Butchies Buttermilk Chicken Burger – Red Market, Shoreditch

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Sorry folks! Junk has been too obsessed with her underwater hobby to eat much, let alone write recently. Luckily, managed to dig out some pics from an outing a few weeks back with Boom so shall attempt to trawl through my memory of what was on offer.

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Heard about Red Market from the foodie grapevine but did not managed to visit last year. So when I heard they are back this year, dragged Boom who just works around the corner for a recon. See! We were so unfashionably early that the sign to the market was still being painted!

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The night we were there, the follow outfits were present, Deshi Roti, Mei Mei’s Street Cart, La Casa Del Burrito, Bare Bone Cue, Last Gelatiera, Butchies and Dough Brothers. We did have the Hoisin Duck Jian Bing from Mei Mei’s Street Cart but once again both Boom and Junk committed the carnal sin of food bloggers. Thou shall not eat before thy snap! But from what I recall, we both enjoyed the Chinese crepe though we both felt the hoisin sauce a tad sweet.

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Next, we decided to give the Buttermilk Chicken Burger from Butchies a try. Also threw in a portion of twice cooked chips to share. If I recall, the burger was £6 while the chips were £2.50.

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The twice cooked chips were pretty good, cut from fresh spuds and served with chipotle mayo. Unlike frozen chips, they have the earthy spud taste. Sorry! Pic taken after half the portion was consumed.

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We both enjoyed the burger! Deep fried chicken thigh marinated in buttermilk with bacon and lettuce, dressed with chipotle mayo and guacamole, stuffed into a sweet toasted brioche bun. Total yum!

More picture taken of the market, enjoy!

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Red Market SS14
288-299 Old Street
London EC1V 9DP

 

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*Holiday Special* – B&B Breakfast, The Blacksmiths Head, Lingfield, Surrey

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As mentioned in my last post, Junk (that’s moi!) is currently on holiday. I’ll be staying for 2 nights in a B&B in Lingfield, Surrey before flying out on Thursday to warmer climes.

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Guess being on holiday disturbed the blogging habit and I forgot to take pictures of both lunch and dinner so breakfast this morning will have to do. The Blacksmith Head is a pub cum B&B located in Lingfield, Surrey and I chose to stay here out of convenience rather than from any reviews or recommendations. Glad I did though, the accommodation was nicely decorated, spacious, clean and cozy. I especially enjoyed the company of the 2 pub residents being an animal lover and all.

Smithy, pub dog uno

Gizmo, pub dog dos

As the word B&B suggests, breakfast is included in the price of the room and I had a full English breakfast. Which is an interesting point, what makes up a full English breakfast? Eggs, sausage, bacon, beans and toasts are obvious but what about mushrooms, tomatoes or hashbrowns? Would adding black pudding make it something else? If anyone of you have a definitive definition, do leave a comment.

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Though the portion was not huge, the full English was more then adequate. Won’t want a full stomach for what I’m going to do for the rest of the day. The sausages was especially tasty, not those nasty mushy ones a greasy spoon normally serves.

The Blacksmith Head
New Chapel Road
Lingfield, Surrey
RH7 6LE
01342 833 697

Meal Deal – Bene Bene, Canary Wharf

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So I’m back in Canaryland today to unpack from my office move. Also have a couple of tedious meetings to attend. Was starving after swimming 40 laps so went to Bene Bene for their trusted meal deal. As you can see from the sign, you chose a bread or wrap and 2 other items in the meal deal fridge, all for £3. There are usually around 4 or 5 baguette options as well as a couple of wraps to chose from. For the other 2 items, there is a range of pasta or rice salads, fruit salads, chocolate bars, crips and drinks. I think you can either get the pasta/rice salad or the food salad, not both. As you can see from the crowd in front of the meal deal fridge, it is pretty popular.

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My choice today was a Chicken Bacon and Mayo Club Sandwich, a Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad with Basil Dressing and a can of Appletiser. Looking at the price on the label, without the meal deal, the baguette cost £2.50 while the salad is £1.70. I think Appletiser cost around £0.70 which makes it a saving of £1.90? Not a bad deal!

