Harlem Soul: Urban American Dining

We visited Harlem Soul in Shoreditch to celebrate Rach’s birthday. Located near Old Street station this modern restaurant is super cool with very yummy food. The walls are covered in graffiti created by a graffiti artist from Harlem.

We started with a Hendricks gin and tonic each but there is lots of cool cocktails to choose from as well including The Harlem (London Dry Gin, Cherry Liqueur, Pineapple Juice), Jungle Iced Tea (Harlem Soul Island Mix, Sugar, Lemon and Lime) and Purple Rain (Vodka, Lavender, Elderflower and Soda).

The gin and tonics were so refreshing and the perfect start to our evening meal! We love Hendricks it is our favourite and we were so happy that they served it with a slice of cucumber!

We shared some starters and went for the offer they have which is 3 starters for £16. We went for the crispy soft shell crab, mac & cheese bits (with a chorizo jam) and buttered corn. The mac & cheese bites were our firm favourite and the chorizo jam was simply amazing – so much so we asked for another pot of it to go with our main! The buttered corn was very yum and had butter and lime on it which complimented each other perfectly.

For main we shared the crispy buttermilk chicken strips which we thought would be chicken breast but it was actually chicken thigh! We also ordered the Harlem loaded nachos which were so delicious! We also got a side of skinny fries to share.

We were so stuffed we couldn’t manage dessert but are kinda sad as would’ve loved to have tried the peanut butter cheesecake (for Annie) and the sweet waffle. However we also love that they offer vegan desserts, so would be intrigued to try these too.

We loved the vibe in Harlem Soul, it was really chilled and the staff were so friendly! We will definitely be returning again soon.

If you are into your American food then we highly recommend you try here, and if you haven’t sampled American food before. then here is the best place to start!!

A Roast Dinner with a View

If you are looking for a special place for a Sunday roast, then look no further than The Yacht. We love a Sunday roast and we find going out for Sunday lunch is the perfect way to end the weekend!

Located on Temple Pier close to Embankment prepare to enjoy an incredible roast dinner on a boat on the River Thames with the most stunning view. This really was such a special experience and we cannot recommend it enough.

We went for the 3 course meal with a glass of prosecco and left feeling absoluely stuffed, content and super happy with how we spent our Sunday afternoon.

To start Rach went for the pork tenderloin dish which was served with creamy mash potato. This was absolutely delicious and we would 100% recommend it when you visit.

Annie opted for the haddock chowder that was served with a side of crispy bread. We are so glad these starters were not massive as we needed space for the epic roast dinner (more to come!) The starters were really delicious and so flavoursome.

Onto the main event, Annie went for the pork belly, which came with delicious crackling that was cooked to perfection! Rach went for the beef that was cooked medium and there were 3 generous thick slices of beef! The roasts came with a sharing platter of roasted root veg; beetroot, carrots, parsnips and kale and they were cooked to perfection, the parsnips and kale were our favourite!

The roast itself was served with a gigantic Yorkshire pudding and the most amazing roast potatoes. They completely stole the show and were the tastiest roast potatoes we have tasted, they were also HUGE! We spoke to the chef and he told us that a good roast potato is all down to the potato that you use! We will be using Maria piper from now on if that is how our roast potatoes turn out! The roast also came with a jug of gravy which was yummy!

For dessert we shared the sticky toffee pudding and the White Chocolate and Berry Parfait. The sticky toffee pudding came with stem ginger ice cream and a toffee sauce, it was amazing! The parfait was absolutely huge and one person would struggle to finish it (good job we were sharing) The white chocolate and berry complimented each other perfectly and we loved it!

We had the most incredible time visiting The Yacht, and even met the chef at the end who told us all about his roast potatoes. It was a lovely touch to meet the person who had cooked us the most amazing meal and he even gave us a second glass of fizz!

The Beech House Amersham

The Beech House is a local restaurant chain to where we live. They have a total of five locations in Amersham, St. Albans, Beaconsfield, Solihull & Hampton Hill. The first one opened 5 years ago in Beaconsfield and is about to re-open following a massive extension where it has almost doubled in size.

The Beech house in Amersham opened in February 2018 it is just a short walk from the station (around 5 minutes to be precise). Upon arrival we immediately spotted the outside seating area, and both commented that it would have been lovely to have been able to sit outside had it been a glorious summers evening.

There are several seating areas at The Beech House making it suitable for all types of parties (it isn’t a small restaurant it seats 140 customers).  We were shown to our table which was at the black of the restaurant, the interior design of the restaurant offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and made us feel very relaxed.

