Since opening in 2009 in Marylebone, they have grown to be able to open up eight restaurants in total. All their ingredients are from sustainable & ethical sources (which I LOVE). They a say on their website that they always select the freshest, best quality ingredients to go into their menus and they only use suppliers who share their philosophy about quality, provenance, traceability and the impact on our environment.
It is a treat for a work lunch out because it isn’t the cheapest meal for a weekday lunch time (I am not about spending much on a work lunch), but they do make some great juices, coffees and salads here and you really are paying for the quality of the produce.
It is also a great vibe so it is a fab place to have a good old catch up with a colleague or friends as a midday break away from the office, computer screen and desk chairs.
I absolutely adore their salads and I usually get either the tuna or hallumi salads but they do have a bigger menu with hot foods as well.
If you work in the area and want something wholesome and healthy – this is a great place to treat yourself.
I know I have written about Fink’s previously, but I only wrote about brunch there. Plus it is such a gorgeous little independent cafe that does such simple fresh foods and I just love it in the sunny weather as it is on such a pretty little street tucked away from the busy roads. It is also great in the winter if you are looking for a great place for a good slice of cake and a coffee in a cozy, homely vibe.
We recently came on a sunny day and sat outside with our salad and sandwich just taking in the weather and taking our time to enjoy our freshly made food.
It might look like a take out kebab shop as you pass from the outside, but as you walk in you will see all the fresh meat skewers and the long hot coal grill with its smokey, mouthwatering and incredibly inviting smell drawing you in. At the back there is a large restaurant seating area.
Mangal Ocakbasi is a Turkish grill house based in Dalston that Jack, his mum Sandra and I discovered one evening.
We ordered a plate of mixed dips to share as a starter – which came with a basket full of warm Turkish bread.
For our main we ordered a large mixed grill plate to share which came with a large plate of salad. The spices on the meat enhance the flavour and are not overbearing and there is a barbeque like taste to it. We were actually surprised at how delicious it all tasted.
We ended the meal with some sweet baklava and a Turkish tea – which was nice to have a little bite of sweetness after all the spiced meats.
Jack and I had a Saturday day out at the London Zoo recently which was so lovely. We fed a Giraffe, had Monkeys and Lemurs jumping around us and over our heads, and we were faced up close with a Pygmy Hippo and a big Silverback Gorilla. It was really interactive compared to how I remembered the zoo to be.
After the zoo we took a stroll to the top of Primrose Hill and took in the gorgeous view, before we headed off for dinner at The Hill in Haverstock Hill.
It is a gorgeously traditional British pub with old vintage furniture and fireplaces, but as it was a nice day, we sat at a table outside for drinks and dinner. We both got the Hanger Steak with came with fries (£17 each) and shared a side of Caesar Salad (£3.5). The steak was beautifully cooked and very tender and the fries were still hot and crunchy and the salad crisp. The food was really good and I really liked the location, the service, and the vintage interior.
Canary Wharf is mostly full of character-less franchises, which (as I have said before) are not my favourite – but I have come across a little gem; a little falafel stall, just a short stroll from my office. Every lunch time the queue is massive and the smell is mouth watering.
So, one Fat Friday (I swear it is an international holiday that everyone must celebrate at work on Fridays at lunch time), Romola and I joined this queue for these falafels and before we knew it we were at the front of the line and ordering away. Everyone loves a falafel. Those crunchy, deep fried balls of spiced vegetarian love are always a great time!
I ordered the falafel salad (£4.95), which consists of a cucumber and tomato mixture, pickled red and white cabbage, grated carrots, a very little spoon of couscous, hummus, chili sauce, pickled sliced onion, five falafels and a little dollop of tahini/yogurt. Romola had the falafel wrap, which she said was very good.
The falafel were still warm and had a lovely crunch to them on the outside and a nutty texture on the inside. The base of the salad was very refreshing and all the flavours went very well together and the chili was deliciously spicy. It ended up being surprisingly filling as well.