Chilli Ramen

Kannada-Ya: Ramen Restaurant in London

Kannada-Ya is a small Japanese ramen bar that has branches in Japan, London, UK and Hong Kong.

The one I visited was 8 minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Station in London and was very easy to find; although Google Map was very helpful due to all the road works happening in the area.

The restaurant has a similar take to other no-booking restaurants where the seating is limited and revolves around a fast-food like service. However, they don’t force you to leave even though there’s a queue formed outside. The patrons waiting outside will just be staring at you through the window though…

The menu is very limited and isn’t vegetarian friendly as everything is made with pork. The original ramen is thinly sliced pieces of Cha siu (bbq flavoured pork), some mu shu (fungus), nori (seaweed sheet) and spring onions (standard). Then there are three other options of adding beanshoots, making it spicy or changing the pork belly to the pork collar meat (less fatty).

Original Ramen
Original Pork Ramen

I picked the original to try and the cha siu melted in my mouth.  It was very succulent and not rough at all! However you only get a few slices which wasn’t enough for my appetite. The pork bone broth was delicious and very flavoursome but the starch from the noodles made the broth murky and started to get thick, adding a milky flavour to the soup.
Chilli Ramen
Chilli Ramen

There are also other sides and extra ramen if you have extra broth left over and still feeling hungry!

Website: www.kanada-ya.com

I want to try out more! Would you recommend any restaurants in London?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Platter for 2

Bodeans. A meat feast fit for a king.

So for Manni’s birthday we all were invited to Bodeans for dinner.  Bodeans is a BBQ meat shack that boasts delicious barbecued meats in hearty portions. So if you’re a hungry hippo or feeling extra hungry, the this is the place for you.
The menu
The decor inside has a western ranch-like feel to it. With hanging wall ornaments to antler lamps.
Antler Lamps
Restaurant Decor
As a group of 5, we ordered a dish each and a platter for 2 one (sidejoke) to share between us. The meal was absolutely delicious and we managed to devour the whole table of food. I think we consumed too much salt for one evening though…
Ready for their meal
And without further adieu, I present you the glorious meats. Which I like to call foodporn. You should look away now if you’re a herbivore…
Honeycomb Milkshakes

Beef Ribs

Baby Rack of Ribs

Platter for 2
Our platter for “1”

Steak with Sweet Potato Frites

Our Bodeans Meal
Our Bodeans Meal

Where’s your best BBQ shack?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

An hour queue for a burger?!

So my friends invited me out to try a new Burger place down Bond Street called Patty and Bun.

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By the time we entered it was dark...

I’ve heard of it but have never thought that it’s be so small! The whole restaurant only had around 10 tables of 2. The decor was rather simple, old-fashioned Burger shack with only a few items on the menu to choose from. I believe this is the trend in London with restaurants that don’t take bookings, as it creates a long queue by the door making passed bys intrigued.
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What Should I eat?

My friends and I ended up queuing for a whole hour which is something I don’t usually do; I was surprised it took so long for a fast food joint. I wasn’t disappointed though. The burger served up was juicy, delicious and packed flavour from the meat and sauces contained within.
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This is gonna get messy. *drool*

The chips were crispy with hints of rosemary, but the chef overpowered the chips with salt :(
My friend also ordered chicken wings which reminded me of KFC. The skin was very crispy and the chicken moist and not so dry. We still aren’t sure which sauce was given, because despite ordering taramine sauce (supposedly non spicy) the wings were rather hot and felt like we were eating the jalapeño version…
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The meal!

All in all I enjoyed the meal but I don’t think I would like to queue for so long again. So I would suggest either rocking up around lunchtime or late around 8-9pm when there are less people.
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Look at it! Nom!

They have two branches in London to choose from.

Have you queued for a long time for food before? What was your verdict?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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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: 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

Hot Pot at Krystal’s

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For a weekend last year, my group of friends decided we would have a hot pot dinner. We all travelled down to Krystal’s flat where her boyfriend drove us to the Korean supermarket H-Mart and Wing Yip to get some fresh meats, vegetables, dumplings, noodles and hot pot supplies.

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A hot pot is a Eastern way of cooking. It’s a great way to get a group of friends together to chat and play games since it requires zero cooking skill. Everyone has their own bowl and utensils. They place the food inside the pot of boiling soup and wait till it is cooked. Then they take the cooked food out, dip it in sauce, and nom! It’s such a fun way to eat.

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I had never been to a Korean supermarket (H-Mart) before and was amazed by the amount of oriental foods widely available. It was here where I tried my first kimbap; it was soooooooo good! I haven’t found this somewhere near London before. It’s Korea’s version of sushi rolls but they use sesame oil to season their rice rather than vinegar. I tried the vegetarian and meat variety, I can say that the one with the beef filling was much tastier due to the juices it contained.

