Category Archives: England

Three dinners and a bar: Tayyabs, Paolina, Whistling Shop and Meat Liquor

A delightful week of eating well and drinking!

On Monday, I booked a table for seven of us to have dinner at Tayyabs.  This is a delicious BYOB restaurant near Brick Lane but with much better food – and admittedly worse service!

http://www.tayyabs.co.uk/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d779012-Reviews-Tayyabs-London_England.html

I remember first going to Tayyabs probably about ten years ago, when my sister took me there with some of her friends.  It was much, much smaller then.  Since then, it has at least quadrupled in size and to be honest, it’s probably a little overrated.  The food is always good (especially the lamb chop starters) but I’m pretty sure the service is some of the worst in town.

This time we had been waiting for over 30 minutes before the waiter even came to take our order.  He forgot to take the order from one person before he left and it was near impossible to get anyone’s attention.  It took a further 40 minutes before our food arrived.  On the plus side, the food was good!  Despite knowing the service here is generally awful, I’m still happy to go back – not too often.  The food is reliably good.

On Thursday I went to a little Thai restaurant near Kings Cross called Paolina.  It is a family run small cafe with what I imagine is authentic food (I haven’t been to Thailand yet).  It’s very reasonably priced and BYOB.  The fish cake starters were really good and my thai green curry was tasty.  I’d be happy to go back some time, but it wasn’t especially outstanding.  It’s definitely good if you like cosy cafe style restaurants.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1316416-Reviews-Paolina_s_Thai_Cafe-London_England.html

paolina

And to finish the work week – drinks near the office.  A friend suggested the Whistling Shop.  I hadn’t heard of it before and as a fan of cocktails I was looking forward to checking it out.  It’s a speak easy style bar with lots of original drinks.  It has a relaxed atmosphere and I was surprised I didn’t about this place given it is next door to the Blueberry bar where I have been for drinks a number of times.  A big thumbs up.

http://www.whistlingshop.com/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d2169720-Reviews-Worship_Street_Whistling_Shop-London_England.html

This was followed by dinner at Meat Liquor near Bond Street.  I really like this chain – great trendy atmosphere, service and food.

http://meatliquor.com/london/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d3648617-Reviews-Meatliquor-London_England.html

We started with a delightful drink called ‘pickleback’ that consists of a shot of bourbon and a shot of pickle juice.  What’s not to like!?  For my meal, I had the bingo wings, chilli fries and the red chilli burger.  All delish.  Followed by a hard ‘white russian shake’  with Kahlua and vodka.  SOOOOOOO good.

ml1

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under London, Restaurants

Rugby 7s at Twickenham, Mien Tay Vietnamese and Sugar Cane Bar in Clapham

I’ve never watched Rugby before, so when a friend suggested going to see the Rugby 7s live… I said ‘sure’!  Tickets came to about £30 each, and I later learned that there is a fancy dress theme each year.  This year the theme was ‘galactic’.

I went yesterday with two friends and was surprised that the game was really interesting to watch!  It did help that there were lots of fit men running around in shorts.  The best thing was the positive and fun vibe.  You know when you are surrounded by people dressed as Bananaman, Superman, Jedis, Sailor Moon, Bender or covered in star stickers that when they are drunk, they will probably not be angry drunks.  And we walked around a bit too and found an outdoor area with music and a booze bus.

Overall, it was a great sunny day of Rugby and cider and beer with good natured drinkers.

http://www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series/

Rugby1 Rugby2 Rugby3

Following the rugby, which finished at 6 pm, we made our way to Clapham Junction for dinner and drinks.  Dinner was at Mien Tay, a BYOB cash only Vietnamese restaurant that is about 5 minutes walk from the station.

http://mientay.co.uk/battersea/

The summer rolls were good but I found my # 61 beef pho to be very bland, so I was a little disappointed with my main.

