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!
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.
This morning I decided to head up to MUD in Tooting Broadway. How did I find this place? I Googled places to brunch around south west because I felt I needed to try more and BOOM! For my Earlsfielders, only a 10 minute bus ride (44,270, 77) or a 20 minute walk.
I am getting quite into the habit of saying everywhere I go is my new favorite brunch place, so I will try and refrain this time (but, seriously it’s going to be hard when you see the pictures)
It’s a nice cozy atmosphere with seating for around 30-40 people including the garden area. It was a nice morning, but I didn’t want to sit outside the back as I wanted to soak up the atmosphere inside.
You know when you go somewhere and from the first step into a place you’re like “Yup, this is it” or “Oh I dunno, but i’ll give it a try” or the extreme of “I hate this place, let’s go”! Well, I got the “Yup, this is it” vibe! The front of house staff were extremely friendly and accommodating to my request to sit inside which came available quite soon after and I ordered a skinny cappuccino straight away and then tucked in to look at the menu ( I purposely didn’t preview before I came here as I wanted to surprise myself – random!)
So I decided to go for the Smashed Avocado. They have about 7 or 8 items on the brunch menu (excluding side options) which in my opinion is a great call – especially now I know what I know in terms of the taste and portions. So anyway as I was saying, I went for the Smashed Avocado and a side of potato cakes (sure, I said why not, it’s Saturday!)
While I was waiting for my food, I was trying to read my book but I couldn’t concentrate, not because it was noisy or anything but because I was just getting too distracted by my surroundings, taking in all of the furnishings from the open brick walls to the exposed copper pipes which gave it a real Williamsburg, NYC feel (coooooooooooooool bro).
When my food arrived I nearly fell off my seat by (a) the presentation and (b) the amount of it that was in front of me! OMG – Look at it like!! #eyesbiggerthanbellymoment
Smashed Avocado on sourdough bread with 2 runny poached eggs, feta cheese, CORIANDER and poppy seeds. (£7.90)
Potato Cakes – I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this and they were only bloody delicious weren’t they! (£.200)
I don’t often leave food on my plate, I was that girl that friends mothers loved as I used to eat everything on my plate and I still do, but today I just couldn’t, it was so filling. Now don’t get me wrong, I practically cleared apart from a couple of crusts and 1 potato cake but still like…. it’s me!
When my plate was cleared away, I could barely get the words out of my mouth to say it was amazing because I actually was just so impressed with it. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for too long as I had my own cooking to be doing as I am going to a BBQ later, but trust me I WILL BE BACK, and I will be bringing troops!
Total Bill for 1 person: £12.30 – HOW GOOD IS THAT LIKE?
FYI – I noticed a lot of people come in and get takeaway coffee and pastries, so if you can only drop-in and go, there’s plenty for you to takeaway with you!
I have this “London Eateries” list on my phone which is always there at the back of my head going “pick me, tick me off”. I had read a review on timeout awhile back about M1LK and therefore it went on my “list”, however I have heard that it’s quite manic on the weekends because it’s so popular sooooo…. In conjunction with taking a “me” day from the real world I decided to pop it onto my agenda for today. I decided to walk from Earlsfield to Balham to work up the appetite which when I arrived, I was definitely ready for some good food. Even for a Monday, there were a few people in there and I just about managed to grab one of the last tables which was free.
It is quite a small place but personality oozes from wall to wall! Menus were dropped down and when I was ready to order, I had to pop up and order from the till (and as an FYI, it’s a cash only system so make sure you pop to the ATM before you arrive)
I decided to go for Sweet Maria (corn fritters) with a side of field mushrooms and black cabbage, along with a skinny cappucino!
I was actually blown away by the flavours which the combinations together brought. Ohhhhhh my goddddddddd! Although the sides were pricey (for me anyway) compared to the portion size at £2.50 each, by God they tasted so good!!!
This was washed down nicely with a skinny cappucino… (proper barista coffee …. It’s a real cappucino)
I was absolutely stuffed so I couldn’t bring myself to indulge in some of the treats laid out in front by the till, but I did manage to fit in a pot of peppermint tea (loose leaves) which was gorgeous!
I was able to sit and relax for a couple of hours and read my book but I can see how you would be even lucky to grab a table at the weekends , and I doubt a lot of novels are read in that space of time!
1 x Skinny cappucino
1 x peppermint Tea
1 x Sweet Maria
2 x sides
Total Amount Spent: £17.80
Happy Camper = 👍 (I am glad I got to tick it off my list and I have to say it was worth the wait)
If you are around Balham, then go try it out… And it’s only a 42 minute walk from Earlsfield. *public transport also optional 😉
It’s officially springtime and back to the routine of “healthy eating” and “healthy living” ….. Come on…..Who has stuck to their new years resolutions anyway? Unless it’s… Have more fun, eat more food!
Catch up required with some of the girls and so, at the recommendation from a friend of a friend… along with “You must get a table under the tree” we booked in for a Brunch date at Scoffers on Battersea Rise in Clapham Junction (only 15 mins on the no. 77 bus from #Earlsfield).
First Impressions: Cosy!
As I was a few minutes early, I thought perfect timing for me to soak up the atmosphere “under the tree” with a very strong (brownie points) skinny cappucino.
