THIS FALAFEL THOUGH! Felt like we were transported to the middle east for the evening @levantrestaurantlounge . Ordered: Falafel - £6.50 Hummus - £6.75 Fattoush - £6.50 Aziza (Mango, passion fruit, pineapple and orange juice with grenadine syrup) - £6.95 . Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟4.5/5 Had a wonderful evening at Levant in Bond Street to celebrate our friend Larry's birthday (@larryovo24). The setting is truly mesmerising and as you walk down to the steps to the restaurant you feel like you've been transported to the Middle East with its intricate lamps and dim lit lighting. As for the food I was really impressed - the falafel had a crisp coating but super soft and fluffy on the inside, the hummus was rich in flavour complimented by these soft breads, and even the fattoush salad was delicious with a mixture of crispy textures and hints of sweet pomegranate. Everything came together nicely and I have to say it was really filling. As for entertainment, there were two belly dancers who performed for 15 mins and we managed to embarrass the birthday boy and get him to dance with them. The staff are their super friendly too so this added to the positive experience. I would say it's a great spot for good food and is big enough to host large tables for birthdays (there was like 4 other birthdays going on at the same time). The food doesn't come cheap though so worth baring that in mind too but you get what you pay for.
On winter days like these, we run into cafes for shelter! On our way to the Imperial War museum @imperialwarmuseums we stopped over at Four Corners for a cheeky bit of cake. Where's your go to cafe? . Ordered: Carrot Cake - c. £4 each Oreo Cake Apple & Cinammon Cake . Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟4/5 Rainy days are a great excuse to run inside cafes and four corners was a great choice in the area. We picked a selection of cakes and were lucky enough to be offered one for free randomly because they were clearing up. The Carrot and Oreo Cakes were lovely - super moist and soft and the staff are friendly. Shout out to @khaanchal @a.aastha @mirm_95 for the good vibes ✌
Sometimes a night in with your friends is the best food for your soul... . Where: @pastaevangelists . Ordered: Beetroot ravioli Truffle ravioli (use the code "Uclfoodie" to get £10 off your first order) . Review: A couple of weeks ago the pasta evangelists team sent us a few boxes to try of their mail order pasta. We've had our eye on them for a long time now so were excited to give it a try and so glad we did. Both pastas were excellent - so fresh and easy to make, after using it once we would definitely pay for a box for ourselves in the future. They have a changing menu on their website and really a mouth watering selection. The pastas were restaurant quality and it was nice to be able to quickly cook something of that quality in the comfort of your own home. In the box they give you the fresh pasta, seasoning (nuts and butter etc.). Cooking time is around 4 minutes so it's super quick too. They have two payment options on their website, you can either order a box one off like we did or pay for a regular subscription. We would say it's definitely worth having a go and see what you think - with our code you can get 10 pound off so a box will be around £3/4 which is definitely worth it. Let us know what you think! (also fun fact: you may have spotted the founders behind the company on dragons den a few months ago!)
Fearuring @somelikeitldn on this beautiful December's day. These muffins look absolutely delicious and so close to @ucl's main campus for those of you studying/working nearby. Follow her for more recs like these. #FeatureFriday ・・・ Apple sourdough muffins with buttercream and blueberries from @fortitudebakehouse in Russell Square😍
THESE LOTUS CHIPS 😨Have you been to @bloombergarcade yet? It's a little foodie hub and this time we went to visit the newly opened @kymsrestaurant on it's 2nd night of opening. 🍑 Ordered: Lotus Chips - c. £4 Aubergine Fritters - £7 Mushroom Skewers - £7 Spring Roll - £4 Chinatown Pineapple Custard Bun - £6 Tart with red Bean centre 🍑 Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5 A hugely overdue post! Kyms is the 2nd restaurant of London's famous chef Andrew Wong. In the 80s, his family opened a Cantonese restaurant in Pimlico named Kyms after his grandmother and is now home to Andrew's Michelin starred restaurant "A. Wong". This 2nd restaurant honours his family and pays homage to traditional dishes from the many regions in China. The Lotus Chips were so DAMN GOOD I am almost drooling posting this. So crispy and spiced to perfection and reminded us of our time in China. The Aubergine Fritters were another highlight - this was crisp on the outside and melted in your mouth. The mushroom skewers had these puffed shells filled with soy sauce - a bit tricky to eat but it had this lovely mixture of textures and sweet and salty flavours as you cracked into it. On to desserts , we loved both custard tarts, but our favourite had to be their take on the creamy Chinatown custard bun. As a vegetarian it's sometimes a bit tricky to navigate the menus at chinese restaurants but the staff were super nice. Not everything is strictly vegetarian here (some of these dishes contain fish sauce) so worth asking based on your diet. The menu is based on small plates and sharing and the setting with its pink details and cherry blossoms is very elegant. Definitely worth checking out!
