As a start, I want to say thank you to Nathalie Bonney and her fabulous article about Copenhagen. Without this article I would have been wondering aimlessly around the streets of the Danish capital without a clue on what to do and where to go. Thanks to her, I was able to visit the sights, sounds and eateries of Denmark.
Below is my experience of Copenhagen. I hope you enjoy it.
Not often do I have to apologise for going to a restaurant. However, this was the case with Ceviche last week. Laura has been desperate to go but we have never been. Yet last week I was given the opportunity to go without her and so I went.
Ceviche as a company is also the home of Andina in Shoreditch, which i went to last year. I am still a big lover of Peruvian food and drink after my holiday in 2015 and I was very excited about this trip. Seafood, the classic ceviche, good sharing plates and a glass of Pisco sours. No wonder Laura wants to go.
You already know that I am all about sharing. Peruvian Tapas at Ceviche continues my love for this and between the three of us we ordered about eight dishes. We were a bit hungry but not overly hungry, so we went about ordering from all over the place. This included some bits to snack on, some fish dishes, some ceviche (of course) and a few meat dishes too. Added to this, we even went for a salad as well as a corn and feta savoury cake. Bold and Brave.
For our drinks, we all went for the classic Pisco Sour. This was a great drink and with the sun just about shining through, we all wished and dreamed of being by the seaside sipping on our drinks. The Pisco was nice and delicate with a tiny nudge of alcohol at the end. The frothy egg in the sour gives you the feel of a lovely cocktail with a sour element which makes you want more. We stuck to one each on a lunch time; sensible.
The food here is definitely a winner. Fresh and vibrant flavours for each dish, make them all stand out; even the salad. The staff were on hand at all times, giving us their recommendations and any specific requirements we had they tried their best to cater for.
What I would recommend from the menu is the lamb cutlets as above, charred and a bit smokey with a good zing. With their love of Potatoes in Peru, the mash that accompanied this dish was smooth and a delight in my mouth. The ceviche as in most cases was also a star performer, the acidity of the citric juices was well blended with the chilli. Most importantly was that there was a good amount of sea bass in the dish which made it a good amount to share between three people.
A delight and a restaurant that I have to and will take Laura too. I love Ceviche and ceviche at Ceviche is the perfect place to have it. (confused much). A nice restaurant, comfortable and hipster at the same time. The prices are not painful and with a few more Pisco sours, this could perfectly be the place to go before a night out. We will go soon Laura.
This must be the dream for the burger lovers from up north. Meat dipped in gravy. On top of that, roast beef on top of the patty and wow we wow wow.
Dip n Flip is burgers with an added twist. Here they provide you with the classics such as cheeseburgers and bacon cheeseburger but add the element of gravy with it too. The aim here is to dunk your burger into this gravy; it's almost akin to dipping your shortbread in your tea. A dream combo.
As is becoming too familiar, I have wanted to come to Dip N Flip for well over a year. Unfortunately as I am in North London and very lazy, coming down to Clapham is a big deal for me. I put it off for a while but this week I had the perfect opportunity to go.
London isn't the biggest city and traveling around for food, can definitely be worth it. Meeting with friends we made our way to the table, a high table with stools all around. Although not the most comfortable you feel relaxed and not like you are in a rush. After a little nudge we ordered all our drinks and went to look at the menu. I did my research and knew what to expect. Basically meat with more meat. The option I went for was a beef cheeseburger with roast beef on top. This is called the Dip & Flip. Obvs.
So how good is it? A good gage is how upset I get with a few bites left. When you have a good burger you don't want it to finish. I was upset but not so upset at the end. The gravy is a great touch, not overly seasoned but juicy. Grabbing the burger, you dip it into the gravy and stuff it into your mouth. It's a bit messy, but manageable. The burger was good, but unfortunately it is not my favourite. I felt like a bit more seasoning was needed. The roast beef is a good idea, but part of me thinks that some smokey bacon would be better instead. The added salt and texture may make it a better meal.
An important note to add with Dip n Flip is their chips, aka their version of Poutine. Chips, cheese and drenched with gravy. This was a special amount of gravy, the chips were swimming in the juices and because of this they lost a lot of their crunch. These chips are a win and would be something I would be happy to see in more places. I think I prefer this style of cheesy chips rather than that at Shake Shack (just saying).
A good burger addition in London and I hope they open up a branch closer to central London and north London too. Thanks guys.
Hot Dogs were supposed to be the new trend in 2015, taking over from Burgers.
Looking back now, it is obvious to say that this didn't really happen, but Herman Ze German in London has successfully achieved in bringing us Hot Dogs and sausages as a whole to town.
Herman Ze German is a fast food restaurant with good value meals. The German efficiency with good quality sausages is here to stay.
How does it work? The menu gives you all the options and the waiter provides you with a pen. From here, all we had to do was tick what we wanted and give back the menu. No need to waste time reciting what you want or the waiter trying to remember. It's all on the page.
What is on the menu?
Sausages, salads and schnitzels.
Laura ordered a hot dog and I went for the curry wurst (chopped up sausage in a curry tomato sauce). They have three types of sausage meat and these are the BratWurst (Pork and Veal) , BockWurst (Smoked Pork) and Chilli Beef (Pork, Beef and Chilli Beef).
The sausages were very filling and i just about managed to finished the curry wurst and fries. The fries were standard but good, quite similar to McDonalds but a bit crispier. The sausage meat is good quality and the flavours and textures work really well. A sturdy Dog.
Fast food with German Efficiency. I am not sure if Hot Dogs will be a big trend, but Herman is a good start and definitely a place to go for a sausage or two. As they like to say, their Wurst is the Best.
A new type of curry night, where no curry was eaten.
Gunpowder has not been on the scene for too long and when my foodie friend suggested we go, on a hop, skip and jump we went. The restaurant classes itself as a home style Indian Restaurant and with dishes mentioning "maa's" and "auntie" it makes you feel like you are getting authentic treats. The dishes originate in Calcutta and with the friendly staff and relaxed vibe (a small unassuming venue), you feel chilled and this makes the food stand out.
Think of Gunpowder as Indian tapas. Sharing is important here and the friendly waiter recommended we order about three dishes per person and share. We went for the usual approach and ordered a bit at the beginning and more as we went on.
uThe trendy Shoreditch peeps have changed the curry night and made it into a culinary delight. Put warm and friendly dishes and make it fancy and you are onto a winner. With a wine bar in the restaurant in such a small venue, Gunpowder has the allure of exclusivity too and with the no reservation policy i was very lucky to get a tale at 6:30pm on a Wednesday evening.
As lucky as I was to get a table, it was still too late for the Rabbit Pulao, which was one dish which stood out on the menu. This menu is quite brief but it is also a menu where you want to eat everything on it.
These dishes stood out for me and therefore were what we ordered:
It all was very good and tasty. The refined dishes were delicate and had a great impact on my taste buds. That is a new way to say 'i loved it'. The quality of the produce made the food stand out and you can tell that the chef has taken care with the food presented here.
The tapas style of the restaurant means that you cherish every bite. The dishes are smaller so it is important that you enjoy every bite and Gunpowder ensures that this is the case.
Whatever you see on this blog is the truth and is what you should eat. Do it and make sure you get there on time; you may have to wait a while otherwise. Be faster than a bullet (pun intended).
Curry night and Curry Club is not always as it seems.