A few weeks ago I experienced a very special meal at Kazan. It was more than just about the wonderful Turkish food and the place I’ve been going to for years since it opened. This was an evening where some of my past and present met.

It all happened out of chance – as Emma describes, “It began with a simple Tweet.” Emma was looking for a Turkish restaurant to visit; I mentioned a place that one of my best friends owns with his brother; I knew Angie was a fan too; and we invited Aftab to join us.

We met mid-week and it was pretty clear we all had a lot going on. But I guess that’s the great thing about hanging out with friends you adore. You can start the night feeling quite tired but by the end of dinner you feel refreshed and inspired. That’s pretty much how this evening went.
Kazan, Wilton Road

Our meal started with a glass of Prosecco …

Kazan, Wilton Road

… and mixed platters of mezze that gave us a broad taste of what Kazan has to offer. From baba ganoush to tabbouleh, falafel and prawns plus much much more.Kazan, Wilton Road

After what already felt like a feast I ordered my favourite marinated prawns and monk fish kebabs, which were served with bulgar and salad.

Kazan, Wilton Road

Of course, sitting next to Emma I always get food envy. Emma ordered the Hunkar Begendi – gently stewed spiced lamb, presented on a bed of garlic mash potato, which I am definitely going to try next time.

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And looking around at what Angie ordered – The Sultan’s Chicken Shish – …

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… and at what Aftab had ordered – Adana Kofte – fiery red chillies blended with minced lamb char grilled and served with salad and chunky fries (or rice) – I realised that there will always be something here that I will want to try.

Kazan, Wilton Road

And as if we hadn’t indulged enough, I couldn’t help ordering the Turkish Syllabub for dessert. Raspberries soaked in a cherry brandy and served with Cointreau and orange blossom syllabub; topped with pistachio shavings, this pudding epitomised my idea of Ottoman indulgence.

Kazan, Wilton Road

Perhaps it was a little too much to order but it was really worth trying – and I really enjoyed it.

The beauty of Kazan is in the fine details of this place. Whether it’s in the design of the restaurant or the gorgeous Turkish delights that ended the evening, what I love about Kazan is that it’s a great place to hang out and the food always delivers.

Kazan, Wilton Road

Thank you Billy for such a great evening! x

Kazan Restaurant, 93-94 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DW.

Some folks may have already discovered Jacob’s Finest at Duke of York Square’s Fine Food Market. That’s where I found them and since then I’ve personally got to know the wonderful people behind what I consider to be easily the best falafels I’ve tasted in London.

My first encounter with falafels was when I was living in Israel whilst working on a kibbutz during a summer holiday whilst at university. Flash forward to today and while I really love these beauties, I’m a lot more concerned about my diet nowadays. So there isn’t the free for all with my stomach that there used to be. I gave up wheat at the start of this year for instance and I’m also diary intolerant.

But as much as I initially fell for the taste of Jacob’s Finest’s falafels, I’ve only just discovered that they are something I can also enjoy guilt-free. There’s no wheat, dairy, nut or egg. In fact they are allergen free with no additives or preservatives. This of course confuses me slightly because they are so good. Still, I’m not going to complain because a wheat-free diet can be tricky especially when it comes to grabbing lunch.

And this is where Daylesford comes in. The nearest one for me is the store on Pimlico Road …

Daylesford Pimlico Road

… which is gorgeous and has pretty much anything you could want that is tasty and healthy for you.

Daylesford Organic Pimlico Road

Recently they’ve started stocking Jacob’s Finest, which makes me very happy because the other day when I was in need of lunch and I wanted something to go with a salad, I popped in to pick up a box of apple falafels.

Jacob's Finest - great falafels in London

I was planning on taking pics of my lunch but of course I couldn’t wait to dig in. It’s also very exciting to know that I didn’t need to feel daunted by the idea of giving up wheat initially and that in fact the list of tasty wheat-free foods is just growing. 🙂

So if you end up missing Jacob’s Finest on Saturdays at least you know where to go now. I thoroughly recommend them. They are so fine!

Daylesford Organic Pimlico Road

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You may have originally noticed L’Eto whilst walking along Brompton Road, because of its eye-catching selection of cakes by the window. Well now the same visual treat can be found on the King’s Road (around the vicinity of the Curzon Chelsea cinema – on the other side of the road).

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L'EtoAnd the great thing is when you step inside, it doesn’t stop there. There are also salads and chocolate truffles to consider. So much so that you could easily find yourself gawping at the selection on offer that it’s difficult to know where to start.

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L'EtoThe way it works is that you decide on what you’d like to order, which you relay on to the helpful staff who then serve you. Or another way to do it is to head downstairs and to order á la carte.

Last weekend, I opted for the latter. It was my second time here: the first time I was with London Unattached blogger, Fiona MacLean, who kindly invited me to go along as her guest. And I was so impressed with the downstairs menu, I wanted to try it again.

So for my starter, I had the duck salad …

L'EtoWhilst the OH had the beef starter …

L'EtoI’m not sure who won that one. They were both so good: rich in flavour and ingredients. And don’t you love it when something tastes so good, yet feels so healthy?

For our mains, I chose the lamb dish whilst the OH opted for the seared tuna.

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L'EtoWhilst I liked the tuna for tasting so clean and light, I particularly loved the lamb which was accompanied with quinoa, couscous and bulgar wheat. The salsa and feta cheese also complimented the dish very well.

For dessert, we popped upstairs and decided on the two bestsellers: the honey cake (which apparently is L’Eto’s signature dessert) and the profiteroles. And whilst I enjoyed the honey cake with a dessert wine, the OH opted for a Baileys latte with his pudding. The Baileys latte is gorgeous by the way – and not too sweet.

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L'EtoThe thing about L’Eto is that you can’t just visit once. There are too many reasons to go back and to try something else, which I can’t wait to do.

Disclaimer: I was L’Eto’s guest during my recent visit but this in no way affects my opinion. The food is truly scrumptious and the service is very friendly.

So Megan’s has opened up a new deli/restaurant further along the King’s Road, towards the Chelsea Town Hall. And at first I wasn’t so sure if this was a wise decision because there are some addresses on the King’s Road that seem to be perpetually having new businesses move in and months later move out: Megan’s had sprung up at one of these units.

Megan's Deli and RestaurantBut when I popped in to try out Megan’s new venue, I realised that my superstitions were obviously invalid. Megan’s new location was busy, busier than the fromagerie which had been here beforehand. Locals and passers-by knew exactly where to find Megan’s new address.

Megan's Deli and RestaurantHere, the food which you can order to take-away from the deli counter or to eat at a table include salads and quiches.

Megan's Deli and Restaurant

Megan's Deli and RestaurantOr you can order from the brunch and lunch menu …

Megan's Deli and RestaurantThe cakes are also very yummy…

Megan's Deli and RestaurantAnd I love the attention to detail with the décor …

Megan's Deli and RestaurantAlong this strip of the King’s Road, you are quite spoilt for choice with Le Pain Quotidien and Gail’s Bakery only doors away. But if you are looking for somewhere that has a more personal/less chainy feel whilst producing food that is freshly made each day, with good ingredients, I wholeheartedly recommend that you check out Megan’s. It’s a bonafide local gem. x