I realise June has been long over, but seeing as I spent two weeks of it ill and the rest catching up on life, I think I’m allowed to be a bit late! The part of June I actually managed to enjoy was full of football matches and frozen cocktails (though I much prefer the latter…).
Here are some of my favourites from the past month…
1. Set Menu Deal at Cantina Laredo
I had a lovely dinner at Cantina Laredo, a Mexican restaurant in Covent Garden. I was joined by some fellow foodies, Meg of No Mean Feast and Geeta of Yellow Shoes Orange Umbrella. Geeta managed to find us a great deal on the Hot Dinners website for a £35 set menu which included three courses and drinks.
I really enjoyed everything, from the food, to the atmosphere and service. They make the guacamole fresh at your table, which added some extra excitement. I do love a bit of food theatre when eating out. A highlight for me was actually the drinks – I can’t resist a frozen cocktail in the Summer and the menu here had a whole array of frozen margaritas to choose from (I went for the pomegranate).
Location: Covent Garden
Website: Cantina Laredo
🌮🍴I have a long list of restaurants I want to visit, but sometimes it’s best to let someone else choose the location. That’s how I ended up at @cantinalaredouk with zero expectations. I was so pleasantly surprised! We had a great deal from @hotdinners – £35 for 3 drinks and 3 courses – bargain! Drinks were spot on (frozen pomegranate margarita 😍) and I really enjoyed most of the food (only the potatoes were a bit of a miss). I’d definitely recommend this restaurant for dinner and drinks with friends. Pictured is the brocheta selection that I had for my main. Thanks @nomeanfeast and @yellowshoesorangeumbrella for being such great company!🍴🌮 #food #londonfood #mexican #brochetas #mexicanfood #setmenu #dinner #drinks #eeeeeats #eater #eaterlondon #topcitybites #toplondonrestaurants
2. Bao Masterclass by School of Wok (Taste of London)
I was lucky enough to nab myself a space on the Bao Masterclass at Taste of London this Summer. Often I’m too slow sign up for these things on the day but School of Wok were kind enough to reserve me a place this time. School of Wok was founded by chef Jeremy Pang and has a permanent location in Covent Garden where they run all sorts of Asian cooking classes.
We had great fun! The bao kits were so easy to use (the only thing I couldn’t figure out was how to turn on the super hi-tech Samsung hobs) and the end result super tasty. I think I might need to improve on my presentation though…
Location: Covent Garden
Website: School of Wok
👩🏻🍳🏮 Me looking all smug with my BAOtiful (yet extremely messy) bao creations. We had so much fun at the @schoolofwok bao masterclass last weekend at @tasteoflondon! We made two different types of bao – BBQ pork and panko fish finger, along with some spiced bao doughnuts. The kits will be available in supermarkets soon so you’ll be able to make them yourself at home in under 30 minutes! 🏮👩🏻🍳#food #londonfood #homecooking #bao #dimsum #takeabao #tasteoflondon #cooking #cookingclass #diy #schoolofwok #weekend #fun
3. Frozen Cocktails at Madison
If there’s one place for rooftop cocktails in the City, it’s Madison. Known for it’s clientele of City suits and Essex girls, I don’t frequent there often, particularly as I find it a bit pricey. The few times I do, however, it will tend to be a very sunny workday lunchtime when there’s something to celebrate. This particular occasion was a colleague’s final day at work, which made the perfect excuse to get ourselves up there.
I was very happy to see a new addition to the drinks menu this time – frozen cocktails! There were two on offer; a daiquiri and a margarita. I had a sip of both and pleased to say they were both tasty and refreshing. Perfect drinks for a Summer’s day.
Location: City of London (near St. Paul’s)
🍸☀️Happy Summer Solstice aka the longest day of the year! Here’s hoping the sunshine will continue the rest of the week so we can celebrate the weekend with a cocktail or two outside. Where’s your favourite place for rooftop drinks? Couldn’t resist a cheeky frozen strawberry daiquiri up at @madisonlondon1 last week.☀️🍸 #londonfood #drinks #cocktails #rooftop #alcohol #thirsty #mixology #bartender #yummy #photooftheday #daiquiri #frozendaiquiri #treats #treatyoself #london
4. Sweet Potato Fries with Marshmallow & Chocolate from Growlers
OK, this was one dish I was nervous to try. But I’m so glad I did! The unusual combination of sweet potato fries with even sweeter toppings worked so well. I know you probably don’t believe me, but it’s true. I swear.
This was a one-off special from street food traders Growlers for KERB’s Noshville event, celebrating all things Americana. Hopefully it comes back again because people really need to know how delicious it was. It just works.
Location: KERB Street Food Markets
🍟🍫I’ve tried a lot of different things in my many years of being alive, but this dish by @growlerslondon for #NOSHVILLE was most definitely a first for me. SWEET POTATO FRIES with CHARRED MARSHMALLOWS and CHOCOLATE SAUCE. Weird, but it really works. I think the trick here is to try and forget you are eating savoury fries and just imagine it as a dessert. It makes a tasty dessert. 🍫🍟#food #londonfood #streetfood #dessert #fries #chocolate #sweetpotatofries #eater #eeeeeats
5. Drinks by Square Root
Another trader I discovered at KERB’s Noshville event was Square Root. I’d actually seen them at markets before, but never tried any of their drinks as I’m always so focused on the food. This time it was an extremely hot and sunny day, so being desperate for a drink I joined their queue. Another great decision! The fruit punch soda was so refreshing and moreish, I went back for a second. Highly recommend any of the drinks from these guys. I won’t be skipping over them next time.
Website: Square Root Soda
🍹I don’t post pictures of drinks very often, but I feel like the guys at @squarerootldn deserve a special mention. This fruit punch soda was so delicious I went back for seconds, would’ve been thirds if I wasn’t getting sunburnt. I wish I had this stuff on tap in my house. All their sodas are handmade using fresh ingredients, and it shows in the taste. Yum.🍹#food #londonfood #drinks #soda #fizzy #pop #fruity #summer #sunshine #punch #local #seasonal #hackney #noshville #pink #yummy #foodie #londonfoodie