Camden Eye Pub, London NW1 9NX
I don’t really review pubs unless I eat in them. We didn’t plan to eat here but so much wine was consumed we thought it might be a good idea to order some pizza to soak up some of that grape goodness.
I am so glad we did order food because the pizza here is great! Proper Italian pizza made in a wood-fired oven with quality toppings and not too much cheese. The pizza menu is heavily influenced by goat’s cheese, for what reason I am unaware, but we just ordered ours minus the cheese from the goat. My friend chuckled while ordering the ‘How to Impress Angelina Jolie’ pizza which comes complete with olives, caramelised onions, walnuts and the missing goat’s cheese. The name apparently came from THE Angelina Jolie saying that it was the best pizza she had ever tasted. My pizza was famous haha. I know I was intoxicated but my taste buds were still working and I enjoyed every bite of this pizza. I may have even dreamt about it that night.
The day we stumbled into this pub also happened to be karaoke night. Score! We didn’t sing however because the talent here was just so incredible I would be embarrassed to speak to these singers let alone sing in front of them. I was in awe and I had a really enjoyable night. Possibly the best pub in Camden?
Blue Junction Bar & Restaurant SM4 8/10
Very friendly staff in this Indian restaurant.
The food was very tasty. The curries have the perfect mix of flavour and heat like a true curry must!
Get a sizzling starter to share. It is a bit of a show and smells absolutely fantastic as it is walked from the kitchen to your table.
Something was a little off with my drink, I think it may have been a cheap not so nice tasting cola but the beers were cold.
The tables are nicely spread out so it’s a nice place to take your time but book on the weekends as it will be very busy.
I would definitely return if in the area again
Pierre Victoire, Soho, London W1D 3RQ 8/10
Wonderful little French bistro on Dean Street. Although there are Italian dishes on the menu also. The atmosphere is relaxed and it feels light and airy despite the tables being quite close together.
We used a Time Out deal to get lunch here which comprised of a main, dessert and a glass of prosecco. As with most places you don’t quite get the same service as you would if you were a regular paying customer which isn’t the best way to treat customers. If you are going to offer these kind of deals you will get people using them, it shouldn’t really affect the way you do business. The point is to get repeat customers surely? We didn’t get the bread basket or the smiling faces but luckily the food made up for it.
I wasn’t keen on the prosecco but I always find prosecco hit or miss or perhaps it was just cheap. The duck confit was OK but I had a fantastic pork cutlet. It seemed like it was deep fried. I’m not entirely sure what the crumb on the outside was but it was perfectly cooked. It came with fluffy mashed potato, 2 slices of carrot (lol) divine garlic tomatoes and the most delicious cream sauce.
The stars of the show however were the desserts. It was almost impossible to choose from the long list of tantalising delights on offer but I opted for the lime panna cotta with raspberry sorbet. Oh my word is was so unbelievably good! The combination of the sour and sweet worked so well and I probably could have eaten a bucket full. Also ordered on our table was a banoffee pie with actual pieces of banana in it and a coffee ice cream. I didn’t hear any complaints about these either and the presentation of all 3 made you want to tuck in even more.
It is definitely a place I would return to. The place offers some really great set menus which weren’t far off the deal prices we paid anyway. This includes some pre-theatre meals too if you are heading to the area for a show.
Cannick Tapps, Cannon St, London EC4N 5AD 7/10
Right in the heart of the city this little basement pub serves 5 different craft beers on tap which they regularly update. It has a feel of being newly decorated, not sure if this is the case or not. It has just changed management so it might change a bit from this visit. It used to have a reputation for a rocky type place but now seems as though it attracts the suits after work which makes sense considering the location. It’s a great place to head to on the weekends if you don’t like crowds.
The pub serves one of my favourite ciders, Rekorderlig strawberry & lime, on tap which is something I have never seen before. It offers attractively decorated booths with great lighting.
The staff are very friendly which is always great for a drinking establishment. The food menu is heavily focussed on sausages that they get from ‘the best butcher in London’. Naturally we had to try some of these so we got the ‘sausage board’ along with some nachos because who doesn’t love those?! I have to say the sausages are really tasty and you can tell are great quality. The nachos were well loaded with salsa, guacamole and sour cream but I would prefer a more mixed spread of the toppings rather than separated but I guess that is preference 🙂
As expected in the area the drinks are pricey but it’s not a bad place to head to for a chilled weekend hang out.
Goodman, City (near Bank) Old Jewry EC2R 10/10
I think this is quite possibly the first time I have walked away from a London restaurant without one single bad thing to say about the experience.
The service was incredibly polite and helpful. The lady that served us was in chef whites and she brought over the steak cuts and explained everything to us. She offered us help with choosing the wine. She underestimated how much meat we could eat but I won’t hold this against her 🙂 She found out it was my partner’s birthday and put a candle in our desserts with a nice message and comped them for us too! Really very nice, completely unexpected and not something they had to do at all.
The drinks were superb! All served in fantastic quality glasses.
The steak was perfectly cooked and cut like butter with such a great flavour.
Their truffle chips are out of this world. Just foodie heaven.
The desserts were also very good. I would suggest the creme brulee.
The City branch is all brown leather and mood lighting. It was a little like a boys club as I think they get mostly business clients but it was a nice atmosphere all the same.
It is pricey but you definitely get what you pay for.
