This is the sister restaurant to Suvlaki in Soho which I’d heard very good things about so when I looked on the website to find that they also had a restaurant in Shoreditch I couldn’t wait to visit. This restaurant is set at the end of the very bustling Brick Lane which is a great location. On entering you immediately smell the wonderful aromas of the food. We were greeted by Giulia who was an absolute delight and looked after us so well throughout our lunch. She showed us to our table which was the Naughty Corner a great little alcove set out for Two people. We looked at the menu which is Greek Tapas and just wanted to try as many dishes as we could although the advice we were given was between 3 & 5 plates per person depending on how hungry you are. After consulting with Giulia we chose a good variety of dishes . We started with a selection from the Small Plates section which were a Mediterranean Baked Feta , Courgette Fritters & the Olive & Citrus Wood Smoked Eel. All three dishes were amazing as was the Greek Salad side dish and the Pita Bread with Tzatziki.

We then moved on to the Suvlaki section where we had the Corn Fed Chicken & the Mount Olympus Wild Boar skewers both delicious. You could also have these as mini wraps or even a regular wrap but as we were sharing it was easier to have the skewers

CORN FED CHICKEN SKEWERS

MOUNT OLYMPUS WILD BOAR SKEWERS

The next section of the menu is the Signature dishes and these are a must especially the Spicy Lamb Chops which were stunning so a big thanks to Giulia for the recommendation. I also had to to have the Octopus which is a big favourite of mine and I would feel like I missed out if I didn’t try it and I’m so glad I did it was simply delicious

SPICY LAMB CHOPS

OCTOPUS

Now it was time for dessert of which you only have three to choose from but the ones we chose were delightful. The Chocolate Biscuit Cake and the Orange & Almond Cake paired with a shot of Mastiha a fabulous Greek Liqueur

CHOCOLATE BISCUIT CAKE

ORANGE & ALMOND CAKE

This ended our time in the Naughty Corner and what was also an excellent lunch where the food and service was amazing. I would highly recommend this place as it’s everything you would expect from a small and friendly Greek restaurant and I for one hope to return soon. A final thanks to Giulia plus compliments to the chef 🇬🇷

This was certainly another great Foodie month for me with visits to a few of my favourites for a different type of occasion and a great new place for a Sunday lunch to where I’m looking forward to returning soon. I started with a visit to The Hoop where I’d previously enjoyed a fabulous Sunday Lunch but this visit was for a Chefs Tasting Menu and along with a guest wine producer made for a really great evening as the wine complimented the fantastic food. This was followed with a first visit to Thompson Dining in St Albans where we had the most amazing Sunday Lunch in fact it was a roast dinner to die for and definitely looking forward to returning very soon for a Tasting Menu

THE HOOP

THOMPSON’S ST ALBANS

The following week it was another memorable visit to Core by Clare Smyth where the food , wine & service was once again outstanding and without any doubt will surely rise all the way to the top. In my mind it’s a must visit . Then it was a visit to my favourite place Haywards for a fantastic Tasting Menu evening a restaurant that is definitely going from strength to strength and one my county of Essex should be very proud of.

CORE by CLARE SMYTH

HAYWARDS

On the Sunday it was off to The Rabbits Pub for lunch and with great food & friendly service made for a great afternoon. The following Saturday took us back to Haywards but this time for a Cooking Demo which is always a good and interesting experience when you see the amount of work that goes into creating a dish.

THE RABBITS PUB

HAYWARDS – COOKING DEMO

My final visit of the month was a trip to Amersham and the amazing Artichoke for a glorious Full Tasting Menu Lunch with excellent food & service it’s definitely worth the trip

THE ARTICHOKE

Well there you have it another amazing Foodie Month and one that I’ve truly enjoyed see you in April

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Set in the heart of the Hackney Road in East London this is very much a traditional old pub with the downstairs looking like it’s been kept in that style but the upstairs has been turned into a quirky and slightly retro dining room. You can just pop in for a drink and try one of there great local ales & lagers as we did a few weeks ago but it’s mainly a food place. While we were here last we looked at the menu which is changed daily , plus in seeing some of the food being served made us want to come here for lunch and yesterday that’s exactly what we did. When you book there is no guarantee where you’ll be seated but on this occasion we were seated upstairs. This was nice and a totally different atmosphere to downstairs especially yesterday as it was very busy. When you look at the menu you’ll see that the dishes are certainly different to any where else , but after they were explained but one of the very friendly staff we made our choices . Firstly we started with some Olives & Black Treacle Sourdough Bread . The we had our starters which were Devilled Mussels & Monks Beard and to say the Mussels were amazing is an understatement and my Tamworth Blood Pudding & Parsley which was heavenly

DEVILLED MUSSELS & MONK’S BEARD

TAMWORTH BLOOD PUDDING & PARSLEY

Then it was time for our mains of Braised Lamb , Peas & Wild Garlic (sadly no pic) but was fantastic and my fabulous Roast Hereford Rump of Beef which was simply stunning as were the Yorkshire Pudding , Roast Potatoes & Veg. These were matched with a delightful fruity Red Wine from Portugal

ROAST HEREFORD RUMP & YORKSHIRE PUDDING

DAO ADEGA de PENALVA 2013

After a little rest it was time for desserts a delightful Sheep’s Yoghurt , Rhubarb & Rose and a delicious Chocolate Burnt Milk & Barley matched with a nicely chilled Banyuls a French Sweet Wine

SHEEP’S YOGHURT , RHUBARB & ROSE

CHOCOLATE BURNT MILK & BARLEY

This brought an end to a truly memorable Sunday Lunch and I can honestly say it won’t be to long before we return as the food was amazing and each member of staff was so warm and friendly.

