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Low lie the FIELDS of Rookery Road

So today I made it my mission to finally go up to Clapham Common and try out fields(it wasn’t a mission only a bus ride but hey let’s be dramatic 😝) 

Located on Rookery Road next to the skating park this little beaut was not what I expected especially from being at the sister cafe Milk! It’s totally random and if I have to admit “shoreditch” but wow everyone wanted to be here and the atmosphere was pretty down to earth and relaxed- no snobs allowed, well you’re allowed but you better behave and chill out! #justsaying  

The front of house guy (*insert name here*) was super friendly and in my case accommodating seeing as I was a party of one. The place was hopping and everyone was putting their names on the 45 minute waiting list (always a good sign)

The good thing was that you could order a coffee and sit on the sidelines while you are waiting, always look on the bright side lads!      

 I got myself a coffee, a flat white to be exact (£2.40) which was so good , I definitely haven’t had a good coffee like that in awhile!  

 Quickly chatting to the front of house guy he said this place has been open for just over 18months now and said at this time (springtime) when the weather is getting good is always a tricky time when it comes to staffing and table accommodation! Hence the massive queues and #waitinglistbants – he said as it comes into the summer months the staffing numbers increase and the outside area is doubled in size with tables! So enough about that lets get down to business and showcase the food!

Eggs on Brixton sourdough (£5.50) with on the side, smoked salmon (£4.00) and smashed avo (£3.50)   

   The smashed avocado was literally the best I have ever tasted and I was informed that it was the right blend of lemon and salt which makes its a winning dish! Yummy yummy! Even got me some holy water 😝 – humour is everything!  I would 100% recommend this place the food is out of this world, the staff are really friendly and it’s just something different to try! 

Just remember though it’s only open Friday through to Sunday (9am-5pm) and they don’t take reservations (first come first serve policy)

~EarlieGirl

Muriel’s Kitchen (Soho)

Received a whatsapp message from a friend saying “you have to put this on your eateries list, you’d love it”

Reference: Muriel’s Kitchen

SOLD! 

This recommendation was based on the South Kensington location which is the closest to me and have passed it while on route to other eating sessions however I planned to meet another friend who lives more central and so we made a date for the Soho location! 

As usual I arrived a little early which I have a habit of doing and so ordered a coffee while I waited and had a few sneaky reads of my book!   

    
 

My friend was like, “I need a Bloody Mary or something” and so our server said “hey why not try the DIY Bloody Mary!” Hell ya that sounds cool, even a couple of ladies sitting next us had to ask what the hell is that when it arrived! Great call Muriel! 

We both ordered the champions breakfast because after all we are champions (hehe) and I got mine with smoked salmon on the sidelines! (Extra) 

A choice of poached or fried! I went for fried, for a change as I always get poached poached poached! 

It was all so scrumptious and I savoured every single bite!

Would 100% recommend! The bill came to £34 for 2 people! 

~EarlieGirl

Shake It!! 

Closest station is Tooting Bec but it’s also a nice walk up from Tooting Broadway if you are in the area! A friend told me about this new joint a couple of months back and I said I had to try it for the taste test. I’m not even much of a burger fan usually but seems to be a bit of a craving at the moment! 

Meat and Shake

I literally just popped in for a plain Jane burger and a strawberry milkshake (typical American diner order there for you like)  

    
 it was a nice burger but nothing really to write home about. There is a place across the road from where I live which does a nicer one so wouldn’t be making the trip especially! (Sorry) 

I’m glad I tried it out though as it was on my eateries list to tick off! And as always my motto is you gotta try it for yourself to make your own mind up! 

~EarlieGirl

Splashing the cash in Kerry!

Last weekend I went back to Ireland for a weekend break. This is an annual thing we do to get away from the hectic world of work and babies (not mine) so this year we decided to go to The Europe Hotel in Killarney, Co.Kerry. Kerry is beautiful and this is where my Dad grew up, but since my granny passed away 5 years ago I haven’t really been as connected to the town so it was special to me to go back and soak up the memories as well as pamper myself of course!  

