New Café in Camden

IMG_1593After trying a Match Latte from Frame at Kings Cross, I’ve become a little obsessed with them, but have found it hard to find anywhere else near me that serves them. A few times I have driven past Oatmilk near Camden Road overground and have been intrigued by all the random guitars in the window! We decided to go whilst on our lunch break from an NCT workshop, and I was so happy that they actually serve matcha latté with almond milk. And cinnamon!

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We sat in and ate a feta cheese and vegetable wrap which my husband loved, and a mozzarella and pesto toasted sandwich which I wasn’t so keen on as the bread was so hard. My latté was great though, and the staff and atmosphere so friendly that I would definitely go back there for drinks. I think that the cafe serves mainly vegan food, but they do offer cow’s milk for coffees so it’s not totally exclusive. They were playing hip hop in the background and selling all kinds of guitars on the walls so it’s safe to say that the theme of the cafe seemed to be music based-worktop by the cash desk was made of a sound system which was pretty novel.

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Nice crepe but hard toastie

I would definitely recommend this little cafe for someone who wants somewhere non-touristy away from the centre of Camden and all it’s hordes.

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Best brunch ever?

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Eton Mess

Birthday surprise!

My lovely husband surprised me with a brunch at the iconic Landmark Hotel on  Marylebone Road. I’d heard about the famous Champagne Sunday Brunch and as my favourite meal of any day is breakfast (with eggs, sausages, bacon-basically as much food as possible) I’d mentioned last year that I’d like to go. Held in the hotel’s Winter Garden which is a huge atrium filled with natural light thanks to the glass panelled ceiling, the brunch runs from 1230pm until 3pm and costs £90 per person. This includes unlimited champagne, soft drinks and tea and coffee, as well as a hot breakfast, pancakes, salad, soup, a Sunday roast and a wealth of desserts-phew! I’m sure I’ve missed something out as there was so much choice when we went last weekend.

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Sunday Roast

The place was pretty much full and it turned out that lots of us were celebrating our birthday, owing to the fact that the staff brought out Happy Birthday cupcakes for us at the end of our meal which was a nice touch! I was way too full to eat it though.

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Food was constantly replenished and tasted so fresh. My favourites were the poached eggs, roast beef and chicken, and finally the bread and butter pudding with custard, of which I had two helpings followed by a delicious Eton Mess!

 

 

 

My husband loved the sausages as well as his roast potatoes, sushi and mini creme brulées-quite a mixture.

 

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Just one part of the dessert station

 

Although pricey, the quality of the food was perfect-every single thing I ate was the best of it’s kind I’d eaten. Staff were attentive if a little stand-offish, but this didn’t detract from the superb food and atmosphere. There was a nice mixture of customers. Although we were some of the youngest there, there were young families, tourists, and a few couples in their early thirties. This meant that it wasn’t too stuffy, which I had expected owing to the central location and price of the brunch.I would definitely recommend this lovely brunch for a special occasion.

Eating Out in London

I’m constantly taking photos of my food wherever I eat (yes, I’m one of those annoying people) so thought I’d share my favourite and not so favourite cafés and restaurants in London.

North London

Oak and Pastor, Islington

My husband and I absolutely LOVE this pub/restaurant. We try and get here whenever we are craving a Sunday roast. Apart from my mum’s roast, it really is the best I have ever had. This is homely renovated 19th century building with a nice fireplace and little beer garden. The staff are super friendly and the atmosphere is unpretentious. It’s busy on big match days thanks to it’s big screen, but we have never had trouble getting a table, although you can book in advance.

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They have an extensive menu, and the chicken wing starter is particularly good, but we love their roasts the best, at around £15 per person.

Nearest tube Tufnell Park.

 

The Breakfast Club, Angel Islington

I was really excited to go here as I’d seen people queuing outside on weekends. I ordered scrambled eggs on toast with a sausage on the side which came to £10. They do fresh juices as well-I had a carrot, lime and ginger for £4.

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Although the food was nice, it wasn’t amazing, and wouldn’t have taken much effort to make at home. The thing that really got me though was how dirty the restaurant was. The floor looked as if it hadn’t been cleaned; the toilet was filthy. What’s more is that two of the staff who had colds were sneezing into their hands and wiping their noses onto their hands without using tissues. This really put me off my food and is the reason I would not go back.

