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

I was saddened when news of Oriel closing down had broke. It was a Sloane Square brasserie, a Chelsea institution, expected to be on the corner of Sloane Square forever.

My memories of Oriel started with my first cappuccino experience at 14 years old and with my best friend as we revised for our geography GCSE. Gosh, that sounds so pretentious now but back then it was an experience, an adventure, a taste of something local and yet different. A world of its own.

So when Oriel finally closed down, I didn’t think anything could ever take its place. No one would be able to live up to the nostalgia I had for the location. But I was wrong – thanks to Jeremy King and Chris Corbin’s Cobert. As soon as I learned that the guys behind The Wolseley were behind Oriel’s replacement, I felt reassured.

So yesterday afternoon I popped into Colbert for lunch to finally give it a go. I’d been waiting all week!

When you arrive at Colbert and step through the front door, you have the choice of being led into the bar area or the dining section. Oriel too was spilt into two different sections but with Colbert, more space seems to have been given to the dining area, which is a great thing.

The tables don’t seem so crammed together anymore. There is a sense of space which allows you to take in the ambiance and décor, which could easily transport you to Paris without letting your imagination work too hard.

As for the food, the bf and I started off with Fines de Claire oysters – like we usually do at The Wolseley.

And had a steak sandwich and fries each to follow.

For drinks, I started off with a glass of wine …

But when I saw a table order their second martini during lunch, I decided to follow suit and order one with a lemon twist.

… whilst the bf enjoyed a couple of beers.

Colbert Chelsea officially opens today and the place is already buzzing. And whilst there were admittedly some teething problems with the service and the matter of the lost peppercorns, I have no doubt that they’ll be smoothed over quickly.

When diners arrived at the next table, they were very happy to see a member of staff. He had been transferred from The Wolseley which has impeccable service and which is a great sign!

So all in all, I think Colbert could be a great win for Sloane Square. I for one can’t wait to return and next time, I think I’ll try the bar. 😉

 

Some of my best nights have ended at VQ because there’s nothing better than piling into a black cab from Soho and heading back to Chelsea with friends, deciding to stop off at VQ for one last drink to err, try and sober up at four in the morning.

Previously called Vingt-Quatre and now abbreviated to simply VQ, this 24-hour establishment has had a bit of a revamp and I really like it.

Popping in the other day for lunch reminded that I used to always come here for brunch for hungover Sundays. And looking around, I could see that there were a few people who were also popping in for casual meetings or alone with their laptops. I had almost forgotten that VQ literally meant 24 hours and not just after hours, which is why it’s so legendary.

For lunch, my friend and I tried the kedgeree, the bubble & squeak as well as the sweet potato fries.

The amount of times I’ve stumbled in and ordered a burger or something appropriate to soak up the night’s cocktails. But in the cold light of day, my friend and I decided to go for something lighter.

Still, we didn’t shy away from trying VQ’s brownie.

On the side, we sipped freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee.

I love that VQ’s had a new lease of life because it’s reminded me of what’s on my doorstep. Admittedly, I hadn’t been in a while before the facelift but I’m definitely planning to head back soon again. Look out for my tweets! 😉

 

Last week, I went along to the opening of Obikà – the new Mozzarella Bar and Restaurant which has opened in Chelsea.

When we arrived, the restaurant was already buzzing and we were greeted with a glass of lychee bellini, which we sipped at the bar.

It was great to take a moment to soak up the atmosphere and get my head around the concept of a mozzarella bar. What did it actually mean? Was there only mozzarella on the menu and did it mean you had to love cheese to come here?

In short, the answer is no. Of course being a mozzarella fan does help but as you’ll see from the tasting menu which we enjoyed, there were other delights to enjoy. (Warning: the list of dishes is quite long and yes, I tried every single one of them!)

The menu started off with a shot of chilled organic tomato soup, which was flavoursome and refreshing. At this stage, I have to point out that there is a no garlic or onions policy at Obikà. When asking why, I learned that the rich flavours from the ingredients meant that onions and garlic were not needed to enhance or mask any lack of taste.

The sea bass tartare and truffle arrived next.

And after, we enjoyed a platter of three types of mozzarella: classic, smoked and burrata mozzarella. On the plate, there was also a selection of meats, grilled artichokes and Sicilian caponata.

Pasta with courgette, mint, pecorrino and egg soon followed. And yes, I was still going!

And for our main, we were served grilled beef fillet steak ….

Along with pizza which was topped with grilled aubergines, courgette, smoked mozzarella and parsley.

And finally for dessert, we enjoyed a chocolate and almond cake with ricotta cream, honey, orange peel and pine nuts. Admittedly, I skipped the ricotta but the bf enjoyed it for both of us.

It’s amazing how much one can consume when the wine is flowing and each dish that arrives brings a tasty surprise!

I also enjoyed the stylish decor and had a sneak peek upstairs.

By the end of the evening, I not only loved the concept of a mozzarella bar but I was also really enjoying its reality. I can see myself sitting on one of the stools for a light bite or coming here for an evening of indulgence. But another reason why I love that Obikà has made Chelsea one of its global homes is because I am intolerant to dairy. And it seems that mozzarella is lactose free (the burrata mozzarella however contains cream). So what a win!

Thank you Obikà for a delicious evening. I’m looking forward to popping back in again!

This afternoon I had lunch with a fabulous member of the Twitterati at Tom’s Kitchen. It was our first meeting and unsurprisingly we got on so well. Phew! We have so much in common and so again, it wasn’t a surprise that we ended up ordering the same as each other.

We had the Mackerel Salad …

With the Triple Cooked Chips.

Embarrassingly, I asked if his were on their way when actually both of our portions were put together. I love my food. What can I say?

And our lunch was washed down with a glass of Pinot Grigio each.

By the time we left, there was a great atmosphere in the restaurant. I always love the large windows downstairs and the airy feel of the place.

In fact, I could have spent all afternoon sipping vino and having a laugh with my new buddy!

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