Archive | September, 2014

Rita’s

28 Sep

A visit to my sister in East London offered us the opportunity to try somewhere new to eat tonight and after a bit of Googling (and discovering the amazing phrase ‘Mareditch’ made in an effort to bring spread some of the hipster vibe from Shoreditch to Mare St) we settled on Rita’s.

I began with a Palmero (Tequila, Campari and grapefruit soda) which was refreshing, bitter and tasty. The perfect drink to cleanse my palate and whet my appetite for the food.

 

Rita's cocktail menu

Rita’s cocktail menu

 

The Palermo

The Palmero

 

To eat I chose steak which came with horseradish sauce and a green salsa. The entire plate was delicious with the salsa and horseradish both brimming with fresh flavours and accompanying the perfectly cooked steak well.

The steak main course

The steak main course

As a side dish we shared green chili macaroni and cheese which was a combination that really worked with the chili adding a mild heat and fresh flavour to cut through the rich cheese sauce.

For desert we shared Dulce De Leche beignets and foie gras. The Foie Gras was shaved onto the hot beignet and melted in and its saltiness paired well with the sweet desert, when you could taste it, and although we all enjoyed it we agreed it needed more to really work.

All in all we loved the food and drink and if you’re looking for something a bit different amongst the great Turkish restaurants and the abundance of chicken shops then Rita is somewhere to head for.

 

 

Hix at Selfridges

4 Sep

After a nightmare day shopping in the West End Hix at Selfridges seems like a magical oasis.
Situated within the store, looking down on the noise and chaos below, you manage to seem removed from it all and the space amazingly feels private despite all that’s around you.

With an extensive drinks list, and some tempting cocktails on offer, I began with a cocktail containing watermelon and chili. Sadly I forgot to take a photo of the menu and their website is very out of date so I can’t tell you what it was but I was long, fresh and tasteful with just a subtle hit of warmth. It went perfectly with the smoked salmon and soda bread i ordered.

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One drink wasn’t enough so I ordered a Negroni and even though what I got annoyingly had one of those ubiquitous overly large ice-balls the drink itself was good.

If ever you find yourself in the west end and need an escape and/ or a drink then this is a friendly and satisfying place to head to.

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