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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Restaurant Richard Wilkins

A great addition to the Essex restaurant scene that’s definitely what you’d say about this place. Set a the top of Buckhurst Hill high street and only a five minute walk from the station makes this ideally placed. It’s a small restaurant with just 28 covers and has an open kitchen . Only opened in September but on reading other reviews and looking at the places where Chef Richard Wilkins had worked it was definitely a place I wanted to visit. On entering the restaurant you get the feel of a nice intimate place tables down either side and nicely spaced with plenty of room down the centre and with carpet on the floor it’s never going to get that noisy. For lunch they offer a 3 courses for £45 which consists of 3 starters, 2 mains & 2 desserts . The restaurant was quiet on Saturday which actually turned out great for us as we were treated like private diners and got to sample each of the 7 courses on the menu with an additional cheese course also added. We started with a delightful Scottish Gin Cured Salmon to be followed by a Goats Cheese Agnolotti before finishing a starter section with the most amazing Chalosse Foie Gras these dishes matched nicely with a bottle of white wine from the Cinque Terre.

CHALOSSE FOIE GRAS

Next it was time for the main courses to which were both stunning a Fillet of Halibut with Grapes and celeriac puree and Venison Loin & pumpkin two of the finest dishes you would want to eat with my Venison dish well matched with a glass of Austrian Pinot Noir

HALIBUT

VENISON LOIN

We were then given a nice surprise with a delightful cheese course to share a Blue Cheese an Epoisses and a Gruyere. This led on to the desserts the first being a refreshing Citrus Variations then the main dessert a fabulous Chocolate Moulleuux and Passion Fruit Sorbet

CHEESE COURSE

CHOCOLATE MOULLEUX

We finished with coffee and a nice selection of petit fours . To which brought an end to an absolutely wonderful lunch with the food being of a high quality and cooked to perfection. It was also nice at the end to have a chat with Richard and Manager Matthew. I can’t really judge the restaurant fully on the service as we were the only people in for lunch but definitely for the food and the way we were looked after I would highly recommend a visit . I would like to wish them every success in the future and look forward to returning soon myself

The Hoop Pub and Restaurant

A truly delightful pub & restaurant in the heart of a small village with a great local feel . This is probably the best way to describe this place . Situated in the village of Stock in Ingatestone this local pub was a really great way to spend the afternoon. Although I knew the area I didn’t really know about this place until the Essex Feast book was published and saw that they were in it I then made a few enquiries to which I was advised to pay them a visit so on Sunday off we went. On our arrival we decided to have a drink in the bar where they have a good selection of Real Ales and you immediately sense the great local atmosphere and friendly nature which is continued with the staff who’s greeting is warm and friendly. There is plenty of room in the bar area for eating you just have to wait for a free table or as we did you can book a table in the Oak Room Restaurant which is situated upstairs where the friendliness of the place extends. On a Sunday they offer a 3 course lunch for £25 which turned out to be excellent value for money. We were then seated and started to look at the menu and even though they offer about half a dozen other main dishes having seen the roast dinners in the bar it was going to be an easy decision. We started with the Citrus Cured Salmon and the Scotch Egg & Sausage Roll both very tasty

CITRUS CURED SALMON

SCOTCH EGG & SAUSAGE ROLL

Then it was time for the mains and yes we both had a fantastic roast dinner and without doubt one of the best I’ve had for a long while the Pork was a lovely thick cut which was juicy and tender with fantastic Crackling and the Beef was also perfectly cooked as were the accompaniments definitely a hearty roast dinner worth the visit by itself

ROAST PORK

ROAST BEEF

Before we ventured on to desserts a rest was needed and looking at the desserts it was hard to choose one but after getting advice from the waitress we decided to have the Apple & Pear Tart & I just had to have the Bread & Butter Pudding both served with thick custard and Clotted Cream Ice Cream and as like the previous courses were amazing and a great way to finish.