After dinner, we went across the road to the Sugar Cane Bar – a place I had walked past a number of times and intended to check out one day.  And I’m glad I did!  It’s a great bar with fun decor and great cocktails.  I enjoyed the ‘Hairy Coconut’ and ‘Strawberry Collins’.  Apparently there is a dance floor downstairs – I didn’t make it that far, but perhaps another night…

http://www.thesugarcane.co.uk/

Leave a comment

Filed under London, Restaurants

Two Temple Place, Social Eating House and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Early on Saturday, I visited Two Temple Place – a mansion that my friend correctly described as a ‘hidden gem in London’.  It is a beautiful mansion that is open to the public a few weeks each year.  I was very impressed by the grandeur or this place, and how I had never known it was right there by Temple station.  I saw a beautiful Cotton to Gold exhibition with collections of old hand decorated books and transcripts, as well as impressive mosaics and insect collections.  It’s definitely worth a visit if you get the opportunity.

http://www.twotempleplace.org/ 


IMG_2581
parrotIMG_2587 IMG_2590 IMG_2592

Lunch was at the Social Eating House, sister restaurant to my favourite Pollen Street Social.  Great restaurant and great food.  The prix fixe menu was very reasonable (£21 for two courses, £25 for three courses) and I’m practically planning my next visit.  The pea soup was very good (although I had starter envy with my friends having the mussels), I enjoyed the pork belly and the chocolate ganache was delicious.  (I still prefer Pollen Street Social though)

http://www.socialeatinghouse.com/

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d4080917-Reviews-Social_Eating_House-London_England.html

In the evening, I went to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.  I’ve heard a lot of weird and wonderful things about this place.  The doors didn’t open until 9pm and it was packed by 11pm.  There’s a friendly vibe here, everyone was willing to have a good time.  There were a couple of acts for the ‘Duckie’ evening – a comedian and… I don’t know what to call him… an entertainer?  A lovely chap called Cockney Ken who is in his 80’s and serenaded us with tunes like ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’.  It wasn’t really my cup of tea.  But it meant the music and dancing was that little bit sweeter when the act was over!  The music was very eclectic and I had a great time dancing til’ it closed at 2am.

http://rvt.org.uk/

Leave a comment

Filed under London, Restaurants

Two museums and tapas

On Saturday I joined a Meetup.com in London for Photography at the Grants Museum of Zoology, near Euston.  I didn’t actually know this place existed!  It’s quite small and houses 68,000 specimens.  I really enjoyed it, especially as someone who loves biology.  From the photography side, it was a very good opportunity to practice taking photos in low light and through glass.  The highlight for me was the huge python skeleton.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186338-d638483-Reviews-Grant_Museum_of_Zoology-London_England.html

I had lunch with a friend in South Kensington at Casa Brindisa.  This was on her recommendation and I was pleasantly surprised!  The tapas were really good, and I would go back for the chorizo in cider.  Mmmm….

http://www.brindisa.com/restaurants/casa-brindisa

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d1214896-Reviews-Casa_Brindisa-London_England.html

And after this we went to the V&A to check out the Alexander McQueen exhibition.  I just went along for the ride, but I’m glad I did.  Obviously I’d heard of his name, and I was really impressed by his originality and passion for his art.  I felt quite artistically inspired – I even went home and did a painting the next day!

It’s worth having a look if you get the chance.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/

2 Comments

Filed under London, Restaurants

The Pepper Tree – Clapham

I have come here a few times before. Nice food and atmosphere, very down to earth and a reasonable price for tasty Thai food. My starter + main + a glass of wine came to £20 including a tip.

I had the buffalo wings (that are not really ‘buffalo’ wings, more tasty chicken wings) and green chicken curry with egg fried rice.

The layout is much like a cafe with benches – do not be surprised to be cosied next to strangers! I do like it here, and I will be back.

IMG_2346

Leave a comment

Filed under London, Restaurants

Be At One – Spitalfields

Cocktails on a Monday night? Why not!!​

http://www.beatone.co.uk/cocktail-bar/spitalfields

IMG_2344

Leave a comment

Filed under London

The Anthologist bar

Last night I went out for some payday drinks with work friends. We went to our local pub the Red Lion for ‘one’ drink (that is four) and then went to the Anthologist bar. I hadn’t been there before, and it was great! Nice vibe, good music from the DJ, busy and bustling. There wasn’t exactly a dance floor, but I managed to have a little dance, that always makes me happy!

http://www.theanthologistbar.co.uk

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d2392222-Reviews-The_Anthologist-London_England.html

Leave a comment

Filed under London