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All Day Breakfast! Some days, these words are the best and just what is needed.
Recommendations are a must with new places. With so many options to eat out, get delivery or take away, you want a reliable source to tell you about something good.
Wanasa Cafe is just this -https://wanasacafe.co.uk/
Driving past to another place, we saw this place, but weren't sure about visiting.
Hence, the recommendation was the key factor in driving us here.
A bit about Wanasa from the team there:
"Wanasa means connecting with people in humble settings, usually with food and music involved. It is a unique Arabic word with no direct translation.
A neighbourhood cafe serving speciality coffee and tea, delicious artisan treats and a tasty all day breakfast menu. Lunch menu to come, bringing authentic Arabic home cooking based on family recipes to Winchmore Hill."
On our lunchtime visit, this is what we got:
- Eggs with Bastirma, Scrambled eggs, spiced beef sausage, chives, kalamata olives + sourdough
- Full Breakfast of Halloumi. Sausage, tomatoes, beans, mushroom and scrambled eggs.
- Lemon Cake
The desire to go to Wanasa is the need to have a change from the ordinary.
The added herbs and spices, the merguez or beef sausages are just a few examples of this. I try this myself at home, but it is never the same or as good. Balance is always key and a good place will get this right.
The warmth of spices such as cumin or zesty flavours of sumac take the traditional elements of a breakfast to another level.
With a hot coffee, the scrambled egg had pieces of Bastirma (beef sausage) was a delightful bonus with every bite. A key way to take a simple dish of scramble egg and transport you elsewhere.
With an evolving menu and a lunch menu to come, Wanasa will be a go to place for locals. A menu encompassing the middle east and its variety will entice food lovers and give them new experiences to add to these strange times.
I'm looking forward to going back again and try out more dishes and cakes too.
Once it was vegan
Lockdown ruined it for us
Then came Chubby Burgers
My Haiku to introduce you to a new burger place in Enfield.
For more context, the corner opposite Enfield Town station was home to a Vegan fast food shop/restaurant. I had food there once (it was okay). Unfortunately, I think it became a casualty of the pandemic.
A little while later, the shop had new branding and my dreams of a new burger joint were realised.
Welcome to Chubby gourmet Burgers.
As per my usual test for a first time burger, I went for the cheeseburger.
As a lockdown treat, I went for a double, with some halloumi fries too.
How was it? Does Enfield have a go to Burger joint.
Well... for a beef burger, No. Sorry.
I can only describe this burger as 'Pub Like'. The patty had the taste and consistency of a frozen burger. I can fully understand why businesses do this, but when you describe yourself as 'Gourmet', then a frozen beef burger is not something you should do.
The accompaniments, of caramelised onion, tomato, lettuce, cheese, were good. However, the beef, especially the fact that I went double, let the whole side down. I believe, fresh patties with the rest of the package would elevate Chubby's to a really good local joint.
I hope this review is not seen as being harsh, but rather being useful. I have seen that their lamb burger has had good reviews. Therefore, a second try is needed.
I want Chubby to do well and for locals it already seems like a popular spot. I think post lockdown, if open late night, I can see myself going for a quick burger. See you soon and good luck Chubby Burgers.
GOOD TIMES: Good looking branded burger.
WATCH OUT: Overcooked patty, probably cooked from frozen.
OMG: Location works for me, that is it for now.
Lockdown; how many blogs have started with this subject?
Too many, but this is life.
Onto this story. Lockdown, has given people the chance the evaluate, re-evaluate and focus.
Change plans, adapt and try something new.
Goodburger is a key example. The Coqfighter team, (experts at fried chicken) have taken their skills to doing beef burgers too. This new idea was initially launched as a take-away only option at the beginning of lockdown.
Since, they have then taken up residencies across London. The takeaway we got was actually nicely gifted from the team at the Brave Sir Robin pub near Crouch Hill.
On one lucky Sunday night, I was asked if I wanted a burger and of course I said; HELLLL YEAAAAH.
I went for the standard Cheeseburger; always a good first test burger to have. Looking at the menu, the other options do look mouth watering.
Living in Enfield, meant the burger had to do quite a journey to reach us. I quickly heated this up in the oven and then went about eating (pictures first) this juicy, double patty burger.
How was it: TOP NOTCH.
The chicken experts do Beef very well. Cooked well, with gooey cheese all over and the pickles and onions giving great crunch and flavour. Add the 'goodsauce' to the mix and you are onto a winner.
100% a great addition to the burger scene, and I am forever grateful for the kind gift of a burger. I will be back and will have to go for a double combo next time. One chicken and One Beef.
YOLO- as they say.