Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Big Easy - Covent Garden

Ok so before I start to write a review about the Big Easy I must apologise for the lack of decent photos, and the quality of them. What can I say I was more bothered about the food ha, and plus it was super dark.
Covent Garden
The Big Easy I went to was in Covent Garden, and there are two others in Chelsea on Kings Road or in Canary Wharf.
I made an online booking that week for about 6.30pm on the Saturday as I have tried to go here for dinner before without a booking and its just impossible as the place is always so busy.
I think you can always walk in and sit up around the bar area if you really want to try your luck.
I was super excited to try this restaurant out because in case you didn't know its the one where you get to wear a massive bib. Literally search it on instagram and every single picture is of someone wearing the bib, you just have to get a picture wearing it, and naturally I did too if you scroll down you'll see me sporting the look.
The Bar
As we got there a bit early they took our names and told us to go get a drink at the bar and they would come get us when our table was ready.
The bar area has the most amazing selection of bottles I have ever seen you cannot miss it.
The Big Easy is a typical American restaurant so each time a new person sits down at the bar the barmen pour out a new batch of pretzels for you to enjoy while waiting for your table.
I love little touches like that.
The Food
The Big Easy is known for their lobster and seafood. I actually don't eat anything like that so if your like me there are other options so don't feel like you cannot go there, you'll find something especially if you like chicken. 
I have never had lobster before and I thought I might as well try it while I'm there for something new and how could I really of gone there without trying their trademark dish.
I ordered half a lobster, and the Bar B.Q Chicken Sandwich which came with fries and house 'slaw.
And oh my god the chicken sandwich was the best thing I had ate in a longggggg time. It was just unreal and the fries were decent too, I would happily go back again.
Now the lobster on the other hand, not my thing haha. I just didn't really like the taste of it but that's personal preference but I'm glad I tried it.
If you do like lobster you can get it in a variety of different dishes so you will love it.
Also the cool red and white slushy drinks you can see in my pictures is a mix of Pina colada and a strawberry daiquiri, I cant seem to find the name of it on the menu but they will get what you mean if you ask for that.
The Atmosphere
It reminded  me of a typical American style restaurant, I go to America a lot and the style and vibe reminded me a lot of Logan's Roadhouse and I love that as that's very hard to find in London.
There is a downstairs to the Covent Garden branch with another bar and an open kitchen.
Its pretty dark in there and it just has general American country vibes with mason jars with candles in on the tables.
I know they have live music on some nights as well and specials on different days so look out for those.
I would highly recommend it to anyone, I mean you have to go, if only to get that classic bib picture.

Oxo Tower Rooftop Bar

So just as I promised in the Soho Sky Bar post, I visited another rooftop in London. 

This time it was the Oxo Tower along London's south bank. 

Reservation? Do it

We made a reservation for the rooftop bar on Saturday afternoon, I would highly suggest making a reservation as it was fully booked and will continue to be through out summer while the weather is nice. 
You can just turn up and have drinks at the bar or in the viewing area but you don't get to sit down out there and it's rather small. 

Allocated seating time

You get a restricted time for your terrace seats which is usually an hour and a half to allow for other guests to enjoy it as well which is fair enough. 
I think the allocated time is fine seeing as the terrace is actually pretty small and the view isn't that spectacular, so its not like you need hours up there.

We managed to fit in two cocktails in that time, but that was about as much as I could manage. I'm not a massive lover of alcohol anyway, and theses cocktails were very strong, I was done after two for sure. 

Ive tried to look for the menu to find out what the first cocktail I ordered was called but I cannot find it anywhere but the second one was the vanilla malt which came in the milk bottle.
I saw this one on the menu and it sounded soooo nice and then once I had seen someone else with it I just had to have it, look how cute it is.
What I Thought?
Its a good idea if you have a table booked for lunch or dinner on the other side of the terrace as you can get drinks in this area first if your table isn't ready.
From the ground it can be pretty easy to miss as it just looks like a block flats with OXO written down the side. But once your up there you have a beautiful view over the Thames, however if you want more of a view of London its not that high up and even though it is classed as a rooftop bar its not actually on a rooftop, more just like a normal bar off the side of a building.
But I would definitely recommend trying it at least once, the service and employees were lovely and the menu caters a wide variety of drinks.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims has been on the list of restaurants that I wanted to try for a little while now. 
I am so in love with stone baked pizzas and I had heard such rave reviews about Pizza Pilgrims so naturally I had to try it out. 

Where ? 

Right in the heart of Londons carnaby street you will find Kingsly Court, which is tucked away and full of amazing restaurants, and that is where you will find pizza pilgrims and plenty of other restaurants that tickle your fancy.  

What I had
The menu as you might guess it just pizza, I normally go for a basic pepperoni pizza but they didn't have that on the menu, so I went for the next best thing which was the salami. 

What I thought ? 

The pizza itself I thought was fairly average. I love a stonebaked pizza because they are crispier and just generally taste better than normal pizzas, however with Pizza Pilgrims I found that my pizza was really watery and moist which frankly is not what you want from a stone baked pizza. 
I think it had too much sauce and not enough cheese. 
I was quite surprised at this as everyone has always said great stuff about it. 
But unfortunately it's not for me and I probably won't be returning in the future as I was not blown away. 
The hunt for a great stoned baked pizza restaurant rages on, Homeslice Pizza sounds like the next one to try. Watch this space. 

Crumbs & Doilies Revisited

As you all know I absolutely love Crumbs and Doilies and all the wonderful cakes and cupcakes Jemma makes. 
So of course if I was going for dinner at Pizza Pilgrims I had to make a quick stop at Crumbs and Doilies. 
As you can see I went for the Banoffee Pie Cupcake and the Raspberry Ripple Cake, which I cannot rave about enough. 

The banoffee cupcake was the best banoffee cupcake I have EVER had. It's a definite must try.
And the Raspberry Ripple cake was such a treat, I had it for breakfast the next day because cake for breakfast on a Sunday is the only way to go. 
The service was much better this time around as well. Jemma was actually working in the shop and I think I got a little star stuck from seeing her haha. 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Soho Sky Terrace

I thought I would share this little treasure with you as when I was in London a few Saturday's ago my friend suggested this roof top bar - Soho Sky Terrace. 

I had never heard of it before and it's not that well advertised from the street either so unless you know about it your not going to just stumble across it, so I'm here to tell you about it :) 
It has only recently opened up for the summer and it is above the Courthouse Hotel. Which is near Oxford Street and at the end of Carnaby street opposite the road from liberty's. 
We went up there on Saturday evening, and it was very quiet which was lovely as it felt like it was a little hideaway which only a few people knew about. 

The rooftop is pretty small as you can see and the view isn't the best, but if your shopping in the area it's great for a quick stop to have a drink in the sun. 

The menu was pretty basic, there wasn't that many cocktails to choose from but I would still recommend going. 

I'm pretty in love with rooftop bars in London and hopefully will be going to a few more over the summer.