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Abokado

For some of the freshest, healthiest and yummiest food in London, look no further than Abokado. This delightful chain is now my favourite lunch place – and they have such a great selection of things to eat that you’ll never get bored – or pick the same lunch option again and again. My favourites include the wild brown rice and herb salad with avocado and a minty yoghurt dressing (pictured below) and their Super Omega 3 salmon sushi. In fact all the sushi options are so good that is is very hard to choose.

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Abokado source all their fish ethically and sustainably, and they support British producers for their fruit and veg whenever possible. You can tell the high quality of all their ingredients as everything tastes so damn good! They support lots of charities too.

Abokado Sushi - The Hungry Crumpet

Last but not least, the story of Abokado is something a little special. It was set up in 2004 by a couple called Mark and Lindsay with a ‘crazy dream’ and a sincere love of food. They had been travelling in Australia and were overwhelmed by the fresh and tasty food options in Sydney, so they vowed to bring back this healthy food philosophy to the UK. Thank goodness they did! Abokado beats all high street competitors on taste and quality. And the staff are lovely and smiley too.

In fact, I’m off to buy some of their sushi right now. See ya! 8/10

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The Shed

“Notting Hill, despite its central location, is a dead zone for good restaurants. Well at least it was until The Shed opened its charming blue doors in October 2012.”

Goats cheese and honeySet up by Oliver and Richard Gladywn, the concept for The Shed is simple: locally sourced sustainable produce with little waste. They put together a daily-changing menu of delicious tapas-style sharing plates photowith many of the ingredients hailing from their family farm in Nutbourne, West Sussex.

The menu can be a little confusing on your first visit. ‘How big are the ‘Mouthfuls?’ ‘How many dishes should we order?’ Luckily the friendly lumberjack-shirt-wearing staff are always eager to talk you through every plate on the menu. I would recommend 3-4 dishes each if you’re not too hungry but 5 will fill you nicely if you’re ravenous!photo 2

Favourites on the current menu: Chorizo, labneh, crisp bread and kale (£8), Lamb chips with harissa (£7.5), Wood pigeon with port (£9), Veal ragu and tagliatelle (£8.5), Pan fried goats cheese (£6.5), Spatchcock quail (£8.5). The desserts are excellent if you have room.

The Shed is a truly special place taking British produce and London dining in an exciting direction. Book ahead to avoid disappointment. 8/10

The Shed Restaurant
122 Palace Gardens Terrace,
London, W8 4RT

Call: 0207 229 4024
Tweet: 
@theshed_resto
Email: info@theshed-restaurant.com

The Sir Charles Napier

photophotophoto“This is not just any pub, but an award-winning foodie heaven in a magical setting.”

The Sir Charles Napier was so good that I had to start a food blog so I could write about it! This Michelin-starred gastropub in Oxfordshire had been on my list for a while, but my visit with my family last weekend did not disappoint.

Entering the cosy pub with its exposed beams and crackling fires on the sunniest day of the year so far, made me very proud to be English! The eclectic mix of furniture, distressed walls, bunches of wild flowers and smooth sculptures by Michael Cooper added to the warmth of the place. I felt so at home, I wanted to move in.

The menu is immediately enticing, each option more descriptive and exciting than the next. For starters we chose: Rabbit rilletes with pickles and focaccia, Warm pigeon salad with blood orange, betroot and feta, Smoked haddock cheddar risotto with crispy quail egg and Seared foie gras with duck confit on toast and rhubarb. All were delicious, but the foie gras was the clear winner for me, with a delicate balance of flavours, well placed dots of rhubarb compote and two pieces of popcorn(?!) for decoration. “I love this place” we kept saying before we’d even finished our starters… “when are we next coming back?”photo[1]

For mains, my sister and I both had the Monkfish with braised oxtail, jerusalem artichoke and russian kale. I’m always slightly disappointed by monkfish, and for £25.50 this dish could have had more flavour. The monkfish dish was easily overshadowed by the outstanding gnocchi with rainbow chard (fresh from the garden), butternut squash and rocket. The Cornish pollock with mussel chowder and caviare was tasty but I was more amazed by how the vegetables had been so finely and equally diced than by the food itself. Of all the mains, the best was the perfectly cooked Goosenagh duck breast with carrot, cumin, blood orange and endive marmalade. This is not just any pub, but an award-winning foodie heaven in a magical setting. 9/10

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The Sir Charles Napier,
Sprigg’s Alley, Chinnor,
Oxon,
OX39 4BX

01494 483 011

info@sircharlesnapier.com