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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lunching with the cool kids

Beans and anchovies on toast
Spinach soup with poached egg

Duck, potato and watercress
Sprats and tartare sauce

Lemon sole, capers and parsley, before...
....and after
Side of Brussel tops

The restaurant in the courtyard of the Rochelle School studios
LOCATION: Rochelle Canteen, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London
CATEGORY: British, nose to tail, farm to table
DRINK: Jug of lime and elderflower
WE THINK: Wedged between a couple of fashion show producers and three hipster wine tasters equipped with tasting charts, we were so crammed it felt like we were sat on a Ryanair plane. We asked to move to a slightly bigger table, which we shared with a Mexican artist in deep conversation with an LA-based art PR lady and a couple of fashion designers. Seconds later, two busy-looking people from Frieze, one of the tenants from the next-door Rochelle School Studios, were directed to our previous seats--now the last available in the restaurant--which they begrudgingly squeezed into. It gets busy during lunch hours at Rochelle Canteen! After all, East London's 'creatives' need to eat!! And with tasty food that changes daily and comes at very reasonable prices, where better to eat than here? Besides, here the 'creatives' can feel at ease, knowing that interesting and culturally relevant conversations are being had at every single table. We sat in fascinated silence and enjoyed our food while eavesdropping. We were surprised by how sizable the starters turned out to be, and ended up way too full to finish our delicious lemon sole, let alone the caramelized apple tart which we had to cancel. Favourites were the duck salad, the delicious spinach soup and the lemon sole. The beans on toast were also decent, but the sprats were a little boring despite their enticing appearance. The service was impeccable. We'll definitely return to Rochelle Canteen in the summer when we can sit outside in the courtyard and catch up on recent developments in the Chinese art scene etc.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Spoiled for Choice!

B&L Water Bottle 
Celebratory set up
Bacon Cheese Burger w fries and salad
Steamed Lobster finished on the Grill w fries and salad
Lemon and Chocolate Mousse
Our I Eat Everywhere New Years toast to all our followers 
Bon Appetit for 2012!
LOCATION: Burger and Lobster, Clarges Street, Mayfair, London
DRINK: Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne
WE THINK: The I EAT EVERYWHERE team of two, Tjow + Kiyo went to celebrate the start of many new starts to come, including the year of 2012. The venue for this celebration was a total impulse impromptu moment, which for our excitement didn’t disappoint. Burger and Lobster being the newly opened restaurant on the edge of Mayfair seemed the suitable setting. With a three choice menu we supposedly didn’t have to think too much, however as we were only two, it ended up being an obstacle as in true IEE fashion we wanted everything! We ended with the Steamed Lobster finished on the grill and the 10oz Burger made from the finest cuts of beef. Accompanied by a Laurent Perrier Rose we couldn’t have asked for more… than pudding of course! With the two choices of Chocolate mousse and Lemon mousse it was a happy ending without much thought. At £20 for any of the three main options this place is a winner. Bon Appetit for 2012!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Have a BrayK have a… Sunday Hestonian roast!

Pork Pie, Piccalilli and Pickles  
Grilled Leeks, Tallegio cheese, Hazelnut Crumble
Whitebait, Lemon and Horseradish Mayonaise 
Roast Sirloin of Hereford Beef, Hesto Rosties, Roast Beef Gravy and Yorkshires
Seasonal Veg, Carrots, Parsnips, Red Cabbage and Glazed Onion Kale 
Angus Cheese Burger w Fries 
Apple and Cranberry Crumble w Vanilla Ice Cream 
Banana Eaton Mess, Hazelnut and Lime
LOCATION: The Crown, Bray, Berkshire
CATEGORY: Pub, Traditional
DRINK: 1664 Kronenburg
WE THINK: With classic Pub grub mixed with seasonally dictated delicacies The Crown offers the posh crowd of Berkshire and the travelling fans another hangout to satisfy their urge to have a piece of Hestonian yumminess!
The Sunday roast sirloin of Hereford beef did certainly not disappoint with Hestonified extra crispy potatoes and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables. If it was possible we would have 52 of those per annum or even 53 if Christmas day didn't fall on a Sunday! The Angus burger with cheese and fries weren’t the likes you usually have in a pub but rather in a burger specialist joint… Though I’m sure this recipe has undergone scrutiny in the “Lab” around the corner…
For the starters let the pictures tell the tale… Basically Yummy!
OUR TIP: Wear flats to help sustain a body height of 160cm as the pub is from the time of the Hobbits…

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Calamari on roller skates (and Torrisi sandwiches)

A happy calamari on roller skates
Pizza knots
Garlic bread deluxe (far left) and calamari with dipping sauces
Garlic bread deluxe
Brussels sprouts
Meatball parm roll
"Saratoga Club"
Takeout counter and bar in front, seating in back
Parm, next door to Torrisi Italian Specialties
LOCATION: Parm, 248 Mulberry Street, New York
CATEGORY: Italian-American, fast food
DRINK: Sparkling water
WE THINK: Parm is the newly opened younger sibling of next-door Torrisi Italian Specialties and has taken over what used to be Torrisi's lunch menu. Torrisi now no longer serves their delicious sandwiches and instead focuses on grown-up, more expensive prix fixe food including a full tasting menu in the evening, which we want to try one day when we have patience to wait 90 minutes for a table (no reservations taken). We had already tried the famed turkey sandwich and chicken parmesan sandwich at Torrisi so we wanted to try some of the new additions, such as the "Saratoga club" sandwich (chicken salad, crispy bacon and potato chips) and the meatball parm (which we decided to get as a roll which is slightly smaller than the regular "hero" sandwich). They were both pretty delicious but too filling to fully appreciate after our over-indulgence of bready, doughy starters, the best of which were the super yummy calamari with fried chili peppers! If what the sign says is true, we want to eat Parm's calamari every day.