28 May 2013

A Rainy Tuesday - The Primrose Eatery and other pics

Caroline            Beth    
The weather today was very annoying. That's all I've got to say on the matter.

Beth had the day off work so we took the opportunity to have some lunch and a catch up. We decided to go to one of my favourite little lunch spots, The Primrose Eatery.

Right in the middle of celebville in Primrose Hill, this little neighbourhood restaurant is a favourite of mine for a few reasons:

1. The laid back atmosphere and extra friendly staff
2. Possible celebrity spots
3. The fresh oven baked pizzas

That's the spicy beef with peppers and caramelised onions. It's awesome.

The crepes are pretty damn tasty too

We ended up staying in there from 1.30pm until 5.15pm. I hope the staff didn't get too bored of us! Rounded off with a peppermint tea, a lovely lunch was had.


            And just because I can, here are some nice Insta-frames from my iPhone camera roll

I hope you all had a great Tuesday...despite the rain!

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27 May 2013

Disco Bistro 'Goodbye For Now' Party

Caroline      ★      Mary
When I heard through Twitter that my favourite pop-up restaurant Disco Bistro was having a closing party, I knew I had to get me a ticket. Luckily, I was one of the few who actually did...they had all sold out within two minutes! Phew!

It was Bank Holiday Sunday - always a good day to go out and celebrate not having something annoying like work to go to the next day. It was warm and sunny outside and I was feeling colourful.

(My first wear of my new Senso heels - I got the very last pair on Asos and I love 'em)

The party started at 4pm and was being held at Rotary. Working on the menu with chef Carl Clarke were James Knappett (Bubble Dogs), James Petrie (The Fat Duck) and James Lowe (Young Turks). Quite a culinary combination!

We were welcomed with a glass of Disco Punch and settled into our table where we were to remain for the next few hours of this exciting gastronomical evening.

Here I am in my Bradley Cooper shades (with the proof!)

There was some tasty beef jerky waiting for us on the table to chew as we checked out the menu.

It wasn't giving too much away...

There were DJ's on the decks playing some brilliant tunes creating a real buzzy atmosphere. This definitely felt like a party rather than just another meal.

We decided the Disco Punch was so good that we should have another round. Or perhaps just a massive glass to share!

At around 5.30pm, the first bit of the 'Snacks' course arrived - the spiced lamb rib.

I'm not going to be able to go into big detail about what everything tasted like - as I've mentioned before, my palate for recognising every little ingredient really isn't the best - but you would be safe to assume that almost all of these dishes were crazy delicious and nothing like I'd tasted before.

Let's get back to those mouthwatering ribs...

Then the next part of the snacks. On the left below you have the chicken skin, rosemary, mascarpone and bacon jam.

In the middle the 'Quack fiend'.

On the right, a thick onion sauce.  

I can confirm it was all wonderful. Who needs bread when you can have chicken skin?

The duck was my favourite.

And I loved the little edible flowers, so pretty!

The Beginning (or 'The Begining' as the menu preferred!) was an asparagus, parmesan and duck ham cold soup. 

Despite not normally being a big fan of cold soup, I thought it was gorgeous. Nicely cheesy and the asparagus was crisp and fresh.

This was the cod wing with apple and garlic. 

This dish was nice but wasn't quite up there in the excitement stakes as the other courses we'd had so far. 

And now the bit I was most looking forward to: the 40 day aged smoked short rib with onion and caviar oil served with cheesy beer chips.

And oh my goodness, it was good. Really good. And colourful!

The meat was sweet and bursting with flavour. And the chips - well, Mary said they were probably the best chips she'd ever had and I think I'd have to agree with that. You can tell from the picture how crispy they were. And that cheese sauce....I'm craving them as I write.

And then there was dessert. Sweet syrup cake. Oh yes.

Served with fresh strawberries and cream.

A wonderfully light and divine finale.

I'd never had food so inventive and intriguing. I was on the edge of my seat as each course was placed in front of us and was never disappointed!

There were also a few extras. We were given a small glass of sake at the beginning and at the end some chocolate treats, a glass of Courvoisier and....smoke?

Not sure what that was all about but I don't know very much about cognac! Feel free to enlighten me!

What an incredible meal. Compliments to the chefs.

And here they all are!

The meal came to an end at around 7.30pm but this wasn't it - now was the after party. The music was kept pumping out courtesy of the guest DJ's (including Gizzi Erskine) and tonnes more people arrived. There was dancing in the bar downstairs into the early hours.

Seeing as everyone had eventually moved downstairs, the upstairs bar staff decided to let their hair down too. And I was on hand to assist.

Ugh, whisky. Luckily I declined a shot myself otherwise I think there'd have been a very sore head waking up the next morning!

What a great Sunday; just what Bank Holidays were designed for.

Thanks for the experience Disco Bistro! Please come back soon!

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25 May 2013

After Hours Dessert

You know me, I love a pop-up.

After Hours Dessert is, as the name suggests, a dessert bar. It's temporarily based inside Allpress Expresso in Shoreditch. Don't arrive expecting anything savoury...it's all sweet here!

Four desserts are listed on the menu. You have to choose one to exclude and the remaining three are served up to you in delightful courses.

I decided to reject the Pink Grapefruit sorbet which sounded far too healthy!

You can order wine or cocktails to accompany your dishes. I had a cappuccino.

Course one arrived - strawberry mousse, fresh strawberry sauce, olive oil biscuit and pistachio crumb.

The mousse was deliciously creamy and smooth and worked so wonderfully with the crumbled biscuit and pistachio. The tangy strawberry sauce was gorgeous too. And isn't it just so pretty?

Spoiler alert: it ended up being my favourite dish of the evening!

Course two - another mousse, this time dark chocolate. Served with a malt whisky ganache, cherry gel and salted toffee sauce.

Rich and chocolaty with an unmistakable whisky hit. I loved the little crispy cornflakes that gave the whole dish a wonderful overall texture. 

And finally - coffee ice cream, sweet mascarpone and caramelised white chocolate.

The ice cream had melted a bit too much by the time it reached me but these things happen. Definitely lagging behind the first two courses in the tasty stakes but still very nice. It could have done with a bit more of the white chocolate that was promised.

This was a lovely little experience. I wouldn't suggest you come here on an empty stomach - you won't go away full up and the three courses were served over a period of about two and a half hours - but it's a nice place in which to hang out with friends, eat naughty things and have a cocktail or two.

In June, After Hours is moving to the Bird & Ballard in Shoreditch and will be held on 7th, 8th, 21st and 22nd June.

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