After a slower Jan and Feb – March truly was full of food highlights! With the lighter evenings I’m more inclined to get out and about, plus with one my friends visiting from Australia, it was time to get out and about! We spoke about Australia a lot, since we both have a love for food! She’s been living in Melbourne for a while now and I have to say it sounds amazing! She told me that she found a great place for lunch north melbourne which I’ll definitely go to next time I’m visiting her. It was nice for me to show her my favourite food places, I can’t wait for her to return the favour!
I mentioned in my recent happy post that I headed to Dirty Bones for a bit of a bangarang farewell party for Charlie. Dirty Bones is tucked away on the third floor of Kingly Court, and takes bookings! Yes! When we got there we sprang for some cocktails as they were only £5 before 7 – quite the bargain and they were especially delicious.
Dirty Bones is known for it’s chicken and hot dogs. I do love me some chicken but wasn’t in the mood for it after a few heavy evenings. I have also recently seen a recipe for pepper relish with chicken which I really fancy making so, so I decided to go for the hot dog. I actually got it bunless and it was still amazing – covered in BBQ pulled pork, crispy bacon, jalapeno cheese sauce and crispy shallots. What more do you need?! We got some chilli fries on the side as well to provide that hot hit.
The other gals sprang for the chicken and waffles which, did look amazing! And they did all rave about it – crispy chicken and delicious waffles. Mac and cheese was also ordered which was oozy, cheesy and rich – amazing. I will definitely be going back with Paul soon!
A couple weeks back I got invited to Chipotle to try out some of their range. I’ve actually been to Chipotle a whole heap after I won some vouchers from the lovely Amanda and now I can’t really get enough! Their burrito bowls are seriously good – black beans, meat, cheese, guac, salsa, corn, lettuce, just everything you need to make a great meal. I tried out their barbecoa beef for the first time and it was incredible – so tender and flavourful.
The guac was definitely a highlight and we did get to see how it was made – smashed with salt, citrus, coriander, red onion and jalapeno. So good. Plus pretty much all of their ingredients are ethically sourced which is awesome in my books.
Benugo have launched their new Spring range so invited us down to give it a try. I must admit that I’ve not been to benugo before, despite seeing a few of them dotted around the city. I really loved the theme of it, almost like a less chain-y Pret. Full of sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and other bits which you can eat in or take away for lunch.
Paul went for the roast chicken baguette which was lovely – fresh and light chicken but still nice and filling. I sprang for the lebanese chicken salad which was amazing – the chicken was super flavourful, covered in creamy yoghurt dressing and served with a herby taboulleh. Overall, definitely somewhere I will be heading back for lunch when I’m in the city!
As I’ve just finished my current project, it was time for us to have a little farewell dinner. We eventually decided on Cantina Laredo in central London, as I can’t get enough of Mexican at the moment! We decided to have about a million courses so started out with guacamole (yes even more!) which they do actually come and make in front of you at the table. It is a delish option and a good thing to start with. We moved onto a sharing platter next which was an awesome combination of quesadillas, steak tacos, jalapeno poppers and kebabs. All of the food all evening was full of flavour and really great Mexican!
For my main, I went for prawn fajitas as Paul isn’t the biggest prawn lover so I always get them when I’m out and about! The prawns were big and juicy and when combined with the peppers, chillis, guac, salsa and cheese is really everything you need in life. After all of this, I was quite stuffed but did steal a churro off one of my friends which was crunchy and full of sugar.
Overall, a really great mexican offering in central London – as it is near Leicester square, it is on the pricey side but worth it for a nice evening out.
Finally, we met up with Sam for a bit of a mid week catch up and decided to go to Ping Pong! I had been to ping pong before but this was one of the first times which we went for the shared tasting menu and man, do you get a lot of good food! It just seemed to keep on coming – starting with duck spring rolls, tofu rice, and beef gyoza, moving to char sui buns and dumplings upon dumplings! Everything was delicious and accompanied by a whole lot of extra sauces and toppings to really add that little bit extra.
I loved ping pong and although it is a chain, you can definitely see why, as it is really high quality and flavourful food.
So, seriously, all of the food in March!! I will definitely be trying to cut down a little in April before we head away in May and get eating some more!
Where have you been eating in March?