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!

Les Filles by LLS Cafe

We recently visited Les Filles by LLS Cafe and had the most incredible meal! We found LLS Cafe on the Nutrifix app, they are a big fan of LLS Cafe and so are we! Becca the nutritionist at Nutrifix has quoted some of the health benefits of the dishes we chose which you can find throughout our post!

Les Filles was super cute and we fell in love with the place as soon as we entered! We got to sit at the window seat which in our eyes was the best seat in the house!

They also have LLS branches at Hampstead, Lancaster Gate & Waterloo. The Craven Terrance branch near waterloo has only recently opened! We went to the branch in Paddington and couldn’t recommend it enough!

We both opted for the waffles, but as Rach is a bit fussy she omitted the eggs and had hers with avocado and smoked salmon. Annie enjoyed the 2 poached eggs with hers and also added some smoked salmon as well!

If you’re looking for something savoury, the sweet potato waffles with eggs, avocado and smoked salmon is a great choice. Packed with protein, heart-healthy fats and carbohydrates making this a nutritionally balanced meal. This would be a great post-workout meal to replenish depleted stores and help to rebuild muscle fibers.

Another great option for savoury (which we both sampled) and if you’re looking for a veggie option is the halloumi with roasted veg with sourdough, this meal is packed with protein, fats, various vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre. This combination will satisfy you and keep you feeling full until your next meal. We loved the harissa sauce it came with it tasted oriental and had SO much flavour and definitely made the dish!

We both shared the pancakes after our savoury meal. If you’re after something sweet, the buckwheat pancakes will definitely satisfy you. With pancakes made using buckwheat flour, these are fibre-packed ensuring to keep you fuller for longer as well as contributing to good gut health. Topped with a delicious combination of coconut cream, homemade chia jam, fresh fruits and date syrup, providing sweetness as well as an array of vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants.

These pancakes are also gluten free and vegan friendly. You are given 3 pancakes and a very generous amount of toppings, the chia jam was incredible and we loved it! It also went really well with the coconut cream, we aren’t usually fans of coconut yoghurt but oh my the cream was yum and complimented the pancakes perfectly.

We also had this all washed down with a delicious coffee and juice/smoothie. There is such a good choice of drinks that we had to go for 2 each.

Rach went for the cappuccino which was served in the cutest mug & coaster and Annie and Americano, again served in a very photogenic cup!

Rach went for a juice and she prefers a juice to a smoothie, she went for ? This was incredibly refreshing and the addition of ginger was not too overpowering (which it often can be). Annie had a smoothie which was super thick and incredible, made with almond milk and lots of berries!

We had such a lovely afternoon and we honestly cannot recommend this place enough! We will definitely be returning soon and we are already so excited about it!

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!

Giggling Squid Review

Giggling Squid started back in 2002 in the basement of a tiny fisherman’s cottage which is now their Brighton restaurant. It all started with a Thai Tapas Menu which is still available on their lunch time menu.

We have heard so many great things about the Giggling Squid we knew we had to try it. We are really loving our Thai food at the moment and it’s great to try lots of new dishes.

We visited the Bath branch of the Giggling Squid and had the most incredible evening. The restaurant was an instagram dream and had such a lovely ambiance. We arrived just after 7 and were shown to our table.

The restaurant is full of flower wallls and they also have ginormous bird cages that you can book (they do try and keep this for customers celebrating special occasions).

Carys was our waitress for the evening and oh my goodness she was just so lovely and super helpful! You can tell she really enjoy her job, which just made the entire evening even more enjoyable.

We were offered a bottle of white or red wine, we went for the red wine and we are glad we did because it was delicious. We were also served a ginormous bowl of prawn crackers (Rachel’s favourite) with sweet chilli sauce, they didn’t last long as you can imagine!

To start we went for the sharing platter which is new on the menu and costs £16.75. We have been ordering the sharing platter a lot recently as it means we get to try a little bit of everything. The sharing platter at Giggling Squid included; Strips of hand-cut pork grilled on skewers, salt and pepper squid, Thai chicken wings, vegetable spring rolls. It was also served with three sauces are favourite being the tamarind, how have we never tried this before!

For mains we decided to mix it up a little bit as we always go for the same thing which is usually two curries, so this time we ordered a Salmon Paneang. The salmon Paneang was a Salmon fillet in a creamy, red curry sauce with stir fried Tenderstem broccoli and pak choi. Even though salmon isn’t typically Thai, the flavours were absolutely incredible. Giggling squid describe the Salmon Paneang as ‘A friendly, comforting dish using super popular ingredients’ and we couldn’t agree with them more.

We also ordered the Prawn Massaman curry. This type of curry is a Muslim style curry from Southern Thailand, it’s made with coconut milk and dry spices such as cumin, cinnamon and star anise. We really enjoyed this curry but we will say if you aren’t a massive fan or star anise then you may not like this dish as the flavour is quite powerful (especially if you eat it like I did LOL).

We also shared a side of brown rice which we are really enjoying at the moment. For a while we always got sticky rice which don’t get us wrong we also love, but there is just something about brown rice that makes it our fave.

For dessert we ordered the Lychee yoghurt ice cream which was full of so much flavour, it was very light and refreshing and made for the perfect dessert. We also loved the fact there were pieces of lychee in it.

We also ordered the black sesame ice cream as it really intrigued us, this is a unique flavour to Giggling Squid as well so we couldn’t not order it. We were not too sure about the flavour at first but actually it really grew on us and we finished the entire bowl, it did have quite a nutty flavour which we really enjoyed.

We also enjoyed a fresh mint tea which was the perfect end to a great evening. The teeny tiny tea pots and cups are so cute and the waitress said she could top them up if we wanted.

If you are looking for a great Thai to visit then it just has to be the Giggling Squid, we honestly cannot recommend the food enough!

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!

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.