Tuesday, 29 April 2014

One Sixty

Smokey Meat

It's just down the road. No it can't be, I don't believe you. Really? Nope, not having it. It's in Timeout? What? Ok fine, it must exist. Suppose I'll just have to go.

While I don't have an abnormal amount of conversations with myself, this was a classic and it all centred around the opening of the brand spanking new One Sixty American smokehouse and bar in West Hampstead from the same folk that brought you Fitzrovia's Pied A Terre. Finally, somewhere delicious I can walk to! I shall take this moment to stress that even if it were not within walking distance, it is definitely worth a trip. Sticky ribs and wings for all!

Here we have a traditional table napkin but we were more delighted by the entire roll of paper towels on every table. This was clearly a clue, time to get messy!

Happy to have all the starters on the menu, we decided we might be jumping the gun a bit so decided on two out of the five and to come back again for the rest. 

Because it's always entertaining to choose your drinks based entirely on whether or not they have a silly name, that is exactly what we did when deciding upon the Goose Island Honker's.

First to arrive were the rib tips, dripping in juicy, sticky sauce and mouthwatering to look at and consume. They didn't last long.

The story was much the same for the chicken wings which disappeared at a similar speed to the ribs. I'm a strong believer that it is pretty impossible not to like wings, especially when they are this good.

After inhaling our sticky starters and destroying a good half of the roll of kitchen towel, it was time for mains. I felt (not unusually) on the adventurous side and decided to try ox cheek for the first time. Although the menu describes it as just like beef ribs but better, I'm not sure I would completely agree. This being my first taste of ox cheek, my authority is limited and I think ribs are more flavoursome. It was incredibly tender however and for all the ox cheek lovers out there, probably an excellent choice but I'll let you be the judge. Next time I think I'll go with my first intention and get all the starters!

According to my dinner companion the pulled pork burger was also delicious.

Cloud fluffy chips accompanied our mains and were chunky and light. I did feel a little green deprived however and not being a huge slaw fan, would have liked to see some vegetables on the menu.   

With a meaty food coma fast approaching, there was sadly no space (this is becoming a horrible habit) for dessert. I guess I'll just have to return!  

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Soho Favourites 

Because everybody loves a good ol' list, here's one of some Soho gems I've visited recently. These have made my ever so exclusive list because they fit almost every bill. Whether you want a meal with a mate or a schmooze with a date, these favourite few hit the spot, won't give your bank account a hernia and most importantly, will leave you hovering somewhere in a cloud of satisfaction!


For Sushi - Sticks 'n' Sushi (technically more Covent Garden, but a little walk never did anyone any harm)!
For Steak - Flat Iron
For Indian - Imli Street
For Chicken - Whyte & Brown


For the super suave - The Blind Pig
For all the Gin - Graphic Bar
For Rum and fun - Dub Jam


Flat Iron *

 * Dub Jam *
Lastly, there are a couple on my wish list which I can't quite believe I am still yet to visit having walked past them on almost every jaunt round Soho; Bob Bob Ricard and Yauatcha. Hopefully one or other will be my destination next time .. who's in?!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Imli Street

An Indian Street Feast

After my standard trek around Soho getting lost at least a hundred times before ending up in the place I started, Imli Street lay before me and the table which I had booked only an hour before was ready and waiting. (I'm becoming less inclined to rock up unannounced with the danger of being turned away tail between my legs, so anywhere that takes bookings will be getting my call).

Imli Street specialises in Indian street cuisines, boasting a menu dripping with diversity. It's sister venue, Tamarind of Mayfair was the first Indian restaurant in the UK to achieve a Michelin star so my hopes were high.

Across from us sat a table, glowing in the corner awaiting its hungry mouths. As exposed brickwork goes, this one really cuts the mustard and the carefully positioned menus are a nice touch for when you realise that more food is necessary.

The menu was bursting with flavours from all over India and a helping hand from our rather dishy waiter (oh the pun) was welcomed.

Personalised water bottles arrived at the table along with the shining red beakers. 

This birds eye view of the mouthwateringly delectable food includes crispy chicken wings, saag paneer, railway lamb curry, pilau rice, onion bhaji pieces and some bread in a bucket. For two, this was the perfect amount (unless you're factoring in dessert space, in which case it was more than enough)!

My interior design attention was caught by the hanging bulbs amidst the shining bar. Big fan!

Having completely stuffed ourselves and anticipating having to roll each other out, we gazed in sadness at the delicious dessert menu. There was no way we would be able to even attempt it on this sitting but it did make us smile when we decided a return visit purely for dessert and only dessert was necessary.

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