If ever you are looking for a treat and have a little cash to spend I would thoroughly recommend this place…unless you don’t like steak of course!
Sodo Pizza Cafe, hidden in the George & Vulture pub, N1 6BU. 8/10
This is a quick one. I am always on a quest to find amazing Italian pizza in London because well Italian’s make the best food in the world!! I am very lucky to live a 2 minute walk from this pub that has the Sodo Pizza Cafe hidden inside as the pizza here is great! Quite possibly the best I have had in Central London. If you know of somewhere equally amazing please do leave it in the comments, it would be much appreciated.
I only have one picture because my phone failed me this evening. I opted for a ‘Dirty Boy’ pizza and not because it was fun to say 🙂 The pizza pictured below is ‘Cured Meat’ which is a selection of amazing Italian meats with some chillis added for fun. You can taste the real Italian ingredients used to make these pizzas. You know when you catch yourself making that mmm sound when eating? This happened.
Sourdough makes it lighter than your average pizza which is always welcome. For gluten free folk they offer a base of cannelloni beans baked with the toppings which I thought sounded like a tasty and inventive pizza alternative. Once again mmmm.
GoGo Pocha, Waterloo, SE1 7/10
This is one of those places where you stand outside and toss a coin to see whether you will risk spending the rest of the evening on the toilet. However it is fairly common knowledge that so many of the places that seem like this often have the best tasting and/or most authentic food. My chair was falling apart and there was a piece of plastic digging in my thigh but once the food came along I quickly forgot all about it.
When you go into a Korean place and the clientele are mostly from that country that is definitely a great sign. Having only chopsticks on the table also gives you a clue of authenticity. Service is efficient but not unfriendly. The guy leaned over the bar behind my head to take my order and to give us the bill. To be honest this is ideal, I don’t mind having a chat with a waiter/waitress if it is truly genuine but you know most are just working for tips, which is understandable but I can live without it. Unless service is terrible I’m going to tip regardless.
This place offers a set lunch menu for just £6. What a bargain! When we sat down we were given a beansprout salad and a seaweed salad, yum! Also with this welcome treat was a small cup of miso soup each which was totally divine. I ordered kimchi stew with pork and tofu. We also had some BBQ pork belly and rice. The food is tasty and fills you up, really what more do you need for that price? It is tough to find quick, fresh, healthy and affordable food in the city, particularly within zone 1. I always love to try local beers and I tasted Korean beer Cass for the first time. It’s typical of a beer that reigns from a hot country and I must say those are my favourite.
I love it when you happen upon these hidden gems while wandering around and hope there are many more to come!
Duke’s Brew & Que, N1 5AA. 7/10
Another American style BBQ place in London. The place is quite small and you pretty much have to book to get in the door. With fantastic reviews I was quite looking forward to eating here.
First impressions are the staff are very friendly. The furniture is all odd random second hand type stuff but actually doesn’t seem to clash at all. At an early 6pm on a Saturday night the place was already full.
The Brew in the name refers to the extensive list of craft beers available which take up 80% of the drinks menu. I opted for the only cider on draught and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was. Also on tap they have a Beavertown beer at 9.4% which they only serve in half pints with it being so strong. Very responsible of them. This beer has an incredibly chocolatey flavour but I wasn’t so keen on the after taste.
As you would imagine there is a lot of meat on the menu. Also on offer is a selection of veggie dishes which actually sounded very appealing. I was very tempted by the description of the veggie chilli but decided going to a BBQ place for the first time and not trying the meat seemed a little outrageous for a carnivore.
We ordered a 10oz flat iron steak and ‘Duke’s greatest hits’ which included a giant beef rib, pork ribs, pulled pork and a thick chunk of garlic bread. Most dishes also came complete with pickled red onions and coleslaw. The sauces are very much mustard based and not being much of a fan I ate my steak as it came. Their BBQ sauce is also very much on the sweet side and not really to my preference. I have to admit to being a little disappointed. The steak was cooked well but just slightly over, it was a lovely piece of meat though. The beef rib seemed to lack flavour but the pork was just fine. The steak was served on a wooden board and at one point the blood from the steak was leaking everywhere. I also managed to accidentally cover myself in BBQ sauce that came flying out of the bottle but had it been on a plate rather than a wooden block I feel like my clothes and the chair would have been saved from disaster. I’m all for food looking good when it is served to you but these wooden boards to me are unhygienic and completely impractical. The fries had a Cajun seasoning but weren’t anything to write home about. I am a fan of the pickled onions but I’m not even sure the coleslaw was homemade it tasted so bog standard, which is quite shocking really.
For the same price we could have gone out and had some really amazing steaks so I doubt I would go back, except maybe to try that veggie chilli! I am not sure how old the place is but I feel like it is just another restaurant jumping on the trendy bandwagon. For me eating out is mostly about the food and that is what I want to spend my hard earned cash on. Everything else adds to a great experience but the food has to be the foundations. This place for me didn’t live up to expectations or perhaps my expectations have just reached an un-achievable high.
If you have been yourself please share your experiences with me 🙂
Verona Italian, Morden SM4. 8/10
Super friendly service.
The food is delicious! Fresh and tasty ingredients.
The wine is lovely, even the house wine.
Surprisingly not busy on a Saturday night so probably don’t even need to prebook.
The price is a bonus! It is in my opinion underpriced so absolutely great value!