Another month of eating my way around London. It's no wonder my cooking skills aren't really developing...
1. Shotgun, Kingly Street
This new opening from the founders of the Lockhart started doing brunch in February - Hannah, Eliza and I popped along to find that everything was 50% off so we sort of ordered the entire menu (well, everything aside from the buns and the sold-out steak and eggs). Shotgun specialises in slow-cooked BBQ meat so it wouldn't usually be my first pick but I was blown away by the dishes that I had here (there were definitely enough options as a non-meat eater to keep me happy). We started with ceviche and steak tartare, followed by kedgeree, truffled grits, a 3-egg omelette and chile con carne with sides of BBQ baked beans and home fries. For me, the absolute stand-out dish was the truffled grits - something I only wanted to order out of intrigue as I've never eaten them before and not a dish I thought I would particularly love. How wrong I was - the humble looking bowl packed in intense flavours of parmesan cheese and mushrooms and delving down into the creamy grits revealed a runny onsen egg. The perfect comfort food on yet another weekend of awful weather. For dessert we shared the two options - a pineapple fritter donut and a chocolate-iced layered cake, the latter being the one I found my fork returning to for "just one more" bite.
2. Bahn Mi Bay, St Paul's
I'm always looking for new lunch spots in the City and Bahn Mi Bay had been on my list for a while. I'm off to Vietnam in April and I already love Vietnamese food but it doesn't hurt to make sure! Rather than order a main I opted for the two vegan appetisers on the menu in the interests of curiosity - I'm not vegan but I love vegan food and its great how more and more restaurants are now offering vegan options. The summer rolls were delicious - the thick sauce they were served with was perfect in terms of spice levels and they tasted so fresh, I can't wait to eat these on a beach rather than on a grey London day. The spring rolls were less #healthy but it was nice to have something hot and they were so crispy and not at all greasy. I popped along at 2pm and grabbed a table for one (ultimate workday treat to have a solo restaurant lunch with my Kindle for company) but they do takeout too and I've heard good things about their bahn mi baguettes. Branches in Holborn and Fitzrovia, too.
From the team behind Hawksmoor, Foxlow was the brunch pick of choice for fuel for a day of exploring London with the squad. We visited the Clerkenwell branch which wasn't too busy on a Saturday morning although I imagine that in the week its a different story due to the number of businesses in the area. I had the Moroccan Eggs which were delicious - soft poached eggs in a spicy tomato and chickpea sauce with creamy yogurt, the perfect winter warmer washed down with a fresh mint tea before braving the elements. Sophie had the pictured avocado and poached eggs on toast and Hannah and Sarah spoke highly of the fried chicken, egg and croissant waffle. Service was fast and friendly and I loved the paired down decor and neighbourhood vibe of the restaurant, I live nearby and must have walked past countless times without peering inside but now I've definitely added Foxlow to my dinner venue list too.