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When mac met cheese, the Russet hackney


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When mac met cheese is a pop up currently at The Russet in hackney. They are serving up various combinations based around, you guessed it, mac and cheese.

I had the macancinis, their Carlos the cactus (mature cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella and jalapeños) mac and cheese breaded and dropped into the frier. The firm crunchy exterior gave way to reveal the oozy mac and cheese with a subtle tinge of heat and fresh jalapeños.

Then Mum’s classic mac and cheese, with bacon lardons,  mature cheddar, red leicester, parmesan and nutmeg. The sauce was thick and rich,  with perfectly cooked elbow pasta. and a crust on top hiding the rich colour front the red leicester. The lardons were crisp and the flavour of bacon will never do anything but add to a mac and cheese!

Then was the deep fried Oreos, an Oreo dipped in batter fried and coated liberally in icing sugar. The Oreo goes soft and the biscuit stars to blend with the cream filling, delicious but i would have felt so guilty if i had eaten more than one.

If you have a craving for mac and cheese, then this is where you should be going, its easily the best i have had in London.

Lucky chip, Seabright arms



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Lucky chip is another one of the burger places that seems to be on everyones top 10 list so it would be rude not to try it out. I went to the Seabright arms to try it out, serving from 6pm with a traffic light which goes green when the kitchen is open (was it the greatest drunken steal of all time?) They are also at Netil market.

The Seabright is a pub i would go to without the burgers, the selection of beers on tap was massive and have a huge board of all their current offerings with the price and abv included. which is handy as they had 10%+ offerings.

I am not sure if the bun is steamed to get it warm or not, but from how soft this bun is i would be impressed if its not. A generous amount of shredded lettuce as well brings a refreshing crunch to each mouthful. I sampled the ‘kevin bacon’ and the ‘lucky burger’ with a cheesy chips side. The cheesy chips weren’t anything to write home about but the burgers were great. Medium patty with ozzy american cheese, the mentioned mound of shredded lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup and pickles. The Kevin bacon, as the name suggests it had applewood smoked bacon which was nice and crisp and a very tasty patty i was very happy gobbling my way though. The Lucky burger had Cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato and lucky mayo. I preferred the lucky mayo to the ketchup and mustard and as with the Kevin bacon the bun was really soft and the lettuce plentiful.

I enjoyed these burgers and the Sambrooke’s pale ale that i washed it down with was delicious. Next time i will not be driving so i can take advantage of all the craft beers to sample!


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I went to the Byron on the Kings road a few years ago, and after being told i could have my beef anyway i wanted as long it was well done, i wrote it off as somewhere to avoid. Recently i have heard people raving about it and after seeing the triple cheesemas advertised i decided it was time to go back.

So, this beautiful monstrosity consists of ‘two 6oz hamburgers, onion and spicy Byron sauce in a glazed bun as well as the holy trinity of melted American cheese, Emmenthal and Monterey Jack’

I asked for my beef medium rare and it came just as i wanted, so my initial issues went out the window immediately. The beef was juicy and i think flavourful but it was hard to tell over the three cheeses and bacon. I can confirm the burger as a whole was delicious, as a cheese lover that is hardy surprising. The side options are also good, with coleslaw and mac and cheese a nice change to the usual fries, fries or fries.

With all reservations now expelled i am going to go back and have a normal cheese burger to see how that stands up to the other offerings around town.

MEAT mission, Hoxton market

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MEAT mission, sister venue of MEAT liquor, at Hoxton market is a short walk form Old Street. You can make reservations at this restaurant (joys) instead of standing outside for hours to get a table. You are in a side room if you reserve as the main room i believe is for the walk ins.

There is a massive selection of beers and cider, which come in 3 pint jugs or a strange measure between half and a whole pint.

We had the bingo wings, which come in hot pepper sauce which was a pleasant heat and blue cheese dip to cool it down as the burn developed the more wings i ate. Deep fried pickles, my favourite from my trip to MEAT liquor. A bacon cheese burger, medium patty and crisp bacon with american cheese, very juicy and messy in a soft bun. The highlight however was the Roast beef garbage plate, roast beef, fries, cheddar cheese and gravy garnished with onions, crispy onions and horseradish cream. This must be heaven for someone from the north while living in London. Generous mounts of succulent roast beef on top of cheesy chips all swimming in a rich gravy, and for £9 its huge.

