Posts tagged ‘lobster’

May 5, 2015

Streetfeast – Dalston Yard [Food Review]

Armed with nothing but great expectations, an empty belly and a trusty sidekick I set off to find out for myself. Upon arriving at 9.30pm on the Saturday of the opening weekend, I happily paid a very affordable £3 entry and was immediately taken by the great atmosphere and setting. There were small fires lit in bins, spread evenly throughout the space, around which excited groups of eager foodies were grouped, chattering in excitement about the amazing flavours of what they were currently eating, and which food stall they planned on visiting next. Fairy lights dotted around created a nice ambience, and each shift in the wind brought a variety of amazing aromas that I soon decided would each need to be investigated further.

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I looked around at all the stalls, an eclectic and satisfying assortment – everything from Indian street food to sliders, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, Korean, BBQ and much more. Vegans and vegetarians fear not, they literally had something for everyone, plus plenty of sweet stalls for after the main. There were also plenty of drink options such as a wine bar, a gin bar and a very alcoholic rum bar.

I first made my way over to B.O.B’s Lobster, where they serve up lobster rolls, lobster roll bites, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster mac and cheese and more, unfortunately as I arrived quite late all of these had run out (so I suggest you turn up earlier!) They did however have some amazing crab tater tots, made of brown crab meat, perfectly spiced, then breaded, fried, sprinkled with celery salt and served with a great mayo. They were a perfect starter at £6 and you got around 8-10 of the little bites. They were very delicious!

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I then went to Kimchinary  afterwards which had a ridiculously long queue – always a good sign! Named home of the Korean burrito, they fuse Hispanic street food with Korean cooking. They had a simple menu of three choices on offer, chicken, beef or tofu. All three of these came with a filling of fried rice, spring onions, sour cream, cheese, Chinese cabbage and hot sauce. I went for chicken and it was so delicious I wanted to go back to get the beef one. Who would have thought to deliver oriental food in the form of Hispanic, but boy does it work!

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The food was well lubricated with a glass of wine and a beer (one each) and then after these we made our way to the rum bar, run by a guy called Sam, who was as easy going as the drinks he poured. The drinks menu was small and easy to pick from and I went for the un-dead punch which I was told had 5 different rums in it. After half the drink I knew he was telling the truth as I felt as if I had drunk 5 glasses!

 

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This is the place to go if you can’t choose what to eat, as it has it all and you can have small bites from loads of different delicious places and have some nice cocktails to go with it!

Where To Find

 Hartwell Street, Dalston. London, E83DU   http://www.streetfeastlondon.com

When

Open every Friday/Sat till 24/25 Sep 2015 5pm-12am

April 19, 2015

Big Easy (@BigEasyLondon) [Food Review]

This was my second trip to Big Easy a BBQ and Crab Shack restaurant. The first time I went was about two years ago and was the one on Kings Road in Chelsea, plus I was pretty hungover so didn’t get a chance to enjoy the food properly!

This time was different as we booked a table for 8.30pm on a Thursday evening, so after a hard days work were starving by that time! We got to the second branch of Big Easy to open in London’s Covent Garden, housed in an old power station, and it definitely felt like it too with it’s industrial feel. It was dimly lit as we made our way to our table downstairs past a small stage with live musicians playing country music, giving it an American feel.

The bar we stood at first to order drinks from was quite small, and was hard to find a place to grab the waiter’s attention as people were propped up against it waiting for their tables. When I managed to get his attention he politely told us that they we could tell them our tastes in cocktails and they could make something up. It was so dark in there, I could barely read the menu and had to find a more lit area. I chose a simple drink though off the menu, an Appleton rum and pineapple juice which was rather strong!

Every weekday they do a different daily special such as ‘The Big Pig Gig’ which is all you can eat baby back ribs and chicken with beans, slaw and a beer for £17 but Thursday’s choice was 12oz rump steak and half a lobster with fries, a salad and a choice of cocktail for £22 or the ‘Lobster Fest’ a whole lobster, fries, salad and cocktail for £20. I chose the steak and lobster combination and my friend went for the ‘Lobster Fest’ and we shared a popcorn shrimp to start.


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The friendly waiter handed us our obligatory ‘Big Easy bibs’  and as the popcorn shrimp arrived not long after we dug in. The coating was crisp and tasty and was not like the plain breadcrumbed shrimp I had eaten before, it was seasoned with what tasted like paprika, chilli and some other wonderful stuff and came with a homemade tartar sauce and chilli/tomato sauce. It was just enough as a sharer starter to calm our hunger and not overdo it for the main. The Mai Thai slushie cocktails we ordered that came with our food were lovely too.

The steak which I eat well done was nicely done on the outside and still pinky in the middle which was for me was cooked to perfection. It was also juicy, thick and delicious and I managed to devour it all. The half lobster to my disappointment was not as big as I hoped and didn’t have too much meat, but the garlic butter was so good and I drizzled the tasty liquid over my steak too. The meat of the lobster was sweet and tasted fresh though.

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My friends lobster was not cut in half, or even opened a bit, so was quite difficult to manage and this was pretty unhelpful and I had managed to eat my steak before she even managed to get her lobster out the shell.

All in all it’s worth a trip and for what you get the price is reasonable. The atmosphere is very lively, although the place is dimly lit, and if you need glasses well I’d suggest taking them to read the menu.

Where To Find:

12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NA   020 3728 4888    www.bigeasycoventgarden.co.uk

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/