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.

Coco di Mama – a delicious Italian lunch

There are so many places out there to enjoy on your lunch break, but mostly all do the same food/cuisine, so we were delighted when we discovered Coco di Mama on the Nutrifix app. They serve healthy and hearty fresh Italian food. There are 21 branches around London, and we are sure you will find one near to where you work or want to visit.

We visited separately and went to 2 different branches. If you work in the Victoria area then Coco di Mama is situated on Victoria Street and is certainly very popular here, there was a constant queue and stream of people on the Tuesday lunchtime that I visited.

If you work in the city, then make sure you head to the king William street branch. The staff here despite being rushed off their feet are super helpful and look so happy, which is a delight to see.

You can pick up a cold option from the fridge which include salads, sandwiches and hummus pots. Annie actually opted for the Jackfruit Salad it was actually incredible especially the pink hummus, I (Annie) also added some balsamic vinegar but it would be perfect just the way it comes.

Or you can get hot fresh pasta from the counter. There is a choice of sizes, the large is pretty big they are very generous. There are plenty of sauces to choose from including, carbonara, pesto & meatballs. Coco di Mama cater for all dietary requirements and if you want you can get gluten free pasta. Coco di Mama is also very vegan friendly and Rach opted for the lentil pasta ragu, and went for gluten free pasta. The lentils were a great substitute for a meat sauce and the whole thing tasted delicious.

There are also fruit pots in the fridge which we definitely eyed up, we do love a fruit pot!

At the counter there is a wide selection of cakes and cookies to choose from. We have been loving our vegan lunches at the moment so we opted for the vegan dark chocolate banana bread and oh my gosh it was just insane! Rach has hers a little later on and heated it up, we both could have eaten it all over again.

There is also fridge full of cold beverages, we tried one of the new juices from Daily Dose which was delicious. We also tried Da-Sh water which was also really refreshing, I got the raspberry flavour.

Coco di Mama also serves yummy coffee, and we particulalry love the cup you get given it’s a coral colour and Coco di Mama on it. Annie had a mocha, to enjoy with her banana bread and it really did hit the spot.

We also noticed the pasta straws which we thought was such an amazing idea especially as they serve pasta in store as well!

We have recommended Coco Di Mama to so many people already and we have even been back ourselves!

First Table UK At The Crazy Bear

First Table is a website that offers a 50% discount off restaurant meals at specific times. All you have to do is pay a £5 booking fee (per table not person) to secure the discount at your restaurant of choice. You can receive 50% off your meal for up to 4 people!

Just go onto the website, create an account and then have a look at the restaurant choices on there. We filtered to London and had a browse but you can also filter on a particular part of London.

Underneath the restaurants are the date and times available. We found that at most restaurants the first table is usually 6pm but some are as early as 5:30pm or as late as 7pm. You can book your table up to a week in advance but you better be quick because they go very quickly!

If you are late for your table they will only wait 15 minutes for you (like most places) and then the deal is off! So make sure you are not late.

We think First Table is such a great idea especially if you have somewhere to be later on like the theatre or you are just popping out after work for a quick dinner.

Rach first heard of First Table when she was in New Zealand visiting her sister, they used the app quite frequently when they were going out for dinner.

We were thrilled when we saw that First Table had launched in the U.K. and immediately got in contact with them. We love working with brands that we already love and have used before.

Our first restaurant of choice was located in Marylebone but we later found out that they were closing so we couldn’t visit, we were so upset! Instead we booked The Crazy Bear in Fitzrovia.

Our table was booked for 7pm and we thought we would be the first ones in the restaurant, but actually there were already so many tables occupied. The restaurant itself chooses the dates and times it has availability so maybe there was a reason why The Crazy Bear chose this time.

We ordered some prawn crackers of course, which were so delicious and the sweet chilli sauce was incredible!

To start we had the sharing platter which is £12.95 per person so in total it cost £25.90. The selection was nice but we were slightly let down by the size of the platter, it was tiny and defiantly wasn’t what we expected!

Our favourite dish of the night was the tune and avocado sushi! It was so so tasty and so fresh! We wish we ordered a couple more of these to sample- so if you visit these are a must!

For main we got some sticky rice which was really sticky and so delicious we could have had another portion! To go with it we also had the lamb chop curry which was a dry curry.

For dessert we ordered the passion fruit and mango knickerbocker glory and the salted butter caramel both of which we enjoyed and gobbled up very quickly.

The staff at The Crazy Bear were incredibly helpful and very welcoming, we really enjoyed our evening.

After your meal you will also receive an email if you have opted in to leave a review. If you leave a review you could win £25 first table credit if you write the best review of the week!

We have recommended this website to so many of our friends and family who are also going to make the most of it! I mean who can say no to 50% off a meal!

Pho Restaurant Review

We jumped at the chance of visiting Pho for dinner, Rach visited Vietnam back in December 2017 and ever since then has always loved eating Vietnamese food (I mean doesn’t everyone).