Who else misses eating frosties cereal? Here we have my inner child's dream: cookies, icecream AND frosties combined... Where: @nacmayfair (Mayfair) . Ordered: Crushed milk chocolate cookies, Frosties soft serve - £8 Coconut Matcha Latte . Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5 There's been so much hype about NAC (North Audley Cantine) on insta. It's your classic instafamous brunch spot full of clientele dripping in designer swag. In an area like Mayfair, guess that's expected! We have to say though the hype was justified. The milk chocolate cookies were soft and gooey. Imagine warm melt-in-your mouth cookie dough paired with frosties icecream (which actually works - and works so well) - it's kind of like a very subtly slightly sweeter version of vanilla. Now I think people who bake will probs say...I could make this at home (I reckon Z could make these) but for amateurs like me this was awesome and I would go back again just for these cookies! Also had the coconut matcha latte and it was really lovely and not too bitter or sweet.
Sometimes, all you need is cheese 🧀 🥰 ✨ Where: @ivycanarywharf at @canarywharflondon ✨ Ordered: Zucchini fritti - £5.75 Burrata di bufala - £9.75 Chargrilled halloumi with Padron peppers - £13.95 ✨ Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4/5 We recently checked out the new Ivy in the Park in CW and we weren’t disappointed! First off we have to appreciate the ambience! It was literally the perfect spot for a quick getaway from the high rise buildings and corporate culture in the Wharf. We felt as though we could have been in the suburbs; the same cosy yet elegant vibes we felt in the Ivy Cafe in Wimbledon or Fulham. We decided to go for the zucchini fritters which were amazing, perfectly salted and literally melted in your mouth! And for mains we went all cheese (lol)! The burrata was well seasoned and tasty, although it was a little heavy. While the halloumi was nicely grilled and well-accompanied with the padron peppers (our fav - so you can never go wrong!). All in all, the ambience and service were excellent and the food was decent, albeit it a bit heavy (maybe our fault for ordering straight cheese and fried food lol)! Definitely a late brunch or Friday lunch spot (don’t expect to be super productive after a visit here!).
HAPPY Black Friday everyone! who's been up all night shopping? . In other news, it's nearly December! With a week left of our Uclfoodie burger collab @Maplucker we wanted to thank everyone who went down to maplucker to try our halal Nacho burger. Here's some of our favourite pics, check out @pursuitldn, @taradvisor, @top_london_restaurants, @halalfoodlondon @theburgerlist, @londonourway and @foodiegirl.ldn to see what they thought! Keep tagging us in your foodie posts for a chance to be featured next week!
IT'S (nearly) CHRISTMAAAAAAS 🍝 Where: @obicamozzarellabar 🍝 Review: We were kindly invited by the @adwaiz team to join them at @obicamozzarellabar to try their Christmas menu! It was a really fun and buzzy atmosphere and the menu caters to both your Christmas classics but keeping with traditional Italian food. We have to say the desserts were our favourite part! We have major sweetooths especially during the holiday season so this was perfect - the tiramisu was rich and fluffy and the molten chocolate cake is a holiday season classic! What's your favourite dish to have during the holiday season?
••• GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCED : CONGRATS @def.cc ••• OUR UCLFOODIE FAM JUST BECAME 7K AND OVER! In honour of this moment, we wanted to do another giveaway at one of our fav lunch spots! GOOD LUCK! . UP FOR GRABS: Lunch for 2 at ANY of the market stalls at @e14eats (pictured: Grill Falafel Stall) . GIVEAWAY RULES: 1. Like the pic 2. Tag your friends, familia, colleagues, frenemies, neighbour, your cat...etc. (each tag is one entry - go crazy) 3. Follow us and @e14eats . THE LOWDOWN: Ordered: Falafel & Hummus box - £4 . Did I say £4. Yes I did. This was such a great find in south quay (thanks @nuzsar) Everything is fresh and delicious. For £4 you get salad, fries, falafel, AND hummous. AND trust us...the falafel is BANGING (so fresh and soft). The Hummous and chilly sauce are on point!!! For this price in canary wharf I doubt you'd find better. I'm almost scared REVEALING this hidden gem because it's genuinely one of our favourites...but alas we like to share our foodie secrets with you all so enjoy! (But please don't make this another Roti king situation because ever since our post in 2015 that place has BLOWN UP)
Twas the night before Halloween at @doubletreedocklands.... 🍊 Ordered: Pumpkin soup Welsh Rarebit toastie Margherita pizza 🍊 Review: A quick thank you to @eastldngirl_foodieblog and @kingkeneats for inviting us along to the @doubletreedocklands. Nestled beautifully on the riverside, the Double Tree is accessible by their own ferry from Canary Wharf pier (5 min journey). I love ferries, so this was a fun novelty, and the view from the restaurant / hotel was so beautiful with @canarywharflondon's bright lights in front of you. This is a great place to go for an after work chill / drinks or a post-work event. As for the food, the hotel is trying to achieve a "something for everyone" type menu with a mixture of tacos, dhaal, pasta, burgers etc. I've tried alot of the restaurants in the area so the bar was quite high with fantastic Italian/ Indian/ mexican restaurants already in the area. The starters were decent - the pumpkin soup was nicely spiced and the Rarebit toastie was your classic cheesy snack. But the pizza was disappointing - really oily / greasy and not what I was expecting from such an elegant hotel (I got a similar vibe from my friends with the various mains they ordered). They've got everything to be a great restaurant - location, views, great service, space - all that's missing is great food. I think constructively the chefs just need to go back to the drawing board with their recipes - e.g. perhaps looking into a more authentic Italian pizza recipe: buffalo mozzarella, a thinner stonebaked base, a richer tomato sauce. If you're doing something for everyone, you need to make sure each dish does justice to it's roots and is of the highest quality.
Looking for a cool new food market in South West London? 🍕 Where: @madeofdoughldn at @markethalls Fulham 🍕 Ordered: Truffle pizza - £9 Vegan mushroom pizza - £9 Kiddie meal - £5 🍕 Review: On Saturday we were invited down to check out Market Hall in Fulham. We’ve been before - to check out @softservesociety (when they were still there) and @ahipokelondon but can’t get enough of the place. What’s not to love about the Market Hall vibe in Fulham! The decor is lovely - the food market is in place of the original Fulham Broadway station ticket hall, and they restored all the details meticulously, including the ticket office booth (now bar), beautifully high ceilings and low hanging lamps. Add in c.8 delicious food vendors and you have a winning combo!! There were a lot of meat options e.g. Fannies Kebabs, hot box and butchies (none were halal from what we could tell) - but also fish and veg options. We decided to go for the veggie pizzas at Made of Dough. The flavours were beautiful - the truffle pizza was delicious and not overly heavy (as truffles can sometimes be). The vegan pizza was also better then expected (especially coming from Z - who’s not super used to the vegan cheese situation!). And the mini margherita was a hit with #miniUCLfoodie . However, all three pizzas were relatively overdone and burnt on both the bottom and the top. It sometimes happens with stone baked pizzas and we understand that they are relatively new, so we are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. In any case - we still think it’s definitely worth checking out Market Halls for a great atmosphere and the other great food options in the heart of SW London!!!
We are very excited to announce our burger collaboration with @maplucker !!!!! 🍔 Introducing the #UCLFoodie Nacho Burger - a halal chicken burger, with nachos, salsa, guac, melted cheese and jalapeños! It is launching this Thursday - in conjunction with the Mexican Dia De Los Muertos and will be around for the whole of November! We hope you guys try it - and if you do, tag us in your burger pics and let us know what you think! 🍔 ••• GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED: @shvnsthr !!!!!••• To celebrate the launch we are giving away a meal for two people at Ma’Plucker!!! The usual rules: - Like this post - Follow us (@uclfoodie) - Follow @maplucker - Tag a friend in the comments! Each comment is an entry, so tag as many friends as you like! Good luck!!! Winners will be announced this Friday!
