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Dip and Flip, Clapham Junction

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Dip and Flip, Just around the corner from the Northcote pub, is a serious burger joint, with some seriously good roast beef and lamb. Pictured is the Dip and Flip burger… A juicy beef patty with cheese and the addition on thinly sliced and gravy dipped roast beef. I love gravy so the side bowl of gravy to dip into is heaven for me.

This definitely takes the prize for messiest burger, especially if you dip! Its already super juicy so the brioche bun reaches saturation point pretty quickly.

The ‘poutine’ uses mozzarella not curds so any Canadian wouldn’t be hugely impressed, so its probably sensible to call this chips, cheese and gravy (seems more appropriate anyway).The chips go soggy in the gravy and the mozzarella lumps go gooey which makes for ‘classy’ version to my favourite end to a night in Manchester.

This place has definitely gone into my top 10 burgers in London and I can’t wait to see how they fair against Bleaker st. in the quarter finals for Burger Mondays, tickets are on sale here:

http://youngandfoodish.com/event/burgermonday-championship-3/

 

TacoWars2, Hawker House

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On Saturday the 29th of march was the second instalment of tweat up’s TacoWars. 8 of the best assembled  to serve myself and 499 other hungry judges there best taco in a bid to be crowned 2014’s taco kings. There was pork, beef, octopus and tuna offerings with all manners of creative adornments and maybe too many chillibacks judging from the hangover on Sunday morning.

I’m going to go through the 8 in the order I put them starting with my favourite (which wasn’t the victor, but it was in the top 3)

Kimchinary: Beer braised pork belly, pickled mustard seeds, Korean pear remoulade, oyster kimchi, gochujang and pig crunch on a smoked pork fat and sesame tortilla.IMG_4431IMG_4428  IMG_4424

Breddos Tacos (the victors): 50 day aged chipotle beef short ribs with bone marrow, beef dripping tortilla, cheese croqueta, Naga jolokia pipette smoked morello cherry jam and sweet pickled jalapeños.

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Benito’s hat: Pork belly and apple tacos with homemade avocado leaf tortillas, shaved fennel, black beans, roasted pineapple, apple and habanero salsa, lime and a sprinkling of chicharron

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b.o.b.s lobster, Sashimi grade ahi tuna, wasabi guacamole, chipotle crema, Asian slaw and seasame sees in a crunchy taco

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Rita’s: Pigs head, belly and trotter, burnt spring onion crema and blood orange pico.IMG_4403 IMG_4401

Santo Remedio: chargrilled octopus marinated in Pasilla de Oaxaca chillies with black beans, yerba santa and avocado leaf in a blue corn tortilla.

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BBQ Lab, Hickory smoked peanut butter jellypork belly, popcorn pudding, candied chillies, pickleback jell, wild garlic flowers and coriander in a 100% pork loin tortilla.IMG_4423 IMG_4453

Luardos, grilled skirt steak, slasa roja, supersweet onions coriander and lime in a homemade tortilla

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Kome, at the Dolls house Hoxton square

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The Dolls house is a great venue on Hoxton Square, this is a really busy, vibrant area near old street station with loads of bars, clubs and restaurants within a five minute walk. With 4 floors and a roof terrace and a small smoking area this was a perfect location for Kome. This 4 night pop up serves LA inspired street food. 

We arrived promptly, starving and tipsy for the 9pm sitting with a tag along that they happily accepted although the event was sold out online. The only danger of the later sittings on a weekend is not getting too drunk in the couple of hours between finishing work and having dinner while in a bar.

The starters came and was one slate between two (as a group of 5 this meant extras which was perfect). There was a kimchi quesadilla, which wasn’t very spicy which for the group was probably a good thing but for me i like to know there is chilli on my kimchi, the oshinko (pickle) of cucumber,ginger and carrot which was very refreshing and a tuna tataki tostada.  These were wolfed down in seconds as we were so hungry and there were no complaints from anyone about the taste, just bickering about sharing and who had the larger half.

Next up was the Bulgogi fries, which is fries topped with korean beef, spring onions and coriander with a sauce that was kin to a burger sauce, once again sharing between two so the bitterness from the starters sharing fiasco was still fresh and the bickering continued to the entertainment of the ones who were capable of sharing. I would have happily got through one of these plates on my own as how can fries with beef on not be a winning combination which these most definitely were.

The main event came as a portion each, much to the relief of the two who had almost fallen out over the fries. What arrived was pork belly that had been glazed in agave and had perfect crackling on top of the falling apart and melt in the mouth pork. This was easily in the top 5 pieces of pork belly I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. To accompany the pork there was jasmine sticky rice, thai basil, baby leaves, asian broccoli, pickled radishes, queso fresco, crispy onions, crushed peanuts, salsa verde, sambal and a fried egg on top. When reading the menu online before booking the tickets i thought this was going to be way too much, but when all these were combined it all worked and each mouthful had a slightly different taste profile which kept me very happy. Every component of this dish was excited perfectly and therefor was great on its own and with the other parts. Full marks to the guys for putting that much effort into one dish as well.

Starting to feel quite full and rather tipsy, I was slightly worried about the size of the dessert as i would have to eat what i was given (bad habits from school). Luckily what arrived was a raspberry and hazelnut ice cream balls incased in mochi, which is rice flour and hot water combined to form a pastry that encases the ice cream, this has a pleasant chewy texture that was really nice with the ice cream, the hazelnut was by a long way the best of  the two. It is also the best hazelnut ice cream I’ve had…in fact it was so good one of the group hates nuts, but enjoyed the ice cream which is impressive.

Kome put on a great meal which was a great night out, everyone was so friendly and the service was great. i really don’t have anything bad to say about this, so if you ever see tickets available for a Kome pop up then buy them (after i have mine of course!).

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a huge festive creation during december and into january that has fairground rides, traders selling a wide range of gifts, food stalls and the Bavarian village.

The gifts on sale are varied and great for finding something weird and wonderful for the person who is a nightmare to get a present for. There is a food option for everyone, i went for the hot roast on most of my visits, although the various german vendors selling various wurst are also very good. The rides take tokens and as the wheel cost £7 this isn’t a cheap place to get your adrenaline fix!

The bavarian village however is the highlight. A huge warehouse with long tables and lots of bars selling litre steins of german beer or mulled wine with an Oktober fest vibe including some questionable entertainment that a couple of drinks in gets everyone on the tables, outside there is fire pits and more sedate live entertainment. This is such a great place to go after work as it closes at 10 it stops the night escalating, causing the unproductive and hung over morning at work the next day.

Over christmas this is a great place to go, especially as a large group and there is never a long wait for the bar, although if you want your glass deposit back don’t loose the little green token!

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