Category Archives: Bibs

Less Talk, More Noodles!

Ho-Fun Lido

Lido in Chinatown is not just a paradise for Dim Sum and Noodle lovers, but it also has that type of chilled out environment I normally look for when trying to get rid of terrible hangovers.

Since the day my flatmate Alban talked to me about this place it became my favourite within the area of Chinatown: Good food, friendly staff, reasonable prices.

Lido 3

A couple of times I tried following Time Out’s advice about some other good restaurants around there and not only was I disappointed, I was also absolutely pissed off about the shit food, the bad service received and the fact that I still follow suggestions from these “We-know-everything-everywhere” hipsters!

 

Yesterday at lunch time I was around Shaftesbury Avenue for work, so I decided to go there on my own, as my colleague is on that period of the year where if you drink, eat, sneeze or fart before the sunset you’ll be cursed by for the rest of your life.

 

Trying to be on a diet is depressing for a million of reasons, the good thing though is that I didn’t go crazy when ordering the food as I normally do when going there with friends for Dim Sum on Sunday lunch time.

I “just” got a portion of really tasty Malaysian style Ho-Fun Noodles (Ho-Fun are the wide, flat, rice noodles, the Chinese version of Italian Tagliatelle) and a delicious Crab+Seafood (3 dumplings in total) Dim Sum.

Ho-Fun and Dim Sum

Needless to say that this time a doggy bag wasn’t necessary…

Lido 1

As mentioned before, if you spent the all Saturday night up to no good, Lido Restaurant will be the right place to spend your Sunday lunch. Order a can of Coke and get messy with their wide choice of Dim Sum platters, you surely won’t regret it!


Gigs&Tips: Up the pints people! It’s Friday, it’s sunny, the storm is over and The Black Keys just announced a UK tour coming this March..

BK

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Miracle on Bleecker Street..

A couple of weeks ago I finally found the “miraculous” Bleecker St. Burger van at the KERB street food market just under the Gherkin building in the City.

I remember getting a Double Cheeseburger and a portion of Angry Fries and I also remember they got demolished in less than 3 minutes!

Bleecker St.

I promised to myself that I wouldn’t do any reviews about burger places, as everyone seems to be doing them nowadays, but the Bleecker experience was probably the best lunch break I’ve had since I started working in the City (AKA The Land of Corporate Robots).

The menu is straightforward and simple (a bonus for an indecisive dude like me) and the Combo deal was literally an “offer that I couldn’t refuse” (good old “funny-chin” Marlon Brando): £10.50 for a Double Cheeseburger and a portion of Angry fries.

Bleecker

The juicy patties were perfectly cooked (maybe I’d have left the meat 10 more seconds on the grill) and the Angry fries, even if they were not at the level of anger that I’m normally used to, were super tasty, with a pretty decent chili sauce mixed with melt cheese and mayonnaise.

I won’t tell you that these guys are better than others or worse or whatever. What I’m suggesting here is that you should do yourself a favour and go out and find this black van of magic! You won’t be disappointed!

For the right coordinates: http://bleeckerburger.co.uk/


Gigs&(way-too-many)Drinks: I went to see The Bronx at Oslo this past Tuesday.

Don’t remember much of it as I was completely hammered but if you’ve never heard of them you definitely should!

Monty’s Deli? The “Proper Tits” of Jewish Delis!

iPastrami

I heard good stuff about this place even before they opened! Well, that’s probably not quite true, but if you like salt beef and pastrami you will love Monty’s.

Monty's

Typically, if you decided to start a blog, you have to remember to take pictures of the food before you start to eat it… however, when the waiter put in front of my face the Reuben Special (a RIDICULOUS pastrami and salt beef sandwich on toasted rye with Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, sauerkraut plus pickle and coleslaw on the side) I just couldn’t do it.

Reuben

Thankfully my mate (and fellow blogger) arrived a bit late so, on top of the 25 minutes he had to wait for his sandwich, he had to wait 3 more for me to take pictures (I know that 3 minutes are normally gone in the blink of an eye, but tell that to a hungry+angry man – he obviously wasn’t in the best mood about it).

