In Search of Raindrop Cake – Yamagoya | London : A review

Yamagoya is located at Shaftebury Avenue a limited time pop up residency above Shuang Shuang a hot pot restaurant. The closest tube station is Piccadilly Circus.

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Yamagoya is known for its Ramen but I went in search of Raindrop Cake. We were seated immediately my husband and I ordered White Grape Ice Tea because as it was a warm day in London. The drink was very different and refreshing for the heat wave.

White Grape Ice Tea

For starters we ordered Gyoza – Fried Pork Dumpling and Chicken kara-Age – Japanese Style Fired Chicken thigh and yuzu mayo. We especially like the chicken kara age the batter was light, crispy and the meat very succulent and moist perfect.

Chicken kara-Age - Japanese Style Fired Chicken thigh and yuzu mayo

When we ordered main we were informed that the Raindrop Cake is served only if we ordered Ramen or Chicken Kara-age curry rice (Chicken cutlet, house special curry and japanese rice). They make a limited portion of the cake per day.

We went ahead and ordered Chashu Don – Glazed Chashu, spring onion and Japanese rice made out of pork and Oyako Ramen Chicken Bone Broth,chicken chashu,marinated burford brown egg ,wood ear mushroom,wakame seaweed,bamboo shoot and spring onion.

Oyako Ramen Chicken Bone Broth,chicken chashu,marinated burford brown egg ,wood ear mushroom,wakame seaweed,bamboo shoot and spring onion.

The broth of the ramen was good but the highlight of the mains was the Chashu Don the smoky and sweet flavour of the dish was sublime and I would definitely recommend the dish.

Chashu Don - Glazed Chashu, spring onion and Japanese rice made out of pork

When the Raindrop Cake arrived it was a clear jelly with hints of tea which you hardly notice served with molasses and roasted soybean powder. The molasses and soybean powder gives it some crunch and sweetness. If you have a sweet tooth I would not recommend this dish as pudding was more of a palate cleanser. It was one of the dishes that you have to try once.

Raindrop Cake served with molasses and roasted soybean powder
Raindrop Cake served with molasses and roasted soybean powder

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Perfect Sunday Roast at Hawksmoor – Borough | London – A Review

Hawksmoor is located near London Bridge Tube station just short hop from Borough Market. So what is special about this branch of Hawksmoor they have Market Specials on the board makes it a perfect spot if you would like to taste produce from Borough Market.

I have heard so much about their Sunday Roast which is listed as the best roast in UK by Observer Food Monthly.

So one fine Sunday my husband and I reserve a table and off we went. Once we reached we were seated immediately and ordered drinks. I opted for Grapefruit & Bergamot Iced Tea and my husband Seasonal Lemonade which was in blush pink. Both were refreshing and really nice, I was leaning more towards seasonal lemonade so ordered a second round.

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For starters we ordered Jersey rocks roasted with bone marrow (six pieces), I felt the flavour of the oysters disappeared with the breadcrumbs and felt a bit heavy from the bone marrow. We usually have the oysters raw so probably I will try that when I visit them next time.

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For the piece de resistance we ordered slow roast rump Native breed beef, slow roasted and served with all the trimmings. It was worth it while I type this post I fondly remember the taste. We were to full to order desserts and the roast was too good that I didn’t want to eat anything after the main course.

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Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell – London

Breddos Tacos a menu inspired by travel experiences from Mexico and America using seasonal British Ingredients a short walk from Barbican station in Clerkenwell.

The décor was laid back, cosy and great place for a short catch up with friends. The restaurant doesn’t take reservation and is based on first come basis. My friend and I planned to meet early to avoid waiting in the queue.

We were served tacos crisps with two types of salsa habanero (very hot it was indeed), Chile Morita and sesame oil when we were seated.

For drinks we both ordered Pink Striped Lemon, Hibiscus & Rosehip which was refreshing so I ordered some more.

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To start with I ordered Kung Pao Pork Belly sichuan, bird’s eye chile, spring onion, sesame seeds which was mildly spiced with crunch from the onions and fresh coriander, a good start to the meal.

