Taking a stroll through Chinatown and guess what I had. A Burger, of course.
I had initially planned on having a cheap(ish) lunch; payday seems so far away. So wondering through Chinatown, we luckily saw IchiBuns. I have heard good things about this place, so put my money worries behind and walked in.
Ichibuns is a lot more than burgers. The menu is full of Noodles, Sushi, Ramen, Sashimi and Dumplings. I think with such a variety, going in a group is a good idea as it will allow people to share.
Although the menu has many options, my brother was craving a burger, so we stuck to our guns and went for the burgers.
ICHIBUNS BURGER - £ 13.5
A blend of British Wagyu and Angus beef, miso-caramelised onion and American cheese with ICHI burger sauce
SPICY CHICKEN KARAAGE BURGER - £12.5 Crispy chicken thigh coated in spicy seasoning, butter lettuce, cheese and tomato with mustard mayo
Thorough description on the burgers above. We shared the burgers and both were on par with each other.
The beef patty was very juicy and succulent. Good medium to well, it had a good bite and oozed with a good coating of cheese.
The chicken was delicately crisp and the spicy seasoning gave a good kick that reminded you that spice is a flavour in itself too.
GOOD TIMES: Lovely burger(s)
WATCH OUT: That menu. where do you start? You will need a few visits here to try everything
OMG: That menu. where do you start?
Just because I have to travel for work, does not mean I can't eat OR that i am too professional to take pics of my food. No chance.
Off to Cologne for DMEXCO, which meant walking round the Kolnmesse halls, networking, schmoozing and getting my step count up.
Usually, food is not the key focus and what you expect is canteen style food or Currywurst from a Truck. I had both of these and some more. From the pictures below you can see, that when in Germary, pork is THE meat to have.
The pictures of the food, above and below were from Papa Joe's (Cologne Old Town), this was the Pork Knuckle and Zum Prinzen (Schnitzel). Both hit the spot and were great with a side (s) of beer.
The Germans are not big fans of pints here. Instead the small glass of beer, was a clever way to get you drunk without you knowing. Two sips and the glass of beer is finished and you are on to the next one. Before you know it you have ordered about 9 or 10 ( been charged a fortune) and tipsy AF. Ah well, put it on works time and expenses. (Shhhhhh)
So Schnitzels, Pork Knuckles and Sausages. The joke (title of this Post) is the only thing which is bad, whilst the rest (food, conference etc) are all an experience to savour and make the most out of.
See you next year COLOGNE, i Think.
I won't start this with a cliche of how breakfast in the most important meal of the day. However, as a so-called foodie, breakfast, as with any meal should be a good one. I sometimes do rush breakfast when I haven't got time, but when I do have the time (and energy), I want my breakie to be memorable.
The breakfast craze has exploded over the years, where restaurants, cafes etc, can easily charge £10 plus for some eggs and more.
When they can make it as pretty as the pics here, then why not?
This breakfast visit was to Hopper & Bean in Winchmore Hill. An independent Cafe with two locations in North London, this was recommended to me by a foodie friend.
Hopper & Bean are all about being Locally Sourced and Crafted with Love. I understand the first part, not sure what the second really means. But, it is a good sound bite.
Options are ket to a good breakfast, but so is quality. People want so many different things and in so many different ways. Take eggs for example: Poached, Fried, Scrambled, Boiled.
I went here based on a recommendation and before I could get there food suggestions, I ordered their on Toast Option.
This is; Toasted Organic Sourdough served with a salad garnish and their signature betroot hummus. From there, you were able to choose your added extras. I went for Oak Smoked Ham, 2 poached eggs and Hollandaise Sauce. My wife went for a similar breakfast, with Gluten free bread and salmon.
As an FYI, the recommended suggestions were for The Full Hopper and also the Three-Egg Omelette. NEXT TIME.
The breakfast was tasty, the coffee was good and the although it was busy, I didn't feel rushed to eat and go. I think there were a few people around me, who were camped there for the day. A home from home and they have the food to keep you there too.
GOOD TIMES: Breakfast of course. Their hummus is subtle, yet very tasty.
WATCH OUT: even on a weekday during school time, this place was packed.
Celebrity endorsed restaurants are a thing. Rick Ross and WINGSTOP is a prime example.
On the other side; Salt Bae has become a celebrity because of his restaurant.
And finally, you have restaurants by celebrities. This bring us smoothly to Wahlburgers. It's in the NAME.
Brief review below. I hope you understand why.
It is not just strictly burgers here. However, this is why I visited. A good taste test for any burger joint, is to try the classic cheeseburger and chips.
Whilst I couldn't fault it or say it was bad; it wasn't that good either. With huge competition all around from FiveGuys, ShakeShack, MEATMarket, even Byron. I just don't feel that I will be visiting wahlburgers again.
The single patty burger was filled with lettuce, tomato and onion (a bigger whopper almost) and it was tasty, however, the wahl sauce didn't add much and as a whole, especially at £9 did not provide great value.
One thing that I was a fan of and felt like a USP, was the onion fries. A true sample of American dining. lightly battered onion strips, added to the sauce was really nice.
Maybe another location where there are no other burger places may help.
GOOD TIMES: The onion fries
WATCH OUT: nothing bad, just not that great
OMG: Only if one of the Wahlburgers is there!
People often think that Burgers are my favourite food; well I have to say, that this is not true.
Iranian Food has always been my favourite cuisine and type of food. My parents cooking has always been so great and growing up with this food, almost daily meant that it was the first cuisine I fell in love with.
The Iranian restaurants in London are good, but do not have much of a wow factor. To be honest, I prefer my parents cooking anyway.
When I saw, however, that the group behind Gymkhana were opening up a Persian restaurant, this got me excited. Gymkhana, itself has Persian influences so I was confident that this would be good too.
Persian/Iranian, Iranian/Persian, whatever you call it, Berenjak promised quality food done right.
From their site:
With Berenjak I wanted to evoke the style of a rustic hole-in-the-wall eatery from Tehran, and reinterpret signature dishes using seasonal British produce. “Spices, dips, pickles and handfuls of herbs are the flavours of my childhood, so it’s great to be reinterpreting them in Soho. For me, it wouldn’t be an Persian dinner without sitting elbow-to-elbow with friends and family, sharing each dish until every scrap has gone” – Kian Samyani (Founder)