 We left pretty early on the Saturday to make the most of the day as we had only one night and appointments at the ESPA. As soon as we drove through the gates of the hotel I could feel the sense of relaxation waving over me! 

As soon as we checked in and dropped our bags to the room we went for a processco lunch with an amazing view in the hotel restaurant. I had fresh prawns and crab on Irish soda bread washing it down with some bubbles of course!  

 My friend Bex went for the Caesar salad with tiger prawns. 

 ……. And the view! 

 After lunch, and to burn off our bloated bellies we went for a walk around the grounds which was amazingly breathtaking however I did nearly fall into the water, but that’s just a typical me thing to happen! 😂 

Then it was spa time, we quickly changed into our bikinis and practically ran down to the spa to get our relaxation on!  

 No word of a lie but this is definitely the best spa experience I have had to date and would go back in a flash! The treatments start off at ~€115 for 50minutes and honestly worth every penny! I went for the deep muscle massage.  With the spa area there is a relaxation room, heated loungers, steam room, sauna, ice mountain and the best is the outdoor heated pool. I didn’t take a photo myself but here is one from their photo archive 
 I would go back alone just to sit in this heated pool all day, and what made it more beautiful on that day was that the mountain tops were covered with snow, it was unreal! We spent hours here and talked about what we would do for the evening. Seeing as we were spending the money to stay at the hotel I thought it would be best to stay around the hotel and soak up the atmosphere 😍 

So after showering and semi getting ready we headed down to the brasserie restaurant where there was an hour wait list so of course we had a few Hendricks while we waited.

For dinner we had roast duck and the traditional fish and chips (I forgot to take a picture of the fish and chips because I was obsessed with my own dinner haha!  

 Roasted breast of duck served with polenta cake, cauliflower purée, lentils and broad beans served with a honey sauce gravy!

Now for the dessert. We had to wait a half hour to let the dinner settle but we both knew we were going to indulge and rightly so, we had had a hard day of pampering ourselves 😝

Dessert: chocolate croquette, served with peanut semi fredo and glazed banana.  Dessert: posh style bread and butter pudding served with ice cream and a delightful fresh butter cup flower.    After dinner we went to the residents bar where we had a few more Gins and whiskies chatting by the open fire before “turning in for the night”😂😂

The next morning we had planned to go to the gym, but that clearly went out the window and just about made it down for breakfast which by the way was my idea of heaven with a quality buffet breakfast not the standard crap you would normally get at a standard hotel. Yummy freshly brewed coffee, greapefruit and juice and of course PANCAKES!

 

We headed off around 12pm so we could go for a walk around muckross gardens. So, summing up the bill:

1 night stay at The Europe Hotel for two people.

  • Golf side view bedroom (breakfast included): €260
  • Lunch with Processco : £60
  • Spa Treatments (2): €230
  • Mini Bar Processco (obviously): €9
  • Dinner (Main and Dessert): €80 
  • Evening Drinks: €60

Be prepared to spend at least €350 per person but trust me it’s worth every single bite, sip, step and penny! 5 star hotel gets earlie girl stamp of approval.

~EarlieGirl

    Dozo Great

    I’m an avid sushi fan and having read timeout top picks a few months ago, dozo was featured as a must (locations at South Kensignton and Soho) and it went straight on the eateries list. I am actually one of those people who could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner however one must have will power. 

    So on Friday myself and my brother decided to have a family night and head for sushi. From the moment I walked in I knew I was going to enjoy it as there were plenty of Japanese people eating there which is always a good sign. When the locals eat there, you know you’ve done a good job.

    So I went for Wakame (seaweed) I can see some of my friends pulling an eugh face however I absolutely adore it.  

