Review: Roast, Borough Market

I went to London Bridge to meet up with friends for dinner. The original restaurant we wanted to go to was packed so we ended up wandering to Borough Market. I didn’t realise that there was a whole street of yummy restaurants!

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Roast

We ended up choosing a fancy restaurant above Borough market called Roast. Inside, the decor seemed like fine dining with love music and a beautiful bar.
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Sides

The food was delicious! We ordered a lot and the portions were healthy.
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My hake fish

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Chicken

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Steak with giant Yorkshire pudding

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Flesh & Buns, Bonedaddies

Sue and Nam invited me to dinner one evening at Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden. The name was really interesting and made me want to come try it!

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At the entrance ^^

The restaurant is underground in Seven Dials and is kitted to look like old Japanese bars with lots of old looking bottles and sake casks.
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Bar area

We ordered from the set menu so we could try a bit of everything, and boy, was it yummy! The gimmick in this restaurant is that instead of rice, you place the meat inside small white sweet buns (Chinese man tou) and eat it all wrapped up.
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Deliciousness

I found it really tasty with all the sauces and mixing meats up, was almost like building my own mini sub. Everything tastes tasty when eaten with fingers too xD
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Sushi rolls!

The toilets in this restaurant are very peculiar. They have decorated each cubicle with pages from manga, but these panels are all pornographic scenes… Unusual right? I really want to research as to why the interior designer decided on this concept! I found it funny. Maybe it was to boost social media and word of mouth? I’m unsure.
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One of the less obscene panels xD

Anyway, I would recommend people to come try out this restaurant as it’s nice and tasty, especially their smores! OMG the dessert was delicious and so much fun to toast the marshmallows. I recorded a video on my instagram.
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Dessert!

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Melting our Smores!

Have you been here? Would you? Where does this place remind you of?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Dip & Flip

I’ve heard about Dip & Flip from friends at work so I thought I’d go for the first time with Sue-Chan.

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Sue hiding amongst the fooood

Th restaurant isn’t that far walk from Clapham Junction station and is a small little branch near the main road. The interior is almost of an old vintage fast food chain with wooden tables and a steel chairs.
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Pin Up Lady in Gravy boat

There’s also a pinup girl sitting in a gravy boat eating a burger with the slogan “Life is better dranched in gravy” Mmmmm!

I ordered the lamb burger with mint sauce and a mint chocolate crunch Milkshake, plus fries to share. Everything on the menu is served with a side serving of gravy.

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Nom!

The meat in the first burger came out cold which I thought was odd and when questioned, the waitress quickly fixed the situation and brought out a new one shortly after. Apparently the meat is cooked in gravy and then send hot but the first batch of meat didn’t seemed to get heated up. The second burger was much tastier with minty goodness and buckets of gravy sauce.
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Delicious Milkshake

The mint chocolate crunch milkshake was on their monthly milkshake promotion. It tasted like a minty oreo milkshake that was very creamy but not too sweet.
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I feel like a fatty

If you’re going on a date and don’t want to deal with messy food then Dip & Flip is not for you!

I will definitely visit again! Have I made you want to go?

With love,
Keki xoxo

Birthday party filled weekend

The first week of September is usually busy since I know many September babies. My friend PChan turned 29 recently, Jo turned 27 and Razel just turned 20 all in one weekend. Whew!

I wasn’t able to go to all the birthdays since it was going to be on the same day but luckily Chan moved his to Sunday so I could munch on lobster! 8B

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Delicious Lobster

Jo decided to have an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet where the guys went berserk and literally over ordered on sushi…
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Sushi platter

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So much food...

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We ordered a lot...

I was so stuffed afterwards since I was clearing up on our side of the table. Was a shame since my side didn’t eat a lot so it was hard to try everything in case I couldn’t finish it all.
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Alcoholic birthday girl

For the after party, a small group of us headed to Tiko’s place to play Just Dance 4 and Singstar. It didn’t finish till 4am and we ended up dancing and giggling in the park outside to cool down from the heat. T’was a really fun evening.
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Being asian outside Leicester square station

PChan took us to Big Easy in Covent Garden where we dined on seafood and BBQ meats. The bill came to over £600!
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Our seafood starter platter

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Dee and I with our new outfits; bibs...

I couldn’t go to Razel’s party which she held in a small bar called Barrio Central. The photos looked fun ^^
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Really big plate of sashimi

After all the eating and partying I’m now broke :( Why must yummy food be expensive?!!

With love
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Ground & Bean – A new way to enjoy two varieties of coffee!

Sorry guys, I’ve been MIA for a while and really shouldn’t have. However i have an exciting offer for all coffee lovers out there!

I was sent two packets of coffee by Ground & Bean, a company that helps you discover the worlds freshest coffee with two different varieties of single origin coffee with each delivery.

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My coffee grounds delivered to my door

Their beans are selected and sourced from the most passionate coffee farmers from around the world and hand roasted with care in their award winning roastery in Devon.

Each packet of hand selected coffee arrives through your door in a resealable waxed paper packet within 7 days of roasting so you get the freshest coffee experience possible. Mmmm!

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Brewing the coffee is simple:
1. Scoop 25g (2 tablespoons) per cup of coffee grounds into a cafetier
2. Pour in 300ml of hot water per cup
3. Stir and replace plunger on top and wait for 3-5 minutes for the coffee to brew
4. Push down the plunger and serve

Coffee filtering
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Coffee: Entreverdes Risalda
Flavour: Fruity with a lively acidity. Look for a slight chocolate & creamy after taste.

