Now, one of those elusive goals for 2016, involved cutting down on the spending. It’s time to get a few more pennies in the bank you know? So this means that the big thing which needs changing is my penchant for dining out. I’m trying so hard to really cut back, get cooking more and therefore appreciate it a bit more when I do actually go out for my dinner. With that in mind, I’m turning London Eats into a monthly series which I wrap up my highlights from the past month!
Our fancy meal of the month was for Paul’s birthday. As we went to Hawksmoor last year, I really wanted to try out another lovely steak place – and after Andreas rave review, I booked us into the City branch of Goodman.
Goodman is definitely the city bankers lair, leather seats, open beams and dark decor. We were seated quickly before browsing the menu. Steak is definitely the highlight here, the menu itself has a whole heap of steak options but they also have a daily blackboard. Our lovely waitress also brought out a giant steak plate to explain what the cuts actually were. Really helpful!
For starters, I couldn’t go past salmon, which was light and citrusy – just what I need from a plate of salmon. Paul went for the short rib, which was HUGE. Like the size of a main. But seriously delish, with the meat just falling off the bone.
Despite a whole lot of choice for mains, we are both fillet lovers, so decided on the fillet, but with a twist – we got one which was corn fed and one which was grass fed. These were chopped up and put in the middle, with our sides of chips and spinach and accompanied by bernaise and pepper sauce.
The steaks were cooked to perfection, and it was awesome to be able to taste the difference between the corn and the grass – the corn being lighter and chewy, whereas the grass having more of a mineral, earthy flavour. The sauces and sides were also equally flavourful.
Despite being stuffed, the team were awesome and gave Paul a free slice of cheesecake for his birthday! Creamy and rich – the ideal end to the evening. Overall, Goodman was an awesome night out and I highly recommend for a special occasion when steak is required!
The Abbeville, Clapham
When my Uncle came to visit earlier in the month, we wanted somewhere nice for dinner but close by. Abbeville Road is such a nice part of London, tucked away off the main road near Clapham South tube station. It is essentially a pub which serves awesome food too – it is one of those old wooden buildings where the rooms seem to snake around and you get tucked into a little corner.
I have been once before and was really impressed with the food, this time I went for fresh ravioli stuffed with goats cheese and covered in sun dried tomatoes – everything you need in life really. The pasta was fresh and soft and the sun dried tomatoes adding that real kick of flavour. They have a range of dishes here, from pub staples of fish and chips to duck and other modern British cuisine.
I’m usually a starter over dessert person, but when I see crumble on a menu, I just can’t go past it. Blueberry and apple crumble served with a big jug of custard is probably my fave dessert ever! And this was definitely a good one, it was heavy on the crumble which was sweet and warming. If you’re in the Clapham area, then add this on your visit list!
Avenue, St James
At the end of the month, I was craving me a bit of brunch. There are so many awesome brunches in London and I have to say that I am useless at ever going to any of them! So I booked us along with my sister and her boyfriend in for brunch at Avenue, near St James.
The whole idea is that you have 2 courses, 1 small and 1 large dish. You can add dessert on top of that, and you can get bottomless prosecco / bloody marys for a bit extra too! The menu looks amazing, full of egg dishes, potato hash, granola, salmon and a few lunch options too – burgers and Mac and Cheese.
I was craving me some pancakes, and I was a little worried about doing double carbs, but I shouldn’t have been, they were the perfect size! I got the small version which involved 3 mini pancakes covered in berries and served with creme fraiche – not dry in the slightest, these really helped my pancake craving! The rest of the table got a whole variety of bits, from poached pears, to bacon waffles, to granola and yoghurt – all were happy with their dishes!
For my large dish, we all know by now that I can’t go past salmon, so I went for the smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. And oh my, so much salmon!! I even gave some to Rebecca and I still couldn’t finish it all, but it was fresh and covered in black pepper, my favourite.
We resisted the bottomless prosecco but those around us didn’t and they definitely did keep topping up regularly through the meal. I think this would be an ideal place for a catch up with the girls!
So tell me, where have you been eating this month and where do I need to visit soon!?