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!

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!

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.

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!

Spanish Sidra Avalon & Tapas @ Camino

We visited Camino a Tapas restaurant to try out their new Spanish Sidra Avalon which we were really excited about! When we go out for dinner we will most likely also have a nice alcoholic beverage with our meal too. We aren’t really fussy drinkers and will often drink something that compliments the food we have ordered.

Camino Kings Cross was hidden out of the way from the high street but close enough to the station if you wanted a pre train meal. We also commented it would be a great place to go for a date as it was the perfect atmosphere.

It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining and we were really craving a refreshing drink in the sunshine. The Spanish Sidra Avalon is on draught in the four incredible Camino venues across London.

Avalon is a refreshing, crisp Sidra with clean aromas of summer orchard and hints of applewood. A pale colour, the delicious ripple has a slow release of fine bubbles. It was delicious and wasn’t too heavy.

The nice thing about going out for tapas is that you get to try and eat a large range of dishes, this makes eating tapas much more exciting and means when with a group everyone will be happy. However with such a large selection of food how can you decide what to drink, however the good thing about this Spanish Sidra Avalon is that its super light and therefore will go with any food your order off the menu.

The staff at Camino were very polite and helpful when we asked them to recommend dishes that went well with the new Sidra Avalon.

There is literally so much choice on the menu and its split up in sections, fish & seafood, meat, nibbles, vegetarian etc so its easy to pick what you want. We went for jamon serrano, potatas bravas, iberico meatballs, chicken skewer and arzua ulloa. Basically we ordered in the same order, slices of serrano ham, potatoes covered in tomato sauce, meatballs, chicken skewers and fried cheese with chutney jam. We definitely ordered the perfect amount of food for the 2 of us and a good selection of meat and vegetables.

The food was served as and when it was cooked as all dishes are freshly prepared. Being typical bloggers who wanted to photograph the food we were waiting to tuck in as we wanted to photograph all the dishes together. The Waitress spotted that we were not eating the food and said she could bring us out fresh dishes if we wanted, it was not her fault and we didn’t want the food to go to waste so we declined the offer but it was lovely of her to offer.

There are 5 Camino Tapas restaurants in London; Kings Cross x2, Bankside, Monument and Shoreditch.

There was an outside seating area at the Kings Cross branch which we were very happy about as it was a beautiful day. We also spotted the bar garden around the back which was for drinks only and that was in the sunshine.

The Avalon draught is gluten free and has an ABB of 5.5%!

We had a fab afternoon and we will definitely be visiting Camino again and drinking Sidra Avalon!

Pizza Pick Up Review

Pizza Pick Up is an authentic Italian wood fired Pizza Restaurant located at the North End of Peckham Rye just a short walk from Peckham Rye tube station.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner Nic who told us about the history of the company and how it originally started as a street food unit serving pizza from the back of a 1961 Volkswagen Splitscreen which we thought was so cool.

Nic has an incredible amount of passion for his restaurant, you can tell he absolutely loves what he does and this completely shines through when he is serving customers. He is in his element and you can tell he just wants to make sure everyone has the best time whilst eating great food.

The real marble tables at Pizza Pickup are any bloggers dream and so was the natural lighting that was shining in through the windows.

The menu had so much choice and it all sounded delicious! We were stuck with what to choose so we asked Nic for his recommendations.

We each had a Bellini to drink, Rach opted for the strawberry Bellini and Annie had the Peach one. Both were delicious and were just the correct right amount of sweetness.

For starter we had a basket of Focaccia which if you don’t know is wood fired Roman flatbread. It was cooked to perfection and went well with the second starter we were recommended to pick which was the Bufalo Crudo.

The Bufalo Crudo was Mozzarella, prosciutto ham and rocket salad. The portion size was incredibly generous as you are served an entire ball of Mozzarella. The Mozzarella was soft and creamy on the inside and as we mentioned above it tasted delicious with our Foccacia.

For main we had three pizzas, yes three and we managed to eat all but one slice (we are not joking)- we certainly don’t order food only to take a photo of it.

Our first pizza of choice was a margarita because let’s be honest you cannot go to a pizza restaurant and not try its margarita pizza. It didn’t disappoint and the tomato to cheese ratio was perfect.

We also went for a pepperoni pizza because if you cannot tell by the t-shirts we are wearing in our photos this is a firm favourite of ours. Pizza Pickup were generous with the amount of pepperoni and the pizza was cooked to perfection.

The third was a Quattro Stagioni which was tomato, mozzarella, beretta ham, artichokes, mushrooms and black olives- a test to know whether or not a pizza passes the test of being a good pizza involves picking the pizza slice up an trying to eat it without any toppings falling off, this one past the test with flying colours and it was packed with toppings! This pizza was packed with veggies and we especially liked the artichokes as it isn’t something we usually opt for on a pizza, so it was great to try something new.

For dessert Annie is Nutella obsessed so she went for the Pizza Cioccolato Nutella & Sea Salt which was essentially a Nutella Pizza (The dough was slightly softer than a normal pizza). Oh my it was SO unbelievably delicious and just thinking about it as we write this post is making us want it all over again.

Rachel opted for The Tiramisu as it was Nic’s grandmas recipe so we couldn’t really say no. It wasn’t like your traditional Tiramisu as it wasn’t swimming in sauce, but Nic actually informed us the English make it wrong and it is intact supposed to be slightly dr. Nevertheless it was absolutely delicious and we would definitely recommend if you are a coffee lover.

As you know a Two Brits review wouldn’t be complete without a toilet review! The toilet was situated at the back of the restaurant, it was clean and we just have to mention the beautiful sink they have had fitted- it is the sink of dreams.

There is also outside seating area which was perfect as it was a beautiful sunny afternoon. We made sure to make the most of it whilst we were waiting for our food to arrive and had our Bellini’s outside looking out onto the green.

We always love trying independent restaurants and Pizza Pick Up did not disappoint. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and it was just all round an amazing meal.

By the time we left at 6pm the restaurant was buzzing and the atmosphere was alive. Pizza Pick Up was everything we expected it to be and better. A pure delight to have spent our afternoon in this little gem of a restaurant.

Pizza Pick Up are available for private events including weddings & parties. How incredible would it be to have pizza served at your wedding!