This gave me plenty of time to read the menu and the offers……and to change my mind from Avocado Heaven, to Veg. Breakfast to Buttermilk Pancakes to Avocado Heaven to…. Well, you get the picture right? Spoilt for choice! When the girls arrived I had made up my mind and said #FatDay we’re going for the PANCAKES! So the order from our table was as follows:
-Buttermilk Pancakes with bacon & maple syrup x 2 (£8.95 each)
-Eggs Florentine (£9.50)
-Avocado Heaven (£8.95)
It is a fair statement to say that everyone on our table was clearly satisfied with their choices as we all had near to empty plates. I have to admit I couldn’t finish my pancakes but only because… Did you see the size of the portion served up in front of me? #EyesBiggerThanBelly moment!
The bill came to under £60 with optional service charge of 12.5% included which for 4 dishes and 6 beverages, I feel was very reasonable! Definitely happy campers leaving and it is somewhere I will definitely be re-visiting.
Also, something enticing was their “We Love SW11 Neighbours Card” which allows you to redeem some Thursday night offers along with some others including:
Now if that doesn’t convince you to go……. then….well, I just don’t know actually!
Having published my previous blog post on coffee mania from the Earlsfield high street I thought that I was finally all coffee’d out but ohhhh no, that didn’t seem to be the case because a few days later I received a message from the owner of Earlsfield Deli inviting me down to try out some of their coffee styles from Nude Expresso so last Thursday I popped in on my way home from work and met John, a self proclaimed coffee geek.
So here’s me thinking I know about coffee, I totally don’t, well I didn’t, I kind of do now thanks to John sharing his knowledge with me.
So with the classic expresso shot (East) for example which is used in the deli for the expresso base for all coffees the shots are weighed out to be about 16g (I could have totally made this up) which gets the most out of the flavour and the process goes as follows:
1. Rinse the portafilter and fill up with ground coffee bean from machine
2. Press the coffee down using a tamper and remove any excess from the edges using a brush
3. Under the the range it goes for dispensing.
John explained that coffee is brewed best from machine when water is 90degrees.. And did you know…. When the expresso is poured, technically it starts to break after 30 seconds.
We also looked at making flat whites and cappuccinos and I learned that with heating milk you should never heat over 65degrees and it shouldn’t be foamy foamy, it should be silky, this type of process is called micro-foam.
These coffee art styles are known as the tulip and when making the cappuccino you put the chocolate in before the milk which flavours it much better (gooooood idea) and finally here’s my shoddy attempt at a flat white (I’m still giggling at how bad it is)
It was a really insightful lesson, not only did I learn about the difference between a good coffee bean and a not so good coffee bean (again everyone has different preferences) but also I was introduced to a new way of drinking coffee (and ideal for summer months..Mmmm refreshing)
For all those coffee addicts out there, it’s like this… You’re craving a coffee (all those late nights taking advantage of the beer gardens) but it’s just too humid for that flat white…well then let’s have a little chat (overheard on the highstreet) V60 a Japanese manufactured product is coming at you with a bang and while we have been lucky with the weather you might want to take a look. So, similar to the Japanese style of making tea but for coffee, the apparatus (who knew coffee was so scientific) allows the aromas to intensify through the filter paper.
It comes out nearly looking like tea (and if you haven’t seen it go through the process) then you may not appreciate it but WOW does it taste good. I was actually so surprised at how refreshing it was, it went from yes this is a coffee taste to what’s that? Jasmine…
Firstly we tried V60 specific nude blends of Ethopia Wote and Brazil Chapadao De Ferro which gave flavours of Jasmine, tea rose and lemon for the Wote blend and an almost caramel flavour from the Chapadao De Ferro blend. I have to admit I preferred the Wote but that’s only because I am a fan of Jasmine tea and so combining it with coffee is just unreal. Who knew hey?
We did all the coffee tasting of Nude Expresso with a comparison blend of LaVassa coffee and I’m sorry LaVassa, Nude Expresso won hands down. I can appreciate though that everyone has different taste buds and some people prefer a bitter taste and others a smooth taste so always going to be difference in opinions based of preference.
I think now I can say I am all coffee’d but great coffee tasting and thanks to John for taking the time out share his knowledge with me. John mentioned that he’s looking to start pushing forward and plans on introducing coffee tasting classes in Earlsfield Deli so if you have an interest in learning more about the blends I would highly recommend…. It’s something different anyway!
Sunshine. Lollipops and…. (I’m singing this, I don’t know why) but it just kind of sums up the #earlsfieldliving adventures of the weekend… I won’t harp on. I just want to give a quick low down on the Belle Amie experience yesterday as part of the intro into the CoffeeMania challenge I am doing (blog to follow in a couple of weeks).
Anyway, Belle Amie has a gorgeous set up, so quaint but cozy and has a lovely choice of cakes and foodie stuff. With the weather being so glorious we had walked up the high street and after deliberations (here?,here?,here?) we went for Belle Amie (I haven’t had a coffee here yet anyway, so made perfect sense).
We sat outside to bask ourselves and ordered some lunch and treats! I opted for the Vege Stack grilled sandwich (£5.50) which was a delightful combination of goats cheese, pesto, sun blushed tomatoes and caramelized onions… Can you taste it? It sounds delish- I can confirm it was delish. (Yum, yum, yummy). I also got an americano (£2.20) and it was so nice. It’s definitely going to be a strong contender in the CoffeeMania challenge.
Overall the experience was loverlyyyy! Everyone seemed relaxed and friendly. The food was of high quality and the treats section, although tempting I stayed away looked mouth watering. My housemate grabbed the blueberry muffin along with her coffee and she seemed to enjoy – “fabulous” was her choice of word.
I’ll definitely be bringing friends along to this establishment when they visit to indulge in the sweet tooth options. I have my eye on their carrot cake.