Moving to a new area, means going to new local restaurants and trying out the food. I have tried out a few restaurants in Enfield now, the majority near Enfield Chase station.
The Beautiful South, a French restaurant on the high street was one I had not tried yet. With my new neighbours, Laura and I, with Lucas too, went to visit.
Chef James Greer met his wife Moira whilst at work and in 1998 they opened the Beautiful South for the Enfield massive.
“Over the last 15 years I have developed and adapted the menus to show off my passion for cooking and would now describe the food as modern French with a British influence.
I prefer to use seasonal produce in the dishes and menus that I create. I select local suppliers whenever possible, allowing me to get the freshest products ingredients delivered daily.
We create and cook all our dishes in the restaurant which also includes a fantastic selection of desserts. We also have experience of banqueting in major London hotels and are able to cater and offer help with organising any special events such as Conferences, Weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs etc.”
After a nice late summer walk to the restaurant, we finally got to looking at the menu. We were offered the Sunday menu on arrival, but the original menu was on the table too. So to our delight and both menus we all chose what we wanted from the whole range of The Beautiful South.
After some back and forth, especially for me with what type of chicken I wanted, between Laura and I this is what we went for:
The food here was very hearty and welcoming. I would almost go as far as say it was quite homemade. But not. It was better than my cooking and I didn't have to go back and forth between the kitchen and conversing with guests. I sat back, relaxed and eventually ate my food (Lucas needed feeding in between).
The mushroom sauce for the chicken was rich and flavoursome. This on top of a well seasoned piece of chicken was a filling lunch. The two potatoes on the side were a good size to, this made sure I didn't need any extra sides, albeit, I still wanted dessert.
I had a bite of Lauras' Duck and this too was lovely and rich. The plum sauce added a nice acidity to the meat and veg. Duck can be a tricky meat to cook, but done correctly you get the crisp skin with tender meat. Every foodies dream. This duck may not have been the best dream duck ever, but it was tasty and worth the price at just over £14.
Up North, there is a nice restaurant called the Beautiful South. We were well fed, looked after and it was baby friendly. No complaints from me. Not the best restaurant ever, but one I would recommend if people ventured up to Enfield for dinner.
Good Times: Good food all round at a decent price
Watch Out: You can book off both menus on a Sunday
OMG: Drink some wine treat yourself
Jealousy makes me hungry. Why? I see other people go to lovely restaurants, which, in turn, makes me want to go. This was the case with Tandoor Chop House and me missing our monthly Curry Club.
This was all the way back in January, so it has been a while, but I finally managed to drag myself to the restaurant and sample its delights with a friend.
I had heard good things from my friends about the restaurant and the fact that they either wanted to go back or had gone back, was a good sign for me.
Tandoor Chop House - "Tandoor Chop House is the meeting of a North Indian communal eatery and a classic British chop house. It brings together the characteristics of these two traditional restaurants. the tandoor ovens, Indian spices and marinades, select prime cuts of meat, and buzzing atmosphere. The result is a place diners can come to socialise over drinks and share plates of hearty, comforting food."
Nice words from Chop House. A few words I like to see: Share, Hearty, Comforting.
This was a quick lunch, so we didn't order too much between us:
We shared all the above and it left us feeling happy and satisfied. I wasn't stuffed and did not go into a food coma; which I think is a positive.
If I did return (WHEN), I would probably not order the onion rings or the fries, just as I feel that I would want something more aromatic and traditional. These fusion type dishes were tasty but I would try a special or a larger sharing dish instead. Maybe these could be the sides they are meant to be rather, than a sharing dish we had.
All of the above with drinks came to just under £45.
GOOD TIMES: Lovely restaurant, with good vides and good food
WATCH OUT: Nothing to worry about, except if you go without me. Invite me, I am free
OMG: The Lamb Chops- it is in the NAME
Good Mexican food in London is something I struggle with. Where do you go? Wahaca? Nope. Mestizo in Euston, not really.
What about breddos tacos? This food truck, come permanent restaurant has been cooking up a delight in London for a few years now and although I have had a takeaway from them before, last week I sat down in their restaurant for the first time.
A bit of background form them first:
"Breddos started out as a makeshift taco shack in a car park in Hackney back in 2011. Since then, we’ve gone on to do residencies and pop-ups, Street Feast, a cook book, as well as a cook-off at LA’s Tacolandia festival in 2016, before finding a permanent home for ourselves in Clerkenwell. Our food is influenced by the hundreds of roadside taquerias and restaurants we have encountered on our travels throughout America and Mexico, whilst utilising the best of British produce from passionate producers such as Phillp Warren and Son and Wild Harbour in Cornwall."
Learn from your travels around the world and delight the masses in the UK; yes please.
What did we eat on a slightly chilly Monday night.
Tacos (of course): These are for one and between us we ordered from across the menu. I went specifically for the:
Masa Fried Chicken: Roasted habenero, heritage tomato pico de gallo
Kung Pao Pork Belly: sichuan, Bird's eye chile, spring onion
Other dishes to share:
Beef Quesadilla - picture above. A great sharing dish.
Pork Chop - with all the toppings etc on the side for people to make their own wraps OR just have the meat by itself
Lamb Shoulder - As above. Sherwin ripped apart the meat off the bone and then we each took our portions and ate the tender meat.
Some views of my friends who joined me for this visit:
- The beef quesadilla and slow roasted lamb joint for sharing were outstanding.
- Good taco joint where sharing is the best way to sample all the delights.
The pork belly and 'seafood one (Octppus) were delightful.
Staff were friendly and very quick to offer their recommendations as to which dishes we should try
I couldn't agree anymore with the above views and thoughts. Breddos was a bit of an adventure. The food came out when ready so we were constantly excited and waiting for what was to come next. This continued all the way to the dessert of churros and ice cream.
GOOD TIMES: Pork Belly tacos so good, you really should get two
WATCH OUT: No warnings needed, relax and have some Mezcal
OMG: The sharing dishes of Pork and Lamb were divine.