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While walking in Soho, we accidentally stepped into Peru

In Uncategorized on 12 August 2017 at 1:12 pm

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While walking in Soho, we accidentally stepped into Andina Casita. Little did we realise that we stepping into a restaurant stepped in rich Peruvian tradition. Andina is as much an experiential journey as it is a place to indulge and satiate yourself. We started us with a delightful Pisco sour, a divine cocktails made from Pisco – a Peruvian brandy. Next was a Classic Ceviche followed by Causa Trujillana. Both very appealing to the eye and exciting for the palate. Ceviche is raw fish marinated in the lime. The resultant while liquid is referred to as tiger’s milk. Causa Trujillana was mash made from balls of artichoke, mango, avocados, rocoto cream and potato. It is difficult to imagine what that is like unless you taste it. This was followed by Tamal – Pork in a corn dumpling and we finished with Maca Lamb Loin – marinated lamb chops cooked to perfection. The meal was a delight. What made the meal special was the way we were looked after by Georgina. She was brimming with tidbits about the food and suggestions for us. She looked proud of the restaurant and took genuinely pleased to serve us. Rare to find a restaurant where there is such positive energy flowing through the restaurant. Can’t wait to go back.

Address: 31 Great Windmill St, Soho, London W1D 7LP. 020 3327 9464.
Restaurant website: http://www.andinalondon.com/casita

Dosa’s in Cambridge

In Cambridge, Restaurants on 1 August 2017 at 1:46 pm

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I was sauntering along the market square in Cambridge and came across Dosa Hut stall. Dosas are for indians what fish and chips are for the British or crepes are for Bretons. Universal uplifting comfort food that nourishes the body and the soul. Bracing for disappointed I bit into my freshly made rengdang dosa. The first bite was such a revelation that my eyes opened wide (just like in cartoons) and an almost ecstatic pleasurable sound struggled to make its way to my lips while I breathlessly munched on. Needless to say that the dosas from Dosa Hut are my latest food crush in Cambridge. If you have never tried dosas, then some background my be useful. Dosas are crepes made from fermented lentil and rice flour. Rice and lentil ensure that there is good carb-protien mix. The process of fermentation gives it a tangy edge and makes it easy to digest. Dosa Huts folds in an exquisitely cooked Malaysian curry in the dosa. The result is something that really tickles the palate in a very moresome way.

Address: Stall in the Market at Market Square, Cambridge CB2 3QJ. The stall is there from Wednesday to Friday 12 to 3PM.

Urban Shed

In Cambridge, Restaurants, Uncategorized on 14 April 2016 at 6:42 pm

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Urban Shed is a quirky airline themed sandwich bar in Cambridge that allows you to soar without constraints to a gluten free heaven. All ingredients are gluten free and sourced and prepared with care. With a LP banging away in a corner and quirky slogans everywhere, you could possibly think that you one in one of the ubiquitous hipster places that are all the rage now. You could not be more wrong. This place shoots from the hip and was hip when the hipsters were looking for their identify in Gap stores.

The first experience can be bewildering, so let me break it down for you. Your first choice is whether you will go down the sandwich route with a traditional or gluten free bread or you go up with the salad route. Then you decide what you want in your sandwich or on top of your salad. There is an exquisite range of choices. Portobello mushroom with blue cheese and candied walnuts. Goat’s cheese with oregano baked tomato. Smoked salmon with Orange Mascarpone. Roast beef with Caramelised onions. To drink there is milkshake, coffees with Urban Shed’s own blend of coffee beans and smoothies, all very competently done.

And now for my favourite part. The whole place with filled with quirky things and smart slogans that keep you entertained. My favourite: In the toilets, above the WC are the stacks of toilet papers rolls with a sign that says “Trump Towers”. Read what you want into it. 🙂

Address: The Urban Shed, 62-64 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN
Tel:01223 324888