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Dessert of the Month – March

My favourite Dessert of the month goes to Core by Clare Smyth for this stunning Chocolate & Hazelnut Cremeux with Salted Caramel a dessert lovers dream

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There are many reasons why I’m a frequent diner at Haywards but the main ones are 1) the food is always amazing created by Chef Jahdre Hayward and his wonderful team 2) the wine which we often asked to be matched with each course is chosen superbly by Restaurant Manager Amanda Hayward and 3) the service is very professional from the excellent young and friendly waiters/waitresses and it was a pleasure to have witnessed all three once again on Saturday as we took friends to experience a Tasting Menu & Matched Wines evening. On arrival we were greeted so warmly before being shown to our table where we enjoyed a lovely cocktail while perusing the menu. It didn’t take us long to decide that we were all going to have the Tasting Menu. After enjoying some delightful snacks it was time for the first course a fabulous Chicken Leg & Sweetbread Ravioli with a Roast Chicken ConsommĂ©. Our second course was the Optional Extra Course of Scallop , Octopus , Red Pepper PurĂ©e & Chorizo Foam serves in the Scallop Shell. This led us onto the fantastic Mushroom Risotto topped with Black Truffle

CHICKEN LEG & SWEETBREAD RAVIOLI with ROAST CHICKEN CONSOMMÉ

SCALLOP , OCTOPUS , RED PEPPER PURÉE & CHORIZO FOAM

MUSHROOM RISOTTO , GOATS CHEESE FOAM with BLACK TRUFFLE

We then moved on to a beautiful fish course of a Fillet of Cod and a Brussels Sprout Purée before going on to the main course a Braised Short Rib of Beef with miso & aubergine purée which was equally as fantastic. Before moving onto to the desserts we all decided have the additional cheese course as the restaurant has a wonderful selection of British & Irish Cheeses

COD , TURNIP & BRUSSEL SPROUT PURÉE

SHORT RIB of BEEF with MISO & AUBERGINE PURÉE

BRITISH & IRISH CHEESES

Now it was time for dessert and another memorable dish a nice a light Chocolate & Hazelnut Mousse with an Orange Sorbet & Yoghurt Foam we then received a lovely surprise as the Chef sent us out an extra dessert a stunning Apple Crumble Soufflé & Cinnamon Ice Cream which brought us to an end of a very memorable evening.

CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT MOUSSE , ORANGE SORBET & YOGHURT FOAM

APPLE CRUMBLE SOUFFLÉ

I would really like to Thank all of the team at Haywards for such a fantastic evening. To Jahdre for the amazing food , to Amanda & assistant Anne for the wine selection which included a delightful wine from a local supplier Parvills Farm in Epping and to the waitresses for exceptional service. This restaurant to me is the Best in Essex and the county really should be so proud of it and one that should definitely be placed on anyone’s places to dine lists

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This was a Sunday Lunch straight out of the top draw. I’d heard about Thompson’s from seeing that friends we know had dined there a few times . With that in mind yesterday we decided to pay a visit ourselves and believe me the pleasure was all ours. Set on the edge of St Albans town centre and although the restaurant doesn’t have its own car park there is ample parking within a 5 minute walk. As you enter you are given a great friendly welcome then as you look around you see that the restaurant is set out with three dining areas with one being upstairs which would be ideal for functions and a nice bar area. Our table was in the front dining area where we enjoyed a lovely glass of champagne while we looked at the menu. We then chose our starters which were the Tartare of Yellowfin Tuna & the Smoked Salmon with Crab Mayonnaise & I have to say both dishes were fabulous

TARTARE of YELLOWFIN TUNA

SMOKED SALMON with CRAB MAYONNAISE

This took us to the main event that was the amazing roast dinners and very hearty they were to. We chose the Roast Duck & the amazing Roast Beef which was so succulent in fact perfect accompanied by fantastic roast potatoes delightful vegetables and a glorious Yorkshire Pudding

ROAST DUCK

ROAST BEEF & YORKSHIRE PUDDING

After a nice rest which was required it was time for desserts and these turned out to be as heavenly as our first two courses. We chose the Vanilla Rice Pudding the Apple & Sultana Crumble & the Warm Chocolate Brownie

VANILLA RICE PUDDING

APPLE & SULTANA CRUMBLE

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE

This ended our fantastic Sunday Lunch and one that I’ll remember for a long time. We will definitely be returning soon to try the Tasting Menu. It was also nice to have a chat with Head Chef / Owner Phil Thompson after dinner while enjoying some fabulous Petit Fours who is a really nice man & you can clearly see that his character shines through to all his staff. This is a restaurant that I would highly recommend as the food and service is excellent

PETIT FOURS

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A visit to a new restaurant Morito in East London was a fantastic way to start the month as we enjoyed some truly amazing Tapas inspired by the region from southern Spain to Africa. The restaurant certainly has a good local feel and with great food & service makes this place well worth a visit

MORITO TAPAS

Our next destination was for a Sunday Lunch at Haywards which is always an absolute pleasure as the food was once again a delight

HAYWARDS

The following weekend took us to another new place with a visit to Blacklock Soho for a fantastic meat feast as we enjoyed some of the best Chops you’ll ever have and with great side dishes made this meal heavenly. So looking forward to returning soon for the Sunday Lunch

BLACKLOCK SOHO

The next weekend we stayed in Essex firstly a Saturday lunch at Haywards then on the Sunday we had a great lunch with friends at the Jobbers Rest in Upminster. With there lovely roast dinners and friendly service it’s definitely a place I would recommend

JOBBERS REST

To finish the month we enjoyed a lovely overnight stay at Fredricks Hotel in Maidenhead and had a really nice meal in the restaurant which was made even better by the waitresses who looked after us

FREDRICKS RESTAURANT

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I think you’ll agree this was a lovely month of dining.

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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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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