Franco Manca, Broadway Market

December 8, 2016

francomanca, broadway market

Franco Manca, Broadway Market

The menu

Foreground: pizza 4, Gloucester Old Spot Ham, Mozzarella, ricotta, wild mushrooms.

Only low point – drinks are crazy expensive and not very good. Apple juice came in a tiny glass about the size of milk thimbles from school, and lemonade was almost flavourless. Tap water in plentiful, though.

Bosa, SW18

June 15, 2016

Bosa Kitchen, Southfields, is a Lebanese restaurant, 2 minute walk from Southfields tube, and a cosy environment. Over ordering for the inevitable doggy bag is essential.

Starters were Biama bel Zeit (okra), Moussaka (aubergine), and soujok (lamb sausages). These were hearty and unctuous.

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Halloumi salad. It’s squeaky fried cheese, delicious of course, impossible to mess up.
Halloumi salad

Mixed grill, with lamb kofte, lamb shish and chicken shish. The cuts of meat favoured are the leaner options such as fillet however everything is cooked impeccably, very juicy and tender.

Bosa kitchen mixed grill

Service was friendly and attentive. BYOB.

About £20 a head, if particularly gluttonous.

Sen Nin, Islington: Crazy cheap Express Lunch menu

October 11, 2015

Sen Nin, Islington branch is an expensive looking teppanyaki restaurant that isn’t actually that expensive and has an incredibly reasonably priced express lunch menu, which is available on Saturdays.

Appetisers such as gyoza, edamame are £2.50, bento, rice bowls, sushi, or noodles are all £5 each

Sen Nin bento

Gyoza (not pictured) would have been preferably a little crisper, but the yaki soba had plenty of (the japanese equivalent of) wok hei, and the pork belly katsu bento was very hearty, pork belly meltingly soft and the curry sauce was very pleasant.

A bento box/main would be substantial for 1 person, with 3 highly ravenous people, splitting 2 appetisers, 4 mains, and a bottle of prosecco, £18 per head (including service) is incredibly reasonable for the area.

Perfect fodder for an autumnal afternoon.

Sen Nin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Banh Mi Town, W1

August 24, 2015

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Banh Mi Town would make a fantastic lunch stop but is also good for a healthy, quick meal in Central London, away from the craziness and tourist traps of Soho/ Oxford Street.

They aren’t licensed so if, for example, you’re visiting as an early evening pit stop en-route to a recording of a Radio 4 “Comedy” show, be sure to top-up your hip flask somewhere nearby.

Pho/ noodle dishes are all around £6-7, banh mi around £5, so works out around £10 per person including a (non-alcoholic) drink.

Banh Mi Town Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Roti King – hot, fresh and flaky!

January 19, 2015
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If Roti King were a man, he would be Takeshi Kaneshiro in the next installment of Magic Mike

Roti Canai aka roti paratha arrived in Malaysia and Singapore via India and is a light flaky flat “bread” (roti translates as bread although this is more a multi layered pancake), which is flipped/ folder/ layered and then fried in ghee, which is either crazy unhealthy or crazy delicious depending on your personal preference, or both! if you have an iron stomach like me…

Roti King is the only place in London to get these freshly made. With the possible exception of Malaysia Hall (which has closed according to Yelp). The decor itself is typical asian canteen style, but I like this. I don’t trust the shiny “new” places, all hipster beards and no sweat or tastebuds. If they’re spending too much money/ time/ effort on the interiors, that could all be better invested in the food… (or they’re trying to detract from the fact that the whole place is based on an overly drunken gap year “experience”). That’s why I can count on 1 hand (3 fingers, including Roti King…) the number of Malaysian restaurants I actually rate, where I could take family. Family that I like a lot.

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Savoury rotis are about £5 (more than one per person would be required for a main course). Roti Canai with chicken curry (also available lamb or fish) was delicious, the curry was quite mild, with large chunks of chicken breast. Murtabak (which is roti stuffed or folded around a mildly spiced minced meat), with lamb, came with dahl. For both these dishes, the heat and spiced of the curries were balanced perfectly with the rotis, which themselves were just amazing (I’ve waited so long for you… my beauties…).

The laksa was tasty but the flavour was not quite right, the soup was a little too sweet. Perhaps more lemon grass needed? It was perhaps closer to Curry Mee than Singapore Laksa, but still delicious at £6.50 a bowl. Taste 1 – Menu OCD 0.

Sweet roti canai are £3. Banana roti is roti folded around a banana filling, fried and drizzled with condensed milk. This is the food the human body is biologically programmed to enjoy. Below, see the answer to the question, how much roti canai could be eaten in 30 seconds (the time it takes to “remember” to take a photo).

Banana Roti Canai

I NEED TO GO BACK NOW!!! {For detailed assessment of the noodle menu and rigorous roti experimentation, of course}

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