Monday, 29 June 2015

Bayroot Lebanese Street Food - London Camberwell/Walworth Road

At the end of Walworth Road and at the start of Camberwell is a new Lebanese Street Food restaurant. I was actually quite excited to see this new and upcoming restaurant which is probably trying to make Camberwell and Walworth Road a little more trendy. I think the area already has become trendy with the variety of food that's building up in the area. Think Walworth and Camberwell is becoming the new Dulwich... only joking!! ^_^

There seems to be a trend of kebabs along the Walworth Road. I've counted four in my head and now we have a Lebanese restaurant. Do you count Lebanese food as kebab food? I don't know. I leave that for the experts.

Bayroot is a different spelling to the capital city Beirut. Good idea for a restaurant name!

They already had a few customers in the restaurant and I was allowed to sit anywhere. I had a quick browse at the menu and they were only serving the skewers either on it's own or as a platter. I chose the platter option where you can choose up to three meats. I felt one skewer by itself would've been too boring.

I sat for a long while and had a look around. There seems to be a lot of lighting but it actually looks quite dark inside. Don't worry, I think it's to make you feel cool and they do have candles for I believe a romantic setting in the evening. There was no music in the background when I went in... I think they forgot because I could hear some music just before I was leaving

The tables look trendy, don't know why... very simplistic!

If you sit near the entrance you will notice this clock. The background is shaped into Lebanon (I checked on the map).

First came out the apple and ginger juice which is freshly squeezed. It wasn't cold enough and it didn't have enough ginger. I'm sure I've had freshly squeezed juices that were cold...

Then the meal came out. It looks cool!

The platter came with one piece of lamb kofta, beef rump steak and king prawns. I actually wanted the squid steak but I think they ran out. There's also a few pieces of grilled vegetables underneath. I started off with the prawns. They are definitely fresh but were only lukewarm and not spicy enough. The lamb kofta was well seasoned and went well with the sour cream sauce. The beef steak cooled too quickly, a little bland but went well with the spicy red sauce. I had all of this and felt quite satisfied with a full stomach

The Bayroot Fries is not anything too special, it just had some spices added on to it. Didn't finish them. :(

My disappointment was the mainly the bread. Yeah. The pitta bread. It was a bit too dry when it reached the table. I had half a piece and didn't eat the rest... :(

There's always room for improvement!

Total came to £27.22. Woah a bit expensive for grilled meat, fries, bread and juice. The kind owner gave me a small discount - was quite surprised about that... Well I have had expensive food but not sure if this was worth that amount... maybe the rump steak was my mistake. ¬_¬"" After examining the menu leaflet I think I should have chosen to eat a wrap instead! 

My geeky rating: 4/5 (it was better than eating at Duck and Waffle considering this place had only opened for less than a week when I went!)

Good points:
- Polite service, although still new so still rusty with what they're doing (I'm sure it will improve)
- I felt full after eating which is a good sign that I enjoyed the filling meat
- I think the lunchtime menu will be a hit - must try out a wrap next time

Bad points:
- Meat and prawns cooled down too quickly - but that happens to most grilled meat I guess
- Pitta bread was a bit too dry to my liking
- A bit expensive (maybe because I chose the expensive meat!)...defo have to try out a wrap ^_^

Address: 8 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0EN
Tel: 02079984030

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Duck and Waffle - London Heron Tower

Another evening out with Miss Posh. This time we tried out Duck and Waffle which is also located in Heron Tower (the same place as Sushi Samba). Another so-called posh restaurant. Yep. No open toe shoes, no trainers, you must dress in appropriate clothing! 

Duck and Waffle is another fusion restaurant between British and the Europeans. Nice concept... I was expecting very nice combinations from a restaurant like this! 

Miss Posh got there before me and I was late by 10 minutes because of bus traffic. For the first time Miss Posh was early!! ... We ordered our food as soon as I arrived. I already knew what I wanted and it seemed Miss Posh was already full from an away day meal she went on. Lucky her! :P

Finally the food came out... I was a bit hungry!

Miss Posh had the Pea, Mint and Ricotta Ravioli dish. She liked this. I didn't get a taste.

She didn't like this corn on the cob with toasted coconut and spiced mayo. It didn't suit her tastebuds and I didn't want to try it fearing I would get bits stuck in my teeth. (I told a colleague of mine who knows a lot about food and nutrition the next day about this and she said corn on the cob should only be seasoned with butter. It doesn't need to be cooked like this... hmmmm....

This is her non-alcoholic coctail...

I have a thing for aubergine at the moment so I asked for the Coal Charred Aubergine... to be honest I thought I would get slices of aubergine with the skin on, lightly spiced with cumin and minimal yogurt. I took a taste of this and thought the cumin just doesn't go well with the aubergine. Bleurgh. The saltiness flavour came at the end... just not for me this dish.

I also ordered the famous classic Duck and Waffle dish. It looked cool but not completely to my taste. The fried egg was a bit rubbery, I think I even flicked a bit into my eye. ¬_¬"" The duck egg was crispy and very tasty, this went well with the waffle and syrup that came with it. Too bad I didn't have the guts to clean that duck leg in front of so many people... :P
Top view

Side view
From the lift we could see the sun ready to set... ^_^

Waiter came to us with the bill without us asking for it (I'm sure we never asked for it). I think I dislike service like that... Total came to £59.63 and I only had tap water! ¬_¬"" The price of paying for what seems posh to us in London. 

