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

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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.

#TurkishFood LondonFood

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

I had the pleasure of enjoying this fabulous Spanish wine at Da Terra Restaurant. A light yellow in colour with aromas of Peach & Almonds. On the the palate it was very silky & left you with a nice salty finish. This wine was a delightful match for our Tasting Menu Lunch and one that I would highly recommend.

#SpanishWine #CastellDencus

Ever since our first visit to Da Terra back in May we’ve been eagerly waiting for an opportunity to return. This was due to enjoying the fantastic cuisine which combines Latin America with an Italian twist along with fabulous service and excellent matched wines. This restaurant which is located in the Bethnal Green Town Hall really is a cut above the rest in this area of London. Head Chef Rafael Cagali leads a very talented team of chefs who all followed him to Da Terra from Fera at Claridges in creating simply amazing dishes.

We arrived early on Saturday so that we could enjoy a pre lunch drink in their cocktail bar which is situated just across the hallway from the entrance to the restaurant. Chef Rafael was actually in the bar so it was good to have a catch up. We then sat at the bar and enjoyed an Old Fashioned & a Monkey 47 Gin & Tonic while having a nice chat to the friendly bar staff.

Old Fashioned

Monkey 47 Gin & Tonic

Once we’d finished our drinks and where we also enjoyed a lovely little surprise as chef sent us a Hen of the woods & Taleggio Arancini to try it was time to cross the hallway and head into the restaurant. On entering we were greeted by Rafael as well as receiving a lovely warm welcome from the rest of the team.

Hen of the Woods & Taleggio Arancini

We were then seated at our table where we also had a great view of the open kitchen. It was then time to meet Restaurant Manager Antonio who explained to us first about the menus then following our decision assisted us by with our wine choice by first letting us taste a small selection before deciding which one we would prefer. Our choice in the end was to choose the Castell D’encus Taleia 2017 which turned out to be a perfect match with the majority of the menu. The restaurant only offers a choice of two menus the Eight Course or the Eleven Course Tasting Menus. We opted to choose the Eleven Course.

The Open Kitchen

Castell D’encus Taleia 2017

It was now time for our first course the Isle of Mull Scallop , Fennel & Apple which was simply a perfect way to begin as the flavours were a sensation that also left your palate nice and refreshed. This was followed by a definite highlight of the day a stunning Stracciatella , Tomato Panzanella & Basil. Our next course was the Chicken the only dish from our last visit. The dish which had been redefined to look better in presentation yet still tasted as amazing as we remembered..

Scallop , Fennel , Apple

Stracciatella , Tomato Panzanella , Basil

The Chicken

Next to come was the Bread which was accompanied with Bone Marrow & Cultured Butter. With the bread we also received a nice little surprise as they gave us a taste of Toast Craft Lager which is brewed with bread and so was the perfect pairing. This was followed by Cornish Mussels , Courgette & Almond another fabulous dish. Now it was time for the fish course the Gadus (Atlantic Cod) , Hispi Cabbage & Buerre Blanc and once again another dish full of amazing flavour.

Sourdough Bread , Bone Marrow , Cultured Butter & Toast Craft Lager

Cornish Mussels , Courgette , Almond

Gadus , Hispi Cabbage , Buerre Blanc

Now onto the main course where we was in absolute heaven as we enjoyed the Pork Belly , Black Beans , Farofa and a Herb Bouquet simply devine. We followed this with the cheese course which is known as Romeo & Juliette. It was a light Goats Cheese flan topped with a Guava Gel & Crackers.

Pork Belly

Herb Bouquet

Goats Cheese & Guava Gel

We now moved on to desserts starting with the pre dessert of Rum Ice Cream , Oscietra & Avocado. What’s amazing about this dish is that when you mix it all together it tastes like Banana. It was now time to finish with a truly fabulous dessert in English Strawberry , Sorrel & Pistachio which was not only a pleasure to look at but an absolute joy to eat.

Rum Ice Cream , Oscietra , Avocado

Strawberry , Sorrel , Pistachio

This brought to an end another memorable visit and one in which I would like to repeat again soon. The food is simply amazing which is matched by an excellent selection of wines. This backed up with very friendly and professional service making a visit here a must and should be placed high on your foodie list. Before heading of home we headed back in to the bar for a coffee & delightful Petit Fours while also having a nice conversation with Rafael which was the perfect way to end our afternoon.

