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.
Location: Aldgate East
🥐🍳🍆What a spread! There are so many great dishes at @amber.ldn it took me an age to decide what I wanted. Luckily this great new spot is just minutes walk from home, so coming back to sample some other dishes will be no problem at all! Thanks so much to @notsobasiclondon for organising a fab lunch for @thelondonfoodsocial. It was great to see some familiar faces and to meet some new ones. Looking forward to the next event! 🍆🍳🥐#food #londonfood #middleeastern #brunch #lunch #chorizo #eggs #foodie #foodporn #londonfoodies #toplondonrestaurants #topcitybites
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.
☀️💕Morning London! It's going to be a beautiful day – perfect weather for an ICE CREAM MACARON SANDWICH! This was my first ever taste of @yolkinmacice and I absolutely loved this lychee and rose flavour. I will definitely be back for more over the summer. 💕☀️#food #londonfood #icecream #macarons #icecreamsandwich #rose #lychee #sunshine #sunny #happy #dessert #sweettreats #foodie #londonfoodie
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
🧀Well hello there, gorgeous cheesy goodness 😍This is the classic grilled cheese sandwich from @meltsmiths at @victoriaparkmkt, made with cheddar, mozzarella and onion jam. It really is a classic in every sense of the word! Perfect bit of cheesy comfort food and only £5. The sweet potato fries with Stilton mayo were spot on too 👌. YUM. Swipe left to see! 🧀#food #londonfood #londoncheapeats #streetfood #foodmarket #grilledcheese #cheese #cheeseporn #foodie #foodporn #fries #sweetpotato
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!
Website: Red Rooster
🍨🇸🇪Second post from @redrooster_ldn because I couldn't decide which one was more worth sharing… This is their take on prinsesstårta, or princess cake. I have a VERY sweet tooth and can never resist ordering a dessert, but I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Oh my days, was it delicious! Please don't ever take this off the menu! 🇸🇪🍨#food #londonfood #swedishfood #princesscake #prinsesstårta #dessert #sweettreats #sweettooth #raspberry #vanillamousse #marzipan #foodies #londonfoodies
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.
Website: Bake 麵包屋
💚🍦Trying to get that classic @chinatownlondon taiyaki shot… though no one explains how you're supposed to focus your camera with one hand and line everything up perfectly before ice cream starts melting down your arm! Photo woes aside, this is one treat that definitely isn't all style over substance – the taiyaki waffle cone from Bake on Wardour Street is so crispy and not how I expected it to be at all (in a very good way)🍦💚#food #londonfood #basic #sunshine #happy #icecream #matcha #greentea #softserve #taiyaki #matchasoftserve #matchaicecream #chinatown #foodies #londonfoodies