Polpo

A glass of Aperol Spritz
Aperol Spritz

We were looking for somewhere to grab some snacks and have a drink with a friend, but we hadn’t booked anything, and this being Soho on a warm day, we were very lucky that Polpo had a table downstairs, as every other place was so full of people. Continue reading “Polpo”

“English baking” workshop at the Bread Ahead baking school

What we baked at the course
How do you like my “rustic” arrangement of breads and cakes? My pop up stall is coming…

We attended this afternoon workshop at their Borough Market baking school a few weeks ago. It was actually my Christmas present, but we have been so busy lately that we could only find time in March to do it!

It was really fun, the teacher was absolutely phenomenal and enthusiastic, and I am really embarrassed to admit that I did not remember her name, but thank you, Teacher!

I was a bit scared about baking because I have tried to bake breads in the past and they always ended up really flat and tough. But the workshop helped me realise what my main issues were:

  1. not enough time or the wrong environment for the yeasts to do their business,
  2. often, the capital sin: adding more flour instead of kneading more when the dough is sticky.
  3. I wasn’t really kneading!

And now I’m not terrified about baking anymore! 🙂

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Engawa

Engawa busy on a Friday night
Engawa, busy on a Friday night

I’ve been here a couple of times and it has never disappointed me. Very tasty food, great presentation and my favourite aspect: their bento and omasake selections are varied enough that you don’t have to think and also you don’t regret trusting their chefs to ‘order for you’.

Last Friday, we had the omasake dinner–the small version. There was a bigger version with two or three more dishes but we already were super full with this, so I don’t even want to imagine what it would have happened if we had gone for the ‘mega’ version!

Sashimi on a leaf
Sashimi on a leaf

This was the starter. It was really yummy. Here’s a close up so you can see the actually edible thing:

Sashimi on a leaf (close up)
Sashimi on a leaf (close up)

It was such a delicious combination of flavours – the fish, the subtle dressing, the radish, the crispy herbs…!

Then we had one of their (as always) beautiful bento boxes. Sauces on the bottom right, various things in the different compartments. It was all so yummy and fresh. And we were already starting to feel a touch full…

The appetiser
The appetiser

But we had yet to get to the main course!

It was a steak on a VERY hot, sizzling stone, plus salad, rice and miso soup. You could still turn the veggies and steak around to cook to your liking, if you wanted to.

Main course
Main course

We went for a classic companion drink: Asahi beers! Although the staff kept pouring them in a brutal way that built up a lot of foam and I was getting very annoyed by that 😠

This was fantastic and great value for money in Central London—albeit SO BUSY! Forget any idea of ‘quiet romantic date restaurant’… at least not on a Friday night! 😝

Engawa
2 Ham Yard,
London W1D 7DT

Polpetto

Flower bunch

A bit of a belated post as I left this in the drafts but forgot to finish it before we went on holidays last month!

This is my inaugural post on the Places to eat category: sharing places where we (unsurprisingly) like to eat!

In need of comforting food in a cosy environment? Polpetto is a safe bet… specially during these cold spells we’re having lately.

  

Calamari and meatballs…

… Broccoli and pine nuts salad, potatoes with olives, gnocchi…

The syrup chunks on this crême were a touch too thick for my tastes, though!

This polenta cake was very nice.

Not pictured: their negronis, which beat their aperol spritz. Always go negroni here.

Polpetto
http://www.polpetto.co.uk/
11 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PL