Verdict: Nutty, chocolatey, sweet. This was a sweeter coffee on my palette and tasted chocolate after a while. I think it would make a lovely mocha coffee.

Coffee: Terruno Nayarita
Flavour: Sweet & full citrus notes. Raspberries, almond & spiced chocolate are there too.

Verdict: Hints of fruit and spice. I can really taste the spicy bitterness from the citrus notes.

Coffee Beans
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Now you can try the service for yourself! I have an amazing offer for you to share amongst your family and friends in the UK.

Offer & Terms
Bean & Ground are offering my readers £2 for two bags of fresh, hand roasted coffee, including P&P. To redeem the offer visit https://www.beanandground.co.uk/signup/aboutyou?utm_source=Kekidoll&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=2for2 and use the exclusive code KEKIDOLLCOFFEE and two bags of the finest single origin coffee will be on their way to you.

Offer terms and conditions: offer available once to new customers only with UK addresses (channel islands included). Maximum of one coupon per household. Valid card details and payment of £2 required. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Normal price is £7.95 per delivery containing two bags, no minimum commitment required so buy regularly or just receive it when you need it.

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Hope you all enjoy special coffee sent to your door!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Dai Viet – Vietnamese Restaurant

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My friend took us to dine at Dai Viet, a Vietnamese Restaurant that was local to him. It is situated in Wanstead and is only a 3 minute walk from the tube station. There is a carpark behind the restaurant but it is 24-hours which was slightly annoying since diners would like to have free parking if they’re going to be patrons of local shops.
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Decoration
The exterior of the restaurant was very grand. It had a very Asian feel and had the authentic rooftop.
Inside you are greeted by a laughing Buddha and a makanineko. The whole interior decoration is based around Vietnamese culture with a hint of Chinese decor. There is also a mini bridge that links  the waiting area to the restaurant, with a pond underneath; similar to ones in Chinese gardens. There were lanterns dotted about and concertina screens as well.
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The tables were wooden and reminded me of those you see in “hak jan” from those ancient Chinese dramas. The seats were comfy and each round table came with a small spinning glass turntable in the centre so you can move dishes closer to you.
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Service
The service was good. Waiters would greet you and they took orders pretty quickly. We made their lives easier by writing down the dish numbers for them.
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The food came out very quickly as well and was served as soon as it was ready. None of this ‘wait for everything ordered to be cooked before you serve it’ bs I get in English or Italian restaurants. Hungry customers want their stomachs satisfied immediately!
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Food
The food here was amazing. The lobster was cooked just right with the yolks of duck eggs, giving it a slight salty flavour. We also ordered cat fish which was pan fried at the table on a small stove and then garnished with herbs. It also came with noodles with a fish paste that you only need to dip slightly, else the sauce will be too overpowering.
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The presentation of the food was exquisite, our pineapple rice came in an actual pineapple shell! It was so cute and very tasty. The shell helps seal the flavours into each grain of rice. We also had a small baby quail which was a little on the salty side but delicious none the less. It was the case of chewing the bones though since baby quails don’t have much meat on them. The chicken was absolutely delicious, it was tender, juicy and succulent. Loved it. We also had some other seafood and vegetable dishes but these above really stood out to me.
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Dai Viet really surpassed my expectations, I loved the decor and it was a lovely restaurant to be in with friends after a long day out :) The restaurant is suitable for parties, banquets, weddings or just for a simple night out with the family, friends or your other half. The food is delicious and the staff are very friendly. I would really recommended to eat here! Can’t wait to return.

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Ice-Cream!!

Have you been to a new restaurant that surprised your expectations lately?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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Review: Bar Café Ciao, Leicester Square

Hidden on the main stretch of road between Leicester Square station and Trafalgar Square is this dessert house that serves ice cream in the form of famous Italian dishes.

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Me with the birthday girl

They also create huge sundaes with very tasty ice cream! The flavours are very distinct and aren’t very sweet like from Haagendas. They also serve sorbets plus frozen yogurt for those who are watching their calories.
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Dessert!

We went here on Krystal’s birthday party and the waiter was very kind enough to offer a very special sundae filled with fruit, ice creams and sorbets. It looked amazing!

She and her boyfriend managed to devour the whole sundae! I ate a normal sized one in my own! Hahaha. We were hungry children Lol.

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Ciao make delicious sundaes!

I do like this dessert house and will visit often for the summer.

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: Dishoom, Covent Garden

Dishoom is one of London’s famous no booking restaurants. It focuses on the grills and dry dishes of Indian cuisine and must not be mistaken for a curry house.

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Menu

Once you’re inside Dishoom, you’re greeted by a bustling, dimly lit room filled with hungry diners. There are two floors with a bar and waiting area downstairs – very unusual. The decor is of a modern with kitchen tiled walls.
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Food!!

The food portions are small. If your party is seeking food to fill you up then I would suggest to order different dishes to share and stock up on rice and naan. This is what we did and found out that most of the dishes can be spicy for those who are not accustomed to chilli food. Albeit the spice, the food was tasty but I thought was dry, especially with plain rice. We had only ordered one bowl of curry to share between 5 people and we only managed to scoop about 2-3 tablespoons worth each. There wasn’t many dishes that came with sauce, so if you can’t live without sauce with your meal, then either bring your own condiments or order the spicy curry.
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Close up of curry

We enjoyed our meal though but I dong think I would return again simply because the amount of food served didn’t fill stomach. We also had go wait a good hour before a table was free and even then, it took a while to be served; but that may be because we kept asking for a few minutes longer to decide on food.

Afterwards, we went out for dessert at Bar Café Ciao. (Post soon)

What ‘no-book’ restaurants have you been to or want to try out?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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