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Prime Burger – Euston

Posted on Saturday, 31st October 2015

PRIME BURGER – EUSTON

Last week I attended the launch party of Prime Burger’s new branch at Euston Station. Located on the first floor of the station, it is a burger joint that specialises in creating efficient, diverse, and high quality burgers that you can eat-in or takeaway. Their menu extends from breakfast to lunch and dinner, and their policy clearly states that all burgers must be done within 8 minutes or the customer has a right to claim a refund.

Prime Burger - London Food Blog

London Food Blog

Prime Burger was well-lit with Brit-pop blasting and the smell of burgers permeating throughout the restaurant. The place is really clean and has a small number of tables that fit 4-5 people. The was an outdoor sitting area and the large window seats were appropriately designed for those who wanted to keep an eye on their train departures as they ate.

That night I tried two types of burgers, the Prime Truffle Burger (£8.95) and the Crazy Larry (£7.25), as well as the garlic butter fries, with and without cheese (£3.50). The Prime Truffle Burger was the winner as it had a rich tomato sweetness, with a tiny hint of the truffle aioli and truffle cheese. The creamy texture of that, with the prime cut patty and fluffy bread produced a good balance of soft, sweet and savoury.

Prime Burger - London Food Blog - Prime truffle burger

Prime Burger – Prime truffle burger

The Garlic Butter fries were delivered freshly hot. It didn’t have a strong garlic taste, and the chives on top didn’t add too much them. I later tried the same fries with cheese on top and this really elevated the taste. According to the menu, the garlic butter fries are listed without cheese, but I would definitely ask for cheese to be added.

Prime Burger - London Food Blog - Garlic butter fries

Prime Burger – Garlic butter fries

My spice tolerance is above average, but the ‘Crazy Larry’ burger has got to be the spiciest burger I have ever had in my life. The burger consisted of fresh chilli jalapeños, hot chilli salsa, onion, mayo, tomato and lettuce. One bite into it, and my lips looked like Angelina Jolie’s. They felt flaming hot, but somehow I wanted more. A quarter of the way into the burger I had to stop, with the help of chips and water, the spiciness calmed down a bit more. In my opinion, if you need to get full to the brim and have a high spice tolerance, go for it. But order it as a meal (with fries and a drink) because it is more powerful than you’d think.

Prime Burger - London Food Blog - Crazy Larry

Prime Burger – Crazy Larry

Overall, Prime Burger is great for those on the go and willing to spend over £10 on burger and chips. It’s an ideal pit stop for a delicious burger before enduring a long ride on the train, and less of the type of place to linger and have a calm and long conversation with friends. As it is in a prime location, there may be times when it will be busy so be prepared for a lot of noise. As for the food, the Prime Truffle burger is definitely aa unique and great if you want something cool, fancy, and different amongst the other cafes and food places within Euston station.

A guest post by Nicole Chui – Instagram: @nicolemmapearl


SUMMARY INFORMATION
Likes:

1) The garlic butter chips (especially with cheese)
2) The prime truffle burger
3) The cleanliness of the venue

Dislikes

1) The service was slow and the venue was very noisy.

Food rating: 3.5/5
Service rating: 3/5

Prices
Burgers: £6-£11
Burger Meal deal (Burger + a drink + a side): £10-£14
Breakfast: £3 – £8

Website: http://www.prime-burger.co.uk/

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Tilda Curry Supper Club

Posted on Wednesday, 28th October 2015

To celebrate National Curry Week a couple of weeks ago, Tilda Rice threw an intimate Tilda Curry Supper Club at The Little Yellow Door, a quirky, fictional flatshare pop-up in in Notting Hill with a ‘little yellow front door’. Hosting and cooking at the event was Indian food writer, columnist for the Evening Standard and Indian cookbook author Mallika Basu. Mallika cooked for us some beautiful curry dishes, with the inspiration being how leftovers can be given a twist and transformed into a delicious dinner.

My favourite dish of the evening was the Bengali chingri malaikari – tiger Prawns steeped in a spicy sweet coconut and caramelised onion curry. This was really special. The prawns were firm and tasty, and the sauce had a wonderful, sweet intense flavour.

