A review of The Attendant, a breakfast-lunch cafe based in Fitzrovia, London.
Located in Fitzrovia, close by Oxford Street, The Attendant is the perfect place if you’re around Central London and in need of a break. A small restored Victorian public toilet turned artisanal breakfast-lunch cafe, with really good coffee – it definitely is one to pay a visit to.
Order smart – opt for a savoury and sweet option and share. We opted for their smashed avocado on toast with beetroot hummus, and topped with a poached egg and their dulce de leche french toast* – and it’s pretty clear from eating it why the french toast is part of their Hall of Fame Menu, highly recommend (4/5). Despite being a breakfast-lunch cafe, the dishes were beautifully presented, and the flavours of each dish were so complimentary.
Verdict – go! They serve good in-house roasted coffee and brilliant food that doesn’t break the bank. And an added bonus is their Fitzrovia branch is different and quirky in comparison to other cafes on the London coffee scene. And if you’re not nearby, don’t fret as they have other branches in Shoreditch and Clerkenwell.
Every summer, Regent’s Park becomes a mecca for foodies, welcoming restaurants and chefs to Taste of London, to showcase their best dishes!
Jose Pizarro‘s squid ink croquettes were SO delicious – so delicious that you could easily inhale an entire portion to yourself. The exterior was crunchy with a creamy, flavourful filling! And I’m very much hoping they offer this dish in their stores, but I need more of it in my life ASAP.
Les 110 de Taillevent‘s #TasteTheWorld dish of duck foie gras mi-cuit with beetroot jelly and eel, which was so delicious. Despite It was presented beautifully, we were both in awe. It was so decadent and rich!
Pierre Hermes’ macarons and ice cream were lovely! We sampled them all because we just couldn’t decide. Favourites include the salted butter caramel; passion fruit, rhubarb and strawberry, and their meadowsweet and Corsican honey macarons. Be ready for the sugar rush!!
Jude’s Icecream showcased their new icecream flavour, black coconut! Like all their other icecreams, this was creamy and flavourful, with hints of coconut but not too sickly sweet. It reminded me of the desserts I’ve had in Asia – so perfect on a hot and humid day in London.
Pirate’s Grog invited Christy to sample some of their cocktails, and they kindly let us sample all their rums too. Their 13 Year Aged Rum has won several awards and is perfect for those who like drinking their spirits straight since it has such a bold flavour. My favourite was their Five Year Aged Honduran Rum which was made the perfect raspberry daiquiri. Christy enjoyed their espresso rumtini, which was on tap, mixed with their Coffee Rum.
Restaurant review of Jason Atherton’s restaurant, Sosharu.
Tucked away near Farringdon station, resides Sosharu – a hidden gem of London. Jason Atherton’s restaurant portfolio is extensive and impressive, with a variety of restaurants scattered across London.
What you’ll find in Sosharu is fresh, quality ingredients; friendly and helpful waitstaff; and minimal, clean interior design – and it ranks as my favourite Japanese restaurant in London.
The a la carte menu changes to accommodate for seasonal produce, so hopefully any recommendations I make here are still on the menu or something similar. First, my favourite and best dish – their cold soba. The soba is presented on a traditional bamboo colander with a plate at the bottom to catch the melted ice water, served with deep fried vegetable tempura, a dipping sauce and other condiments – everything compliments each other. The soba has elasticity and bite, the tempura is crispy and not greasy or oily, complimenting the soba’s texture, and the dipping sauce coats the noodles and soaks into the tempura, giving you the ultimate bite of umami. Initially I was sceptical but I’ve only come back to order it again (and again).
As you can imagine, my next favourite is their tempura. So good that we ordered an additional dish of tempura with our cold soba. It was crispy, not soggy or oily. Both the vegetables and tempura batter was seasoned, not leaving any bite bland.
Another favourite was their octopus seaweed salad, it’s hard to explain how good this dish is, but it will just leave your mouth wanting more and more, wishing you had ordered another portion to share with the table. A must order if you are a fan of seafood.
Unfortunately, although their chashu pork belly ramen is very Instagrammable, resembling something from a Japanese anime, the ramen was average, and nothing special to report about it. The broth was very lack-lustre and didn’t leave me wanting more.
Other notable dish is the seafood clay rice pot. Unlike other restaurants with a similar menu item, Sosharu were very generous with the seafood, and not single thing was overcooked – something I find very often in other restaurants, where the seafood is extremely tough, chewy and bland. However I do believe they have removed it from their menu unfortunately and now only serve the chicken yakitori clay rice pot.
Save room for dessert and skip the temptation of ordering their matcha mille crepe and order their bingsu (shaved ice), with fresh strawberries, topped with strawberry sauce, matcha powder and icecream. You will not regret it. It’s definitely a treat.