Posts tagged ‘Camden’

May 15, 2015

Andys Taverna [Food Review]

Looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Well I have the perfect suggestion for you especially if you are a meat lover. Greek food is so tasty but has simple ingredients; it’s all about cooking with passion and buying good meat, herbs and vegetables. Most of their meat is grilled, just seasoned slightly with spices with olive oil and lemon juice and a few other things, but it tastes so good and is very healthy.

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If you go to Camden there are three Greek restaurants within half a mile radius of each other, and they have been there a long time, which is always a good sign. I headed to Andy’s Taverna, when I entered they asked if I had a booking, I didn’t and it was already busy at 7pm, but they were able to accommodate. You could smell the grilled meats from outside! The restaurant has been open around 60 years and is known for it’s traditional values. They even get their seabass from Greece every two days.

As we settled into our seats and ordered house white wine that was good wine for house, we set our eyes on the menu. As we weren’t super hungry we decided to share a starter and a main. Choosing grilled aubergines (£4.50) to start, which I have to admit are my favourite vegetables and I love the simplicity they are cooked which just a little bit of olive oil and oregano. They were so buttery and soft and tasted fantastic, as well as being good for you! Can’t go wrong. I was going to choose the spanakopita, which is my favourite Greek dish that is is a spinach and cheese pastry.

For the main we opted to go for the Bifteki, which is a ground minced meat pattie at under £10. The portion was very generous and I’m glad I was sharing it as I hate wasting food and I wouldn’t have been able to eat this on my own! It came with a large Greek salad on the side and we ordered fresh bread to eat with it too. The meat was sumptuous and moist and was bursting with delicious flavours such as a bit of garlic, oregano, thyme, mint, onion and olive oil.

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The six good-sized patties were served topped with grilled halloumi and a grilled slie of tomato. It was literally like heaven on a plate! The Greek salad was fresh, crunchy and delicious but for me was missing onions. Everything else was perfect.

It’s no wonder Andy ,which has many celebrity diners as well, has been here for 60 years. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is to die for. I almost forgot to mention as well they gave us complementary after dinner drinks and sweet pastries at the end of our meal which is always a plus. It’s very hard to find authentic Greek food in London but I truly recommend this and will definitely be back soon.

Where to find

81-81A Bayham Street, London NW1 0AG     020 7485 9718      www.andystaverna.com/

January 13, 2015

Bayou Soul (@BayouCamden) [Food Review]

Southern American cuisine is something in London that is quite hard to come by, so while scouring the Internet for one I came across Bayou Soul which opened in June 2014, so is still fairly new. Located in Camden in Inverness Street the small door leads to a rather large restaurant situated in-between bars/restaurants and the inside was warming and inviting, as well as the staff.

We sat down and were told there were happy hour cocktails still available, but instead opted to share a bottle of the house white wine, which can often be unpleasant, but upon tasting it was crisp and fresh. The cocktail list was vast and you can also just come here to sit at the bar sample the cocktails and have some nibbles casually.

Looking at the menu full of Creole cooking that all looked comforting and heart warming it was hard to decide what to pick. For the starters we decided on the B.B.Q shrimps & biscuits and Louisiana crab cakes & crawfish beignets (fritters). The king prawns came on a steaming hot dish cooked in garlic, white wine and chilies with biscuits on the side to soak up the remainder of the sauce. The prawns were a good size for two sharing and were juicy and succulent and full of flavour. The crab crakes and crawfish beignet starter was slightly disappointing or us as the crab cakes were on the fishy side and the beignets were overly battered and I couldn’t see much crawfish. The mango salsa and avocado emulsion really helped the dish out.

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For the main I was torn between the Gumbo; a slow cooked casserole, Louisiana style served with rice cooked with peppers, onion, celery and spices with a choice between prawn & chicken that I would have gone for, chicken & sausage or crawfish & catfish, Jambalaya with the same choice which is described as a Creole Paella or the lobster & crawfish mac & cheese. I chose the later which intrigued me and was under the New Orleans Mama’s Home Cooking section and was told by the waiter this is what he advises his customers to order.

My companion chose the buttermilk fried chicken with 3 pieces which is served with a side and homemade gravy. The lobster & crawfish mac and cheese pie was delicious, creamy and cheesy and the lobster and crawfish added that extra texture and taste that made a simple dish into something a bit more special. The buttermilk fried chicken was ok, not the best I’ve had and the skin underneath wasn’t crispy so that was a bit of a disappointment but the crispy layer on top was tasty and the chicken was moist, so I just picked the skin off.

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The meal was a good price considering we had a bottle of wine and 2 starters and 2 mains and the food overall was a good quality. The kitchen also has ribs, burgers, steaks, and more to chose from and the variety of the menu is appealing. There is live blues & soul music on a Wednesday and Saturday which I reckon would be packed on those days. Bayou Soul is definitely worth a visit but needs some slight improvement on some of the food.

Where To Find

20 Inverness Street  020 7284 0989   http://thebayoucamden.com/

 

September 17, 2014

Youngs Teflon (@YoungsTeflon) Live At Barfly Camden [Review]

Youngs Teflon held his first headline show on Monday (September 1) at Barfly in Camden where he performed tracks from his recently released mixtape ‘The Renaissance’ with a live band. The Wrap Up’s Shireen Fenner headed down there to watch Tefs and all of his special guests for this live night featuring some of the best UK rap had to offer.

Teflon hit the stage accompanied by just Docta Cosmic on the decks, with his special guests joining him afterwards. Released in March, ‘The Renaissance’ went to No.1 in the iTunes hip-hop chart and No.22 in the overall national album charts, proving the strength of homegrown music in the UK.