Tilda Curry Supper Club - London Food Blog - Tiger prawns

Tilda Curry Supper Club – Tiger prawns

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Muscadet Magic – Billingsgate and more

Posted on Monday, 26th October 2015

MUSCADET MAGIC

Krista from Passportdelicious.com and I recently took a tour through the world of muscadet magic. We began our trip bright and early one Saturday morning, meeting at Billingsgate market at 6am! It was a bloggers event and the objective was to discover the delights of matching muscadet with seafood. But there was a competitive element to the event as well. Working in pairs (me with Krista), we were all given a budget and tasked with purchasing some seafood with which to create a dish that would best work with muscadet. The winning dish – which was judged by Jon Massey of The Wharf newspaper and Douglas Blythe (writer, consultant, presenter, high-society sommelier and enthusiastic cook) – not only brought with it the honour of the number one spot, but six bottles of muscadet as well.

Muscadet Magic - London Food Blog - Billingsgate Market Market

Muscadet Magic – Billingsgate Market Market

To set us up on our day, we feasted on some scallop and bacon baps from the legendary breakfast haunt at Billingsgate, Piggy’s Café. Bellies full, we ventured out into the heart and sole of the bustling market in search of our ingredients before making our way up to the Billingsgate Seafood School. Here, CJ Jackson, the CEO of the school and author of Leith’s Fish Bible took us on a guided journey into the secrets of scaling, gutting, filleting, and prepping seafood. It was an eye opener, very informational and wonderfully educational. And then we were ready! Ready to step it up another gear and begin cooking. For this, we made our way to the Central Street Cookery School where a plentiful larder had been laid out for us, and some cold and crispy Muscadet awaited us.

Muscadet Magic - London Food Blog

Muscadet Magic

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Antidote

Posted on Saturday, 24th October 2015

ANTIDOTE

We had a gorgeous meal at Antidote Wine Bar recently, a lovely little number just off Carnaby Street in the heart of Soho. Although a wine bar, there is a strong focus on food at Antidote as well. Antidote’s Head Chef is Michael Hazelwood, who cooks under the guidance of Mikael Jonsson, the Chef Patron of Hedone. More than just a one Michelin star restaurant, Hedone is also ranked as the number 60 restaurant on the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list.

On the ground floor is an all day wine bar offering cheese, charcuterie and small plates, and on the first floor is the restaurant which offers both an a la carte and a tasting menu. The wine list focuses mainly on French wines with a select few options from other countries. All the wines at Antidote are organic and biodynamic with no artificial additives used.

Our excellent meal began with some lovely breads and butter from Hedone. Mikael Jonsson studied the art of bread baking with one of the finest bakers in France, Alex Croquet, and much has been written about the bread at Hedone. Suffice to say, the bread was delicious with a light springy texture.

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Antidote – Breads by Hedone

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Konditor & Cook – Their Spooktacular Halloween Range

Posted on Tuesday, 20th October 2015

Konditor & Cook have long been tantalising London taste buds with their delectable range of chocolate brownies and their ‘to-die-for cakes’ including their famous Curly Whirly cake, a dark chocolate cake decorated with a cream cheese frosting. And ahead of Halloween, Konditor & Cook have launched their ‘oh-so-scary’ Spooktacular range of delicious treats including a Haunted Gingerbread House, a selection of Magic cakes and a Trick or Treat Box with a range of mini bakes.

Konditor & Cook - London Food Blog - Goodge Street Branch

Konditor & Cook -Goodge Street Branch

Konditor & Cook sent me three of their cakes and pies to try, and I must confess to being totally blown away by the pumpkin pie (£22). The filling had a gentle flavour of pumpkin, was nicely spiced and was not too sweet. It also had an excellent texture, one that was smooth and creamy. The sweet pastry base was a little soft, but the filling was so spectacular that it more than made up for pastry.