We visited the Spitalfields branch which is located just a 10 minute walk walk Liverpool Street. We arrived at 19:30 and the place was buzzing. From the outside and at first glance this Pho looks relatively small, but actually it surprised us with how big the restaurant was. They have a large seating area upstairs which we had a nosey at when we went to the toilets.

The manager introduced herself to us and told us that we were welcome to try whatever we liked on the menu, as asked her her recommendations like we always do and of course went with a couple of them.

Rach ordered the Nojita to drink which was on their specials menu. This drink was muddled lime and mint, homemade lemonade & soda, shaken and served over crushed ice, garnished with fresh mint. Her eyes said it all when she tried her first sip she was in Nojito heaven!

I ordered a …. which was so refreshing and not too sweet. I would definitely order it again and would recommend you do as well if you visit Pho.

To start we ordered the Spicy Salad Rolls which were three carb-free pure veggie rolls tied together with a carrot ribbon from their new healthy menu. These were so bright and colour and well healthy! They were really delicious were full of lots of bright and colourful vegetables.

We also ordered the Nem Hai San which was a Large crispy spring roll consisting of tiger prawn, crab & pork with nước chấm dipping sauce which were INCREDIBLE! We could have eaten these all over again! If you order a starter when you visit Pho then you have to choose these we really couldn’t recommend them enough.

The third and final starter we ordered was fried squid which was also really tasty. The waitress came over and told us to mix the lime juice with the salt and pepper as it is a total game changer.

Main courses for us were easy, we knew we wanted a rice dish and the curry just sounded out of this world. I went for the chicken Ca-Ri curry and Rach ordered the same but had prawn instead. They really are not stingy on the chicken and prawn portions and we must say the prawns were ginormous! Rice is served on the side which we also tucked into but actually didn’t manage to finish (that must be a first).

We had a peep at the dessert menu but to be honest we were absolutely stuffed we couldn’t even think about eating anything else! We did spy the green tea ice cream though that sounded really tasty, we would have tried that had I had room oh and the chocolate slab!

Toilet review: They were very clean! You will find them upstairs!

The staff at this Pho were to attentive and really helpful. We cannot thank them enough for helping us have the most perfect evening.

By the time we were ready to leave the restaurant had emptied out a lot, what with it being the city you would kind of expect that as it was gone 9pm.

Panzerotto Blues Tooting Market

Want to sample the only panzerotto in London….. well you might not even know what it is, so let us tell you first and then we are sure you will want to try it too!

Panzerotto is similar to a calzone that is probably the best way to describe what it looks like but let us tell you it is NOT a calzone and Panzerotte Blues make sure you know this too….. look at these signs and you will agree!

It is basically a sourdough pizza base with a filling of your choice that is folded over then deep fried. Now you may think oh wow its fried, its going to be really greasy, well you are wrong, it isn’t greasy at all, in fact its super crispy and light and we are converted!

We were lucky enough to meet the owner and founder who chatted to us and told us the process of it and also told us little stories about the Panzerotto!

Now, we have told you a little about the panzerotto you now want to know where it is! Head to Tooting Market in, you guessed it Tooting and you will find Panzerotto Blues, you order from thier little kiosk and can either sit at the seats they have along the wall or on the main communcal seats in the middle of the market. They also sell them at Greenwich market, so make sure you head down there as well (Monday – Friday only!)

Rachel went for the Margherita panzerotto which was absolutely delicious! The panzerotto was both filling and light! We didn’t feel overly full but we were also 100% satisfied! Annie ordered their best selling panzerotto which was the Panz Jungle- mushrooms, spinach, goats cheese and a sprinkle of chilli flakes giving it that extra kick!

The Margherita was £5.50 and the Panz Jungle was £6.35 which we think is very decent for a market stall lunch, especially when it’s so fresh and cooked in front of you!

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

**Warning, this post will leave you hungry and craving Italian food!!!*

At this early dinner or late lunch (we ate at 3.30pm so you decide….!!), we both agreed that Italian food is our favourite cuisine to have at a restaurant which was excellent as we were both about to tuck in to the most incredible Italian meal.

Located in St Katerine Dock overlooking the Marina is this small Italian restaurant, we were fortunate enough to visit on the most gorgeous Autumn Day and it was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the amazing view whilst also people watching.

Emilia’s seats roughly 35 people, they specialise in making handmade pasta that is made fresh each morning, the recipes are created and cooked right in front of you, which we absolutely loved.

We asked if it would be possible to sit outside seeing as it was such a beautiful day. We had a small wait for a table which was fine as we sat on the bar stalls and watched the chefs hard at work.

Shortly after we were shown to our table which overlooked the docks, it was stunning. We both ordered a drink Rach went for a glass of prosecco and Annie had an Aperol Spritz, which we enjoyed in the sunshine whilst admiring the view.

Now lets cut to the food which is what you all came here for. The menu is simple which is what we like because it makes choosing not as difficult, we always think that is a sign of a good restaurant. The menus were printed on brown paper and doubled up as place mats which is a great idea. Everything on the menu had our mouths watering and we really were spoilt for choice.

Burrata is Rach’s all time favourite thing so of course she opted for the Burrata for starter, which was served with toasted ciabatta and was INCREDIBLE. It was creamy and delicious and had such a great flavour, it was utterly delicious.

