Burgers & Steaks

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As the temperature starts to dip and winter nips at our ankles, I can’t help but think back to Bumpkin’s winter menu tasting and feel warm inside. Bumpkin Winter Menu

Except, our evening didn’t take place inside but outside in Bumpkin’s beautiful garden with pretty lights and a welcoming warm ambiance.

The warmth also came from a couple of delicious cocktails which kicked off the evening. This one here is the Plum Pudding, which includes fresh plum, plum liquor, Vanilla Vodka and Disarono Amaretto. It was heavenly and so I took my time with each sip to savour the flavours. Bumpkin Winter Menu

For my starter, I had the Sloe Gin Salmon with English caviar and cucumber which I very much enjoyed.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

And for my main I had the Highland Venison, Savoy cabbage, crispy bacon and game chips which was tasty all over. I tend to fear that food envy may strike me at any point but during this evening, I was very happy with my choice.

Bumpkin Winter Menu I was also pleased with the mac and cheese, which I’m sure I’ve already written somewhere that I don’t normally order. But if it’s there on the table, in front of me, how could I resist? 😉 Bumpkin’s mac and cheese is definitely worth trying, for the record.Mac

Bumpkin Winter MenuAlong with my main, I enjoyed a glass or few of this lovely Pinot Noir. I wish I could wax lyrical about the merits of this fine bottle of wine but sadly for my limited knowledge, the sound of my tastebuds doing a fine dance was too loud for me to take in any of the sommelier’s expertise.
Bumpkin Winter MenuAs for the other dishes on the table, they included this fine looking burger … which apparently passed The Mayfairy test.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

These scallops, which were available as a starter or main, almost triggered my food envy … Bumpkin Winter Menu… as did this Salmon Wellington.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

To complete the meal, I thought I’d end on a cocktail note and so I ordered this Apple Crumble, which included 8 Pampero Rum shaken with apple juice and butterscotch schnapps. It was so good and it felt like I was sipping a dessert …

Bumpkin Winter Menu

… but of course, I couldn’t resist pudding itself and so I tried this Warm Vanilla Sponge with gooseberry jam and toasted almond ice cream.

Bumpkin Winter MenuThe evening was delicious and the company was divine. And yet again I left Bumpkin with that warm feeling inside.

BUMPKIN CHELSEA, 119 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR.

I attended a bloggers dinner at Bumpkin. My words are all true. The dinner and drinks were delicious. 

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.

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.

Yesterday I went along to Taste of London in the gorgeous sunshine. It was my first time and I had no idea what to expect.

Taste of London

When I arrived I discovered a wonderful festival vibe with countless stalls from restaurants and food shops. There were also a number bars set up and music playing in some spots. The atmosphere was relaxed and the choices were overwhelming. Where to go first? What to try first? What to do?

Taste of London

My first stop ended up being MEATliquor for a cheeseburger slider.

Taste of London

I also enjoyed a pork belly in a bun from Flesh and Bun …Taste of London

… as well as a prawn tempura roll which has quinoa inside, from Sushisamba. Everything was so good!

Taste of London

For drinks, I had this amazing lychee cooler cocktail from Sushisamba which I urge you to try if you get a chance …

Taste of London

… and of course, a glass of Prosecco. There are also Champagne bars dotted around.

Taste of London

As you walk around, there is plenty to taste whilst en route to your next destination … Taste of London

… and I love this from outside Mahiki’s bar.

Taste of London

There is also a whole area specifically for Thai cuisine with many recognisable restaurants and brands setting up shop for you to try their goods. What I loved especially were the market stalls and spotting one of my favourite fruits on display: I first tried mangosteen in Thailand and it is easily one of my favourite fruits: so bubblegum yummy. It’s also packed with antioxidants which gives it a health bonus too.

Taste of London

I was also happy to see Chia Pod at Taste of London, which I also love. I tend to buy one or two before heading into the gym because it’s packed with plenty of protein goodness and it’s a delicious alternative to say an energy bar or anything else snacky. You can pick them up at Whole Foods.

Taste of LondonGiven that the Taste of London tickets are for four hour slots and given there is so much to do, it’s definitely worth knowing what you want to get out of it: do you want to try the cooking demos, discover popular restaurants, shop for food from around the world? Saying that, if you just fancy lounging and seeing what comes your way (like I did), you’ll have an equally fantastic time.

If you’re looking for something to do, I say head down to Taste of London!

There’s a new burger joint on the King’s Road and one that is definitely worth visiting.

Tommi's Burger JointWhen you walk in for the first time, Tommi’s stripped back retro style hits you instantly. It has a welcoming feel that transports you somewhere … perhaps it’s somewhere in America or even somewhere in East London … it is somewhere that feels hipster but not try-hard cool, if that makes any sense. Or, it could be somewhere in Iceland where Tommi’s comes from.

Wherever that sense of filmic familiarity comes from, I liked what I saw as soon as I walked in.

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

But there is more to Tommi’s than their quirky interior, their burgers are also very good.

I shied away from having a whole steak burger to myself and cheekily asked the OH if I could have half of his in exchange for half of my cheeseburger. He graciously agreed.

Tommi's Burger JointThe thing is if I knew how light and succulent the steak burger would be, I would have happily had an entire one to myself.

Tommi's Burger JointAs for the cheeseburger, it was equally succulent. With both, the meat felt fresh and the buns (which are just as important as the patties) were also very light. The burgers exuded simplicity with their many ingredients, which meant ‘Tommi’ knew exactly what ‘he’ was doing when ‘he’ made them.

Tommi's Burger Joint

Personally, I love enjoying a tasty meal without feeling overstuffed by the end of it. And given that I’m intolerant to yeast, which means that bloated feeling is very easily achieved with a burger, the fact that I felt satisfied but not over-indulged was quite miraculous!

So is Tommi’s Burger Joint good enough to return to? Yes, absolutely, and the next time I pay a visit I’ll be ordering the steak burger with bernaise sauce. That’s right, next time, I’m going all out.

Tommi’s Burger Joint, 342 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR.

Disclosure: Our burgers were complimentary for the purpose of the review. All views are my own, mainly from my tastebuds.

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