We arrived at around 7pm on Thursday evening and the restaurant and bar was already filling up. Our waiter for the evening introduced himself and offered to make us a summer cocktail which of course we accepted right away. We were served the Watermelon Spritz and the Pineapple Punch, both of which tasted so delicious and we would highly recommend.

To start we decided to go for the Antipasto Misto board, as it meant we got to try a little bit of everything. We loved this starter and we were really impressed by the size of the sharing board, you could have shared it with 3 people.

We also shared the Calamari which came with a spicy mayo dip (lemon, chilli, harissa)! We love calamari so were pleased with this choice.

For main we struggled to decide what to get, we wanted to get 2 dishes and share them (obv) but there was SO much choice it difficult to decide what to go for. We also didn’t want to go for bread over load as we wanted to get dessert too!

In the end we opted for a burger and a build your own salad. There was a pulled pork burger on the specials menu which we were really tempted by,  but in the end decided to go for the classic on the main menu, the Bacon and Cheddar House, it was a decent burger and superb choice!

For the salad, there was lots of choice on the build your own, we went for the superfood and omitted the tomatoes and replaced with avocado. We also added halloumi, who doesn’t love halloumi!

For dessert we were informed that the sticky toffee pudding was now vegan so we thought we would give that a go, and we were also told the panna cotta was new so decided to give it a try. The Peach Melba Panna Cotta was our favourite and we are so glad we went for it, it was really light and made us feel all summery! We loved the addition of the berry granola.

We were also give a dessert cocktail to accompany our desserts and it was the most refreshing thing! It was so green but so yummy, we would go back for this cocktail any day!

Thank you so much for having us and treating us so well! We cannot recommend The Beech House enough and it’s so perfect that it is so close to home!

Darlish Ice Cream Parlour

Darlish sells a range of Persian inspired ice creams that are uniquely luxurious, light and refreshing and 100% naturally flavoured. Darlish has an ice cream parlour in St. Albans, they are open 7 days a week and you can find the opening times on their website! Darlish is located right by the clock tower in the city centre!

A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of spending our afternoon outside in the sunshine tasting lots of delicious ice cream! We arrived at Darlish Parlour at around 1pm and the queue just kept getting longer and longer!

We wanted to make sure we tried as many flavours as possible so we could report back to you guys of course! We enjoyed our first ice creams before having a selection of tasters! The first ice cream we tried were of course off of their signature menu! We went for the Saffron, Rose & Pistachio which was so flavoursome. We loved the large pieces of pistachio throughout the ice cream giving it a good crunch!

We also enjoyed the Rhubarb, Pomegranate & Rose Sorbet which was just so light and refreshing! These 3 delicious flavours complimented each other so well we can see why this one is a best seller!

We also made sure we sampled another one of their signature flavours which was the tahini ice cream! It was super delicious, you should definitely order this is you like tahini!

If you are after a refreshing ice cream we would recommend ordering the kiwi & cucumber flavour because this is sure to hit the spot! It would be perfect on a boiling hot summers day!

The final ice creams we tried were probably our favourite the muscavado one which basically tasted like salted caramel was an absolute dream we could have eaten the entire tub! We also loved the hazelnut & cookie butter, which surprisingly was vegan and tasted sooooo delicious- if you love hazelnuts then this is definitely the ice cream for you!

We ended our visit with a delicious homemade waffle that was so incredible! We had the chocolate truffle waffle which was covered in chocolate ice cream (so dam good) and also melted chocolate and chocolate chips! If you love chocolate then this is definitely the waffle for you! When we return we are going to try the banana and cinnamon flavour because that also looked so tasty as it was covered in toffee sauce, yum!

Darlish can be found in Wholefoods, Selfridges and also As Nature Intended! Oh and if you live near St. Albans make sure you pop by!

Buns & Buns Covent Garden

We were invited to visit Buns & Buns in Covent Garden and had the most amazing time, not only was the food delicious, the service was top notch and the atmosphere was lovely too!

Located right in the middle of Covent Garden, Buns & Buns could not be in a more perfect location. The inside is so nice with lots of copper and lovely marble tables we were in heaven, not to mention the open kitchen too!

Buns & Buns are all about ‘bringing bread back to the table’ so all their dishes are paired with bread or buns from around the world, they believe that ‘bread is life’ and to be honest we couldn’t agree more (we LOVE bread!)

