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“Better call Seoul”…Bakery. Before it’s too late!

I can’t imagine London without Denmark Street and its incredible vibe… Guitars and drums shops, people like Noel Gallagher, Ronnie Wood and Patrick Stewart (Spock!) hanging around there, the iconic 12 Bar Club, the Alleycat (Regent Sound Studios back in the 60s, where the Rolling Stones recorded their first album), and all the tiny Korean restaurants round the corner.

Unfortunately due to the Cross Rail development starting from January 2015 the all area will be transformed and will definitely lose its greatness. There’s an online petition going on at the moment – I don’t know if it will really help to avoid the inevitable but hopefully it will postpone it a little bit. If you have a second please sign it here.

Last Saturday after band practice at Enterprise Studios (located in a little alley behind the 12 Bar) I had a late lunch at Seoul Bakery with my girlfriend Lucy.

Seoul bakery outside

SB is a really small Korean restaurant run by smiley and friendly people, where the ingredients are fresh and the food is made with love.

Seoul bakery 2

Seoul bakery staff
Friendly staff @ Seoul Bakery

I ordered a delicious Spicy chicken soup with Udon Noodles, that came with a portion of Kimchi as a side dish, and Lucy got a Bulgogi Bibimbap.

Spicy Udon soup
Spicy Chicken + Udon soup

If you’re not familiar with Korean food:

  • Kimchi is a traditional spicy and sour Korean side dish made of cabbage with a variety of seasonings;
  • Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with vegetables, seasonings, a fried egg and sliced beef. It is also a funny word that I use a lot when I’m drunk… Don’t ask me why as sometimes I’ve got no idea of what’s happening inside my head;
  • Bulgogi = grilled marinated beef cooked using Korean traditional grilling techniques;

 

Kimchi
Kimchi
Bibimbap
Delicious Bulgogi Bibimbap @ Seoul Bakery

The only bad thing about this pretty place is that soon it will be gone, as the whole building will become a charming Bus Stop (A big Thank You to the Crossrail pricks for making this happening so quickly). I don’t know if they will reopen in another location but even if they do it surely won’t be the same unfortunately.

Seoul bakery 1
The only grumpy face @ Seoul bakery
Seoul bakery 3
Nicely decorated walls

If you’re still new to this type of cuisine I reckon a cheap lunch (YES! SB not just is good, it’s also cheap as chips) at Seoul Bakery this weekend could be a great introduction to this new world of magnificent aromas.


 

Gigs&Tips: I’ll never get bored of telling everyone how fun a night at the 12 Bar Club can be! They have live music 7 days a week, door charge is always under £10, good beers, a pool table, a cool outside area at the back. So hurry up and go get a taste of the Denmark Street madness before it will turn into a Prada store or a Pret a Manger.

Last but not least: These guys are on tonight at the Brixton Academy. It’s sold out but some last minute tickets may be available outside the venue..

Have a great weekend Bibs&Gigs lovers.

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What the Duck!?!

Most of you already know a lot of stuff about the Duck & Waffle: in the heart of the City, great place for a date, breathtaking view, super fast lift, amazing food & cocktails, reasonable prices, open 24/7 etc. So I won’t mention any of that as you’ll probably get bored after 2 seconds.

But what I will do is give you a quick summary of my recent lunch experience.

It wasn’t a date, unfortunately, but a convenient business lunch paid by my company. To be honest though, who needs romance when free food is on the table?

Duck and Waffle

I opted for a beer, rather than a cocktail, but by the look of the bar I can tell that they definitely know what they’re doing with the mixers!

Their signature dish, the Duck & Waffle, is delicious, so is the roasted octopus – fresh and cooked to perfection, which is not easy to find in London.

Duck And Waffle - Octopus

The only disappointment for me was the fillet of Angus beef Carpaccio – way too much Pecorino cheese, as you can see from the picture, and not enough meat.

Duck and Waffle - Carpaccio

Also, the menu is a bit too fancy and not clear enough – If it wasn’t for the lovely waiter explaining it to me I’d probably still be there choosing what to eat.

Don’t get me wrong folks, it was a lovely experience, and even if I promised I wouldn’t mention the view, it really will leave you speechless. Get the table in the corner if you can and make sure you book in advance for lunch and dinner.


Gigs&Tips: Next week it will be my flatmate Alban’s birthday and since I love buying gig tickets for friends (despite the fact that he’s never read my blog – what a simpleton!) I’ve booked to go and see The Mad Caddies in November at the O2 Academy in Angel…

Have a great week you cheeky Monkeys.

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

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!

Seasick Steve @ Royal Albert Hall – 23rd May 2014

Bibs&Beers

Random horny woman in the crowd: “Steve, I love you!”

Steven: “Great! What’s your number?”

That’s what you get from a down-to-earth “Walkin Man” like Seasick Steve!

You get that and an incredible show, where everything is 100% REAL! From the guitars made of hubcaps, cigar boxes, cans of beer, Christmas decorations and broomsticks, to the litres of red wine drank on stage by the Californian blues man and his drummer Dan Magnusson.

Unforgettable were also the lovely breasts of the super-talented violinist and the tears of joy of both musicians at the end of the gig, when they realised that everyone was clapping, shouting and going crazy for the tremendous show they had put together.

Seasick Steve

The entire event was more than a concert, it was a party! Creating a unique atmosphere and vibe that invigorated even one of the most classical of venues, the Royal Albert Hall.
A mixture of acoustic songs, dirty blues, Rock&Roll, rough sounds but also mellow ones when the violinist was on stage.

Steven and his friends played for over 2 hours and totally rocked the FUCK out of the place, absolutely deserving an incredibly warm crowd and a final standing ovation.

Seasick Steve @ Royal Albert Hall

“Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three” – Seasick Steve


Bibs&Tips: If you have time either before or after an event at the Royal Albert Hall you should head to Macellaio RC for some great Gnocchi al Pesto or a big juicy steak.

Buon Appetito!