While the wings are burger were both good, i will be going back for the garbage plate. This is for me the ultimate comfort food plate and i could probably eat it everyday, its just a shame that it takes me so long to get there.

Patty & Bun

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THE WINGS! Easily the best wings i have eaten, they probably over-shadow the burger, which is as good as i have had in London.  Patty & Bun is on James st (st Christopher’s place). Expect to queue though as i am yet to find a time where there hasn’t been a queue outside. Don’t be scared if it looks long, i haven’t had to wait more than 45 mins and the wings alone are worth that wait!

To make these perfect wings they are smoked and confit, then fried and covered in BBQ sauce, in nearly all other dishes i am not a advocate of BBQ sauce, spicy and vinegary is how i would order my wings, but i am a convert after having these.

The burger, The special was the mister miyagi, which was a beef patty, confit pork belly, smoked jalapeño, smoked cheddar and spiced ketchup on a brioche bun. Once again the brioche bun makes all the difference when it comes to getting the nest burgers possible. Perfect medium rare patty, super juicy making this a dangerous burger to eat unless you have your face firmly over the table. The pork belly was rich and melt in the mouth succulent, the smokiness of the cheddar and jalapeños appeared before a subtle hint of spice from the spiced ketchup and jalapeño. This all came together for a stunning burger experience, even better than than the Smokey Robinson burger i had during my previous visit. With a Beef patty, cheese, tomato, mounds of caramelised onions, bacon, ketchup, smokey P&B mayo, brioche. Once again medium rare and probably the juiciest patty i have comes across to date, this is as good as or better than the other burger places i have visited.

Definitely worth the wait and the trip. Just make sure you try those wings!

Hawker house round 2


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So, round two at Hawker House. Still haven’t made it to B.O.B’s lobster as the queue was massive. however the Spit and Roast along with the Slider Bar fro the Breddos tacos guys.

I had the classic with cheese and the blue cheese and jalapeño with bacon salt. These perfectly formed little burgers with Soft bread, juicy little patties and molten cheese. They are the perfect nibble where there are so many options. Although you have to resist the urge to eat four or five sliders, which i easily could have done.

Spit and Roast, was selling spit roast pork belly, memphis BBQ sauce and mull cheddar grits and Banhams rotisserie chicken, Boston baked beans with corn bread. I couldn’t decide so got both. The pork belly wasn’t tough and fatty which is essential when you only have a wooden fork and the grits were creamy with a rich cheddar flavour.

The chicken, was juicy and succulent. The Boston Beans soaked into the crumbly corn bread, which i love, with a really good flavour and brought a but of sweetness to the dish. Im not a massive fan of beans but these i will happy make an exemption for.

Again another great night, and when i go back for round three i will be getting some lobster.

Ottolenghi, Notting Hill


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I first heard about Ottolenghi when friends came back from Wilderness festival raving about swimming in rivers and the Ottolenghi banquets. I looked this up on line and wasn’t that taken, how good can a deli be? There are currently four locations in London.

This week i eventually took myself to Nottinghill to try it out and i completely get what the hype was about. I like salads, but this is not salad as i know it. The creativity and imagination that goes into the menu is insane. i have never seen such an array of ingredients from all other the world being combined in something as unassuming as salad. every mouthful is completely different and that is for each salad when you have two or three on your plate things you tastebuds go into overdrive.

So I had the Seared sesame crusted tuna with pineapple and sweet chilli salsa,  roasted aubergine with black garlic yoghurt, fried chilli and herbs,. Jerusalem artichokes and potatoes with raw el hanout, saltanas, kale, preserved lemon and almonds. Fennel,carrot, cabbage and orange slaw with green raisins and herbs. Now for a lunch that is a lot of ingredients. Every bite of the slaw was completely different and the aubergine had a really nice chilli hit, but it didn’t over power anything else on the plate. the tuna was firm and the sweetness with the acidity of the slaw worked really well. 

The second plate had, free-range roast chicken with lemon, chilli and oregano. chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic. Roast sweet potatoes with ginger yoghurt, lemon, pickled red onion and parsley. The sweet potato was cooked to perfection,  you could cut it with the side of your fork, but it never fell apart, and the broccoli had a nice bite, with the added smokey hint from the chargrilling. 