Konditor & Cook - London Food Blog - Pumpkin pie

Konditor & Cook – Pumpkin pie

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Menabrea Beer – Slow Dining at L’anima

Posted on Sunday, 18th October 2015

Multi-award winning Italian brand, Menabrea Beer, hosted an exclusive supper at London’s L’Anima Restaurant last Monday which I really enjoyed. Brewed in the Piedmont town of Biella at the foothills of the Italian Alps, Menabrea is well known throughout Italy, especially in its Northern heartland. Menabrea is Italy’s oldest continuously operating brewery, and the beer is brewed using the same methods used since the brewery’s inception in 1846, encapsulating over 150 years of skill and craftsmanship. There are only five ingredients in the Menabrea brand of beers, but those ingredients are of the highest quality with the result being a beer that has a refreshing flavour and crisp texture.

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L’Anima – Menabrea Beer

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Les Gourmets des Ternes

Posted on Monday, 12th October 2015

LES GOURMETS DES TERNES

The original Les Gourmets des Ternes in the 8th arrondissement in Paris opened in 1962 and has a long history of serving celebrities and politicians alike. The walls on Les Gourmets des Ternes are adorned with pictures of famous guests, the likes of which include
 Sharon Stone, Jack Nicholson and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Les Gourmets des Ternes in Knightsbridge is the younger sibling of the Parisien original, and the ground floor of the restaurant boasts of the same menu and bistro décor as it’s older sister. Les Gourmets des Ternes specialises in traditional French cooking, using produce imported from France. Dishes include such French classics such as andouillette de Troyes, beef bourguignon and sole meunière. On the first floor there is the Rendez Vous Bar, an intimate Champagne and foie gras bar with a capacity of 25-30 people.

Six pieces of escargot (£7) came out piping hot with a generous drizzling of garlic butter which we loved. The butter went swimmingly with the snails, and it also made for a good dipping sauce for our bread. The snails were well cooked with a good firmness to them. There is sometimes a tendency to overcook snails which makes them too soft. Here at Les Gourmets des Ternes, they had a nice firmness to them.

Les Gourmets des Ternes - London Food Blog - Escargot

Les Gourmets des Ternes – Escargot

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Street XO Madrid

Posted on Friday, 9th October 2015

STREET XO MADRID

Street XO in Madrid is the casual eatery by David Munoz, the chef of the highly acclaimed DiverXO, the only restaurant in Madrid with three Michelin stars. David Munoz has long tantalised diners far and wide with his extraordinary renegade approach to fine dining. When Anthony Bourdain visited DiverXO on his show No Reservations in 2010 (and I particularly loved the programme on Madrid and DiverXO), he declared that Munoz’s food was “something that should probably suck”, yet he ended up proclaiming his love for it. Back then in 2010, DiverXO only had one Michelin Star. Now DiverXO has three.

Munoz’s approach to food is designed to shock and delight, and with Street XO his approach to cooking is no less electrifying. Street XO is a temple to Asian fusion gastronomy, and draws upon an incredibly bold use of ingredients, seamlessly weaving together Western techniques with inspirations from across Asia to produce food that is colourful, delicious and different.

The décor of Street XO is no less daring. The grungy ‘street’ look of the restaurant is completed with ‘graffiti’ on the walls, neon signs and bright red colours. Diners can choose to sit on bar stools around the open kitchen or dine al fresco on the balcony, waited on by waiting staff dressed in straitjackets. This is clearly no run-of-the-mill restaurant.

One of the signatures at Street XO is the Pekingese ‘dumplings’ (€12.50) with pork, crunchy pig’s ear, strawberry hoisin sauce, togarashi aioli and gherkins. These did not resemble traditional Chinese dumplings, with the presentation representing a piece of modern art. Yet the dumplings thrilled with their exquisite flavours and arresting ingredient combinations. The meat was beautifully moist, the pig’s ear was lusciously crunchy and there was a nice touch of spiciness in the creamy aioli. The gorgeous dumplings were simultaneously creamy, fatty and crunchy, tempered by a touch of acidity from the gherkins.

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Street XO – Pekingese ‘dumplings’

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