter’s recommendation to order the duck leg twice, because it was by far the most substantial dish and you want to get a good fill (she put it more elegantly). Besides that, we ordered (3) sea bass carpaccio, salsa verde & pickled kohlrabi; (4) pappardelle, venison ragu, hazelnut and sprouts, (5) pumpkin fregola risotto, […]

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Pachamama Restaurant, London, our Review

We had heard good things about Pachamama in London’s Marylebone district for some time. Yesterday my wife (Ms B) and I finally made our way. We arrived on time for our 12:15pm Saturday brunch reservation and were among the first few guests to be seated in this basement venue which still manages to let in some sunlight through windows in the ceiling.    We immediately liked the warm atmosphere that combines rustic elements featuring a lot of natural wood with a certain elegance and eclectic décor elements. Ms B kept on mentioning “so female-friendly” with a big smile, and when the space gradually filled with more and more groups of ladies, I made the stern decision not to bring the boyz here for a few pints (they actually do not do pints here, anyway, just bottled beer, cocktails, etc.). There were two other couples and another group that involved two […]

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