While I was dining at Restaurante PVP: Pão, Vinho e Petiscos in Madeira I enjoyed this amazing Cadao Douro 2017 Portuguese red wine. This wine had a lovely ruby red colour with flavours Red & Black fruits and a hint of vanilla. It was also very smooth on the palate and would accompany a variety of meat & pasta dishes perfectly. This definitely a wine I would highly recommend trying.

#PortugueseWine #CadaoDouro

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Are you ready to feast your eyes on some amazing desserts. Well you don’t have to wait any longer because hear come some absolute delights from the month of August.

ENJOY 😜

Strawberry , Sorrel , Pistachio at Da Terra

Pistachio Kulfi at Tandoori Lounge

The Macaron = Raspberry , Almond , Mint & Peach Sorbet at The Oxford Blue Pub

Spiced Rice Pudding Creme Brûlée with Greengage Sorbet at Oklava

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Summer Berries at Blacklock Shoreditch

Blackberry , Beetroot , Liquorice & Corn Flower at Kitchen Table (Bubbledogs)

Banana Soufflé with Passionfruit Sorbet & Lime Caramel at Haywards Restaurant

What’s that I hear you say. You would like to see one more. OK then hear it is 😜

Blackcurrant Souffle with Homemade Jam & Blackcurrant Leaf Ice Cream. at The Oxford Blue Pub

Well that’s it another fabulous month of glorious Desserts comes to an end. See you next month for more delights and hopefully some nice ones from Madeira 🤪

This was certainly a fantastic week of amazing food and great hospitality which included some of the best Turkish food , an absolute banging Sunday Roast , a Michelin Star night that I won’t forget in a hurry and finally finishing with a fantastic lunch with my great friends.

I started the week last saturday with another great visit to Oklava to enjoy more of the excellent Turkish cuisine inspired by the very talented chef Selin Kiazim. I’ve been here a few times now and am never disappointed as the food is fantastic which is matched with great friendly service.

Oklava

On the Sunday I headed back to east london for a first visit to Blacklock Shoreditch and to sample one of their Sunday Roasts. We decided to have the All In where you get a mixture of Beef , Lamb & Pork with all the trimmings. It proved to be one of the best roast dinners I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Well worth a visit.

Blacklock Shoreditch

Now we moved on to Thursday and my actual birthday with a first time visit to the Two Michelin Star Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs. To say this was a stunning dining experience would be an understatement. The food here is outstanding which is matched with excellent wine pairings. There is also great interaction with not only the staff but the chefs as well. Quite simply a must visit.

Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs

I decided to finish the week with a visit to my great friends Haywards Restaurant where chef Jahdre had prepared a Special Tasting Menu for us. This consisted of more amazing new dishes that were of the usual high standard as was the service which made this a fantastic way to finish a fabulous week. Haywards Restaurant

I would like to say a massive Thank You to Oklava , Blacklock Shoreditch , Kitchen Table & Haywards for making this a very special week. 🙏

This was truly a memorable dining experience and one that I won’t forget for a long time. The restaurant itself is set on Charlotte Street in the very popular area of Fitzrovia. We entered Bubbledogs and received a very friendly welcome. We was asked to wait in this area and enjoy a pre dinner drink until the restaurant was ready and would then come and collect us. We were then escorted through the curtains at the back and into Kitchen Table where you will find twenty comfortable stools placed around the open kitchen. Our seats were in a prime position where we could see at close hand a lot of the cooking preparation.
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We decided to pop in for a pre dinner drink at Kerridge’s Bar and enjoyed two fantastic cocktails which are unique creations by their own staff. This is a great place for a drink as the staff are very friendly so even if you were like us on this occasion not staying to eat in the restaurant I would recommend popping in for a cocktail or two.

The Loghouse

Woodford Reserve Bourbon , Strawberry Jam , Egg White , Maple Syrup & Lemon Juice

The Avocado Cooler

Tanqueray Gin , Avocado , Agave Syrup , Ginger Beer & Lime Juice

#Cocktails

In the past we’d enjoyed two great visits to Blacklock in Soho so therefore when I heard that they were opening a branch in Shoreditch which is on the right side of London for me I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Unfortunately it’s been a bit longer than I thought before I could finally visit. So on a sunny August bank holiday I at last booked a table and off we went. Set in the heart of Shoreditch on Rivington Street and only a twelve minute walk from Liverpool Street station is where you’ll find Blacklock. As soon as you enter there is a great buzz about the place and the aromas from the kitchen makes you just want to sit down and get started.
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Oklava

A fantastic return to Oklava where we got to enjoy more of the amazing Modern Turkish dishes inspired by Chef Selin Kiazim. This is a great restaurant and should definitely be put on high on your Foodie list.

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If our first visit in March wasn’t fantastic enough then the bar on this visit had definitely been raised to an even higher level. The Game menu created by Chef Steven Ellis is amazing along with stunning desserts by wife Ami. This is matched perfectly by the excellent service from a great front of house team. So let me say this right now Book a Table as soon as you can and I promise you will not be disappointed. When we were last hear in March and we went in the evening but due to everyone telling us about the fabulous views you get during the day we decided not on this occasion to have a day out. So on saturday we made the trip from Essex to Berkshire and the delightful setting of Old Windsor stopping first in Datchet & then the Windsor Farm Shop before continuing to the Pub.
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This Paso Primero white wine will definitely rank very high on my list of favourite wines. With it’s lovely golden colour this fabulous full bodied Chardonnay with tropical fruit flavours and light citrus acidity made this wine an absolute delight. I would highly recommend taking a look on their website http://www.paso-primero.com

#PasoPrimero #Chardonnay