Monday, 21 September 2015

Carousel; Tom Ryalls

Rotation Stations!

Carousel has expertly slipped into the London dining scene without a fuss but with all the talent it can get it’s knives and forks on. As a platform for some of London’s most exciting young chef’s to showcase the food that gets them going, you can expect a deliciously unique experience each month. 

This month (from 8th - 26th September), from the kitchens of Moro and St John, it’s the return of Tom Ryalls for his ‘Horn of Plenty.’

Ryalls doesn’t mess around. He describes his style as “quite stripped back and old school” but he has expertly mastered modern techniques to bring the most out of his carefully selected ingredients. In the gorgeous warmth of Carousel, we knew we were in for a treat!

We couldn’t get enough of his citrusy sardines, wrapped in thin, buttery pastry and dusted with just the right amount of Ras el Hanout for a little extra kick. 

Before you sit down to your four course dinner delight, rescue his very own Damson in Distress cocktail (£8.50) (Grey Goose Vodka, Damson Syrup, Antica Formula, Prosecco), dusted with his home grown Lemon Verbena. 

His seasonal ingredients will welcome you gently into the prospect of Autumn with meaty terrines, fresh greens, flavoursome seafood broths, dream-worthy curried scallops (our winner of the evening), roasted vegetables and grilled bavette steak.

To top it all off, a sweet plum crumble with lemon verbena ice cream is placed in front of us and we discover our second stomachs! The citrusy notes of the ice cream combine perfectly with the tangy plums and sweet crumble. Autumn in a bowl!

Come and experience Ryalls' Horn of Plenty for yourself. It's £35 for 4 courses and the vibe is relaxed, warm and the hours just drift away, perfect for the onset of the rain this week (ugh). He'll be done and dusted by 26th September so get your skates on!

I was invited as a guest of Carousel on behalf of Twenty Something London

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Waffle On @ The Watch House

Waffling On 

Bermondsey has another gem to add to the area's collection of super spots. With Cecil's providing a 1930's taste of the orient, Casse Croute serving up authentic French cuisine, Bermondsey Arts Club bringing an array of beautiful boozy cocktails, Maltby Street and Druid Street covering all things food market (Blu Top, Monty's Deli, Hansen & Lydersen etc etc), enter to the stage The Watch House.

Already the one stop shop on Bermondsey street for artisan coffee and cake, situated in a 19th century listed building, The Watch House is now home to Waffle On (fame found amongst Maltby Street, Broadway Market, Streetfeast, KERB, Secret Garden Party and Camp Bestival) and serving their signature buttermilk sweet and savoury waffles everyday from 5pm till late.

Here's where you want to be ending your date; two forks, a vague air of Autumnal romance (jumpers, rosy cheeks etc), plenty of chocolate sauce and a cheeky grin. Sold! 

We went on a rampage through the Instagram heaven that is square waffles on square slates. Please prepare to drool over the onslaught of waffles that are about to grace your eyeballs! 

All the waffles are freshly baked to order on cast-iron waffling machines as the entire place is swathed in deliciously sweet aromas.

The Savouries: 

Chicken & Waffle (£7)
Southern fried spicy buttermilk chicken with maple syrup butter

Slow-Roasted Duck Waffle (£6.50/ £7) 
Asian spiced slow roasted, shredded duck, plum sauce & optional biodynamic egg

Goats' Cheese Waffle (£6)
French Melusine goats' cheese, blueberry coulis, honey, figs, blueberries

The Sweets: 

Seasonal Fruit Waffle (£6.00)
Summer fruits including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, summer fruit coulis

Italian Plum Waffle (£6)
Baked plums with crushed Amaretti biscuits and Italian Zabaione cream

Cheeky Chocolate Waffle (£5)
Thick Belgian chocolate sauce, meringue, vanilla cream

And for September only, Gizzi Erskine's signature 
Bananas Foster Waffle (£8)
Caramelised bananas with a chilli & honey butter, creamy rum sauce, pineapple jam and a scoop of Sorbitium vanilla bean ice cream.
(£1 from each sale will be donated to Action Against Hunger).

Enjoyment is an understatement. The groans of delight and queues stretching outside The Watch House made it quite clear that this genius new collaboration is going to be a huge hit. Each month, there'll be a new special to keep us coming back for more (no doubt here)!

 Head over to Waffle On's Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with their whereabouts and waffles of the day. We caught the ooze, make sure you do too!

We were invited as guests of The Watch House & Waffle On.

The Watch House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato