THE SWEETEST FINALE AT BIRD OF SMITHFIELD

Do you favour the flavour of a savoury starter, or make a beeline for the main course? Either way, you’ll need to leave room for dessert at Bird of Smithfield this season. Their spring menu has been graced with four delectable desserts that will make you want to order back to front. We were lucky enough to get a preview taste and are more than happy to share the love:

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Sticky Toffee Pudding with butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, honeycomb and almond

A fond favourite of many a sweet-toothed foodie. Bird of Smithfield have delivered a masterclass in honouring this Prince among puddings. Decadent date sponge crowned with a honeycomb and almond crust, drizzled with rich and gooey butterscotch. Served with a quenelle of homemade vanilla ice cream for added deliciousness. Finish your meal with this and you’ll be smitten for life.

Blood Orange Set Custard with doughnuts, yoghurt ice cream and orange jelly

Feeling fruity? This zesty creation will take your taste buds on an early Summer holiday. A creamy thick custard, tucked in a handsome robe of gelatinous orange. The cheeky doughnut spheres are beautifully complimented by the tangy yoghurt ice cream. This one delivers a new sensation you’ll want to revisit.

Vanilla Baked Pear with almond financier, milk ice cream and white chocolate

Can anybody improve the taste of the noble Pear? Apparently so! Infused with Vanilla and baked to perfection, this heavenly dish serves everyone’s favourite fruit with a dressing of white chocolate and a side of luxurious milk ice cream. Paired with an almond financier, we’re looking at a legendary sweet.

Rhubarb Soufflé, rhubarb and custard ice cream (seasonal)

Soufflés are often said to be a challenge for all but the finest of chefs and Bird’s chefs have certainly risen to said challenge. Fluffy, tall and flavoursome, this fabulous dessert is set to grace the social media posts of many a Londoner over this season. Playfully toped with a ball of custard ice cream halved by a rhubarb middle, it’s a picture-perfect pudding.

By all means, make sure you’re sampling all courses at Bird of Smithfield but take it from us, you’d better save room for dessert or you’ll miss out on the sweetest of feelings.

www.birdofsmithfield.com

 

TASTY TAPAS AT BOQUERIA

Look at the size of that Paella! This was meant to be a portion for 3 people but I reckon those enormous Langoustines could satisfy all of Brixton by themselves. We joined a group of friends at Boqueria to celebrate a birthday in the best way possible; namely consuming our bodyweight in delicious Tapas. We clinked our Margaritas in honour of the birthday girl and readied ourselves for a feast.

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Salty Padron peppers and beautifully piquant patatas bravas as standard, followed by Calamari a la Romana that harmoniously married crispy with tender. Dipped in the homemade garlic aioli, they were as authentic as any we’d had in Catalonia. Pulpo al la gallega came as wafer thin slices of juicy Octopus, lounging on a bed of paprika seasoned potatoes. The salt Cod with garlic, olive oil and parsley sauce was out of this World. Appetites were sated but there was still a frantic clash of forks as we battled our friends for the last tasty morsels. The aforementioned Paella de pescado y marisco delivered a scrumptious blend of seafood and saffron that was too good not to finish.

Just when we thought we could eat no more, out came a plate of crispy fried churros, complete with a rich chocolate dipping sauce and a birthday candle to mark the affair. Each of us claimed national ownership of the concept of deep fried dough coated in sugar. Who’d have thought that churros were invented in Wales, New Zealand or even Macedonia? One thing we did agree on is that we’d had a fantastic Spanish meal and will definitely be heading back to Boqueria soon.

Boqueria
192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL
http://www.boqueriatapas.com/ 

RAGU AND ROMANCE AT ROSSOPOMODORO

As we all know, once a year each February comes a day when couples celebrate their love. Their love of Pizza that is! Yes, Friday 09th February is National Pizza day and ever the romantic, Mr Flavour whisked me away from work for an evening of exchanging sweet nothings at our favourite Italian chain restaurant, Rossopomodoro in Shoreditch.

This accessible Italian eatery delivers all the things we love about Neapolitan cuisine: A roaring wood fired pizza oven, an abundance of creamy smoked cheeses and a plethora of fine tomatoes used to create the most flavoursome sauces. A lovely bottle of Valpolicella helped us navigate the menu, trying our best not to order another Vesuvius sized mountain of foodie delights. Looking around at other people’s meals made this an exercise in resisting temptation.

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We thought the Tiella Napoletana would give us a little bit of everything and we weren’t disappointed: Gooey rice arancini, crispy potato crocché, pasta frittatine, seaweed zeppoline, deep fried aubergines and creamy polenta chips. This scrumptious platter took our taste buds on a tour Napoli, whilst leaving plenty of room for the main event.

Mr Flavour has been lifting heavy things since January. He’s been burning off festive excess and sculpting a body like Michelangelo’s David. His eyes lit up when he saw the protein-fest known as Lasagna Napoletana: Beef meatballs, hearty pork sausage, Neapolitan salami, boiled eggs, smooth buffalo ricotta, rich smoked mozzarella, buffalo milk fondue and Parmesan, all housed in pasta and bathed in mouth-watering tomato ragu. He wasn’t keen on sharing. Fortunately, I had a valuable bargaining chip in the form of a Capricciosa Pizza. It boasted Roma tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, regional ham, artichokes, black olives and torn fresh basil, all layered across hand stretched wood fired dough. A true masterclass in Pizza and a fitting way to celebrate the date.

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We obviously had no room for dessert after eating all the above, but an Italian dinner is never complete until a few chilled glasses of Limoncello are brought to the table. We toasted our love for Pizza and each other with boozy citrus, deciding it’s about time we booked another trip to the Amalfi coast. That’s amore!

