April 2018 Favourites

Amber - food selection

Snow last month, followed by the hottest April day in 70 years! I can’t keep up with the ridiculous U.K. weather (and you wonder why us Brits go on about it all the time). Fingers crossed the sunshine returns soon, because I need an excuse to continue this level of ice cream consumption – three out of five favourites this month happen to involve some sort of frozen dessert!

What are some of your April favourites? Did I miss anything great this month? Let me know in the comments box below!

1. Breakfast Menu at Amber

EVERYTHING on Amber’s breakfast menu sounds absolutely delicious. The fact that I could only manage to eat one dish is a travesty, because I would have ordered everything if I could. From avocado, shakshuka, a proper fry up, to challah toast, everything is covered. If there’s an ingredient you think is missing from your dish, you can probably order it as a side (halloumi and chorizo anyone?). Yum.

Not to mention they do a bottomless (food) brunch for only £16pp. Seems like insane value considering the quality of their dishes! I’ll be back to try it one day very soon.

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Location: Aldgate East
Website: Amber

2. Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches from Yolkin

I’ve followed Yolkin for a long time, but sadly never made it to their market stall. When I saw they were opening a permanent location I was over the moon! I love all their Asian inspired flavours (lychee, matcha, pandan and more!) but there’s something to please everyone here, with other popular flavours such as cookies & cream or red velvet available.

I love the story behind Yolkin and it’s amazing to see how they’ve come from one tiny market stall to their own shop in Chinatown. I really recommend you pay them a visit next time you are passing through.

Location: Chinatown
Website: Yolkin

3. Victoria Park Market

Victoria Park Market hasn’t even been running for a year and it’s already becoming a firm East London favourite. There are some fabulous street food choices, including Krapow, Salty Loins, The Piadina Project and many more. Of course, no trip to Victoria Park market is complete without a visit to Claire at A Pie Party for some deliciously naughty pie slices.

The picture below is from Meltsmiths, who make mouth-wateringly gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. There are so many great traders at this market, you’ll have to go back multiple times to try them all. I suggest you get started this weekend! Open every Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Location: Victoria Park
Website: Victoria Park Market

4. Red Rooster

I was taken to Red Rooster by a friend and had no idea what to expect having never heard of it before. It’s situated within the beautiful new Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch and is definitely worth a visit. The whole atmosphere is a lot of fun, with live music and plenty of excitement.

I was particularly impressed with the desserts, not expecting something so delicious and refined to come out of a restaurant mostly known for its American-style soul food. I’d say this restaurant would be perfect to visit with a group of friends, and I can’t wait to try out their gospel brunch – food with a side of gospel choir!

Location: Shoreditch
Website: Red Rooster

5. Matcha Soft Serve

This is more like a favourite for life rather than just April, but I simply have to share my obsession with matcha soft serve ice cream. I can’t even remember the first time I tried it, but I have been hooked ever since. In fact, I love it so much I think it probably deserves a whole blog post, rather than this small paragraph. Keep an eye out for that coming soon…

Photo below is from Bake on Wardour Street, famous for its Japanese taiyaki (a fish-shaped sort of waffle) cones.

Location: Chinatown
Website: Bake 麵包屋


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