Brunch at Hoi Polloi, Ace Hotel

Those that know me well, know I love a leisurely brunch on lazy afternoon, catching-up with friends whilst enjoy good food. On this gloriously sunny afternoon I met with my friend Carina, location Hoi Polloi, Ace Hotel, Shoreditch.

It was my first time visiting Hoi Polloi, though I had been to the Ace Hotel on a number of occasions. The entrance to the restaurant is not the most obvious, as you make your way through a florist or if like me who got very confused the neighbouring bar. Once inside I was delightfully surprised by the spacious yet intimate space. The Art Deco touches, mixed with the soft leather booths and paneled wood, resulted in a comfortable and inviting dining environment. The menu was presented as an old newspaper and our table water is served in old glass milk bottles.

 

However the highlight of the day was the string quartet playing some of the best pop classics, myself and Carina found ourselves pausing in conversation to enjoy the music. I have heard Beyoncé Crazy in Love a million times, but I got to enjoy it as if for the first time and found myself wanting to sing along.

The clientele were what as expected for this part of London; think bearded, clad in denim and ironic take on fashion representative of East London.

I ate stacked pancakes topped off with bacon and maple syrup, undoing all the good work I had done in the gym that very morning. Though there was no remorse as they were wickedly delicious, certainly worth another visit.

Hoi Polloi Pancakes

The staff were friendly and we didn’t feel at all rushed to hurry-up and leave, in fact we could have easily spent the whole afternoon hanging-out and chatting.

 

For more about Hoi Polloi Restaurant visit: www.hoi-polloi.co.uk

 

Hoi Polloi, Restaurant Review

Look Book: Vertical Stripes served with lunch

Its a rainy, cold Sunday afternoon and I’m spending time with my lovely friend Joké . Its our first meet-up since the New Year so loads to catch-up on. Due to the bad weather we didn’t venture far and headed to the nearest warm place, serving hot food, which happened to be Cafe Rouge Tottentham Court Road.

Joké is wearing:

Vintage shirt from her Grandma, Jeans BDJ Urban Outfitters, Zip Front Cardigan H&M, New Balance Trainers and Necklace from  Accessorize 

Joke

Read more about Joké including her amazing Mexico adventure at: www.jorisocentric.blogspot.co.uk

Dishoom Bombay Café, Kings Cross

Indian restaurant in the heart of London.

It’s late December post-Christmas and just happens to be my birthday, after working a full day in the office I made the short journey down the Euston road to Dishoom King’s Cross, located at the newly developed Stable Street. The restaurant was slightly tucked, meaning very easy to get lost which some of the attendee’s to this special dinner found.

It was my birthday, yet it wasn’t actually my birthday dinner, I was invited to celebrate with my friend Carina. Who by coincidence has the exact same date of birth as me, down to the year making us “twins from another mother”, as we like to refer to ourselves.

I was a little nervous about attending, as I knew the fellow birthday girl but I wasn’t familiar with the other attendee’s. As part of my New Year’s resolution I have decided to say YES more frequently so when Carina extended her kind invitation to me I immediately said yes, and then fretted about it after. I knew this would be a great test of my introvert nature and opportunity to exercise my New Year resolve (more about my New Year resolution coming soon to the blog). Anyway I have completely digressed, let me get back to the topic in hand …. Dishoom!

Dishoom

I had been planning to visit the restaurant for some time, since it opened late 2014, however was put-off by talks of 2 hour queues just to get to the bar. However on this occasion we had pre-booked and were seated upon arrival.

We were a large group, so instead of ordering separately, a number of different dishes were selected to create our very own custom buffet, including my highlights of Garlic and Cheese Naan bread, Chicken Tikka and my surprise favourite of the night Okra Fries (who knew such a thing existed).

The venue and décor were impressive, think 19th century Bombay colliding with this historic former railway shed and you start to get a flavour of what I’m talking about. The restaurant literally oozes history, from the tiled floors to the dark wood table tops. I was also surprised by the size of the venue, you will find a basement lounge, ground floor restaurant and mezzanine level bar all under the one roof.

Dishoom

I will return again, this time to sample the breakfast menu.

www.dishoom.com

My London: Notting Hill to Portobello Market

Notting Hill

 

Sunday afternoon with not much to do I decided to head over to London Notting hill, a great shopping destination due to the now world famous Portobello market, boasting an array of stalls and street vendors offering a range of products. You will also find a number of independent boutiques nestled in the various side streets. The beautiful large town houses are great to look at, making it top of my list of places to live in London (if I could afford it).

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Brunch time at Jackson Rye

Brunch, I’m not really sure I know exactly what it means but any excuse to eat good food and hang-out with my friends. So on this sunny afternoon we make our way to London Soho to visit Jackson Rye restaurant. American style pancakes, accompanied by Southern fried chicken.

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Return of the Rude Boy

This summer I visited an exciting exhibition Return of the Rude. Somerset house was the location, showcasing portraits and actual set-pieces, including a replica barber shop. The show was cool personified and though I hate to use this word, I was suffocating in wall to wall “coolness”. Think sharply dressed men, influences of 50’s/ 60’s and 70’s fashion intertwining with urban street-style of today.

Created and curated by Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

 

HONG KONG: MAN MO TEMPLE

Continuing my Hong Kong adventure I visited, the beautiful Man Mo Temple, on Hong Kong island.

 

Mo Man Temple

Mo Man Temple

Mo Man Temple

Mo Man Temple

Mo Man Temple