APPLE & PEAR TART

BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING

Well I can honestly say I’ll be paying more visits to the Hoop and especially would like to attend one of there Tasting Menu evenings. So if really good pub food with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere then this is a place I would highly recommend

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Canto Corvino

Well it was really good to be back at this fantastic Italian restaurant and surprisingly it had been a year since our last visit and it was good to see that the food and service was equally if not better than before. Set in a great location just a 5 minute stroll from Liverpool Street Station and on the edge of the vibrant Spitalfields Market. The Italian food they serve is very different to your normal Italian chain restaurants producing more Italian style that you would recognise in Italy itself very simple but very delicious which seems to be the Italian way. Our visit this time was once again for a Saturday Brunch where they serve a great variety of dishes from Italian breakfasts , pasta dishes and fantastic desserts and cheeses. With a warm and friendly greeting we were sat at a table next to the open kitchen where the aromas were amazing. While we browsed the menu we started with two delightful Cocktails from there 2 for 1 offer the Royal Geisha & Sinner Slush we then decided to choose the Pizzette Piadina a fantastic flatbread with scamorza , eggs , chilli & garlic as well as the most amazing Lamb Ribs with aubergine , rosemary & sesame

PIZZETTE PIADINA

LAMB RIBS

We then went for a pasta course each and both dishes were absolutely stunning the first was a Linguine Truffle Carbonara , Guanciale & Pecorino Cheese a dish you’ll find hard to beat anywhere the other was also a truly amazing Pheasant Tagliatelle Guanciale & Red Wine definitely two of the best pasta dishes we’ve eaten which you can pair with one of the great selection of Italian wines to which they offer a large selection by the glass

LINGUINE TRUFFLE CARBONARA

PHEASANT TAGLIATELLE

After enjoying our pasta courses a little rest before desserts was required to which we decided to go for a very delightful Amalfi Lemon Posset with a White Chocolate Crumble and blueberries a real pleasurable way to finish along with some delightful Petit Fours to go along with our Expresso’s

AMALFI LEMON POSSET

PETIT FOURS

This ended a really great brunch with the excellent food and very friendly staff made our experience another memorable occasion. My next visit will definitely not be that far away and will probably go in the evening to try the Al a Carte because if the brunch is anything to go by then that should be even more amazing. So yes I would highly recommend this restaurant especially if you like authentic Italian food

Jobbers Rest

A great way to start the New Year was to visit one of my favourite local places from last year and as is turned out the food & service was equally as good as our previous visits . This place really is a credit to the county with a great local feel and a Restaurant that serves everything from amazing French Cuisine to a Classic English Roast Dinner. We started our lunch this time with a drink at the bar where there is a good selection ales some being local brews . We were then escorted to our table which was not in the restaurant itself but in the bar food area. We didn’t say anything as the bar area was quiet and we thought it might be a nice change although we did feel we could have been told about this prior to being seated plus it wasn’t as if I booked last minute but this turned out to be the only slight downfall to our lunch as the bar are became popular and quite noisy although not for our entire time that we were there something you wouldn’t notice if seated in the restaurant itself. Anyway the food & service more than made up for it as we tried dishes that we had not tasted before . We started with French Onion Soup & Crispy Beef with a Soy & Citrus Glaze both courses delicious

CRISPY BEEF with SOY & CITRUS GLAZE

FRENCH ONION SOUP

We then decided to have Coq Au Vin which is for Two or more people and I have to say it was amazing with Guinea Fowl ,Root Vegetables,Pasta in Red Wine it would quite easily serve four people with a couple of sides as it is a very hearty dish but so tasty and perfectly cooked it’s a dish you should try at least once and I would also pair this with one of the fabulous Red Wines from a excellent quality wine list

COQ AU VIN

PENNE PASTA with ROOT VEGETABLES

We did have a bit of a rest after our main because although amazing as I said very hearty but anyway you can’t leave without having dessert so we had a selection of Sorbets and a delightful Chocolate Torte with vanilla ice cream

CHOCOLATE TORTE with VANILLA ICE CREAM

A SELECTION OF SORBETS

This rounded of another great and well worth visit to the Jobbers Rest and even despite the very slight disappointment of not being in the restaurant it ruin our experience and was still a pleasure to enjoy this fantastic food . The people of Essex should definitely put this place on there list as it’s one of the best places to dine in the county

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