Category: Restaurants

Pizza

Date night at Stef’s Oregano

I wrote about my visit to Stef’s Oregano in my roundup post but the meal was so good I thought it justified it's own post too! I'm always a bit stuck for restaurant recommendations whenever someone asks me so I'm trying to build up a bit of a list for myself. I found out about Stef's after a really quick Google for 'food places in Islington'. We had a walk down towards Angel and looked in at a few menus on the way. Stef's stood out to us though as it was just off the main road and seemed welcoming. The biggest issue I had with the meal was the fact that I wanted to try EVERYTHING on the menu. And I mean everything. We took a bazillion years to decide what we actually wanted and even then, we shared each course so we could try double. 

Stef’s Oregano

We started off with a giant bottle of beer - something I'd not noticed on any other menu before. It was quite fun and tasted good too. We were torn between Salsiccia Toscana (a spicy sausage thing), Fungi Misti (garlic and white wine wild mushrooms) and any of the bruschettas. We eventually picked Crostini al Crudo and a started portion of the seafood linguine (which is usually a main). We had a bottle of the Pinot Grigio alongside it too.

Stef’s Oregano

For main we had a spinach, ham and ricotta calzone and the Paesana pizza (anchovies, ham, capers and olives). The food was wonderful and exactly what we wanted. I can't remember the last time we'd been out for a proper Italian (as opposed to grabbing a quick pizza in a pub). Oh, and I should mention the service too, our waiter was really nice and thoughtful. He brought us extra sauce for the calzone when we ran out and even used the table next to us for our wine and water when we ran out of space. All the staff there seemed really happy to be there and that's something that makes a massive difference to my meal. I think Italian is my favourite food to go out for and Stef’s Oregano may just by my new favourite local!

Thai Square food and wine

Munching my way through the set menu at Thai Square

The other week I found myself sat surrounded by delicious food in front of my sister in law, catching up over a bottle of wine. Every time we grab a drink or dinner together we always say the standard 'let's do it again' line. Except we don't; does anyone really stick to that line? That's why, when I got asked to check out Thai Square, I knew exactly who to take with me, India, the person who introduced me to Thai food. It was the ultimate taste test.

Thai Square cocktails

As we arrived the staff welcomed us with beaming smiles and sat us down at our table with some cocktails. Then the food started to arrive, and boy was there a lot of food. We sampled all of the goodies on Thai Square Platinum set menu which included two starters - aromatic duck rolls followed by Hoi Shell Rad Gang Kiew (thai green scallops). I love duck rolls, in fact, I would have been perfectly happy if the entire meal was just duck rolls. Did I mention that I love duck rolls? Okay good.The scallops were the perfect dish to distract me from the tasty tasty duck rolls. I love scallops but have never had them in thai green sauce before, it was, interesting.

Duck and scallops

Next up was the mains. We had Green Prawn Curry, Phed Makhem (duck with a tamarind sauce), Stir Fried prawns and Scallops and Weeping Tiger (marinated beef in a secret chilli sauce). Don't forget the sides too! These were egg fried noodles and vegetables, pak choi in a special sauce and steamed jasmine rice. All together that's a lot of food. But a lot of good food.

Thai Square food

I love meals where you can take bits of everything and just share it all. Dinner is so much more fun when you get to taste little bits of everything. That's exactly what we did. Except then we kept eating, and eating, and eating until we were a long way past full but everything was just so damn tasty! We'd worked through everything on the set menu of four courses which for £36.50 each is pretty good value.

In fact I could tell all of the above by the note that I left myself on the way home saying: Thai food = good food!

Thai Square

fish cage

My April highlights

I’ve packed in a lot of mini fun things last month so I’ve decided to start sharing end of month roundups as a bit of a way of tracking things I do. Here’s a few fun moments from April.

Improv

At the beginning of the month I had my first ever improv show! I’ve been doing improv for a while now but this was the first time I’d actually been on stage, in front of an audience, under real stage lights. EEK! The good news is that it went well! I was literally buzzing with excitement beforehand and had a load of people come out to watch and support me. The atmosphere was electric and everyone was so so so happy to be there. One of my favourite scenes was when I owned a llama farm and our neighbour was trying to steal them, oh, or maybe it was the one where I was flirting with a guy in a comic book store…. I guess if you take that out of context it sounds a bit strange but anyway, it was fun and we got a lot of laughs which was good!

improv

Easter

Easter weekend was a jam packed four days of fun. We did everything - which you could probably tell from my Instagram story if you follow me (plug!). One Friday we went to the wood and learnt some circus skills before playing tennis and going to the pub. On Saturday we took the boat to the pub, had lunch and a few beers, went rowing on the boating lake and then to the pub. On Sunday we had a dip in the sea, and Easter egg hunt, a game of tennis and then (you guessed it), went to the pub. On Monday we ate fish and chips on the beach before the drive back to London.