Nearest tube, Angel.

 

Bintang, Kentish Town

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Filipino dish Leche Flan at Bintang

Wow how I love this little restaurant. Pan asian cuisine with a changing menu consisting of dishes influenced from The Philippines, Vietnam and Japan to name a few. The atmosphere is cosy yet buzzing with a few tables upstairs and more in the basement. The downside is that the service is always slow and I usually find that I have to prompt staff to take my drinks, main and dessert orders. Not very proactive but the food is so nice, I don’t really care. My favourite dish is the very hot chicken Ulek curry made with scotch bonnets at £8.50-not for the faint-hearted.

Nearest tube Kentish Town.

Central London

Kopapa, Covent Garden

This is one of the most friendly and delicious places to eat in central London and they do a tasty brunch. It gets busy on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch but if you haven’t booked, you can sit on the bar.

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Spiced banana french toast

Staff are friendly. My favourite dish is spiced banana french toast for £10 or any egg on toast dish for around £7.

Nearest tube Covent Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granger & Co, Kings Cross

I originally went for brunch at their cafe in Notting Hill, and although I loved it, decided that it was too far from my flat to return to. How happy I was to find that Granger & Co have now also opened in Kings Cross! There’s a lot more seating than the West London branch.

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Ricotta hotcakes, Granger & Co

Favourite dishes include Ricotta Hotcakes at £11.80 (very calorific and sweet but so addictive) and cauliflower and pecorino spaghetti, £12.50. Although pricy, the food is great and staff are attentive and friendly, so great for a special occasion.

Nearest tube, Kings Cross.

 

 

 

 

Dishoom, Kings Cross

Here is another place that has opened their latest outpost in Kings Cross. I originally went for dinner at the restaurant in Covent Garden, then Shoreditch, and am happy to say that one of my favourite restaurants is now in my local area. The industrial style décor and architecture of the large space is impressive, and the staff, like all other Dishoom locations, are friendly and hard-working. Sometimes you have to queue, especially on weekend evenings; Dishoom only take reservations for parties of over 6 people after 545pm, so you may have a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it! Favourite dishes include Okra Fries £4.20 and Keema Pau £5.50, a spiced minced lamb bun. Also recommended for an alternative and spicy breakfast.

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Avoid the Virgin Mary at Dishoom

 

The only thing that I have tried and disliked at Dishoom is their Virgin Mary-I think that in trying to be a little quirky, they ended up making the cocktail taste like spaghetti bolognese. I found it inedible so did’t drink it, but still had to pay.

Nearest tube Kings Cross.

 

 

 

South London

Milk, Balham

I want to move to Balham! A young crowd, yummy food and unpretentious atmosphere that isn’t in Shoreditch! At the time of writing their website is pretty pants with no clue to what they’re about, but Milk, who do have a blog, are a popular restaurant close to Balham station.

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Poached eggs at Milk

I have only sampled their brunch menu (there’s a theme occurring here) so can’t comment on the ret of their food, but judging by the busy tables, it must be good. I had poached eggs with a creamy hollandaise sauce on toast with deliciously crispy bacon. The service was so friendly (the friendliest I’ve experienced in a while) and the prices reasonable, with a meal of eggs benedict and two flat whites coming to £14.

Nearest tube, Balham

 

East London

Arepa and Co, Dalston

This place was such a find! My husband and I stumbled upon it by accident when walking along the Regent’s Canal towards Dalston. A friendly Venezuelan serving authentic cuisine served by Venezuelans in a light and airy restaurant overlooking the canal. I have only visited during the week but apparently this place gets busy on weekends. Arepas are cornbread pockets served with a range of fillings; cachapas are corn pancakes served with toppings (from £6-£8. Both are delicious. The cassava fingers are ridiculously good (£4.50). I haven’t ever had enough room for dessert, but the cakes on display always look so enticing. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos, but I’m sure it won’t be long until I go back to take some.

Nearest station, Haggerston Overground.

 

 

 

 

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