Tefs performed the ‘My Pattern Intro’ from the mixtape and a track called ‘Never Failed School’ produced by Carns Hill which was a kind of middle finger to his school and teachers who thought he would fail; we discovered that ultimately he had done very well and received 2 A*’s for his English GCSEs. ‘Survivor’s Story’ and ‘Django’ got really good crowd reaction and it seemed everyone in the crowd were true supporters, knowing every lyric of every song. One thing was clear, Youngs Teflon was not disappointing any of his fans tonight.

One of the highlights for a lot of people was seeing Blade Brown and Corleone join Youngs Teflon for their collaborative track ‘Trap God’ which got everyone buzzing and Donae’o getting up on stage for their recent track ‘Oi Mate’ which set the internet alight – most people knew these two tracks word for word. Bonkaz, Stormzy and Swift also performed their cover of Krept & Konan’s ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ with the crowd getting more and more energetic with Stormzy also performing his HeavyTrackerz – produced song ‘Not That Deep’.

I loved how Docta Cosmic started mixing grime beats such as Rebound X’s ‘Rhythm N Gash’ into some of the tracks with Youngs Teflon and a lot of his guests, including Section Boyz on the stage in the middle of the show and them all spitting together, and then completely switching it over to grime. This was one of the most creative shows musically I’ve been to in a while and I hope to see more shows like this in the future.


* Published on 3rd Sep 2014 on www.mtv.co.uk/the-wrap-up

June 8, 2014

Pusha T (@Pusha_T) (@Meridian_Dan) At Koko Camden [Review]

Pusha T was in London last night where he played at Koko in Camden to a sold out show, proving his status in the UK as one of raps current kings. The rapper who a lot of people know from Clipse, and where he will always be remembered, put on a an energetic and passionate performance last night showcasing his now King Push status as a solo artist…

Opening up for the Broxn born, Virginia based rapper was Bloodline’s Meridian Dan who has shot to fame recently when his track ‘German Whip’ blew up and he well deservingly signed with EGA and PMR. The North London rapper started his set with new track ‘I’m From A Place’, then leading into an unheard new track which could potentially be his next single ‘One, Two Drinks’. He then put his hit track ‘German Whip’ in the middle that really livened the crowd up ending on freestyle over S-X’s ‘Woo Riddim’. Great to Meridian Dan doing so well and opening up for someone like Push at Koko

King Push opened his set with a track off his 2013 album ‘My Name Is My Name’. It was only right that he started off with ‘King Push’, which was produced by his label boss over at GOOD Music Kanye West.

‘Millions’ a well-known track and collaboration with Rick Ross was of course added to the set list. Two Kanye West collaborative tracks that I heard last night was ‘Runaway’ and ‘New God Flow’ two tracks with a couple of years between them, bringing some older and newer material together.

The collaborative track ‘Mercy’ was performed and it was a bit of a shame not to have seen GOOD music artist Big Sean not come out as a surprise guest. He could have also been helped Push out when he did ‘I Don’t Like’ another big hit, it would have added something fresh.

He then went back to perform one of his newer tracks and a popular one again ‘Sweet Serenade’ featuring Chris Brown and produced by Swizz Beatz and Kanye West a thoughtful track looking at the rap game. He unofficially ended on another one off his debut album ‘Numbers On The Board’ with a percussion led bet co-produced again by Kanye. As King Push left the stage, the crowd demanded an encore and he delivered it to them coming back on stage to perform ’40 Acres’ ft. The Dream.

I give the show a 4.5 out of 5 for his energy and ability to keep the crowd happy and deliver his tracks like he has never performed them before with a new lease of life. You can see Pusha’s love for what he does on stage and he bounces around on the stage with such liveliness and this rubbed off on the crowd becoming infectious.

Pusha T is working on a new album  ‘King Push’ which will see production from Pharrell who along with Chad  (The Neptune’s) produced the first Clipse album ‘Lord Willin’ . Word is Timberland is also working on the album with him too. I look forward to that when it drops.

*Published on SBTV 7th June 2014

 

December 2, 2011

MTV Brand New for 2012

Flavour’s Shireen Fenner headed to Koko last night to the MTV Brand New for 2012, which was headlined by Wretch 32, who was named on last years list. Two other acts who were shortlisted for this year who also performed were Clement Marfo + The Frontline and singer Angel.

Clement Marfo + The Frontline kicked off the show with an intro to Barrel of a Loaded Gun. They also performed their song Champion, which has been used for the Superbowl XLV Ad and the Formula 1 video game on Xbox. The most notable performance of the night was their new single Mayhem, which is produced by Ishy (Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder) featuring Kano. When Kano came to join them on the stage, the energetic and lively Clement jumped onto the floor spraying the front of the audience with water. They finished their set with latest single Overtime, which features Ghetts, and a surprise performance from the man himself.

Angel performed next with single Ride Out, and singing another single Popstar, He pleased the audience with his rendition of Rhianna’s We Found Love, also giving an exclusive teaser of his next single. He told MTV how he felt about being nominated, “It’s been a long time coming and it feels like a blessing.”

Wretch 32 the headliner of the show was joined by surprise guests; Josh Kumra for Don’t Go, Etta Bond for Forgiveness, and an even more surprising guest Loick Essien. Wretch’s performance was amped up by accompanying singers, drummers and a guitarist. His performances of, Orthodox and Traktor got the crowd fired up and proved that MTV are spot on when it comes to naming ones to watch for next year.

The other nominees were announced for MTV’s Brand New For 2012 last night, here are all of the nominees voting closes on January 9th. http://www.mtv.co.uk/brandnew

Angel
Charli XCX
Clement Marfo + The Frontline
Conor Maynard
Delilah
King Charles
Lana Del Ray
Lianne La Havas
Michael Kiwanuka

*published at Flavour Magazine