Swimming in Suffolk

Painting

The other weekend I kept free so I could paint our bedroom. Indecisiveness won and we took the whole weekend to select our paint colour so the actual painting got pushed back but I still felt like painting something. Long story short I pulled out my easel, primed some canvas’ and painted a fun picture for my best buddies new baby’s room. I’d put a picture but it’s still a surprise for her for now so you’ll have to wait.

I really missed painting though, it’s one of my hobbies that always falls off the radar. It was actually so nice to stay in on a Saturday night, have a few beers, sing along to Disney songs and paint. It took me back to my uni days.

Viki painting

Wine tasting

Last Monday I went along to wine tasting with some of my blogger buddies. I’d been a few years ago and learnt all about swirling the glass and things but was keen to try it out again. We were hosted by Siliva who runs Divino in Vino. She’d picked out six indigenous wines for us to try including a prosecco, two whites and three reds. She explained a little bit of the history of each one as she poured them. Two of the wines we tried were originally created from grapes which were almost extinct, making them into wine made them more popular!

I enjoyed each one we tried (mainly because they were wine!) but got quite critical with my scoring. I tried to remain… professional but ended up writing things like ‘smells like mushrooms’ and ‘tastes better after the first glass’ on my scoring sheet. Opps. It was a super fun evening though and a good mix of learning more about wine and having a giggle with the girls.

wine tasting

Dinner at Hixter

On Tuesday evening I was double booked. I popped along to the London Bloggers meet up organised by Abbi at the Escapologist bar in Covent Garden. I met a whole bunch of bloggers and has a few glasses of fizz before having to scoot off pretty sharpish to get to dinner at Hixter in London Bridge.

Typically I was running late so told Charlie to order for me and boy did good! He ordered the half roast barn-reared chicken with stuffing, chips and gravy and the beef burger for us to both share. YUM! My favourite was the chicken as it was comfort food heaven but he preferred the beef burger which was exactly as rare as we wanted it (aka very rare).

Date night at Stef’s @ Oregano

With all the excitement that was April, Charlie and I realised that we hadn’t had a date for a while. I’d spent the weekend decorating whilst he was coding my website so we deserved a treat for all our hard work. I had a quick Google of islington restaurants (why can I never think of anywhere I want to go when I’m looking?!) and found a few options. We took a walk towards Angel and glanced at the menu of Stef's before heading inside. I’m so glad we chose it, the food and the service was exactly what we wanted.

Stef’s Oregano

We ordered a giant bottle of beer to share as we planned our meal. I wanted to try everything but we eventually decided on Crostini al Crudo and the seafood linguine for starters (which we both shared) and then the spinach, ham and ricotta calzone and the Paesana pizza (which we also both shared). The food was incredible. I think we’ve just found our new favourite local Italian!

Stef’s Oregano

Inamo

Doodling On The Tables At Inamo

A few weeks ago Charlie and I were sat in Stansted airport, waiting for our flight to Berlin and wishing the waiter would hurry up and take our order. We started thinking about how awesome it would be to have an iPad so you could order whenever you want instead of having to wait. The guys over at Inamo must have read my mind as an email landed in my inbox inviting me to the Camden opening. The email described a little bit about them and, well, you guessed it … they use iPads to order! Each table comes with an iPad so you can scroll through the pretty pictures of food and drinks, pick what you want and order it straight from there.

Inamo

But wait…. there's more! If you don't want to use iPads you can always order using the table as they have interactive projections on there too. Pretty swanky you say? Well, they also have games you can play, a camera so you can spy on the chef, the option to change the table background and even a drawing app but I'll get to that later. 

Intrigued by the tech as well as the promise of delicious Asian fusion food, I headed along to the Camden opening. The new restaurant is just opposite Mornington Crescent station and a short walk down from Camden market. I arrived to a champagne and sushi reception on the roof terrace which was surprisingly warm and didn't at all feel like London. I can't remember the last time we ate sushi out but it was delicious.

Inamo

Then it was play time! We headed inside for a caricature drawing lesson and David (our teacher) had already sketched out some of us. Can you spot me?

InamoIt was then our turn to sketch out our faces. We had a quick run through of how it works and luckily I got the hang of it pretty quickly. You can pick shades of colour and different mark marking tools like spray paint, pen or some patterny thing. I’m pretty bad at drawing people so instead ended up doodling a little octopus and me under the sea. It should totally be on display at the Tate - right?

Inamo I went into my own little world whilst I was doodling, I could sit and do that for hours. Perhaps it isn’t the best place to take me for dinner if you actually want a conversation? I almost missed the food turning up but I’m so glad I didn’t; everything was A M A Z I N G!

Inamo My favourite dishes were the Char Sui Buns (tiny clouds of goodness), Korean chicken wings and the crazy amount of sushi we had to begin with.

Inamo The food and the tech in Inamo has me already planning to go back. Although, the only issue is that I’d want to order everything on the menu!!

*Thanks to Erica for the pic of me.

**I was a guest of Inamo but the food and drawing was so good I just had to tell you about it!