JC London Eats: February Foodie Highlights
February ended up being quite the quiet month – what with all the work, it makes it harder to get out and about afterwards. With study as well, I just want to get home, get studying and end up eating something then! That said, I did still manage to get out for some delish meals throughout February. All of these are South West London but some can be found elsewhere, and all totally worth a visit!
Humble Grape, Clapham Junction
Ah now, this was the real find this month! Paul and I wanted to go out for a Valentines Meal, but not so much on the day, so we booked in to go here the following Friday. I was perusing Tripadvisor and realised this was in the top 10 of restaurants in London, so I knew that this was somewhere I had to try.
Humble Grape is mainly a wine bar, full of a variety of wines from small specialised vineyards. They do the wines by the glass, carafe or bottle but they also offer a wine flight. A wine flight is essentially 4 selected wines, each 50mL, 2 red and 2 white. They come with a little sheet on tasting notes and allow you to try something new. I do like wine but I’m not the best at picking wines out, I pretty much always go for a New Zealand Sav.
This was the perfect selection as we ended up having a delicious oaked chardonnay which I’ve never had before. Definite a need to try again. I also managed to have a red which I actually enjoyed! After our wine flight I also had a glass of German riesling which was light, fruity and just what I wanted.
We ended up ordering waaayyy too much food. Like too much to even fit on the table but it was all good. They have sharing boards and sourdough toasties, so of course we went for both. The toasties were delicious! I love toasties pretty much all the time and for £8 you get two whole ones. They are cheesy, crunchy and full of flavour. We also got a meat and vege sharing board which came with delicious salsa verde and more crusty bread. Just what we needed to mop up the wine!
The bar itself is lovely, set on two levels, full of wooden tables and cork on the walls. The staff were all really helpful in suggesting wine as well. The bar did get really busy so I definitely recommend booking, and getting to the Humble Grape one day soon!
Honest Burger, Tooting Broadway
On a Friday evening after a long week, we decided to have a stroll to Tooting and go to Honest Burger. Honest is probably our top burger choice in London and really they never disappoint! I always go for the cheese burger with red leicester cheese melted on top. The burgers are juicy, pink and delicious, topped with flavourful caramelised onion, mayo and lettuce all topped off on a brioche bun. They have a really simple menu which I love – means they do it well! Their Honest Burger is also a good option, coming with bacon and other yummy additions. I always mean to try one of their chicken burgers, but I can’t ever tear myself away from the amazing beef options!
The burgers also come with chips, which is always awesome – as getting burger and chips in one price never seems to happen anymore. The chips are also amazing, crispy and covered with rosemary salt which makes them so more-ish. The cocktails there are also only a fiver which is perfect so the whole bill for two ended up being under £25! If you haven’t yet hit up Honest then make sure you get there! They have branches all over the pop now. I do want to try some other burger joints in London so if you have any suggestions then do drop me a comment below!
Before heading to the movies the other week to see Deadpool (which I really didn’t enjoy unfortunately!), we headed to Rossopomodoro in Southside. I really like Rossopomodoro, I do think it can be a weeee bit pricey for what it is. We all went for various pizzas which was a good choice, as they are traditional pizzas, chewy and crispy. I love bases like these.
I went for the leggera which is there under 500 cal option, covered in fresh tomatoes, ham and ricotta cheese. The others both went for a cheesy goodness which was also majorly delicious. They are doing a good deal at the moment where you get half off during the week when you are seeing a movie – so I think I’ll have to try and get there then next time!
Home cooking – Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers
I thought I’d try and include a highlight from actual home cooked meals this month! I went for this recipe on pinterest which is cheesey chicken mexican stuffed peppers. I amended the recipe slightly and used chicken breasts which I fried off in the pan with some fajita seasoning to give it the mexican seasoning. I also picked up some flavoured couscous which really added to it. I served it with some extra sour cream and salsa and was overall delicious. Plus it makes enough that you can have some more for lunch the next day!
I have a whole board of healthy dinner recipes on Pinterest if you need some more inspiration!
So tell me where have you been eating this month? Any affordable London recommendations? Gotta save those pennies for our upcoming holidays!