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Eating and Exploring

Get to Know the National Dish Quest What is a holiday without the amazing food you get to try, nothing i tell ya! Eating and Exploring is actually the motto over here. Whilst trawling the interwebs, I stumbled upon the Traveleaters – a couple of foodies with major wanderlust (people after my own heart). Few clicks into their blog and I discovered that they were doing a National Food Quest – a mission to try the national dish of every country they visited. How cool is that? Knowing that it would take them yonks to finish the quest, they invited all their readers to join in and I answered their call. The Rules are pretty simple,  in order to qualify you need to: 1.) Have eaten the dish in that actual country Yes! Biryani’s in Birmingham don’t count 2) Have your own picture of the dish.     Simples! So join in the quest with me and tag #NationalFoodQuest with every picture you take. I’ll be tagging #mimaleeeats and captioning my conquests with National Food Quest – so you can check it out on my instagram and/or twitter. …

Pancake Day, London Edition

From crêpe eating competitions with my childhood friend K, to ordering pancakes at almost every brunch spot I visit, I must admit I’ve eaten my fair share of pancakes. And that’s not even the craziest part I can’t believe I’ve been in Lagos for 13months now and I haven’t had a single pancake – now that’s weird !! That has got to change Would have loved this list to include some spots in Lagos but I haven’t got there yet. So, if you’re in London and you don’t know where to go this Pancake day – here’s a helping hand. Keep reading for 8 of my favourite pancakes and where to get them (in no particular order) Enjoy! 1.) The El Classico What: Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup Where: The Breakfast Club (Any Location) 2.) The Cute One   What: Drop Scones with fresh berries and clotted cream Where: Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings 3.) The Indulgent One What: Buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries, streaky bacon, honeycomb butter and maple syrup Where: Sunday Cafe and Restaurant, Barnsbury …

Sugarcane

I tried to give it up but the food life chose me  After weeks of postponing and last minute cancellations, W’s and I date to Nok had arrived. It was a Saturday and we were going to try out their Garden Menu, most importantly their suya hummus. W rides for her hummus, you see. Much to our despair after casually strolling in at 4pm..they were closed. I mean, who checks out opening times, really?! Apparently, they close between 4-6pm to set up for dinner. Crazy how at that exact moment our hunger pangs started. So we were faced with quickly deciding where we going to eat. Talindo’s? Crust and Cream? Sugarcane? oh Sugarcane! eekk. Going to Sugarcane at this time was actually scary, Plagued with bad reviews it hasn’t really gotten the best rep (food wise). But more than anything I was curious and wanted to try for myself. Plus, their red velvet pancakes were calling my name. And it was decided. Once inside you’re immediately greeted by the amazing geometrical decor and industrial style design. Exposed …

La Pastaa at La Verandahh

La Taverna, La Veranda, La Taberna… you wouldn’t believe how many times I got the name of this place wrong. Just had to keep clarifying by saying, it’s the restaurant at The Blowfish. Sigh! Le Verandah is an Italian restaurant owned by the guys behind The Blowfish, head over for an extensive menu of pastas and pizzas, plus some other Italian inspired niceties. P.S.(If you missed my post on The Blowfish Hotel, check it out “here“) I arrived hungry so i didn’t want to experiment with regards to the menu, just gave it a quick glance and ordered my fave – Spaghetti Carbonara. If an “Italian” restaurant botches up a simple carbonara then mate, it is doomed! And thankfully it was really good! Our dish came with slices of toasted bread and a side of pate and chilli sauce. You know that feeling when the conversation stops and all you can hear is slurping of pasta, clanking of forks and silence. Yup! that was us I topped up the dish with black pepper and parmesan I was a bit …

Have you tried? Chicken x Waffles

I try not to eat based on fads but i can’t help myself from being drawn to restaurants based on their signature dishes and at Craft Gourmet, their chicken and waffles seemed to be all the craze… and so you have it I found myself at Craft. Okay before i get carried away… Craft Gourmet is a “contemporary” restaurant in Mega Plaza by Lou Baker. It’s clean, bright, minimal and the staff are super friendly. I’m a sucker a nice decor so at a first glance, Craft won some sweet points in my book. They serve breakfast and lunch dishes with an American and Middle Eastern influence. Sooo we started with their hummus and meat – I was getting ready to tuck in, then i remembered that I’m allergic to chickpeas. I had a wee taste but didn’t eat much of it, but I think it needed a little squidge of lemon juice to to kick the hummus up a notch.  Currently, the Pulled pork Lamb burger and Chicken and Waffles are all the craze, so a …

Have You Tried? Kinako French Toast

If you’re in London, I’m pretty sure you’ve come across this desert by now. If you haven’t? Well today must be your lucky day.  Say hello to the Naomi Campbell of desserts; a sticky, buttery, golden crusty edged goodness that is sure to send shivers down your spine. Head down to Shackfuyu, a Japanese fusion restaurant in Soho, and tuck into their Kinako French toast served with matcha green tea ice-cream. 😋           Yes, I actually took a lot of pictures of this dessert. Thank goodness the ice-cream didn’t melt. Haha If you’re looking for something savory, try their Kimchi and fried chicken nun out for size.    

Breakfast Lobster

 New Breakfast Menu at ThreadNeedle Street Burger & Lobster, Threadneedle Street have added breakfast to their menu Their menu is pretty straightforward. You either get a Lobster benedict, a breakfast burger or pancakes & eggs. See, simple!   I went for the Lobster Benedicts with chives, cherry tomatoes served on a crumpet.   

Bird, Shoreditch

Ever wondered how Chicken & Waffles came about? I reckon some clever fella (American, obvs! probably the same one who devised Pancakes & Bacon) thought.. ‘might as well eat my Breakfast & Lunch for, you know…Brunch’ and now we have him to thank for this savoury-cum-sweet kicker of a dish. Bird is a retro diner which specialises in nothing but the bird. Not the greasy, cardboard,  type, we’re talking free range, high quality, as good as chicken can be types (cough Posh Chicken cough). It has been on my radar for places to visit for a while now, so when I found myself hungry in Shoreditch, heading over was a no-brainer. Their decor is borderline minimal with bare brick walls, industrial style lamps but they play absolutely no games when it comes to their dishes. Indulgent, finger licking and often messy to eat grub. I went straight for their signature dish, Two pieces of crispy and tender free range chicken on  a cheddar & onion waffle served with Canadian maple syrup… and it was bloody good! Go for the full works with a …

Smack Lobster

Do you remember my Lobster London post, well fast forward to now and 3 new Lobster restaurants have opened in the last few weeks. Here is one of them, Smack Lobster Roll Deli  us cool kids call it SmackLobster, the cooler kids call it Smack I’m kidding about the last bit, noone calls it Smack, yet.. it will catch on though.. soon Smack Lobster is the younger sister of Burger & Lobster but specialises only in quality Lobster  hence Burgers absence With a new fast food/fine dining concept. Gourmet food but with a fast food style, from the ordering, tall dining stools and minimal design. Smack Lobster brings something new and interesting to the food scene. I particularly liked the space and the layout of the restaurant The menu is short and to the point. A range of their signature lobster rolls influenced from world cuisines, as well as cold, ready prepared whole lobsters.  The flavours on offer were, Happy Ending, California, Seven Samurai and Mexican. With sides of courgette fries and lobster chowder I ordered the Mexican, courgette fries and Lobster chowder. After placing my …