One of my favourite places to shop is Spitalfields Market in East London, it has lots of boutique shops and stalls selling clothes you won’t find anywhere else. It’s where all the cool kids go ha! A new fashion focused SaturdayStyle Market will be launching in Spitalfields E1 this weekend on Saturday 15th June.
To entertain shoppers there will also be there will be a regular programme of exciting and varied events including, Spitalfields Music Free Lunchtime Concerts, Okinawa Day in June, Spitalfields Arts Market, classic car shows, the East End Film Festival in July and annual Christmas celebrations. The Royal British Society of Sculptures will also be showing pieces in the space.
This March Londoner’s will get the chnace to experience ‘Le Drunch’. This is the latest foodie trend emerging from the culinary capital of Paris. The institution of Brunch has now found itself a new rival as more Parisians are choosing to eat later at the weekend, at a time that sits between lunch and dinner. Commonly known as “Le Drunch”, this new dining occasion is being enjoyed across the city, both in bistros and Parisian homes.
French brand Maille is introducing Le Drunch to London this March by opening a Pop-up restaurant with two Michelin-starred Chef Hélène Darroze. Created exclusively for Maille, Darroze’s Le Drunch menu has been designed for those wanting to share delicious French-inspired cuisine that is easy to re-create at home.
Helene Darozze is the Chef patron of 2 michelin starred restaurant Helene Darroze at The Connaught. Food lovers can now book a Le Drunch session by visiting www.maille.co.uk. Sittings are available between 3pm-6pm for a maximum of four people. All six dishes created by Hélène Darroze will be available to sample.
Alongside serving Le Drunch, visitors to the Maille Boutique will have the opportunity to sample and buy Maille’s extensive range of mustards, condiments and sauces
Le Drunch will launch at the Maille Boutique on 15th March.
I’ve been a bit of a greedy little piggy the last few weeks eating lots of nice food. Pho Spitalfields is one of the many places I have been lucky enough to dine at. On an icy cold day in London, a friend and I popped into Pho Spitalfields Vietnamese restaurant on Brushfield Street for a spot of lunch. With the weather being so cold all I was thinking about was eating some hot spicy food to get the blood pumping again.
Pho’s concept is very laidback and simple, Pho Spitafield’s is housed in an old building and the furnishings were spartan and simple, much like you would find in an old Vietnamese cafe. We were shown to our table by a very nice lady before starting our Pho experience by enjoying a cup of Jasmine tea and Vietnamese coffee. The coffee was a nice wake up and the condensed milk made it nice and sweet.
For starters I opted to try the Nem Nuong which are pork and lemongrass meatballs. I expected these to be really spicy but they were fairly mild and I couldn’t really taste much lemongrass but with the chilli dipping sauce the balls were nice. Ewa went for the Goi Cuon Tom which were delicious prawn rolls served cold.
Now, for my favourite part of any meal the main course. I tried the wok fried noodles, with chicken and chilli. This tasted amazing! Lovely succulent chicken with firm noodles cooked in a spicy sauce, very yummy. The peanuts were a nice way to give the dish a bit of a crunchy texture. I completely cleared my plate! Ewa opted for the Bun Tom Hue soup which I was shocked at how large it was when it arrived, I would think that it could easily serve as a dish for two. Also we both had a bit of giggle when Ewa was asked if she wanted a bib. I can see why though, as trying to drink the soup with the wooden spoon was messy.
We were so stuffed after two courses that we decided to pass on dessert.
Overall, we had a nice lunch at Pho, it definitely has a fuss-free laid back vibe about which we liked. The staff were courteous and friendly and we didn’t feel hurried to leave. For a chain Pho serves quite reasonable food in terms of price and quality.
This post was meant to posted last week …unfortunately things have been a little crazy in lanky land.
Last thursday I was invited to Ms Marmite Lover’s Supperclub at Maille’s Pop Up boutique/restaurant in Spitalfields’ market. Now for those of you who don’t know, Ms Marmite lover aka Kerstin Rodgers is one the pioneers of the supper club revolution that has taken place in London over the last couple of years. Maille Mustard is legendary in France, the company has a history of making the finest condiments for the last 260 years. Take a look here to see their range. We were treated to a four course meal all including the key ingredient MUSTARD! Now, I was slightly nervous of my visit for two reasons: I don’t really eat food with mustard so I wasn’t even sure I liked it much and the thought of sitting around a table with people I didn’t know terrified me! However my fears were unfounded as Ms Marmite Lover quickly made everyone feel relaxed with funny anecdotes and interesting tales about her food experiences. I got seated next to a lovely girl from More Magazine and food blogger Tuck and Vine.
Now for the menu!
This funky concoction is a twist on Bloody Mary with mustard I found it slightly tangy tasting, couldn’t decide if I was eating or drinking it.
Gravadlax with honey mustard dill sauce on red endive – didn’t manage to get a picture but they did taste amazing!
After that was artichoke, now I had never had artichoke before so I was a little worried that I would embarrass myself trying to eat it. Luckily Kerstin demonstrated the perfect way to eat an artichoke by taking the leaves off and eating the bottom soft bit with a bit of Dijon mustard. You can see by the pictures below the process of eating an artichoke.
It’s hard to describe the taste of artichoke. Its flavour is nutty and delicate with a texture similar to potato. Apparently they don’t take very long to prepare and but serving these to your diners will definitely impress them!
Our main course and for me the Pièce de résistance was the Smoked haddock with wholegrain and cheese asian mustard greens. This strongly flavoured dish packed a rich mighty punch.
You would think that with the amount of mustard inspired dishes we had we would have been sick of it by now but no, next came a selection of cheeses from the Mons served with palmiers and the best sourdough bread in london from St Johns bakery.
To finish off we had tutti frutti ice cream with mustardo di frutti ( yes unbelievably with mustard!) but absolutely the most divine ice cream I have ever tasted and the mint sugar hmm hmm Amaaazing.
Throughout the meal we were serenaded on the accordion by Tom Baker, and it was easy to forget that this was just a pop restaurant in the middle of Spitalfields market.
To go home Lucky Miss Lanky was given a goodie bag containing Kerstin Rodgers new book. OUT NOW! In it Kerstin shows you how anyone can set up their own supper club and some lovely recipes to try yourself at home.