A big Thank You to everyone at Da Terra & look forward to seeing you again soon.

Petit Fours

It was great to enjoy a return to Tandoori Lounge on Sunday and sample more of their amazing Punjabi style Indian food. Definitely the Best Indian restaurant in Essex and luckily for me it’s my hometown of Hornchurch

#Punjabi #Hornchurch

Once again we enjoyed another fantastic visit to Haywards where the food was to its usual high standard. This was complimented with fabulous wine pairings and excellent service from a great young team. These are the reasons why yesterday we passed the One Hundred & Twenty visit mark. Chef Jahdre Hayward is very talented and the food he creates is amazing. They also now after a complete change of staff in the kitchen have three excellent young chefs in Luke , Zak & Miles who without doubt are going to be a great addition to the restaurant. They should also be a great asset as the restaurant continues moving forward to earn even more accolades than the 2 AA Rosettes & Best Restaurant In Essex crown they hold now.

Our visit yesterday was as I said at the beginning fantastic this was enhanced as Restaurant Manager Amanda told us as we were seated at can now be described as our table that Chef Jahdre had created for us a Special Tasting Menu which would feature some New dishes to the menus plus a dish that although on the menu we’d not had previously. We said Thank You that sounds fabulous and delightfully accepted.

We started with the Granary Sourdough Bread which was followed by a New little creation a Melon & Ginger Gazpacho. This was a delight and a nice way to cleanse the palate especially due to what was to follow. Next to arrive were the New Duck Croquettes topped with an Apricot Gel. These were simply heaven.

Granary Sourdough

Melon & Ginger Gazpacho

Duck Croquettes

After enjoying these fabulous snacks it was now time for our Amuse Bouche a delicious Asparagus Veloute accompanied with Red Pesto Arancini & Crackers.

Asparagus Veloute

Red Pesto Arancini & Crackers

It was now time for our first course a Beetroot Gazpacho , Cheddar Dumplings & Beetroot Meringues. The dish featured Red & Golden Beetroot’s which added real flavour and freshness to the dish. This was an absolute delight and a fantastic way to begin. On to our next course which was a Crab Salad , Confit Tomato & Gel , Pickled Cucumber & Relish which was simply stunning.

Red & Golden Beetroot & Cheddar

Crab , Tomato & Cucumber

We now moved on to the fish course and another New dish a Steamed Fillet of Bream , Mussels , Cockles , New Potatoes , Summer Baby Vegetables finished with a Shellfish Broth. A truly fabulous dish. We then moved on to our main course which was already on the Taste of Haywards menu. This was the Roasted Rump & Braised Tongue of Wagyu Beef , Capers , Red Pepper , Black Garlic and a Potato Fondant. The dish was absolutely fantastic and full of flavour in fact a masterpiece and would be worthy of being a highlight on any menu.

Bream , Cockles , Mussels & New Potatoes

Wagyu Beef , Red Pepper & Black Garlic

We were then asked if we would be having a Cheese Course to which we were a bit undecided until Amanda told us that Chef wanted us to try a New Fig & Sultana Bread he’d made to go with the cheese. So with that we said ok we will then. The bread was a perfect accompaniment to the great selection of British & Irish Cheese especially the Beenleigh Blue.

Fig & Sultana Bread

Cheese Course

It was now time to finish with dessert and another New creation a Yoghurt & Vanilla Mousse , Almond , Fig Leaf , Blackcurrant Tuile & Gel. This dessert was nice and light making it a great way to finish a perfect lunch. Every course was match perfectly by a great selection of wines chosen by Amanda.

Yoghurt , Blackcurrant , Almond & Fig Leaf

This brought to an end another memorable visit to this great restaurant where I’m very sure I’ll be returning to again soon. The food just seems to improve with every visit and I’m sure with the addition of the new team the consistency will continue as well. I will also continue to say that this is the Best Restaurant in Essex so please take my advice and book a table today to see for yourself.

Thank You to all at Haywards for another fantastic visit & See You again soon

Haywards Restaurant is currently looking for a Restaurant Manager so if your interested please send a CV to

E.Mail – info@haywardsrestaurant.co.uk

Telephone – 01992 577350

Address – 111 Bell Common , Epping , Essex CM16 4DZ

This would be a great opportunity to manage a very good team at this fantastic restaurant.