29 August 2013

the nosh diaries

nosh nosh nosh nosh nosh, pt. one
feat. | Angels & Gypsies, The Dolls House, Muriel's Kitchen & Jubo

A bank holiday without good food wouldn't really be a "holiday" now would it? Agreed. Spoilt again for delicious nosh over the long weekend, this is my adventure in a (fair) few words and pictures. Enjoy :)

all (on-the-go) photos by me

Angels & Gypsies, SE5 8TR (Camberwell)
with: +Diane, Sofia, Sam & Ella
I would never have known this little Spanish gem existed unless it was for a local. Modern tapas is the theme and this restaurant knows how to deliver. We had freshly made food from your traditional dishes with a twist (salt cod tortilla & jambas croquettas) to the more modern (mushrooms in oyster sauce & rabbit with chickpeas and spinach) alongside some very tasty Sangria. If you ever pass through or live in Camberwell, this is one to add to the list :)

The Dolls House, N1 6NN (Old Street)
with: Alexander Fabulous
On a warm saturday evening, I was whisked into a normal looking townhouse on Hoxton Square. As soon as the front door opened, I was greeted with a fabulously dressed doorman and entered a very playful dining space. With an exclusive members club and an atmosphere I can only describe as you-had-to-be-in-the-know to have found your way in, The Dolls House (pop up space from The Dead Dolls Club) feels very special. Service was quick and friendly, the menu small but perfectly formed: Roll Up! rolls which come with a variety of fillings (we chose pulled pork, yum) and the cocktails classic flavours. All in all, a nice little treat and tasty!

Muriel's Kitchen, SW7 2ND (South Kensington)
with: Ashleigh
Located right above South Kensington tube station, I have walked past Muriel's Kitchen several times and finally decided it was time to try it out. Ashleigh and I were well overdue a catch up so ordered the full shebang. I had grilled salmon, she had the lasagne and we shared two sides: bulgar wheat salad with pomegranate & butternut squash salad. For dessert, I had a berry cheesecake and Ashleigh had a brownie. The food definitely had a homemade feel and portion sizes are generous so come with a good appetite! Nana Muriel's legacy looks like it has successfully lived on :)

Jubo, EC2A 3AY (Old Street)
with: +Chris
Tasty fried chicken feast alert! Newly opened Korean canteen Jubo sits alongside Shoreditch's popular Bedroom Bar. The concept is simple: Korean-style street food, particularly fried chicken. The decision to perfect and differentiate one key dish is something I really appreciate and think is rare in the London food scene. Spain does this very well for example, and  I do feel that sometimes the simplest menu means the chef can really focus on getting it right (plus there is nowhere to hide if it's a house speciality!). Jubo Head Chef Leon has moved from a high-powered advertising job to focus on his passion - experimenting with a variety of flavours and cooking techniques, I think he's potentially found a very accessible and winning offering for the masses. Go over to just enjoy some tasty chicken (the £10 menu gets you x2 wings, x2 strips and a Korean Hite beer) or alternatively enjoy some quality chicken after a good night out at the Bedroom Bar. Either way, it will be worth it ;)

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