You may have noticed that I didn’t do a round up of where I ate in January. This is largely down to not really eating out all that much across the month, mainly to save money. In February though I assaulted my stomach as much as physically possible because in reality I hate both my body and my wallet. So I’m back into the proper swing of things now and ready to talk about some notable eating out experiences across the short, but food filled, month of February.
The Slaughtered Lamb – Barbican
So I’ll admit that this one starts on a negative. I met up with some food pals (Flick, Sophie, Hannah and Persephone) intending to go for tacos at the ~new~ permanent residency of street food favourites Breddos. Sadly, after they kept us waiting 90 minutes and tried to make us wait outside in the snow while they set the table, we decided that we were done with being treated poorly and went around the corner to the Slaughtered Lamb. Saturday was a great time to go, as the pub is obviously more aimed at the weeknight crowd and late evening weekend drinkers. This meant that we had most of the spacious pub to ourselves, easily fitting 7 of us round a large weathered wood table. We ordered what felt like half the menu, I grabbed all three of the meat based sliders (Cheeseburger & BBQ Sauce, Korean Chicken, Hot Sauce, Peanuts & Slaw and Lamb, Feta with Coriander Mayo, £3.50 each or three for £9.00) and shared sweet potato fries (£4.50) and hot wings (£7.00) with the table. The sliders were a mixed bag with the stand out, surprisingly, being the lamb & feta. The wings were wonderfully spicy and the fries managed to avoid any of the soggy issues sweet potato fries appear to have in so many other places. We set up camp in here for a number of hours, sampling a few of their decent beer selection which, while not necessarily large, had a selection of great quality beers from notable microbreweries.
Bubble Wrap – Berwick Street Market
I like waffles, I’ve made no secret about this fact. I even started blogging my homemade waffle recipes recently. Bubble waffles are a whole different kettle of fish though. They emanate from asian street food, primarily Hong Kong, and because of the way they were first created using egg shells have bubbles of air which makes them much lighter than your standard waffle. Bubblewrap have been serving them up on Berwick Street Market for a while and are finally moving into something more permanent on Wardour Street in March. After chatting to them about their waffles I went for one of their Matcha bases and asked for cream, raspberry and chocolate sauce. Maddie had one with pecans and salted caramel. The toppings at the moment are quite basic, but I bet having a permanent home will help them get more creative and the waffles, wrapped while warm into a cone shape, are great.
MEATliquor N1 – Islington
I went to a bunch of gigs in the last week of February which lead to a few meals out. One of them was up in Islington and while there are a few good options up there we wanted something quick. I’d not been to the newest branch of MEATliquor and while it isn’t much different, other than being a bit lighter than the others so you can actually see your food, that isn’t really much of a bad thing. They often go forgotten after the newer wave of burger places swept across London but their burgers, and chicken, are always spot on. On their specials at the moment they’ve got a paneer version of the much loved Monkey Fingers. The chewy, paneer complimented by the crispy batter will have you licking hot sauce off your fingers in delight. I polished off a buffalo chicken burger (£8.75) and shared a portion of paneer monkey fingers (£6.5) and green chilli fries (£6.00, and by far the weakest part of the meal) all washed down with a can of Magic Rock Highwire (£4.50).