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While my friend opted for Baja Shrimp spinach, wild garlic, habanero which she quite enjoyed.

Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell - London

Next we ordered a sharing plater of Carne Asada aged onglet steak, miso & bone marrow butter, burnt grelot onion. This was the pièce de résistance of the whole meal, we enjoyed it thoroughly that the whole plate was licked clean including the two sauces that was served with the dish.

Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell - London

Followed by the steak it was Mr Octopus turn Pulpo black vinegar, sichuan, bone marrow, potato, sesame seeds ideally I would have preferred more of the sliced octopus the combination was good but I personally felt that there was more of the potato.

Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell - London

While my friend and I were still debating if we should have the dessert that is when she spotted the milk based pudding Leche Frita cajeta, miso sugar. We ordered one to share and we were not disappointed it was a perfect way to end the meal.

Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell - London

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Cornwall | England – Where to eat with a View

There is nothing like a bright and sunny day in Cornwall where the water turns turquoise green. This post is about taking that view with some tasty food. Here is list that covers from breakfast to dinner with some scenic beauty that Cornwall has to offer. An additional bonus is that you can cover them all in a day while you take in the sights.

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Breakfast

A full English breakfast at Godolphin Arms Restaurant with a view of St Michael’s Mount. By the time you finish your breakfast and cuppa it would be time for low tide you could just walk to the mount. I would recommend booking in advance to reserve the best table in the house.

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Godolphin Arms Restaurant Website – West End | Godolphin Arms, Marazion TR17 0EN, England

Lunch

A small café called Chapel Rock near St Michael’s Mount to take in the elevated view. A perfect spot for light lunch on your way back from the mount, they have a range of locally sourced food.

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Chapel Rock Café Website – Kings Road, Marazion TR17 0EJ, England

Afternoon Tea

What would be a visit to Cornwall without Cornish cream teas; I got that covered here at Minack Theatre with paradise view of Porthcurno beach.

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The Minack Theatre Website –  Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU

Dinner

The dinner is  a fine dining experience at The Alba Restaurant and Bar Old Lifeboat House just to wrap the day with view of St Ives Harbour watching the sun go down and the boats arriving inland. I would recommend booking at the restaurant as it gets really busy.

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The Alba Restaurant and Bar Old Lifeboat House Website – Wharf Road Saint Ives Cornwall TR26 1LF England

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Viento | The Coffee Whisperer – Watford | Review

Viento, An Artisan Coffee Roaster and café located a short walk from Watford Junction. It is perfect for commuters just to grab and go; a hangout to meet people, a quaint little spot to do some writing.

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The café is laid back and the space has been carefully decorated with different kind of seating, outdoor seating is also available when the weather is good. You are also surrounded by everything related to coffee. When I walked up to the till to place the order I was not only welcomed by barista but a micro –roaster now you know why this little place is special. It is such a rare sight where a cosy café has a onsite micro-roaster. While you have your coffee you can even buy some coffee beans roasted onsite to take it home with you.

The coffee beans are carefully sourced from around the world. Being a tea drinker I was feeling bit confused with so many varieties of coffee beans and brew techniques. The barista was very helpful in sorting out the brew after a quick chat.

 

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They not only have great coffee but equally amazing avocado toast and toasties.

It is fair to say that I loved the service here that I returned so many times not just to drink coffee but to enjoy the equally delicious avocado toast. I know what you are thinking yes I cheated on my cuppa can you blame me. But fear not it always my beloved tea everywhere else and always coffee at Viento.

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If you don’t live near Watford and would like to try the coffee at home you can order the coffee via Viento Coffee Company’s website . The coffee beans are seasonal which changes through  the year.

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Kricket – Soho| London

Oh the joy when finally Kricket opens its door in Soho. So one fine evening I decided to go for dinner with my partner in crime aka husband.

