Friday, 18 September 2015

London Dining - Autumn Round-Up

My Instagram grid may not convey this but I've actually been eating out a lot less recently. A combination of trying to save money, trying to eat better and all my friends being on holiday has been to blame. I'm also starting to (slightly) enjoy cooking...but more on that another time. The restaurants I've been to lately have been all the more enjoyed for being occasional treats.

1. Bad Egg, City Point, Ropemaker Street, Moorgate

As the name suggests, the menu here is predominantly egg-based. For that reason it's quite veggie friendly and there are non-egg options if there are any egg-haters in your dining group. On a weekday evening it wasn't too busy but we had booked anyway via the website. I imagine lunchtimes are busy given the City location - the restaurant is a bit tucked away in the rather bland City Point development but once inside it doesn't feel City-esque at all. Service was fast and friendly and the deep fried Malaysian style eggs were a unique dish. I'll be back for the weekend all-you-can-drink brunch as it's only a five minute swaying walk home for me!

Bad Egg Restaurant Review
Cheeseburger hash with a fried egg
Bad Egg Restaurant Review
Fries on the side 
Bad Egg Restaurant Review
Deed-fried eggs in a spicy sauce.
Bad Egg Restaurant Review
Avert your eyes - egg porn at its finest 
 2. Jamie's Italian, Upper St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden

Chain restaurants have started to fall off my dining repertoire but Jamie's Italian is one that I've only visited a handful of times in the past. After working up an appetite on a Santander Cycle ride with Fei we popped into the Covent Garden branch for a well-deserved refuel. The menu is more varied than the traditional Italian chain offering and the food was all delicious. The fried squid was hot and perfectly crispy and my salmon salad looked like a work of art. A great option if you're eating with a big group as there's definitely going to be something on the menu for everyone.

Jamie's Italian restaurant review
Lemon vanilla martini 
Jamie's Italian restaurant review
Crispy fried squid 
Jamie's Italian restaurant review
Salmon salad 
3. Cafe Pistou, Exmouth Market

Exmouth Market is one of my favourite places to eat in London - Clerkenwell and the surround areas are becoming foodie hangouts and that's fine by me! There is so much choice in terms of where to go - Caravan was full the night we wanted to eat there but it meant that we stumbled upon Cafe Pistou instead which was a lovely dinner spot. The menu is split between small plates and large plates - the small plates are great for sharing if you're that way inclined or for ordering 2-3 to yourself. The cocktail list was the highlight for me - I definitely need to re-visit to sample a few more of them. 

Cafe Pistou restaurant review
The cutest negroni 
Cafe Pistou restaurant review
The girls shared a range of small plates - burrata, croquettes, ratatouille and prawns 
Cafe Pistou restaurant review
I had the ratatouille with feta - a light and tasty dish
Cafe Pistou restaurant review
A side of fries 
Cafe Pistou restaurant review
Chocolate mousse to finish 

Any new restaurant finds I should check out?


  1. I loved Cafe Pistou, the food was so yummy!

    My Sentimental Heart


  2. Yum ! Bad Egg sounds egg-cellent (haha). The deep fried dish particularly got my mouth watering...

    Almost Everything


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