Saturday, October 1, 2011

Aubergine and garlic pizza

Made a nice pizza for lunch, my partner did the dough and left it for me. I rolled it out and added tomato puree, fried aubergine and garlic and topped it off with mozzarella cheese.

It looks nice, sadly you will have to imagine it for now as I have no laptop connection. I will try and post a picture when its done.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New reviews coming soon!

Upcoming reviews and articles:

Inside - Greenwich
Bologna - a foodie's guide
An Italian Feast for Valentine's Day
Pasta and Risotto Masterclass with Theo Randall
La Dolce Vita show review - Islington

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tortilla review

6 Market Place
W1W 9ah

This affordable chain of Mexican 'casual restaurants' (think fast food for the more discerning palate), now boasts four locations across the centre of London: Islington, Southwark, Canary Wharf and Oxford Circus. Established to tap into an obvious gap in the market ,Tortilla aims to provide fresh, authentic and delicious Californian-Mexican food minus the shots of tequila. This is food designed to attract the lunch hour crowd rather than a post-pub/club one the set-up being reminiscent of Subway, with burritos, fajitas and tacos made to order while you wait, from the selection of ingredients on show at the counter. One would be wise to look past this though, as the quality of what is on offer here soars above that of the ubiquitous 'way.

Ignore the fast food trappings and you really will be pleasantly surprised when you sink your teeth into, say, the soft innards of a carnitas (braised pork) burrito (Medium £4.70, add on 50p for each extra), packed with tender well-seasoned meat, lime-cilantro rice, zingy guacamole, soured cream and pinto beans, and all topped off with one of Tortilla's amazing salsas. The portions here are more than generous (for the ravenous or sharers a larger size can be had for £5.70), and the soft drinks are bottomless (Nando's had the right idea about that at least). it is telling that one of my only other experiences of Mexican food in London has been a visit or two to Chiquetos, and quite frankly, Tortilla kicks it to the kerb in terms of flavour and value for money. Whilst you are unlikely to come here to wile away an evening, it is the perfect alternative to some of the pizza or hamburger joints that crowd the city.
There are also options for vegetarians (beans or guacamole) and for those who wish to avoid red meat or carbs you have the choice of Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) or the Naked Burrito (everything but the tortilla in a bowl).
Staff are the usual friendly sort, but again their uniforms remind one of Nando's employees, including t-shirts with pithy slogans on the back. Sadly, the way the food is presented just adds to this deja vu; it may help to keep the tortillas hot but wrapping them up and putting them in a wire basket doesn't make for a great dining experience. Yes, for takeaway it would be fine, but for sitting down with a beer or a margerita a plate would be nice.
It's a shame that these few points of comparison could put some potential customers off. It's unlikely that I would walk into a branch of Tortilla unless I already knew how good it was. It just looks a little too chainy. Of course, these sort of compromises are the reason why Tortilla is so much cheaper than Chiquetos. However, its clear that as soon as word of mouth kicks in the formula works and the queues pile up a lunchtime.

So give your taste buds a treat and pop into Tortilla's newest branch at Oxford Circus to try the Salsa Verde, splash out on the Carne Asada (grilled steak) or sample the crisp fresh- -as- a- daisy tortilla chips. Buen provecho!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lovely nepalese style curry

The veggie made this for me recently. A lovely, lemony dhal with garlic and onions, the lightest potato cakes I have ever had and a nice bit of basmati rice. She also made a spicy mixed bean curry not shown. She is still being cagey about the potato cake recipe but it was very easy to do, I'll get it out of her! :)
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Abokado: City Road, London.

My new favourite place to grab lunch when I don't bring it from home is Abokado. Think Itsu but cheaper and less fussy. They offer a selection of freshly-made sushi wraps and sets as well as hot noodle dishes. Wraps are great value at less than £2.00 and the sets (which include my pick of salmon sashimi and cover veggie, beef and chicken too) average at £4. Noodle dishes are also reasonably priced.

The best thing about this place is the quality of the ingredients and consequently the taste - you will never go back to supermarket sushi again! Plus you get a free dressing with each sushi set.

I don't know of any other branches myself (this one is a few minutes from old street tube) but If they don't exist yet they soon will. After all, It's gone from being practically empty at lunch when it first opened to having queues almost out the door. Just be careful if you eat in as you have to pay extra (hate that).

e-bar review is up!


My e-bar review is now up at!

In other news: I was made a lovely meal last night. Veggie cottage pie (with quorn mince), with mustard mash, a cheesy topping and mini corn on the cob (I will see if I can get the recipe from her!). Bless my gf she's quite excited that I can eat normal food again and has thought 'sod it' to low-fat dishes... I had a small portion, but it was delish!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Rejig of GSIL and latest review on DineOnline


As you can see I've had a bit of fun rejigging the blog!  I hope you like it, please let me have your comments. 

I'm shifting back to writing reviews and posting them here, and moving away from the diet blog (as I have now lost 3 stone and feel able to eat a bit of normal food again!).

My latest review of 'Imli': Indian restaurant in Soho, is up on DineOnline now:

click here 

I'm currently writing a review of 'The e-bar' in Little Venice and that will hopefully be up soon too.  

I also have tons of catching up to do here, so will do my best to get more reviews up soon.


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