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So how does a £3 lunch taste like? It’s ok I guess, the baguette was not as crusty as I would like it to be but passable. The Caprese salad was pretty good, strong taste of basil and I do appreciate the little mozzarella balls scattered throughout. Could do with more tomato seeing it’s suppose to be a Caprese. Apart from the meal deal, Bene Bene also serves toasted paninis, jacket potatoes and a £3.50 three egg omelette with a choice of 3 fillings. I have tried the omelette from other Bene Bene outlets and it’s highly recommended.

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Bene Bene
Canada Place
Canary Wharf
London E14 5AH
0207 515 0205

Raclette Sandwich with chips – Androuet, Old Spitalfields Market

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My plans for lunch today was usurped by what I think is a mindless request not to take pics of their stall. I was hoping to get a falafel from Pilpel, one of the stalls in Old Spitalfields Market but was told by one of the servers not to take pictures! So I grumbled to one of my fellow customers in the queue saying how can I write a good review if pics are not allowed? I think the bewildered and bemused look on his face shows that he agrees with my sentiment.

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So I’m left with figuring out a Plan B. Walked further along the market and noticed Androuet has a lunch takeaway menu. So thought why not? Give it a go. This one is for you Boom, the self proclaimed Big Cheese!

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Androuet takes up 2 units in the Old Spitalfields Market. One unit houses the restaurant, while the other unit is the walk in cheese shop. The restaurant’s menu is not extensive but I think interesting. I’m definitely keen to give the fondue and raclette a try when the weather turn cooler. *Boom! Are you going to get all cheesed out like the last time?
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The cheese shop though small, is well laid out with a range of soft and hard cheeses, breads, charcuterie and cheese related implements. The cheeses are nicely labelled with information like where the cheese originated from, the strength of it tastes and of cos, price.

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Looking at takeaway menu, I was torn between several of the options. They all sound pretty good! Finally put my foot down and went for the Raclette Sandwich with a side of Chunky Chips. The sandwich is a very reasonable £4 while the chips are £2. Not a bad lunch for £6!

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I felt a bit sheepish when I opened the sandwich back at the office. The waft of rich, earthly, cheesy smell turned a few heads! The bacon, sauteed onions and mushroom blended very well with the raclette. The crunchiness of the baguette countered the richness of the cheese while the I was lucky to get my hands on some ketchup to go with the chunky chips. Really appreciated how neatly the chips were packed. I think it shows that the chef cares? In all, I really enjoyed lunch today. Oh hindsight, glad I was refused at Pilpel.

Androuet
Old Spitalfields Market
107B Commercial Street
London E1 6BG
0207 375 3168

The Purist Burger – Bukowski, Shoreditch Boxpark

Bukowski Burger & ChipsDunno why, but I find it hard to feel excited about burgers. In fact come to think of it, I believe there are only a couple of occasions in my entire life (well, so far) that I craved for a burger. But since I’ve had comments saying that I should blog about other stuff apart from noodles, I decided to give the burger at Bukowsi a try.

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Oops, not only a foot! The whole of moi!

Bukowsi is another food joint in Shoreditch Boxpark and their burgers are cooked in a Josper which is an enclosed charcoal fired oven grill.

Bukowski burger of the monthApart from burgers, the menu has a few other items but the main focus are burgers. Looking at their menu, they seem to have a monthly burger special. For August, it’s The Ruben which though tempting, at £9.50 is a bit of a stretch for me! I ended up with The Purist with extra topping of smoked streaky bacon. Total bill came up to £10 which includes a normal portion of chips and a Pellegrino

Bukowski burger with top offApart from the extra bacon I’ve asked for, the burger comes with oven dried tomatoes, lettuce, pickled gherkin and mayo. I asked for the burger to be cooked medium but I think it’s a bit overdone. Nonetheless,the pattie is juicy and taste like a proper burger should. The bun is nice and soft but not too soft that it cannot support the filling. The chips are supposedly triple cooked and fried in beef dripping. Perhaps because I got them to go, they lost a bit of their crunch. The tomato sauce provided is one of those “posh” ones, not your standard Heinz job and goes great with the chips. The same can’t be said about the mayo though. It has some black bits in it which I assume is pepper but somehow, its way too salty

Overall, it was a nice experience and I would go back for another if I ever craved for a proper burger. I think that will be far away in the future!

Bukowski
Unit 61 Boxpark
4-6 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6GY
0207 033 6601
Mon – Sat 1200 – 2000
Late Thurs open until 2200
Sun 1200 – 1800

p/s: I was really reluctant to blog this place, sounds too close for comfort. If you are reading…