For dessert i had the white chocolate cheese cake with raspberry. Although it looked very pretty when it arrived i wasn’t overwhelmed by the little cupcake that was on my plate. However the flavour this little cake packed was amazing and i didn’t feel like i needed anymore at the end.

All in all this is well worth the trip, and i will definitely be going back for more, and as the menu changes daily this could become an expensive obsession as this isn’t a cheap salad, but how can it be when its this good!

Honest Burgers

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Another of the celebrated burger places in London, Honest Burgers now has four restaurants, we went to the soho venue.

The beef is from the Ginger Pig and is great quality meat, the patties came medium rare and were full of flavour, and the soft brioche buns which make all the difference in a burger were perfect.

The Honest (cheese and bacon) with onion relish was as good a burger as I’ve had before, i not a little small. The hand cut rosemary salt fries were nice and crisp and you can taste the rosemary.

The special was beef, bacon, deep fried camembert and cranberry sauce. The cheese oozing out of the crust and extra sweetness from the cranberry was very tasty.

With a burger and chips coming in at under £10 you really can’t go wrong here!

Hawker House


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Hawker House is Street Feast’s latest offering to London’s foodies. Its a Night food market with dj’s, bars and most importantly for something running for six weeks through November and into december it is inside! Street Feast have taken their inspiration from the Hawker centres in Singapore in the creation of this street food market, and have created a great night out, especially as its open till 2am.

Firstly the drink options, there is a hot bar where you can warm up with some hot cocktails, Street vin, which has options by the glass or the bottle and weekly magnum offerings if you really want to splash out. For the whisky lovers there is a whisky bar with over 50 different bottles to sample.

The food. Unfortunately by the time i arrived, about half nine, B.O.B’s lobster and the slider bar had run out, while Spit & Roast were out of their sit roast pork belly. No matter there was still lots to gorge on.

Rola Wala was the first stop, Essentially a 5″ naan in the style of a taco. the pulled pork with cumin, coriander,mustard seeds and curry leaves had me at pulled pork, and i was not disappointed! puffy naan with juicy pork and freshness from all the condiments and pickles that went on.

The Smokestak was next, who have a competition grade looking smoker parked outside the venue making everything around smell like smoking meat. I had the hot rib tips as the beef short rib had already been devoured by everyone who had turned up earlier. The tips were not disappointing tho, more fatty than an ordinary rib, but amazingly juicy and the BBQ sauce was so moreish, while there is no doubt these are smoked.

Yum Bun, having only discovered hirata buns a month or so ago at flesh and bun i was super exited for round two. With pork belly, cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce in one bun and roast duck with tamarind in the other i couldn’t see how anything could possibly go wrong, and it didn’t. Easily as good as my first experience of these little buns full of perfectly cooked meat, this could become an obsession.

Morito, Starting to feel a little sluggish by this point i resisted the lamb and went for beetroot borani with feta and walnuts with a freshly cooked flat bread. This was so refreshing and the lumps of feta with smooth beetroot and the crunch of walnuts really worked so well.

Baba G’s, a generous bowl of biriani, where none of the rice sticks to its friends after being cooked (i swear witchcraft is involved in this) and has a subtle spice and with the Royal Raj Rump as the topping there were little lumps of juicy lamb to add some great flavour. On the top of all of this was a little mount of fresh herbs and pickles, the lime pickle adding a real burst of heat every now and then that really keeps your taste buds interested in whats coming next.

By this point i was bursting at the seams. luckily as Sorbitium were there i could make use of the pudding stomach, and have a scoop of dark chocolate and tequila ice cream, and a bite of a white chocolate choc ice.

I am intending to go back a couple of times over the next couple of weeks to try the rest of the food on offer here. Next time i will be the first one in the queue to make sure i get some Breddos tacos sliders and a lobster roll!

The little welsh Rarebit


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I found the little welsh rarebit at the real food festival, south bank. 

They sell artisan cheese and meats as well as what i had, welsh rarebit. A crisp slice of bread with a rarebit mix, topped with pigs cheek, a blue cheese and pickled pear. The wafer thin cheek slices crisped up under the grill as the cheese became molten with pockets of flavour from the blue, and sweetness from the pears all combined to make this a great cheesy treat.

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