We both decided we had to have one of their alcoholic beverages after seeing other diners drinks, they just looked so pretty! Rach opted for the Raspberry Wine Spritzer and Annie went for the Mandarin Spritz (basically Aperol Spritz but with added mandarin juice!) – they were both super pretty and the orange and pink made a perfect photo!

We then decided to (of course!) share a couple of the starters, it was hard to choose what to have so the best option was the share. We went for the, hummus & tatzihki foccacia, corn fritters and pork belly bun.

The pork belly bun stole the show for us, it was the first time for both of us trying a bao which is a chinese steamed bun and we opted for the classic one with pork. We really have to return to try the chilli prawn one now!

The fritters were also really delicious we didn’t really know what to expect when we ordered this dish but thought it was worth a try! They were small pieces of beer battered sweetcorn and it was served with a wedge of lime and aioli! The lime was the perfect addition and we are so glad we squeezed it on top! We didn’t really eat the aioli as we aren’t massive garlic lovers. We would definitely recommend the dish and it is perfect to share.

The hummus and tatzihnki came with a generous amount of bread and we also really enjoyed the tomato salsa it reminded us of being on holiday in Spain eating tomato bread! We love hummus so we knew we would love this dish so if you like us are a hummus fan then you can’t go wrong with this choice!

For the main we ordered two dishes to share of course! We went for the clay oven pizza that was topped with Burrata, San Daniele Ham, Datterini tomatoes & Fior Di latte cheese. It was really delicious and so filling that we actually couldn’t finish it all! If you are going for the pizza was main make sure you have room for it! We think it would also be the perfect sharing starter.

We also ordered the Organic Rotisserie Chicken which is marinated with yoghurt and lime. It is served with chicken gravy, roasted carrots, broccoli & sourdough (of course)! We did enjoy the chicken it was incredibly flavoursome but we must admit it did have a bit too much butter on for us!

For dessert on the menu we were only able to see the cheesecake but our waiter very kindly told us that there were a couple of other options! We went for these delicious donut like desserts that were filled with chocolate sauce of vanilla cream! They were soooo delicious and we loved the cinnamon taste of the donuts, we would 100% recommend you ordering them!

We loved that so many of the dishes were made for sharing. We love sharing dishes when we go out for dinner because it means we get to try so much more! If you visit we would definitely recommend ordering all of the sharing dishes!

We had the most fabulous evening at Buns & Buns and we left with massive smiles on our faces. We will definitely be returning again soon and we think you should as well!

Whipped London

Oh my gosh, if you have a sweet tooth then you HAVE to visit this place. Located on Dury Lane just off Covent Garden Whipped is the perfect place to come for a sweet treat. In fact its located next door to The School Of Rock Musical so you could pop into Whipped before or after the show!

Owned by Alice and Jamie. Alice is a Michelin trained chef with 14 years of high end patisserie experience and each dish that Whipped sells has been designed by the co-founder and chef, (Alice) and refined with the help of the other co-founder (Jamie).

Whipped are famous for their whipped cheesecakes and we can see why. We sampled the chocolate cheesecake and oh my it was so light. This whipping technique makes the cheesecake almost like a panna cotta and its simply amazing!

We were so stuck with what to go for but glad we went for the epic chocolate one, next time we want to sample the oreo, s’mores or a fruit one!

Whipped also serve cookie pies, which are filled with cheesecake, topped with marshmallowy meringue and then lots of different toppings to finish them off. We went for the honeycomb one which was simply delicious. The honeycomb was perfect! Different flavours come daily so keep an eye on their Instagram to see what they are serving each day!

Whipped also bake for events and have even created a two tier cheese cake for a wedding! How cool would that be at your wedding! They also have lots of requests for birthdays and Work functions!

We also had a coffee whilst we sat and enjoyed our delicious cheesecake which was also really good!

We had the best time in Whipped and it really made our morning complete! Make sure you stop by when you are next in the area!

We also recently visited the store to try some of their new Easter products! It was such a fun evening and the new cookie pies and cheesecakes are so delicious!

Eat Genesis Vegan Restaurant Review

Eat Genesis is located on Commercial Street in Shoreditch, pretty close to Liverpool Street Station so super convenient if you work in the city or you are in Shoreditch. Eat Genesis is 100% plant based and also organic!

Eat Genesis is very hip and trendy which we guess is expected when located so close to hip and trendy shoreditch! It’s actually a vegan restaurant but with a crazy menu serving burgers, nachos, milkshakes etc you would never know it was vegan!