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Our group bought so many snacks to take home. Some even got ice-cream mochi!

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As there was a lot of traffic in the morning, we didn’t manage to arrive back to the flat till the afternoon to start the hot pot. Luckily, others only just started to turn up a minute after we set foot inside. We played the Wii while waiting for the soup to boil. ‘Just Dance‘ was the game of the event! We recorded so many funny videos. We’ve now gone on a mission to find the Korean ‘Just Dance’ version as it contains many popular dances and funny/sexy moves we would love the guys to try out! (I’m talking Bo Peep by T-Ara, Bubble Pop by HyunA and Gangnam Style by PSY) – We managed to find a Korean Dance Festival game which we played on the New Year.

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Do you usually organise little gatherings like these with your friends? What do you normally do?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

All of us on New Years

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year filled with joyful events, wonderful times and a prosperous year.

All of us on New Years
All of us on New Years <3

Before the New Year, my friends and I went to the Christmas trail at Kew Gardens.

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I found it disappointing since it wasn’t Christmassy at all. Yes there were pretty lights that illuminated the trees and path to help you be along your way but it wasn’t fancy at all. There were speakers that emitted robotic sounds which they (the scientists) believe are the voices of the aquatic plants.

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So along the illuminated trail, there were people who were “talking” to the plants by chucking stones into the pond or jar. However my friend believes it is just the vibrations from the stone when it hits the water; I kinda believe that more. Anyway, the transcripts should be available online early April 2014.

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For new years eve we all went round JoJo’s house for a teppanyaki night. There was a LOT of food so we all filled our stomachs, ready for the night ahead of us.

Teppanyaki Grill
Look at all the food galore!!
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Teppanyaki Grill
LETS COOK!

When the clock stroke midnight, the TV on, champagne was poured and we were slowly counting down to the New Year, anticipating for the fireworks of London.

The fireworks this year were amazing. There was soooo much flare, color and variation. I think we had the best seats in the house – in front of the wide screen TV – others at the event had to stand in the pouring rain.

Bub from Bubble Bobble
I drew Bub from Bubble Bobble

After the countdown, we tried to release some sky lanterns with wishes written on. Although most of us knew it wouldn’t work due to the storm and high wind, we still tried. We managed to light both lanterns after a good 5 minutes trying to block the wind but before it could fill up with hot air, it started to burn the tissue paper and create a hole :( so even after releasing the lantern didn’t fly very far…

Korean Dance Festival
Korean Dance Festival on the wii

After our failed attempt at the sky lanterns we ended up back at the house singing karaoke to English, Chinese and Korean songs ^^

Playing Just Dance on the Wii
Posing for Just Dance on the Wii

Then at 4am we did up Just Dance on the Wii and did lots of boogie-ing. I found that the Korean dances had more challenging moves and actually make you move your whole body more then the English version. It also had Wonder Girls’ Nobody which Krystal and I plan to master lol!

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I didn’t go to bed till 7am so I was really tired and had been leaving sleep until last night.

Hope everyone enjoyed the New Year! How were the fireworks for you?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Office Festivities!

My office Christmas party was held at Bloomsbury Big Top Cirque de Noel last Thursday. It was a lovely event and very grand where the men had to be dressed in black tie and the ladies in dresses and heels. This meant I had to purchase a new dress for the party as I didn’t have many evening dresses that were sparkly enough for our Christmas event. Many of the girls in our office had to search online and offline for new outfits but everyone managed to look amazing that evening. It’s really nice to see everyone all dressed up and not in work clothes.

All the boys looking smartly dressed

The venue was amazing where there were circus acts being performed during dinner. The food was delicious but was not filling.  I thought the dessert was too bland or my liking, it needed some more sweet taste to it. I’m a sucker for desserts and I would always have to have them when I eat dinner but I wasn’t satisfied with it at this venue.

One of the aerial trapezests

George the Python
We got to hold on to and pet a real Python!

Nevertheless I enjoyed my evening with the disco dancing and a free photo booth. There was always a big queue and because the snaps had 2 seconds between them each, the photos came out really funny because we were moving around a lot.

Carried away dancing to Gangnam Style
We were all carried away with Gangnam Style
Photobooth photo
One of the funny photobooth photos we took

We also decorated the office in the morning and are holding a Secret Santa gift exchange this week – so much fun! Nancy and I bought the decorations, including the office Christmas tree, all the way from Asda! It was heavyyy~~ But I managed ^^

Posing by the Christmas Tree with Sparkles the mascot
Posing by the Christmas Tree with Sparkles the mascot
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