My girlfriend opted for another pretty big sandwich with an “impossible-to-pronounce” name, the ‘Meshuggener’: salt beef, pastrami, liver, non-toasted rye bread and no cheese. This was also really good and packed full of meat, but I love my cheese so I reckon the winner for me is definitely the ‘Reuben Special’.

Monty's Deli

The location of Monty’s is perfect –  it’s right in the middle of the superb Maltby Street Ropewalk Market (a 10 minute walk from London Bridge station) and its incredible food stands (the pulled pork burgers looked unreal! I’ll be returning to try one or two of those bad boys).

Ropewalk

The staff were super friendly, the service was really good as was the value for money (less than a tenner each for a proper “Jewish feast” on rye + soft drinks).

Monty's staff

As my good friend Cozza would say: “Mate, this place is the Proper Tits!!” … And I really can’t find better words to describe it!


 

Gigs&Tips: Monty’s deli and the Ropewalk market could be the right meeting point if you’re going on later to a gig at the O2 arena on a Saturday night: Couple of sandwiches, easy going atmosphere, a couple of little places where to get cheap drinks and, when you’re good to go, you can either walk to Bermondsey station and get the Jubilee line or, if you’re too pissed, share a cab.

I’ll leave you with some lunchtime funky grooves..

Enjoy!

These Indians will stuff vegetables inside you for nothing..

What to say about Taste of India?

The first time my friend Sunny took me here and told me on the way “it’s a vegetarian restaurant” I politely replied to her with something similar to “F**K THAT!

However, since that day I’ve come back to this East Ham gem 6 times and every time I’ve returned, apart from the Polish waitress, me and my mates reassuringly seemed to be the only westerners in there.

My flatmate arrived in the area an hour before us and since he couldn’t find a pub he decided to wait at the restaurant. By the time we arrived he had already demolished 1 plain naan, 2 huge samosas and a Kadhai Paneer (pretty tasty), but the guy really can eat so for him that was just a little Entrée.

The moment that the menus were left on our table a little revolution started with the amount of food plates we chose. We ordered as if there was no tomorrow. Our requests to the waiter rapidly followed: “We want this.. And That! And please also this one! In fact make it two! Actually, 3!” (I should also add that every time we order way too much food… but I can promise it’s worth it!).

We started with a lovely Chilli Paneer, an Indian cheese with an amazing chilli sauce – pretty spicy and sweet (just at the right point so as not to be a common sweet and sour taste) and a portion of Masala Vada, 2 fried doughnuts with Sambar sauce and some Chutney.

Chili Paneer

Masala Vada

The Masala Dosas that followed were INCREDIBLE and incredibly huge. The Chef’s secret Dosa was a little too overfilled with peppers for my liking and not on the same level as the Masala ones.

Dosa

Even though that amount of food could have fed an entire family we fearlessly decided to carry on, and with a blink of the eye we had on our table a massive Garlic Naan (they probably used 10 garlic cloves for that), a lentil curry called Dal Makhani and a potato based dish called Aloo Methi Masala.

I should point out here that unfortunately ‘Taste of India’ does not serve alcohol and it was probably this lack of beer on the table that allowed us to continue bravely on the second leg of our food voyage.

Two points to consider: Point number 1 – the incredible flavours of the Aloo Methi (see next picture) made this dish a winner over the Dal Makhani, which wasn’t bad but just a bit tasteless.

Aloo

Point number 2 – After eating the entire garlic bread my breath was so bad that I had to call an exorcist the next day to return it to normal.. It was well worth though!! Amazing Naan! But be warned!

They also have a good desserts choice but it was literally impossible at this stage to eat any more!

The final bill came to £45 total with tips included and, considering how much we ate, I can tell you it’s a really fair price. You can literally go there and stuff your face with a fiver but hey, we do have big stomachs.