The interior is super pink, what most people know as millennial pink. We loved the pink vibes and the seats by the window at the front are also millennial pink- they are definitely the best seats in the house, especially for those insta pics! Luckily we were shown to our table and we were given one of these tables!

To order your food you head to the counter, they will give you a buzzer and when your food is really the waitresses will bring it to you. We aren’t actually too sure how the buzzer works entirely as ours didn’t actually buzz, maybe they are magic buzzers, hehe!

We ate vegan food a couple of weeks ago and we were not the greatest fans so we were a little nervous with what to order, we decided to share our food (again!) so that we could try a bit of everything!

We both ordered the same drink which was a Lo Bros Apple Cider Vinegar tonic with elderflower. We had not tried this flavour before and we absolutely loved it!

We first started off by sharing the panko avocado soft taco, the flavours of these were delicious especially the beans and we loved trying fried avocado for the first time! Once sampling this we knew we were in for a treat as it was very tasty!

For main we decided to share 2 salads the first one was a kale caesar, which came with generous slices of avocado and the most delicious (vegan) caesar dressing.

We also went a bit rogue and tried the Thai papaya and mango salad, this was super different but also super yummy! It tasted like summer in a bowl and the mango, oh my was delicious! It was quite spicy though so if you don’t like a bit of a kick then this might not be the dish for you.

We also had a bowl of the fries which came with tomato sauce and were some of the tastiest fries we have sampled! They are cooked in avocado oil and are gluten free we cannot recommend these fries enough, if you visit you have to try them!

After looking at the burgers we wish we had gone for a salad to share and a burger to share as they looked EPIC! Guess we will have to return to try the burgers!

There was further seating downstairs which is also where the toilet are located. As this seating was down in the basement it was quite dark down there so we were glad we sat upstairs! The toilets were pretty and pink as you can imagine!

We really enjoyed our time at Eat Genesis and if you fancy some vegan junk food we would 100% recommend you visiting!

Farmstand Breakfast Review

Farmstand was founded in Covent Garden in 2016, they have an all day menu which is based on the diet that the founder has been following since he was diagnosed with cancer. He believes it was vital in improving his health. Farmstand source the best ingredients seasonally and offer a plant-powered menu from scratch.

Farmstand breakfast

Farmstand sell 80% plant based, 5% sustainable fish and 15% ethical meat they are also dairy free, added sugar and artificial ingredients free.

Farmstand breakfast

We visited one Saturday morning at around 10AM, the restaurant was quiet but it did start to get a little busier by the time we left. Unfortunately the coffee machine was out of order which did put a couple of customers off. This didn’t actually bother us though as they were still serving filter coffee which tasted absolutely delicious.

We also ordered a couple more drinks, Rach went for a green juice (of course) it was the easy being green Farmstand juice which was so nice and really refreshing. Annie ordered a ginger kombucha by L.A brewery that was so delicious and the ginger flavour was incredible!

Farmstand was like a little jungle, there were plants everywhere which we absolutely LOVED!

Rach ordered toasted sourdough & Avocado which cost £3.50. The smashed avocado was really tasty and served on the side so you could add as little of as much as you wanted! In fact as it was only 1 slice Rach had some left over!

Farmstead breakfast

Annie ordered the tomato salsa & soft boiled eggs on rye bread, which was absolutely delicious. The Rye bread was incredibly moist and they were very generous with the salsa. Hard boiled eggs are Annie’s favourite kind of egg so this was a nice treat as most places don’t have hard boiled eggs on the menu. This dish cost £3.25 which is cheaper than the Avocado on sourdough which really surprised us as we would have expected it to have been way more.

Farmstand breakfast

Farmstand is a great place to come for a coffee catch up, as there is lots of seating and the filter coffee that was had was delicious and strong, just how we like it!

We would love to return to try the lunch menu, where you get to pick a main and 2 sides, as it sounds yum! We also fancy trying the banana bread with compote as it looked and sounds delicious!

Farmstand breakfast

We went to the toilet before we left and downstairs there was a couple of people attending what looked like a knitting class! It looked so cute and would be the perfect activity if you like to knit!

The staff at Farmstand were really happy and all had smiles on their faces! Something we really appreciate when visiting restaurants.

So the next time you are in Covent Garden make sure you stop by Farmstand for a delicious meal that won’t break the bank!

Camile Restaurant Review

Camile is a healthy authentic Thai restaurant serving delicious good quality Thai dishes. They first opened their doors in Belfast. Camile has since opened four branches in London one in Tooting Broadway, Clapham Common, Battersea & Bermondsey.