Annie ordered finely sliced bresaola (cured beef) with rocket and parmesan salad there was also the option to have it with   toasted ciabatta instead of the salad. Bresaola for anyone that doesn’t know is air-dried, salted beef that is usually aged for two or three months until it becomes hard and turns dark red in colour. Parmesan is my favourite cheese so I had to order the salad of course and I was delighted when it was served with a very generous portion.

There are six different types of pasta on the menu; Potato Gnocchi (occasionally available), Bucatini, Ravioli, Rigatoni, Pappardelle and Casarecce. There are seven pasta dishes to choose from each of which is created using of the pasta options above.

We both ordered 4 hour slow cooked béchamel bolognese with grated parmesan which was a Pappardelle dish. pappadelle pasta is a thick pasta and the flavours of it were incredible. The portion size was huge and pasta is so filling! Thankfully they have doggy bags so you can take what you cannot manage home with you.

Toilets are located outside of the restaurant, they are public toilets that most the little restaurants shared. They are clean and we had no issue with this at all- means there is more space to seat guests!

The staff at Emilia’s were really attentive and so friendly! We couldn’t have asked for a better waiter/waitress they were both so happy and polite.

We had the most incredible time and we will definitely be returning again! It was just the most perfect afternoon and we couldn’t have asked for better food!

The Field Restaurant Review

The Field opened its doors in May 2018, located in London fields just a short walk from London Field station or like us you prefer to use the underground you can walk from Bethnal Green (it’s about a 15 minute walk).

The Field offer a seasonal plant based menu serving brunch, lunch and dinner they, check their website for opening hours though as they are not open every day. The Field also have a weekday happy hour from 5:30pm-7pm, weekend brunch from 11-4pm, yoga every Sunday 10-11am and live music every Sunday- they have got it all going on.

The Field was opened by Nik Williamson & Ryan Petty two chefs who wanted to open a restaurant serving food that they themselves would eat, they also wanted to create innovative plant-based food which we can assure you they certainly have achieved.

We ourselves are not plant based or vegetarian but we do enjoy a plant based meal every now and then. We were really excited to visit The Field as the menu looked incredible and everything sounded really tasty.

We arrived at The Field at 7:30pm, there was a chilled atmosphere and several of the tables were already taken with couples and friends enjoying a civilised evening meal. We were shown to our table and both Nik and Ryan came over to introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about the restaurant.

We glazed our eyes over the menu before asking both Ryan and Nik for their recommendations (of course they were going to recommend everything it was their restaurant after all but we thought we would ask what the most popular dishes were).

There are a selection of smaller plates and larger plates on offer and we were advised to order a couple of each. We love trying lots of dishes so we did share everything that we chose (that way we get to report back on more of the dishes as well).

We both ordered a glass of 2016 Folle Blanche which was described as a ‘dry and fresh, a little fruity… ooh’ white wine. We loved the wine glasses the bigger the better when it comes to the actual size of the glass (well we think so anyway). It was £7.50 by the glass or £25 for a bottle, we both just opted for a glass. We were also served a jug of tap water as well which the waiter regularly replaced during out meal.

We ordered the Deep Fried Buffalo Cauliflower with House Hot Sauce to start as we were told it was one of the most popular dishes on the menu, it was absolutely delicious. There was so much flavour and it wasn’t like anything we had eaten before, the homemade hot sauce complimented the fried cauliflower perfectly.

We also ordered the Pasta Agnolotti which was pasta stuffed with Radicchio, Orange and Cashew Nut Pate. This was absolutely delicious and we particularly enjoyed the pest dressing that was drizzled over the top. We would highly recommend this dish it was full of so much flavour and we could have eaten it twice over.

For one of our mains we ordered the Summer Gnocchi which was Gnocchi, English Peas, Broadbeans and Mint. Well if you are a gnocchi lover then you will be a massive fan of this dish because it is just incredible and so fresh with so much flavour.  It was soft, smooth and a little sticky exactly as a gnocchi should be and this definitely gets a thumbs up from us.

The final dish we tried was the Zucchini which Zucchini Flower, Dill Pesto and Ratte Potatoes, this was hand down our favourite dish of the evening. We love pesto and we would eat it with everything if we could so we knew straight away we would love this dish. It was presented beautifully and cooked to perfection.

Anyone that says plant based food is boring needs to visit The Field because you will see just how flavoursome food can be without meat. The food at The Field is of a high quality and there are so many different flavours thrown in the mix.

The kitchen at The Field is open which we really enjoyed as you can see the chefs hard at work cooking the food instead of being hidden away. We think an open kitchen makes a restaurant really authentic and definitely creates a buzz.

We loved the hanging baskets that were hanging from the ceiling it made us feel like we were sat in a green house as there were plants surrounding us.

By the time we left The Field the restaurant was nearly full, the atmosphere was calm and it was quite a romantic setting- perfect for a date. If you want to try delicious, good quality plant based food without paying an arm and a leg for it then The Field is the perfect place for you.