Rossopomodoro
1 Rufus Street
London, N1 6PE
020 7739 1899

rossopomodoro.co.uk

CHART A COURSE TO THE SAIL LOFT

Life as a London Venue finder is certainly busy, but who says work can’t be fun? Mr Flavour and I do love a good research trip and decided to check out some riverside spots. With the chilly winter breeze nipping at our noses, we hopped on a boat to Greenwich for an afternoon of discovery and indulgence.

We picked the right day for a jaunt down the river. The Greenwich Christmas market was in full swing and Mr Flavour proved his Hunter-Gatherer status by grabbing us some warming mulled wine. We strolled along the riverfront to the pleasing tones of the Christmas Choir. Up ahead we spied the Sail Loft. This magnificent venue sits on two floors, with huge glass windows offering splendid views of the City, Canary Wharf, The 02 Arena and the mighty Thames. The interior is fittingly decorated to reflect the Maritime history of the local area. Ship-shape with lacquered woods and rigging rope, this grand and airy space invoked memories of summer holidays by the seaside, even if it was too cold to sit outside.

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We dropped anchor at the bar, crewed by the cheeriest of bar staff who were more than happy to offer drinks recommendations. Mr Flavour sipped his favourite pint of London Pride, while I sampled the English Garden cocktail. The pretty colours and flavours of  Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, cucumber and citrus were almost vivid enough to bring the Summer sun back out. With whetted appetites, we ventured upstairs to the first-floor restaurant and were shown to the table by our delightful Italian waitress.

We were so captivated by the view from our table that we barely noticed the arrival of the menu. Our starters were lovely: Grilled Squid with coconut & cauliflower purée and curry butter spliced sea and spice to create a tasting-first for us. The miso glazed Ox cheek with Jalapeno puree ticked Mr Flavour’s slow cooked and spicy boxes. We were off to a great start!

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Moving onto the mains, we chose a seasonally appropriate Gressingham crispy duck leg with potato, gin compressed blackberries and juniper jus. The rich meatiness of the duck paired beautifully with the Rioja Crianza Marques del Atrio wine. The Chalcroft Farm Beef Burger, with pulled brisket, oak smoked cheddar, chipotle ketchup and Russian Sauce belonged at the Captain’s table. Piled high with prime lean beef and juicy spiciness, I had to work fast to get a taste before Mr Flavour condemned it to the watery depths of his Leviathan belly.

Already chock-full with deliciousness, we were going to take a pass on desserts, but the tantalising menu had other ideas. We ordered a white chocolate marquis with cherry compote and the chocolate brownie with salted caramel & vanilla ice cream, dulche de leche and peanut butter crispies. Both dishes were decadently sublime and reassured us we’d be coming back again for future indulgence. Pleasantly full, we resigned ourselves to having a few more drinks as the setting sun cast a soothing orange glow over the Canary Wharf skyline. London sure looks gorgeous when viewed from The Sail Loft.

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All in all, this was a successful afternoon of discovery. We’re sure our clients will love The Sail Loft: Prime location, stunning views, tons of space, lovely food and a tasteful Maritime theme. It’s no wonder they’re so popular. With our mission complete, we set sail into the crisp winter darkness, charting a course for the nearest pub. Anchors away!

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http://www.sailloftgreenwich.co.uk/

The Sail Loft
11 Victoria Parade
London, SE10 9FR
020 8222 9310

 

 

GREAT TIMES AT GREENWOOD

Fridays generally mean dressing down and an early finish for most Londoners. In the world of Mr & Mrs Flavour Friday means work, work, work. Fortunately, our work is all about discovering London’s coolest venues. So, I headed to Victoria for a fact-finding client lunch at the majestic Greenwood.

This mega-venue dwells within the Nova building at Victoria and is a mixture of pub, restaurant and sports lounge set across 2 giant floors. I certainly had my work cut out, in a good way of course. We met at the bar for a fizzy Friday Prosecco and a catch up on all things events related.

Following such a busy week, we deserved a hearty reward and I’d heard the food here was great. Apparently, I’d heard correctly! I was craving something crispy and opted for the Chilli squid with aioli. It was perfectly fresh and satisfying, even better with a chilled glass of Picpoul. My client was suitably impressed with her saucy Korean chicken wings with sesame seeds. I couldn’t help but take one from her plate, Mr. Flavour would have helped himself to a few more.

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The menu has a tempting selection of pizza and burgers, but I’d heard Greenwood sources the freshest fish. With this in mind, I chose to tuck in to Teriyaki Salmon with broccoli, bean sprouts and red pepper. True enough, the fish was beautifully moist and tasted absolutely delicious. My companion enjoyed a Falafel burger with harissa, tahini mayo and grilled halloumi. She described it as being subtly seasoned with an exotic warmth. I’ll be trying that next time!

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As a Friday treat, we decided to order the European cheese board, quince chutney and oats. We chose to forgo the obligatory port, opting instead for 2 naughty Espresso Martinis. They shake them just right at Greenwood!

With our hungers sated, we were given the grand tour of the establishment. The ground floor is made up of the main bar and lounge area, plus some swanky private spaces of varying sizes, available to hire privately. We headed upstairs to check out the Sports lounge, complete with shuffleboards, pinball machines, several TV screens and 2 American 8 ball pool tables. I still have a pool trophy at home and have shown Mr. Flavour who’s boss on many occasions. However, there was no time for pool today as work was calling. I can’t wait to come back to spend a lot more time at this exciting and versatile venue.

Greenwood

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Greenwood
Pub, Restaurant & Sports Lounge

170 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 5LB
www.greenwoodlondon.com