Winter festivities may have ended for many on New Year's Day, but for me they have continued well into January in the form of catch-ups and birthday meals. Here's a lowdown what's been filling my stomach:
Strada, Riverside (More London)
The food at Strada is good at any given time; the riverside view at Strada Riverside is amazing! Went here for Christmas Lunch with my uni crew (aka the Uni Beeshes©). I loved the affordable Christmas menu that Strada Riverside had and I loved that the staff didn't rush us even after we finished eating.
Que Viet, Kingsland Road
I went to Que Viet with a friend during that awkward period between Christmas and New Year's. despite eating Vietnamese food I've not checked out the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road - I was glad that the experience was a positive one. I've reviewed this place on Zomato, which you can check out here
Honest Burger, Kings Cross
Yep there are many burger joints floating about London these days. I got to try out Honest Burgers just after the New Year. There are burgers and then there are Burgers. The Tribute Burger is a Burger; I highly recommend that this be the burger you try if you have yet to visit Honest Burger. I also love that their rosemary salted fries come with the Burger at no extra costs, so it's a bit kind to the wallet. I have to say though avoid the barbeque wings....not so nice (I actually felt cheated!).
The Meat Co, Westfield London
This was the second eat out meal of 2015 (the first being Honest Burgers). My friend, who lives in East London invited her guests, most of who, including me also live in East London (some in South East London) to The Meat Co all the way in West London. Just as well I drove on that day - most of the Central Line was out of service! While I liked my meal - I had calamari for starters (yep, I love my shellfish!) and piri half Chicken for my main - I would not have travelled across London to eat at The Meat Co. Glad I tried once though.....
I have heard rave reviews about Dishoom and having finally dined here for a friend's birthday meal, I can attest that the food is goooooood! All the dishes are meant to be shared (even though I had the calamari all to myself) so every one got to try a variety of dishes. Despite being a cold and wet Sunday, Dishoom in Shoreditch was bustling. I was warmed up by the Lamb Samosas, Chicken Tikka, Lamb Biryani which both had lots of flavour and ended with lovely cinnamon ice-cream. As for drinks you must try the Virgin Bombay Colada - so refreshing!
Hi Sushi Izakaya, Covent Garden
This meal couldn't have come at a better time; for the past couple of months I have been doing "No Meat Fridays". Not necessarily for religious purposes (Though RC Christians are encouraged to not eat meat on Fridays); I just wanted a day to not eat poultry, beef or pork and it just so happened that I thought Friday would be the best day for me to do this! The birthday girl, being a fan of all things Japanese loves sushi, so it was only natural that she would celebrate her birthday with sushi. It was all you can eat for £19.80 (excluding drinks) and I indulged in grilled squid, prawn tempura, sashimi & nigri.
Now, while I've enjoyed all this food my purse has taken quite a hit! January is a dry month for many in terms of socialising and finances - as it is for me usually. Indulgence isn't cheap; I can safely say I spent more on food that I did in the sales. I think I'm going to need a Dry February.....