Bakery

London-Bakery

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.

After a few days back from my fabulous sailing holiday, there was no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than to go on a café cruise!

What exactly is a café cruise? Think a cycle tour of deliciousness to include coffee, cupcakes and macaroons. It was divine! As the hectic last few days of catching up with work and play swept over me, over a dozen of us were led through the backstreets of Kensington and Chelsea by Bikeminded who had organised the cycle ride.

We ate cake, swapped bikes, discussed cycle chic and had the traffic stopped for us as we crossed junctions en masse. We also enjoyed valet parking. Bliss!

I am tempted to write about the places we visited and the flavours we tasted but Bikeminded are organising another café cruise on 8th October and I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you.

Bikeminded’s other cycle ride in October is The Ghost Tour, which takes place on 27th October. Each bike will be decorated with light tubes and cyclists will be taken on a tour of the haunted spots within the Royal Borough. There will be storytellers and perhaps a few fancy dressed cyclists and I can’t wait to be part of something that lights up the streets of Chelsea.

I love cycling. It’s the best way to beat the traffic and whether I am eating cake and burning the calories as I cycle on to the next cake shop or whether I am being told spooky stories with my bike dressed up in lights, I just think it’s fantastic that cycle fun has come to the area.

And to book your place on Bikeminded’s next Kensington and Chelsea Café Cruise, which takes place on 8th October, click here.

Thank you to The Botanist for providing the recipe for the red velvet cupcake, which I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday!

*This recipe makes 18 cupcakes*

Courtesy of The Botanist. Recipe by Head Pastry Chef, Boyne Kleynhans.

And of course, my preference to tea:

King’s Robe Martini

Enjoy!

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