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Recent London Eats – Round Up

Big Apple Hotdog

Recently I’ve been having lots of yummy snacks here and there. Although not worthy of a full review, I thought I’d share with you my recent foodie adventures around London.

Big Apple Hotdog
Big Apple Hotdog

I got this “Huge Pole” hot dog from the Big Apple stand at Munch London mini street food festival. Smothered in sauerkraut, pickles, American mustard and ketchup – it was delicious!

Fried plantain
Fried plantain

I had it with a side of fried plantain, which I normally love. Could no way make even a dent in this after the Huge Pole.

Chorizo, potato and pepper tortilla from Brindisa Soho
Chorizo, potato and pepper tortilla from Brindisa Soho

I’ve always wanted to go to Brindisa for tapas. Sadly, it didn’t live up to expectations. Also, they brought the wrong thing to our table and then tried to charge us for it. Little niggles, but annoying all the same.

Croquetas de Jamon from Brindisa
Croquetas de Jamon from Brindisa
Cheeeeeese from Neal's Yard Dairy
Cheeeeeese from Neal’s Yard Dairy

I am a cheese fiend. Neal’s Yard is one of my favourite cheese shops, just behind La Fromagerie in Highbury Barn.

Bakewell Tartlets from Lily Vanilli on Columbia Road
Bakewell Tartlets from Lily Vanilli on Columbia Road

We stopped off at Lily Vanilli over the bank holiday.

And a cuppa!
And a cuppa!
More tea! This time from the excellent Dishoom in Shoreditch
More tea! This time from the excellent Dishoom in Shoreditch

My re-visit to Dishoom was much better than my slightly let down meal in Covent Garden.

A delicious Bacon Roll Naan for breakfast from Dishoom
A delicious Bacon Roll Naan for breakfast from Dishoom

This chap was filled with well-cooked bacon, cream cheese and chilli ketchup. Not a combo I would have considered before, but now I am a convert.

Food Review – Housebites Takeaway

Rib-eye steak, peppercorn sauce, creamy mash with spring onions and a side of fried plantain - Housebites Takeaway
Rib-eye steak, peppercorn sauce, creamy mash with spring onions and a side of fried plantain – Housebites Takeaway

Countless times I’ve listened to people moan about wanting a takeaway that delivers roasts on a Sunday, or a lovely juicy steak on a Friday night. Well, I’ve discovered the answer: Housebites.

Housebites claims to be “the new way to order gourmet takeaway from great chefs in your local area for the price of a pizza.” Let’s see.

When you visit Housebite’s website, you’ll be asked to input your postcode so they can show you the menus of the chefs cooking in your area In my area (Islington, yo) there’s a selection of chefs, but Wesley catches my eye – he does a mix of Caribbean-style food and some more standard dishes. I placed an order through their website for two lots of what you see above – steak, sauce, mash and side of plantains. Some chefs don’t deliver, but luckily Wesley does, so all I had to do was get the plates ready and wait.

The food arrived still hot. We unloaded it all, and it was packaged well (leaking takeaway is the worst) and my God, there was plenty of it! I couldn’t eat all of it. Although the size of the steak was on the small side, it was a decent quality. The fried plantain were the stars of the meal though – A and I wolfed those right now.

I’d definitely use Housebites again. It’s not the cheapest option when it comes to takeaway – our order was about £25 (inc delivery), but it made a lovely change from MSG-esque chinese or oily curry takeouts. And today’s a Friday, it’s payday – so why not?! Go on, treat yourself.

Housebites isn’t available country-wide yet, but it is spreading.

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