We visited the Clapham Common branch on Abbeville Road one Sunday afternoon. It was a lovely change tucking into a Thai instead of the more traditional roast dinner.

Camile Thai

The manager of the Camile restaurant in Clapham was incredibly welcoming and made us feel super welcome. There were a couple of other customers in the restaurant but on the whole it was fairly quiet.

To start we ordered the shareable Tiffin Box for two (which is a customers favourite). We seem to be ordering sharing platters more and more recently but it just means we get to try a lot more in one go and not order lots of dishes and waste food.

Camile Thai

On the Camile sharing platter there was four spring rolls. Two of the spring rolls were vegetarian and the other two were meat there was also chicken satay which was served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce that we absolutely loved. We also tucked into some chicken wings as well which were full of flavour. We loved this starter and really cannot recommend it enough if you visit Camile.

For the main course we ordered two curries the first one was a Chicken Massaman which is a mild and rich curry with potato, onion and crispy shallots. We absolutely loved this curry and we really enjoyed the potatoes as we haven’t had a Thai curry with potato in it before.

The second curry we ordered was a Red Chicken Curry with green beans, squash, onion and red chilli. This one was slightly hotter due to the chilli but was incredible and once again bursting with flavour.

Camille Thai

We also had a side of brown rice which we absolutely loved and since then have been ordering brown rice instead of sticky rice.

The portion sizes of both the curries was incredibly generous, we couldn’t finish what was on our plates so we kindly asked them if we could take the rest away. Rach enjoyed the left overs the next day for her dinner!

Camile Thai

Something that we particularly loved at Camile was the fact the food wasn’t oily and greasy. It really did taste like a curry you would cook at home but obviously a thousand times better!

Camile are planning on opening more restaurants in London very soon and hopefully some a little more central, so keep your eyes peeled! We will definitely be visiting again soon.

Flipside Restaurant Review

Flipside is a 100% plant based restaurant that offers a wide selection of food from healthy salads to meat like burgers. Flipside freshly prepares the sandwiches and salad bowls every morning meaning customers can just grab & go.

Flipside is located just a 5-10 minute walk from Farringdon station, so it’s really convenient if you live or work in the city. They are also a cashless restaurant making them super speedy, you can use the self service iPads or you can go to the counter to place your order.

We arrived at Flipside at around 6pm on a Friday evening. We always try and arrive quite early in the hope that the restaurant will be empty. We were in luck which meant we could take our photos without anyone else in the background. We are glad we did arrive early because by the time we were finished Flipside was starting to fill up.

There is a lot to choose from on the menu we were so stuck on what to order. We have never tried meat like burgers before so we knew straight away that we had to order a couple of those! We went for the Flipside Quarter Pounder and Beyond Burger, the burgers were served with chips which were cooked to perfection, we loved them!

We absolutely loved the burgers they were so delicious and if we didn’t know they were plant based we probably wouldn’t have been able to guess.

We also ordered a couple of the Super Bowls to try, we ordered the Naked Cali which consisted of lots of rice, beans, salsa and tortilla chips it was really delicious and definitely one of their healthier options. We also ordered the Red & Greens which was so delicious we especially liked the chargrilled broccoli and skillet Brussels they were so tasty.

We definitely had a feast this evening, everything looked so good we couldn’t not try. We also ordered the nachos which were amazing and so tasty. The vegan cheese on top was really tasty and again we wouldn’t have known these were plant based, they were also very generous with the portion size. We would 100% recommend ordering the nachos when you visit as you won’t be disappointed.

For sides we were really intrigued by the sticky & crisply rashers so we knew we had to order those. I absolutely loved them, they didn’t taste like bacon at all like we thought maybe they would but they were really delicious! They had a different texture to bacon as well as they were quite chewy- definitely worth a try though.

We really loved that all of the drinks in the fridge were totally plastic free and 100% plant based. We both opted for a small bottle of Prosecco each (it was Friday after all).

We really enjoyed how convenient Flipside is, if you want a glass of water you can just help yourself, which is great if like us you drink a lot of water at dinner.

There was a small selection of cakes and cookies at the till points. We had our eye on the sticky toffee pudding that we had spotted on the menu but sadly that didn’t have any, not that we needed anymore to eat anyway!

The staff were so friendly at Flipside and welcomed us with open arms. If you are looking to enjoy a plant based feast then Flipside is the restaurant for you, we will definitely be returning soon.