The location was ideal just a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly tube station. Reservations are available for 4 people and above, so we got there early to avoid waiting in the queue. The restaurant is very inviting with booths for small group and bar stool if you are on your own or there as a couple. What I really liked about Kricket is the open plan; you can watch your food being prepared right in front of you.

The concept is small plates and some of the dishes are seasonal so the menu changes depending on the season and availability.  I quite enjoy small plate dishes as I get to taste as many dishes as possible.

If you are looking for traditional Indian food this is not the place for you. I went with an open mind and thoroughly enjoyed how the Indian flavours and textures were brought together.

Coming on to the food we started with fresh lime soda with mint which was quite refreshing. This was followed by two variety of kulchas one with bone marrow and the other was masala.  The bone marrow kulcha was flavoured beautifully with the melted marrow and surprisingly light on the tummy. Though I am a big fan of marrow, the masala kulcha was the best with the raw onions, herbs and seasoned butter.

Scallops were served next with puffed rice. I would have never thought of marrying puffed rice with scallops but it worked beautifully.

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The lamb haleem normally served with an overloaded of ghee, here at Kricket the dish was rich at the same time not heavy which works great when you want to try other dishes. The Haleem still retained the texture yet smooth, the addition of puffed wheat for the crunch effect was a nice touch.

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Keralan Chicken with sweet pickled mooli (daikon radish), crunchy curry leaf and creamy mayo was the star of the meal. The best way to describe this chicken would be where KFC meets Chicken 65 which had a perfect balance of salt, sweet, crunch and creamy goodness.  I would highly recommend you to order this dish if you plan to visit Kricket.

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Coming on to the Bhel Puri so glad they used raw green mangoes, I would have preferred less yoghurt or none in the bhel and bit spicier. The Indian in me needs chillies that extra kick but the texture was amazing not soggy but a very crunchy one.

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We finished off the meal with Jaggery treacle tart milk ice cream himalayan sea salt. I am not massive fan of desserts so we just ordered one to share. The milk ice cream was really good and tart a bit too sweet to my liking but if you have sweet tooth you would really enjoy this dessert. While we were finishing of the meal at the counter I was eying the mishti doi (yoghurt based dessert) delicately topped with pistachio crumbs and rose petal and made a mental note to try it next time. A special mention about the staff at the kricket who made sure we enjoyed the meal.

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DUM  Biryani House

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So here is my first blog post I thought why not start with biryani as the saying goes  “Biryani is happiness “

Though London is flooded with Indian restaurants, believe me it is difficult to find one serving a good biryani. So when I heard Dum Biryani House that focuses serving one dish and that is biryani I made a mental note of trying this place as it reminded me of India where these tiny places just serve amazing biryani and few starters or sides.

The location is perfect just off the main oxford street and the restaurant is in the basement which makes it cosy.

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Dum Biryani House | London

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Dum Biryani House | London

So my husband and I headed out for lunch over the weekend. We were seated immediately and ordered Chaas (Spiced Buttermilk) and sweet lassi as drinks.  The buttermilk was refreshing with hint of the herbs.

We asked the wait staff for the specials.We were informed about keema (minced lamb meat with spices) and paratha (flat bread). The keema was spiced well and went so good with freshly made flat bread.

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Keema with Paratha | Minced Lamb Meat with Flat Bread

For the mains we went for one lamb biryani and one chicken biryani the specials from the board. Each biryani was cooked in separate handi (pot) covered with dough and it was served along with egg and chilli salan, aubergine raita , salad and  two types of poppadums one of which was roasted and not fried in oil. This biryani and these sides a perfect marriage. Though we tried both chicken and lamb biryani my favourite was the lamb biryani and so glad the biryani was made with meat along with bones which just takes the flavour to another level. A special mention about the spices used just like how it made back home pakka.

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Dum Biryani

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Dum Biryani

For pudding we had Rabdi I am not a massive fan of puddings in general so the size was perfect after a heavy meal with subtle flavour of rose petal jam that tickles your palate making it perfect end to the meal.

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Rabdi

Dum Biryani House

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