A couple of the greatest pleasures from blogging are the wonderful folks you meet and the experiences you may not have considered if the blogosphere hadn’t introduced them to you. Both coincided a couple of weeks ago when Emma invited me to join her along with Angie and Jen for lunch at Aqua Kyoto.

Located on the fifth floor of a building on Regent Street (its entrance is on Argyll Street) I would never have happened upon Aqua Kyoto by accident.

Its beautiful interior immediately made me feel I’d happened upon a hidden gem in the West End; this definitely isn’t a place you stumble across by accident. And meeting up with three fabulous bloggers isn’t something I get to do every day, so this lunchtime felt like an absolute treat.

We were there to try Aqua Kyoto’s Go Zen lunch menu which won me over instantly. Go Zen is a traditional Japanese meal which includes a selection of seasonal dishes. Aqua Kyoto’s Go Zen bento boxes included 12 meat, fish or vegetable dishes while their Shojin Ryori vegan selection is something that Buddhist monks in Japan are traditionally known for.

After the miso soup, which was very good, the Kyoto Go Zen bento boxes arrived and included wagyu beef, black cod, sushi and seasonal vegetables. To experience the vegan bento box, the four of us shared the Sohjin Go Zen. It’s difficult to say what I enjoyed the most because the whole meal was pure delight. Each dish was beautifully crafted and their flavours were both rich and satisfying.

Dessert was also very special. We had ordered the Chokoraito Delisu and Foresuto Froa between us for a taste and I enjoyed the surprising bursts of flavours from each dish. The Chokoraito Delisu involved smoked chocolate delice, sesame praline, kaki fruit, sorbet and ginger wafers while the Foresuto Froa was created from a ‘forest floor’ yuzu oba leaf cream, almond praline, chocolate and azuki bean paste with sour cherry sorbet.

Japan is a country I hope to visit one day but for now I could happily eat Japanese food all day. And as for the wonderful ladies I dined with, I could catch up with them every day too. So if you’re looking for something new to try Aqua Kyoto’s beautiful Go Zen bento boxes are quite special.

Aqua Kyoto, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB), London W1B 3BR

We were guests of Aqua Kyoto.

When I think about Chelsea various neighbourhood nooks spring to mind; from Sloane Square to ‘The Beach’, close-knit communities are dotted throughout the borough. One of my favourite spots is Walton Street which runs parallel to Brompton Road from just past Sloane Avenue and towards Knightsbridge.

Walton Street has changed quite a bit over the years but there are a few features that remain the same; The Enterprise Bar & Restaurant is one of them. I’ve always walked past this gastropub meaning to go in but the idea of ‘next time’ is something that springs to mind because there’s always tomorrow, isn’t there?

Then one day I was invited to review The Enterprise and when I read the email I realised that ‘tomorrow’ still hadn’t happened and like exhibitions I’ve missed or movies in the cinema I had missed too, it was so easy to take something that is so close by for granted.

And that certainly was the case for The Enterprise.

So the OH and I set a date without our little munchkin and we stepped inside a pub that was buzzing with locals.

With the lively atmosphere and the very welcoming staff, I felt we had come across a local gem.

For lunch we chose the main restaurant menu although by the looks of it, there were plenty of folks enjoying the set lunch menu which did make me wonder what I was missing out on. The hearty looking fish and chips seemed a very popular choice and I now feel like I need to try them.

Returning to our lunch à deux, the OH ordered The Enterprise’s classic tempura of calamari and courgette with a soy, ginger and honey dip which I wish I had ordered. A taster didn’t seem enough.

Instead I had the tuna carpaccio and niçoise salad which was light and delicate.


My starter was followed by the parma wrapped hake and spiced aubergine that came with a red pepper and chorizo purée which I enjoyed alongside french fries.

As for the OH, he ordered the Chicken Milanese that was served with spaghetti pomodoro, slow roasted tomatoes, rocket and parmesan.As for dessert, the OH couldn’t resist the treacle tart with rum mascarpone and raspberries and upon hearing his order I asked for the mini dessert and coffee, which arrived with a quarter slice of the tart and my espresso. I loved it!

Overall, the OH and I had a fantastic time and we both enjoyed our lunch. Meeting Robert, the owner, was also a delight. Every now and again I love indulging in the nostalgia of what Chelsea used to be like; and given The Enterprise has been here for so long, it certainly has stood the test of time. Next time I won’t leave it so long before I visit again and order the fish and chips.

The Enterprise, 35 Walton Street London, SW3 2HU

I would never in a million years have imagined that one day I would be writing a post on a vegan restaurant; the main reason is that I’m a bonafide carnivore who flirted with the idea of becoming a vegetarian in my teenage years. My mother put a stop to that quickly when she roasted a chicken after I broke the news to her.

Flash forward to many years later and one of the restaurants I am most excited about right now is a vegan restaurant called Wulf & Lamb, which is located on Pavilion Road. The secret to its appeal is in its name; the idea being that the wolf and the lamb can eat together. In essence, this restaurant’s plant-based menu is designed to appeal to both meat-eaters and vegans.

And it really does.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a bloggers evening at Wulf & Lamb. I had previously eaten here twice and was already a fan. So it was an absolute delight to have a reason to return so soon after my last visit.

