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Morito Hackney

These Cheese Fritters with Cretan Thyme Honey we’re just one of the fantastic dishes at Morito

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Blacklock Soho

What an absolute treat this Meat feast turned out to be. Having seen lots of pictures and some reviews I really couldn’t wait to visit Blacklock. So as we were in London to see a show it wasn’t hard to choose where we would be eating afterwards. You arrive at the door entrance thinking that you could see the restaurant but in fact it’s downstairs. So as you descend down the stairs the amazing aromas meet you. There is definitely a great vibe to the place and the staff were very friendly. We started with a cocktail and their own Blacklock Brew lager. Then the waitress came over to guide us through the menu as there are so many different cuts of steaks & chops. We decided to choose the All In which was amazing value for money and gave you a chance to sample a variety of the delicious chops. We started with some delicious Pre Chop Bites which are included in the All In deal Cheese & Pickle , Pigs Head & Kimchee & Egg with Anchovy

PRE CHOP BITES

This led us nicely onto the main event a fantastic selection of Skinny Chops (beef rump,lamb cutlet,lamb t.bone,pork loin,pork rib & pork belly) along with our choice of sides Beef Dripping Chips and the best Sweet Potato I’ve ever had as it was 10hr ash roasted . We also ordered a couple of extra sides which I do think you need a winter salad & the highly recommended Barbecued Baby Gem lettuce with anchovy dressing. They had a nice selection of sauces , which the Garlic Marrow Spread was heaven

SKINNY CHOPS

10hr ASH ROASTED SWEET POTATO

BARBECUED BABY GEM LETTUCE WITH ANCHOVY DRESSING

GARLIC MARROW SPREAD

After finally finishing the amazing feast we did need a nice break before dessert which they only did one. But it was well worth the wait a truly fabulous Homemade White Chocolate Cheesecake with fresh Rhubarb in a separate bowl

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE with RHUBARB

So with our stomachs we’ll and truly full this brought to an end a glorious dining experience and one that would very highly recommend. I would also say that if there was more than Two people then although open all day on Saturday they were very busy. But once you’ve been you’ll understand why. It was also nice to chat with Beth one of the managers who showed great interest in what we thought during and after

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Morito Hackney

Having seen the chef appear on Saturday Kitchen a while ago where we really liked the look of what she produced we new we had to pay a visit to this restaurant. So on saturday we decided to do just that and a pleasant trip it turned out to be. On our arrival you firstly smell the aromas then as you look around the place was very busy with a great local atmosphere. We were a party of two so on this occasion were sat at the bar which we didn’t mind as it gave you a good view of the restaurant plus you got a great view of the open kitchen and could see the chefs in full flow. The menu itself looked very appetising so it was really hard to choose but thanks to the staff who told us her favourites and how many courses we should order it became a bit easier. We started some delightful bread topped with tomato & jamon before enjoying 3 courses from the vegetable section the labneh,Crispy chickpeas,pistachios & pomegranate the fried aubergines,date molasses & feta and the heavenly cheese fritters with honey and I have to say the flavours were amazing

The following Dishes came from the Fish section where one of the highlights was the stunning grilled Turbot with roasted beetroot & ajo blanco. Also from this section we tried the deep fried whitebait so light and crispy and complimented the Turbot. This led on to the Meat section where the taste sensation continued starting with the seared pork fillet,pancetta & quails egg on toast and the fantastic grilled kofte & shredded cabbage.

So now after a rest it was time for dessert and they equally as good the being a scrumptious chocolate & olive oil mousse & hazelnuts then a very interesting but delightful beetroot & rosewater ice cream topped with pistachios & pomegranate. We were finally then treated to a dessert with their compliments a charred anthotyros (sheeps cheese) grape petimezi & roasted almonds bringing to an a truly fantastic lunch

This is definitely a place I would highly recommend as the food is amazing the staff are so friendly. We will definitely be back and found that if you booked a table after 1pm the restaurant does start clear a bit so you don’t feel like your going to be rushed leaving you to enjoy the aromas and also nice to have a chat with the staff

My Essex January Foodie Month

With January tending to be a quiet month I decided to stick to my home county of Essex and was delighted to add two new restaurants to the list. We started in Upminster near my hometown of Hornchurch at the Jobbers Rest for Sunday Lunch and the highlight was not a traditional roast but the Coq au Vin which is for Two people or more and I have to say it was amazing a real French treat

The following week took us to a New place The Hoop in Stock in Ingatestone and definitely somewhere I would recommend with great pub food , real ales and a friendly atmosphere it’s just what you want

This led us to our next place and an absolute pleasure it was with a visit to Restaurant Richard Wilkins in Buckhurst Hill. With a young chef producing excellent modern European Cuisine. So if you like Fine Dining with good wine then this place is for you

Then of course with their return from holidays we had to visit Haywards and yes fantastic as always sampling dishes from the New Lunch Menu

So yes it’s certainly been a great first month of the year and look forward to trying more restaurants in Essex

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