Bakery

London-Bakery

So, it’s safe to say that when Gail’s Bakery opened on Fulham Road that I was going to spend a lot of time in there.

Firstly, because it is full of yummy delights; secondly because it is located around the corner from where I live; and thirdly because it is positioned right opposite my gym. In other words there is no escaping it, especially given that the first day it had opened folks in my spin class were already discussing the free samples which they had tasted just before coming into the class.

But luckily, it’s not all cakes and croissants in there. I’m a big fan of their salads and love having lunch at Gail’s.

I had this quinoa with chorizo and chicken salad the other day. I was so pleased to see quinoa on the shelf because I find that it’s so difficult to find on menus in London. Quinoa was everywhere in New York ten years ago and it still hasn’t hit the mainstream over here. Hopefully, this is a sign that things are about to change.

The fact that Gail’s has free secured wi-fi also helps. It’s an easy spot to hole up in, whatever the weather thanks to the skylight.

So far, my favourite cakes have been the chocolate soufflé …

And the carrot cake …

I’m not a big coffee drinker because I struggle to find good coffee when I’m out and about but Gail’s espresso is very good.

If you haven’t had a chance to pop in yet, here are a couple of photos of the venue …

And for the yummy mummies …

Gail’s cakes are very good and I guess it is my saving grace that my gym is across the road. At least one can compliment the other and I can continue to pop in here guilt-free!

Gail’s is located at 341 Fulham Road, SW10.

The other weekend, I had breakfast at Baker & Spice. I’d cycled along the King’s Road and around Sloane Square very early on a Sunday morning and headed for the branch on Elizabeth Street. The streets were practically empty and the cycle ride was pure joy.

 

 

That morning, I decided to resist the temptation of their gorgeous cakes and muffins.

 

Instead, I opted for a plain omelette and green tea. Boring, I know. But still yummy goodness. *wink*

 

 

 

My friend ordered a blueberry muffin and coffee, which looked very good indeed!

 

I love Baker & Spice and not just for breakfast. They do gorgeous salads.

 

 

As well as cakes and bread.

 

 

And there is also one in Chelsea, which is on Denyer Street. Enjoy!

 

On Sunday I visited The Painted Heron on Cheyne Walk for brunch.

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Although I’d walked past this Indian restaurant so many times, this was my first visit. It is so easy to miss and unless you know how good it’s supposed to be, you may be forgiven for not bothering to try it out. Thank goodness for the power of Twitter and a recommendation to a fellow tweeter, which I decide to jump on as soon as I saw the fabulous brunch menu.

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It was very quiet on Sunday which at first was surprising but when a member of staff explained that they were starting midweek lunches in February, I wondered if anyone knew that it was actually open the day we were there. I mean after a bit of research I know how popular this place is in the evenings, given the type of crowd who likes to come here. I will name no names. Ok, perhaps one? Here’s a clue: Batman.

So what about the food?

As we looked through the menu, the poppadoms arrived with such delicious chutneys.

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For starter, I ordered the crab dish but without the pancake. Instead for my gluten free request, the chef added potato to the dish which included a coconut chutney. So good!

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The bf ordered the Delhi masala omelette, which was just as excellent.

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For main, I chose the duck roganjosh with rice instead of naan.

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And the bf had the lamb nihari.

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And for dessert, I threw ALL my dietary requirements out of the window to enjoy the fig and pistachio tart. It was so delectable and so worth it.

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I didn’t have any wine, just a vodka soda and fresh lime at the start whilst the bf sipped on a Cobra beer.

And all I can say is that an elegant feast was had. I never thought anything could pull me away from Noor Jahan, but now I think perhaps I’ll just divide up my time. Win!

So, I finally managed to pop into Bea’s of Bloomsbury on the King’s Road!

I bought a red velvet cupcake, which was so good. It wasn’t overly sweet but the icing was sweet enough. The cake itself was light and fluffy.

At the time of writing this post, these are early days for Bea’s of Bloomsbury on King’s Road. It might take a week or so for the shop to accept credit or debit cards and they have just installed their coffee machine. But this doesn’t mean, it’s not worth visiting. It already is. I’m quite impressed actually.

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