As the (vegan) wine flowed very nicely, the dishes started coming out and soon I realised it was going to be a taster evening where we could try most of the dishes.

The night started with the spicy mango noodles with avocado, green beans, sugar snaps, cucumber, radishes and red pepper; laced with chilli, black sesame seeds, fresh coriander and mint.

Then came one of my favourite dishes, the green coconut curry with sweet potato mash, in-season vegetables, aromatic thai roots, spices and coconut cream, accompanied with jasmine rice. This dish is the perfect comfort food for the colder seasons; each mouthful is packed with the most wonderful flavours.

My other favourite choice from the menu is the chilli non carne which I had tried during the restaurant’s soft launch. This dish was probably tastier than any chilli con carne I have ever had and for the first time I even considered a diet without meat.

The sides were all great …

… and I was very convinced by the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese.

Wulf & Lamb also have two types of burgers: the Wulf Burger and the Spicy Veg Burger.

As the for the dessert menu, I absolutely love the tiramisu made from raw almond cream on a chocolate and nut base, topped with coffee meringue and a decadent brandy and vanilla cashew cream. But it’s the mango and passionfruit cheesecake that continues to wow me. Both are as great as each other yet I still can’t forget the impact the cheesecake made on me when I tried it for the first time. And for someone who is lactose intolerant it’s so great to finally find something I can really enjoy.

Wulf & Lamb is the most recent opening on Pavilion Road but it feels like it’s always belonged here. I have yet to try their oat milk coffee which I hear so much about and their breakfast bar always looks really good. This place is creating a buzz from morning to night and breakfast is definitely next on my list of things to do.

Wulf & Lamb, 243 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP

There are many layers to London’s beauty. One of them are the culinary journeys you can take without having to leave this fabulous city.

A few weeks ago while London was basking in the heat of the summer’s sun I visited Eneko; a new modern Basque restaurant nestled inside the elegant One Aldwych hotel.

While I chose a glass of Champagne to start our five-course brunch with, OH chose the G22 by Gorka Izagirre served exclusively at Eneko. This clean and complex wine was a delight to try so much so I had to order a glass for myself later on.

And while Little Man tucked into his kids’ menu …

OH and I started our brunch with the beautiful Traditional Talo, made of crispy corn talo, heritage tomatoes and basil emulsion. It was fresh on the palate and as tasty was it was picture perfect.

Next on the menu was the Cerdito Caliente “Hot Hog” which involved Iberico ham and mushroom duxelle in a Basque muffin. This probably wasn’t a dish I would have looked at ordering but upon taking the first bite it was one I enjoyed instantly and had no problem finishing.

The next course was a lighter and just as flavoursome Egg Yolks Tempura with creamy potatoes and confit vegetables while …

… the fourth course allowed for a choice between three dishes:

The Txuleta (below), which OH ordered. Organic Rhug Estate rib of beef and spring onion salad …

The duck breast with green Gernika peppers, which I enjoyed thoroughly …

… with some chips on the side.

And monkfish with garlic, chilli and parsley, which also sounded great.

The fifth and final dish on the Eneko’s brunch menu is the Torrija; a Basque vanilla sponge, with caramel crumble ice cream, which was so good and the perfect ending to this most wonderful meal.

While OH enjoyed his vanilla sponge dessert, I chose the rose marshmallow with strawberry sorbet – which isn’t on the set menu.

The whole experience at Eneko was such a pleasure. The friendly staff were fantastic especially with Little Man patiently sitting through our five courses (and some exploring thrown in). I’ve never taken an iPad to a restaurant or pulled my iPhone out to entertain so this was Little Man’s biggest restaurant challenge, which he excelled at. I was so impressed especially as it’s so easy to lose track of time with Eneko’s stylish and airy interior.

Eneko, 1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ

*We were invited as guests of the restaurant but hand on heart Eneko’s weekend brunch menu is real treat. 

I love it when time flies, you catch up with a friend and it feels like only yesterday when you were laughing and letting the meandering conversation make its own way into the evening. The other week that’s just what happened with one of my nearest and dearest friends and on the night we were perched comfortably on stools along the bar of Chicama; a Peruvian restaurant along the King’s Road.

Over the years we’ve experienced a few firsts together: going to the Orange store in Notting Hill to pick up our first mobile phones on our lunch break; visiting Puglia for a girly holiday when we were both single before we met the men we now have children with; and countless London discoveries as we made our way through our twenties. So it felt like old times when we met at Chicama and discovered this Chelsea gem together.

She recommended the Pera Verano cocktail which she had started the night off with … and I loved it. Beforehand, I’d also tried the Barberola cocktail with Barsol Pisco, rhubarb and cherry – their signature cocktail.

Small plates were spread out throughout our evening and we both enjoyed every dish we tried.

Padron peppers

Tapioca marshmallow with ocopa sauce

Sea bass ceviche, grilled corn, heritage tomato, pickled onion

Fried aubergine, plantain miso, pecans

King prawns, tosted almonds with yuzu kosho dressing

Black rice

And the evening ended with the sign of another fabulous night; an espresso martini with orange coffee liqueur.

Overall, the atmosphere at Chicama was lively; the staff were friendly and the restaurant itself was a real beauty. I’ll definitely be going back again.

Chicama, 383 King’s Road, SW10 0LP, London

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