     I also picked from the dozo roll menu and went for sea pearl Maki which consisted of Tempura batter, seared scallop, crabmeat, cucumber, saikyomiso yuzu, mayonnaise. 

     my brother went for the bento box where he tried the mixed grill box in which he got to sample some eel which surprisingly tasted like salmon … I had to have a nibble!

    The bill came to £27.50 each including drinks which is a bit on the pricy side but it was definitely worth the visit.

    ~EarlieGirl

    Park Lane Adventure

    I have to admit, New Years Day usually consists of curing a bit of a hangover, however this year was completely different, it was one of a kind experience! My friends boyfriend is a chef at the intercontinental park lane hotel and they were offering a winter offer of £30 for unlimited champagne and theee courses (or £44 for four courses) 

    Fine dining on New Years Day is such a great idea as it really tops off the celebrations into a new year and with unlimited bubbles, who can say no? 

    Dave, the chef welcomed us and went through the menu recommending his top picks and of course we all went for the same thing (well, we didn’t want food envy). For dessert the options were very Christmassy based and because one of the girls doesn’t particularly like cooked fruits/raisins etc, we were offered a “chocolate surprise” 

    We started off with seared scallops, wild mushrooms and champagne cream 

     
    These were melt in your mouth, I absolutely love scallops and savoured every moment and flavour of it.

    The cleanse the palette for our next course we were presented with a yummy sorbet!  
    Moving onto the main course, we opted for the venison! I had only recently eaten an Venison steak and it was so yummy that I couldn’t afford to turn it down in this 5 star hotel. Roasted saddle of venison, fondant potato, beetroot, carrot and blueberry jus! Again this was Devine, cooked to a medium/rare standard and the blueberry jus was amazing, I never would have expected it to be so good. 

     This dish was so rich and I thought that I wouldn’t be able to say yes to dessert however Dave came out and joined us for a glass of bubbles (he was finished his shift by this point) which allowed us to digest the food and accommodate the sweet tooth appetite.  

     The dessert was a chocolate mousse of white chocolate, milk chocolate and a delicious ganache, raspberry crunch bites and fresh raspberries to top off! I savoured every bite! 

    The staff were so friendly and very attentive and I could not fault the service for our table. We felt like VIP guests.

    Afterwards we relaxed in the gin bar in the lounge and were treated to some amazing gin based cocktails  

        
       
    Great experience, thank you to th intercontinental park lane hotel for an amazing evening!

    ~EarlieGirl

     

    Bibo 

    On this lovely Sunday morning myself and my brother decided to go for a walk to Wandsworth and find somewhere for breakfast, brunch, whatever was available! We ended up walking as far as East Putney and found this little interesting Italian themed place called Bibo! We got there a little before 12pm so decided to wait and have a coffee before brunch was being served! I loved the coffee cups that our coffees were served in and was a lovely cuppa too! 

     

    The menu was really interesting and I have to admit it was hard making a decision!   After a lot of humming and hahing we went for a toasted focaccia and a peperonata.  

    The toasted focaccia consisted of peperonata, fried eggs, tomatoes and mozarella at £7.50.

     
    The peperonata consisted of baked and nduja which is basically an Italian spreadable pork based ingredient. This came in at £8.50.

    Whilst we were eating the Wandsworth remeberance parade took place and we had a great view from our table so that was an added bonus! 

    The total bill came in £25.75 for two brunch options and two coffees and included the service charge! I think very reasonable for tasty food and coffee – if you are in the area then definitely go try this out!!!

    ~EarlieGirl

    A little Brick of Clapham

    so, if you didn’t know already I have an eateries to do list (a want, rather than a need but that’s a minor detail). Recommend by a friend, I jotted down on my list and last weekend decided to go and try Brickwood Cafe in Clapham Common. Just a few doors down from the Alex, it’s a great place to start off your Sunday chilling.   

     Obviously because it seems to be a very popular place, there was a queue out the door but, because it was a nice day most people were looking to be seated out the back in the garden. 