My geeky rating: 3.5/5 (I'm afraid I was still hungry... :( )

Good points:
- Polite service (except for the person who gave us the bill)
- Duck and Waffle dish was lovely without the egg

Bad points:
- Expensive for a piece of roasted duck leg
- Side plates didn't go too well with the classic dishes...
- Felt hungry after eating this :( Make sure you eat a big lunch before going here... unless you decide on the meals to share

Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Telephone: 0203 640 7310

Saturday, 27 June 2015

New York Snack Summary

Whilst in New York (that was in March) I did buy a few snacks here and there although I felt like I had tried nearly everything from the time I went to Dallas.

So the snacks I have here are ones I have never tried before. This will be just a short summary of what I tried as I'm too lazy as I know it's been a while (3 months post holiday to be exact). ^_^"

M&M's Chocolate Bar! Wow. I've not seen one of these yet. It's basically a very sweet chocolate bar with some M&M's in between.

M&M's Mega is basically a larger version of normal M&M's. There's just more chocolate in each piece.

The Milky Way Midnight Dark is an awesome chocolate bar!! Hope they sell these in London somewhere. It's really smooth. There's a hint of vanilla taste in the nougat. The caramel is thick. Dark chocolate isn't too sweet. It's a chocolate bar to die for really!!!

I've still got some of these. Think they've expired but I ate them anyway. This is a nice savoury peanut butter cookie. It's not too sweet and I think I could eat lots of these. ^_^

Nips are like hard toffees. The peanut butter is in the middle of the sweet but I couldn't taste much of the peanut butter unfortunately. They get stuck in your teeth too, so eat with caution.

And lastly another Milky Way bar. A 2 in 1 bar. I think I just love Milky Way. It's not too sweet and the nougat is really smooth...

Next time I visit America I must get loads of Milky Way!! ^_^

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Hoa Phuong - London Hampton Street (off Walworth Road)

I had a spontaneous moment where I wanted to try out a newish place which I had seen whilst on the bus heading towards Elephant and Castle many months back (can't remember how long it's been open now). This Vietnamese takeaway called Hoa Phuong (which I think is a type of red flower found in Vietnam) is hard to spot if you don't look out the window on the left hand side whilst going pass Dragon Castle. This takeaway shop used to be a Chinese takeaway which unfortunately I didn't try out in the past.

Had a quick look at the menu online but that needs updating because when I looked on the blackboard inside the shop they had some extras. 

They even have some seating! 

I was greeted by an old Vietnamese lady whose English is not the greatest but I could understand. I made my order and then sat there for a while (about 15 to 20 minutes because I ordered a bit) for my food to be made. I don't think everything is pre-made... Took a few pictures in the meantime.

Finally my food was ready. I was very hungry and wanted to get home before everything got cold. Thankfully I know the backstreets and took the shortcut home.

This is the food I ordered.

The noodles (not pho, they're called bun) were not in the soup... I was thinking where are those white noodles... they were hidden underneath the fishcake! ^_^ This is actually the second time I've seen a restaurant / takeaway separate the noodles from the rest of the ingredients. Cool!

I asked for spicy beef noodles which is why my soup looks dark as some chilli oil was added. This is a different version of Vietnamese noodles as I read on Wiki. It comes from Central Vietnam. The one we're used to seeing is pho which has a sweeter broth and flatter, thinner noodles. Inside the soup there's a lot of sliced beef. You will need to dig in to see it. Quite amazed at how much beef was given. 

I added the bun, fishcakes and lettuce and started eating. The soup is good stuff, a little spicy, not too sweet and is full of flavour. It's not too beefy but it had a lot of herbs. The greatest thing about this is that I was never given any coriander and no coriander (I believe) was added to the soup or box of ingredients. So cool!! I love this place already. ^_^ Instead there was some lemongrass and a lot of chopped up lettuce.

The bun was brilliant too. It was no flat rice noodles, it was thin round noodles which I haven't seen before. Thick and filling.

Next I started on the grilled pork rolls (goi cuon). A tub of sweet chilli runny sauce is given.

These were amazing. The grilled pork reminded me of Chinese bbq pork without the sweet taste. This type of summer roll is brilliant. I need to know how to make these. ¬,¬""

Finally I had a dessert. Che Mixed Bean. There were chick peas, red beans, clear noodles and green noodles. There was a separate bag of sweet white coconut milk. Be warned: these desserts are very sweet, I think my teeth wanted a clean brushover afterwards as it was too much for my them. >_<"

Total cost came to £11.50 although I calculated it to be £11.70 as the blackboard stated the dessert was an extra 20 pence from its original price. Nevermind, didn't want to argue. It's cheap, and I enjoyed the food. 

My geeky rating: 5/5

Good points:
- Cheap food!
- Ingredients separated from the soup and there's lots of ingredients included!
- Love the rolls
- Polite service
- There are small seating areas in case you have nowhere else to eat

Bad points:
- Had to wait a while for the food as there's only one person serving and cooking (at that time)

Address: 4 Hampton Street, London SE1 6SN
Tel: 07832 999573 or 07776 508 125
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm