Brunch at Dean Street Townhouse

by Chelsea Girl on September 6, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with a couple of fabulous bloggers: Sunny in London and Silverspoon London for brunch at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho. It was a long overdue catch-up and as before, the afternoon flew by.

Dean Street TownhouseIt was my first time here and as soon as I walked in, I liked it straight away. The relaxed atmosphere, the Georgian-styled dining area and their classic bar that oozed another time and place made feel very much at (my imaginary) home.

Dean Street Townhouse

In such lovely surroundings and having learned that Champagne was served in coupe glasses, I ordered a French 75: Bombay Sapphire, lemon, sugar and of course Champagne. And for starter, I had the duck with girolles on toast. Yum.

Dean Street Townhouse

Melanie from Sunny in London had the twice-baked smoked haddock soufflé, which I had a taste of and without reservation (and if you like fish of course), I would say order this dish. Sublime. I had food envy throughout the first course.

Dean Street Townhouse

Angie from Silverspoon London had the home-cured salmon and pickled cucumber, which also looked good.

Dean Street Townhouse

For my main, I had one of the best salads I’ve had in a long time which included Dorset crab, prawns and fennel. It was both hearty and tasty; very satisfying.

Dean Street Townhouse

Melanie had the chicken, bacon and avocado which looked equally as scrumptious and filling …

Dean Street Townhouse

… whilst Angie had the sea bass with clams and fennel, which sounded very good and left me intrigued.

Dean Street Townhouse

We skipped dessert but I did order some cheeky and delicious chocolate truffles with my coffee.

Dean Street TownhouseThe whole afternoon ticked all the right boxes: great company, good food and comfortable surroundings. So the next time you’re planning on heading to Soho and are looking for somewhere busy yet chilled that serves good food and drinks, you may want to check out Dean Street Townhouse. I feel quite late to the party with this one but I’m so glad I’ve finally discovered it.

Thanks for booking us in Angie!

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Yauatcha Celebrates Turning 10 Years Old

by Chelsea Girl on August 30, 2014

I can easily say September is my favourite month. It’s when I celebrate my anniversary with the OH and it’s my birthday month too. And of course, it’s a good excuse to hit the shops for a brand new autumn wardrobe. Always my favourite season to buy clothes.

September is also when Michelin-starred Yauatcha turns 10 years old. And in a custom which every birthday should enjoy,  there will be a month-long series of celebrations centred around Yauatcha’s favourite treats: dim sum, tea, patisseries and Champagne.

Hakkasan

There will also be secret off-menu items, which I cannot disclose but which sound very very delicious. Trust me. 

Hakkasan

If you’d like to see what else Yauatcha has to offer, here’s a review from my visit earlier this year.

So here’s to September and another reason to celebrate!

Yauatcha, 15-17 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DL.

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Burgers and Cocktails at Bar Boulud

by Chelsea Girl on August 10, 2014

You may have seen my tweet about Bar Boulud’s cocktail, La Juliet, as I admired the rose petals in the ice. It was so good. It included imperial silver vodka, kwai lychee liqueur, lychee syrup, rose syrup and soda water. Divine.

Bar Boulud

Last week, I had popped in for a drink with the OH but as soon as we sat down we knew we had to order one of their burgers too. There were too many around to ignore.

I had the Yankee burger: beef patty, iceberg lettuce, tomato, pickle and sweet onion with a sesame bun … 

Bar Boulud

… whilst the OH had the Frenchie: beef patty, confit pork belly, rocket, dijon, tomato compote and morbier cheese with a peppered bun.

Bar Boulud

I’m not a burger connoisseur so I won’t wax lyrical about why Bar Boulud is considered one of the best places for a good burger. I just know between the juicy meat, light bun and flavoursome cheese, both the OH and I enjoyed our very late lunch or very early supper. We were there around 4.30pm on a Saturday afternoon and it was very easy to get a table as we arrived just before the evening rush.

The highlight of the afternoon however had to be the Koko Alfonso cocktail, which included koko kanu, mango puree, apricot liqueur and lime, which has a limited availability each day. And looking at how much preparation it must take to make one of these, it’s no wonder. Apparently, the prep includes a balloon and various stages of freezing. This cocktail was utterly divine. If you love mangoes you will love the richness of this experience. Just wonderful and so easy to sip.

Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud is a great place to pop into, be it for a drink or a delicious bite to eat. There was a first date at one table (pardon the eavesdropping), a mother and daughter spending quality time together and a woman grabbing a burger and sipping wine as she killed time before meeting up with a friend. It’s one of those laid back places where you can enjoy burgers and cocktails on another level. I loved it!

Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA.

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Sunday lunch at Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

by Chelsea Girl on August 10, 2014

If you are looking for somewhere special to go for Sunday lunch, I can’t recommend Hawksmoor Knightsbridge enough. The food is great, the cocktails are divine and if you have a young family, the staff here are the friendliest I’ve ever encountered. And to top it off, their Sunday roasts are amazing.

Here, take a look. The OH ordered the Sunday Roast and I had serious food envy as a result.

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

I had a rib eye steak, medium rare, which was also very good …

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

… and I had Bernaise sauce with it.

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

For sides, we ordered the triple cooked chips.

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

… tomato salad …

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

… and popping my macaroni cheese cherry which I never order but because we were at Hawksmoor and because OH had never had macaroni cheese, we decided to try it. It was really good!
Hawksmoor KnightsbridgeWe also had starters before. I had the charcoal-roasted scallops with white port and garlic …

Charcoal-roasted scallops with white port & garlic

… and the OH ordered the Tamworth belly ribs with vinegar slaw. Both excellent choices.

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

For a while I’d been craving an Aperol Spritz and so I ordered their Sinking-Spritz which ticked the box effortlessly.

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

The OH enjoyed his Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew, which included gin, homemade ginger syrup and lemon juice, topped with London Pride.

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

Along with a couple of complimentary glasses of Champagne which all customers were being treated to and a glass of Malbec each, our Sunday lunch was a real delight. So much so, I already have an urge to return especially as we didn’t have a chance to try any desserts.

There is also a small bar area before you enter the restaurant which looks like a good spot to pop into for a drink

My one word of warning is that you have descend some stairs to reach the restaurant so if you do arrive with a buggy, it’s best to have someone to help you take it down the stairs. Little Man was fast asleep and the descent didn’t bother him one bit. And when he woke up, the charming staff kept him very much entertained.

Can’t wait to go back!

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, 3 Yeoman’s Row, Knightsbridge, SW3 2AL.

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Vegan and Wheat Free Discoveries at Riccardo’s

by Chelsea Girl on August 3, 2014

I’ve known about Riccardo’s restaurant since it opened and have visited it quite a few times over the years. But it was only relatively recently I’d learned that Riccardo’s wasn’t just any delicious Italian restaurant in London.

Quite the institution in Chelsea, Riccardo’s terrace dining is part of the local landscape. If you’ve walked along the Fulham Road from South Kensington, there isn’t any doubt that you would have at least glanced at it.

Riccardo'sSo what is this special something I’ve recently discovered about Riccardo’s? If you are coeliac, vegan or if if you have special dietary requirements you’ll appreciate this. On the menu, you can find wheat free and vegan dishes which will not compromise your taste buds. That’s right, I woke up the following morning after an indulgent Italian meal not feeling bloated.

Last week I was invited to Riccardo’s latest Fashion Supper Club along with a few other bloggers and the evening started in the best possible way: An espresso martini to kick start the evening deliciously.

Riccardo'sSoon after, an array of starter dishes arrived for us to try. They included this gorgeous artichoke and prosciutto dish with truffle oil drizzled over it. The surprise of the truffle oil was a feast for my tastebuds and the evening was already getting better.

Riccardo'sThere were also crudités with warm anchovy and garlic dip …

Riccardo's… as well as this gorgeous aubergine dish, which was my favourite. There was also wheat free and yeast free bread to try too.

AubergineFor my main, I ordered the pasta and venison ragu dish which lived up to the hype around the table. The meat was tender and the whole dish was a true delight. I know, I know, this dish doesn’t shout vegan or wheat free but you can order spelt spaghetti or penne; corn maccheroncini, which is gluten free, and kamut fusilli.

Riccardo'sAdmittedly there was also a lot of food envy when I looked at what everyone else had ordered, from the meatballs to the fish and prawns. It looked like everyone had ordered well.

Riccardo'sAs night started to fall and after we’d finished our mains we were again given a chance to try most of the dishes from the dessert menu and it really is difficult to say which one I preferred. They were all very good. The tiramisu was melt in your mouth dreamy. I’ve never tasted tiramisu like Riccardo’s. This gluten free (below) chocolate dessert was also amazing. So rich and moist, you don’t have to be coeliac to enjoy it. There were other desserts, which we tried including pineapple and one that I remember having surprising bursts of almond. And there was of course the cheese.

Riccardo's

I had such a fantastic summer’s evening locally and the food and drinks were a real treat. Thank you Riccardo’s for a great evening and thank you for the OH’s cadeau, which he really appreciated. Next time, I’ll bring the Little Man along too which I can’t wait to do.
Riccardo's

Riccardo’s 126 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3 6HU. Riccardo’s also home delivers: 020 7370 6656

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