Showing some love to @finestfoodie This #featurefriday . These macaroons from @lilikastreats are exactly what we need to beat the winter blues! Give her a follow for more posts like this and tag us with #uclfoodie for a chance to be featured next week!!! ・・・ Look at all these macaroons @greenwichmarket 😍😍 whats your favourite macaroon flavour?
Throwback to a chilled weekend brunch a few weeks ago with @a.aastha. Where's your laid back spot to catch up with friends? 🍳 Where: @prufrockcoffee 🍳 Ordered: Grilled courgette on toast with whipped feta and za'atar - c.£8 Heirloom tomatoes on toast + poached egg - c. £8 Hot chocolate - £3.50 Cappucino - £3 🍳 Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5 Had a lovely brunch at @prufrock coffee with @aastha.a. Prufrock coffee is both a chilled out cafe and coffee training school. They have a minimalistic brunch menu, with the ingredients sourced from fresh local produce. We tried their current seasonal menu and it was absolutely delicious. The heirloom tomatoes were so juicy and fresh and seasoned with a hint of chives. The courgettes were also fresh and grilled perfectly - well accompanied by creamy feta and za'atar. Both dishes were refreshing and light. We loved the combination of flavours. While delicious, we felt the portion sizes could have been bigger for the price though.
You Dim Sum, you lose some! 🍣 Where: @yauatchasoho 🍣 Ordered: Three style mushroom cheung fun - £8 Crystal dumpling wrap with pumpkin with pine nut - £6 Edamame truffle dumpling - £8 Fried vegetarian duck - £14 Chicken Shanghai dumplings - £8 2x Macarons Chocolate Pebble 🍣 Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4/5 A long overdue post...In July it was K's birthday and was fortunate enough to have some great surprises. Thanks @bornhungrylondon for the lovely birthday surprise! As soon as you walk in there's an elusive atmosphere with its beautiful black and blue interiors that reminded me of a night sky. In terms of the menu, they had a decent amount of vege options to choose from. Ultimately went for @broswhodine's recommendations and they did not disappoint! Our fav set of dumplings was the edamame dumplings! We were surprised about this combo but it was delicious! The pumpkin dumplings were nice too but had a very subtle taste. We thought the mushroom cheung fun was good but not as good as the ones we've had in China - the mushrooms could have been richer in flavour. The fried vegetarian duck was super interesting to try as we missed the mock meat we tried back in China. And finally the dessert: Yauatcha are known for their macaroons which frequently change flavours and they are beaitiful! For the bday dessert I got the only vege one on the menu which was a chocolate pebble dessert with icecream and it was a rich chocolatey dream. Overall it has a good variety of options, is vege friendly and the service is great.
DID SOMEONE SAY BURRITOS? We're loving these deals on the @citymunchapp right now. This time we went to check out Munchies at the @e14eats food market 🥙 Where: Munchies @e14eats @canarywharflondon 🥙 Ordered: Veg Burrito - £6.50 Veg Cubanos - £6.50 🥙 Review: This was our first time trying Munchies for lunch, who are doing 20% off lunch this week via the Citymunchapp. We were pleasantly surprised by the veggie dishes on offer. Both were super filling and flavoursome! Next we grabbed a few smoothies to have on the go and have to say these were great! The orange and papaya smoothie was so fresh and definitely at a fraction of the cost at other places in the wharf!
Not sponsored but super excited about @citymunchapp's launch in Canary wharf this week! Where? @yum_bun (@streetfeastldn dinerama in Shoreditch / Giant Robot in @canarywharflondon) ✨ Ordered: Yumbun lunchbox - £9 Yumplings lunchbox - £10 ✨ Review: So excited to hear that the @citymunchapp are launching in the Wharf this week with a bunch of great deals. We got to check out @yum_bun today, who are offering 20% off lunch between 12 to 2.30pm (plus you get the extra boost when you use the code UCLVIP when you download the City Munch app... because we know you love a good deal!). Giant Robot is a nice secluded chilled out lunch spot by the Crossrail rooftop garden, with 4 different restaurants. Yum Bun serves a mixture of buns, dumplings and gyoza - our favourites are deffo the mushroom yumplings and the tofu buns. Staff are friendly and food is usually prepared pretty quickly. If you do check it out, let us know what you think!