      I was happy enough to go with what came up first and so after about 15 minutes we were seated. The staff were very friendly and seemed very genuine too. The menu was inticing and brought together by their oz/kiwi inspirations.  

     I decided to go for the poached eggs and kamura (sweet potato) on sourdough bread and of course I had to get a side of avocado (obviously like). 

      My friend opted for the smashed avocado and chorizo with a side of sweet potato.

     As you can see it looks delicious and correct it tasted amazing. Literally ate every last bite. The only thing which was a let down was the time wait for the food. Now in fairness they did tell us it was going to be a 30minute wait, but by the time it came to us, it was 45minutes. I did manage to squeeze in two coffees while I waited but it was just the only thing which put a small damper. Imagine if there was a hangover on the cards. 😱 

    Skinny Flat White  Skinny Latte

    Anyway, I was super impressed with the food and the atmosphere and then staff were lovely and friendly. Also loving the recycling vibe with cardboard menu boards, pegs and the ceiling covered with recycling bags.

     
    Total: I paid ~£15.00 which was great value for great food. I will definitely visit again and probably check out the Balham location.

    ~EarlieGirl

    Oak My God!

    Finally, made it down to Sylvan Oak (Instagram: @sylvanoak Twitter: @SylvanOak) for an Earlsfield fine dining experience on Thursday evening with a few of the Earlsfield ladies!

    This restaurant has been opened for probably a year now, and when I was living at the other side of Earlsfield I would walk past everything thinking “I neeeeeeed to try this place” but because it’s on the fine dining side of things I was always putting it off for “an occasion”but as one of the girls shared her “eating to do list” with me recently and Sylvan Oak featuring on this list, I decided to take advantage and book a table, the occasion being… Pay Day!

    From the moment I walked in, the staff were super friendly, offering me a choice of tables to choose from (the window of course) and rattling off the menu with recommendations and descriptions of how the dishes were assembled.

    I’m not going to lie, I had studied the menu inside out so I knew what I was getting even before I had arrived, but there were some additions to the menu which nearly swayed me to the indecisive mode!

    They have a set menu of two dishes at £32 and a selection of three at £38. I decided to go for just the two (with a thought of potentially going for dessert too, depending on how my belly was after dinner)

    Head chef for the evening was Lewis Russell.

    We went for a bottle of Malbec red wine for £24 which went down a treat and here’s my food selection choice.

    For starter I opted for the pulled pork Bon bons served with piccalilli, honey & mustard gel, rocket & coriander. 

    Melt in your mouth experience, these pulled pork Bon bons oozed so much flavour and all of the ingredients just blended so well together.  

    For the main course I went for the (fresh in that day) fillet of John Dory served with cardamom carrot purée, samphire, sautéed potatoes and spring greens.

      

    The fish was cooked to perfection and the cardamom carrot purée was such a good accompaniment.

     

    One of the ladies opted for this babary duck breast served with seared foie gras, celeriac purée, tender stem broccoli, duck fat roasted potatoes and cherry jus. This looked absolutely amazing and the duck looked perfectly cooked with the right amount of pink shining through.

      

    We noticed the table next to us ordered desserts and they did look amazing however we didn’t have enough room to fit it in (sad face) but if I were having a dessert, it definitely would have been the lemon meringue cheesecake served with meringue shards, lemon curd and lemon sorbet. If it’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s .. I’m a sucker for lemon desserts. This dessert was also recommended to us by our server who said it is the best lemon cheesecake he has tasted and he’s worked in a variety of Michelin star restaurants. In saying that, we couldn’t as we were stuffed but i know ill be bringing my parents the next time they visit, so dessert will be consumed in the near future.

    I would probably give a 5* rating on this place as everything was flawless from service to food and ambience. It was definitely a good way to end a Thursday evening! Check  it out if you get a chance.

    Until next time,

    EarlieGirl

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