I would never in a million years have imagined that one day I would be writing a post on a vegan restaurant; the main reason is that I’m a bonafide carnivore who flirted with the idea of becoming a vegetarian in my teenage years. My mother put a stop to that quickly when she roasted a chicken after I broke the news to her.

Flash forward to many years later and one of the restaurants I am most excited about right now is a vegan restaurant called Wulf & Lamb, which is located on Pavilion Road. The secret to its appeal is in its name; the idea being that the wolf and the lamb can eat together. In essence, this restaurant’s plant-based menu is designed to appeal to both meat-eaters and vegans.

And it really does.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a bloggers evening at Wulf & Lamb. I had previously eaten here twice and was already a fan. So it was an absolute delight to have a reason to return so soon after my last visit.

As the (vegan) wine flowed very nicely, the dishes started coming out and soon I realised it was going to be a taster evening where we could try most of the dishes.

The night started with the spicy mango noodles with avocado, green beans, sugar snaps, cucumber, radishes and red pepper; laced with chilli, black sesame seeds, fresh coriander and mint.

Then came one of my favourite dishes, the green coconut curry with sweet potato mash, in-season vegetables, aromatic thai roots, spices and coconut cream, accompanied with jasmine rice. This dish is the perfect comfort food for the colder seasons; each mouthful is packed with the most wonderful flavours.

My other favourite choice from the menu is the chilli non carne which I had tried during the restaurant’s soft launch. This dish was probably tastier than any chilli con carne I have ever had and for the first time I even considered a diet without meat.

The sides were all great …

… and I was very convinced by the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese.

Wulf & Lamb also have two types of burgers: the Wulf Burger and the Spicy Veg Burger.

As the for the dessert menu, I absolutely love the tiramisu made from raw almond cream on a chocolate and nut base, topped with coffee meringue and a decadent brandy and vanilla cashew cream. But it’s the mango and passionfruit cheesecake that continues to wow me. Both are as great as each other yet I still can’t forget the impact the cheesecake made on me when I tried it for the first time. And for someone who is lactose intolerant it’s so great to finally find something I can really enjoy.

Wulf & Lamb is the most recent opening on Pavilion Road but it feels like it’s always belonged here. I have yet to try their oat milk coffee which I hear so much about and their breakfast bar always looks really good. This place is creating a buzz from morning to night and breakfast is definitely next on my list of things to do.

Wulf & Lamb, 243 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP

I love it when time flies, you catch up with a friend and it feels like only yesterday when you were laughing and letting the meandering conversation make its own way into the evening. The other week that’s just what happened with one of my nearest and dearest friends and on the night we were perched comfortably on stools along the bar of Chicama; a Peruvian restaurant along the King’s Road.

Over the years we’ve experienced a few firsts together: going to the Orange store in Notting Hill to pick up our first mobile phones on our lunch break; visiting Puglia for a girly holiday when we were both single before we met the men we now have children with; and countless London discoveries as we made our way through our twenties. So it felt like old times when we met at Chicama and discovered this Chelsea gem together.

She recommended the Pera Verano cocktail which she had started the night off with … and I loved it. Beforehand, I’d also tried the Barberola cocktail with Barsol Pisco, rhubarb and cherry – their signature cocktail.

Small plates were spread out throughout our evening and we both enjoyed every dish we tried.

Padron peppers

Tapioca marshmallow with ocopa sauce

Sea bass ceviche, grilled corn, heritage tomato, pickled onion

Fried aubergine, plantain miso, pecans

King prawns, tosted almonds with yuzu kosho dressing

Black rice

And the evening ended with the sign of another fabulous night; an espresso martini with orange coffee liqueur.

Overall, the atmosphere at Chicama was lively; the staff were friendly and the restaurant itself was a real beauty. I’ll definitely be going back again.

Chicama, 383 King’s Road, SW10 0LP, London

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

There are two reasons why I’m excited that it’s Pancake Tuesday tomorrow: 1. I love pancakes and 2. Because Pancake Day is essentially the eve of the first day of Lent, which means the countdown to Easter and thus springtime is about to begin. Oh yes!

Last year I celebrated Shrove Tuesday at The Botanist and I can’t recommend their one-day-only menu enough, especially the foie gras crêpe with wild mushrooms and cauliflower purée. The sweeter specials include blood orange Crêpe Suzette; a caramelised apple crêpe with vanilla ice cream and Calvados syrup; and a banana and chocolate crêpe with pistachio praline. Here is my post, which I wrote last year if you’d like to see some pics.

Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to indulge in pancakes tomorrow: the day looks packed and in the evening I’ll be at the Tate Modern for the Kraftwerk gig. So yesterday I popped into The Botanist to review their American pancakes which are served with cured crispy bacon and maple syrup, to make up for it.

The other week I was somewhere else and when I asked for some bacon on my pancakes, I was given a funny look. I had to explain that it was an American thing and whilst the woman was gracious about the whole confusion, I did feel slightly weird. So needless to say, yesterday I was very happy to be heading somewhere for breakfast that was on the same page as me.

And here is the dish, which is a permanent fixture on The Botanist’s breakfast menu.

American Pancakes

The BotanistThe bf ordered the crêpe complète, which is a crêpe served with egg, bacon and gruyere cheese. And I have to admit I had slight food envy because it made me think back to the foie gras crêpe from last year.

Crêpe Complete at The BotanistFor drinks I had an orange juice and a spinach and apple smoothie, which I was dubious about initially but which I actually liked. It wasn’t as spinachy as I’d imagined it would be.

Spinach and Apple SmoothieThe Botanist’s Shrove Tuesday menu is available for one day only (12th February 2013) but if you don’t get a chance to try it, there is always pancakes on the breakfast menu. Enjoy!

The Botanist, 7 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE

 

If you’re looking for somewhere new to try for brunch, have you dropped by Honky Tonk yet? I finally got round to trying it over the weekend, despite it being a stone’s throw away and I think it’s worth checking out.

Honky TonkLocated on Hollywood Road, this New-York-styled bar and restaurant is quite a refreshing addition to the Chelsea scene. The restaurant’s design has created a nostalgic feel that takes us back to the 50s. And depending on which wall you are facing, you could be forgiven for feeling as if you were supposed to be dining in a large record-playing booth.

Honky Tonk

Honky TonkI managed to snap these photos when a few tables were cleared within minutes of each other, so the place wasn’t as empty whilst we were eating.

For our brunch, the bf and I both decided to go for a Full House breakfast which included bubble and squeak; tomatoes; a portobello mushroom; smokey barbecued baked beans; toasted brioche; and eggs. I had my eggs poached but I didn’t have my toast, which I donated to the bf’s plate instead.

What I loved about this brunch was that it wasn’t greasy at all. I love a good fry-up but most times I tend to enjoy them at home, replacing baked beans and toast with asparagus and slices of potatoes.

But Honky Tonk’s Full House breakfast won me over. The baked beans were a delightful surprise (because I love that BBQ flavour) and the bubble and squeak was light to eat.

Honky Tonk brunchTo accompany our food, the bf had a caramel milkshake which he was impressed by whilst I had a freshly squeezed orange juice.

Honky Tonk

Honky TonkAnd whilst I had a delicious time here, I’m now curious to see what the evening ambiance has to offer. Honky Tonk has an impressive-looking cocktails menu and the American food menu looks good too. So making sure that we were definitely coming back, I booked a table for in a couple of weeks time as we were leaving. Admittedly I am quietly excited that this new Chelsea hangout is practically on my doorstep and I’d love to see the bar come to life!

Honky Tonk BarI’ll let you know how it goes!

 

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