As you may have noticed from the SiPstagram, I recently spent a long and indulgent day in London.
We started with breakfast at the Chiltern Firehouse, which you read about here. We had a busy morning of boutique browsing before heading to Westbourne Grove, and settling ourselves at Granger and Co. for lunch. I ordered the spelt linguine with kale, lemon & pistachio pistou and broccolini. It. Was. Amazing.
The parmesan and breadcrumbs on top gave it quite rich taste, as did the very garlicky and flavour packed sauce pistou. It was perfectly sized portion, and the earthy taste of the spelt linguine made me feel a smidge healthy.
All good meals should end with a cappucino…
Then of course we needed something sweet, “just for energy”. This was a, umm, Raspberry Flapjack. I think.
After an afternoon of dilly dallying, it was already dinner time. We headed to Kings Cross, to Caravan. It’s a place I have been several times, and I always love the causal atmosphere, friendly staff and cool menu.
This was a burnt thyme something with alcohol.
The food menu is all small plates, ideal for sharing. This is my preferred way to eat as you just get to try so much more. First up was burrata, with fig, hazelnuts, candied orange zest and balsamic. It was delicious, but a minor complaint was that the burrata seemed to have been stored in a fridge dangerously close to being a freezer – it was ice cold!
A kohlrabi and fennel salad with walnuts was another tasty and light appetizer.
The jalapeno cornbread with chipotle butter was a bit of a disappointment, as you can see, it was just burnt.
On to the more substantial items, the tamarind quail with pineapple sambal and chilli jam was nice, but I’m not sure the quail matched the strong flavours ideally.
Finally, to seal the deal, we had the girolles, kale, and braised fennel pizza with baked ricotta. It was fab, though perhaps could have done with more of a punchy flavour addition.
After that, it was time to flee the big smoke and head back to Bristol.
Below is a little outtake, coffee at the very trendy Monocle Cafe (that err, doesn’t have WiFi).
All are great places, all are recommended
Granger & Co. Notting Hill, 175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB, United Kingdom
Caravan King’s Cross, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA, United Kingdom
The Monocle Café, 18 Chiltern St, London W1U 7QA, United Kingdom