About 4 years ago I thought the burger bubble would have burst by now.  Not in as much the way that burgers would just go away… but more in the way that people would not try and break into the burger scene in London.  Honestly, I’m glad that the bubble has not burst, I’m excited that new burgers are coming on to the scene.  I’m optimistic that some of the OG burger joints are upping their game.  I’m wondering if we really need a branch of Whalburgers?

Like most things in life all the fresh and exciting talent comes from the street. Food is no different. In order to stand out, you need to carve your niche.  Here are three of my favourite New Kids on the (Burger) Block.

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you dont.. why not?) you know that I'm obsessed with ice cream.  I'm somewhat an ice cream snob... I say somewhat and really mean a total Ice Cream snob.  I mean life is too short for the run of the mill ice cream.  As wankery, as it sounds, small batch is the best.  These alchemists of ice cream really know their craft and use the best ingredients.  Most importantly they have a major passion for the creamy stuff and they are all bloody lovely people too! 

Le Bab: The Weekend Bottomless Lunch

I know bottomless brunches are all the rage. It seems like the entire world loves a good bottomless brunch.  I'm blaming it on Carrie Bradshaw for creating that lust for lazy brunch with free flowing bubbly.  Im a fan of brunch, but not so much a boozy one. I prefer my eggs with coffee and not proscecco. Given the option I'd prefer an early lunch followed by a boozy lunch.  Kudos for the Kings of the Kebab Le Bab for getting into the boozy lunch game.  

The Food

Le Bab is serving up their classic weekend lunch menu as their food offering for the brunch.  I sampled most of the menu and it's all solid.  Started with the Chicken nuggets, a corriander heavy free range chicken thigh nugget with paprika mayo.  I tell you, never trust someone that does not prefer chicken thigh over the breast.  There is so much flavour in there. These nuggets were delish and could have eaten a couple of portions.   The Lebab Bahjis were insanely moorish.   They take uber tender braised lamb shoulder and beef then stuff them into an onion bhaji, deep fry it and boom... HEAVEN.  They serve it with a  smoked chilli mayo.  Three days later I was STILL dreaming of these little balls of joy!The kebabs are the poshest that you will find whilst maintaining the inherent Kebab qualities. I asked for a suggestion for what to order as they all looked good. I went for the Pork Shawarma, mainly because she said it had a fattier quality to it, and I'm all about the fat.   The free range pork is roasted for 15 hours then topped with pickled kohlrabi, crackling and zhoug mayo.  I don't know how I can look at another kebab the same now.  I mean seriously.   Le Bab's side games were on point as well.   The pomegranate & endive salad made for a perfect side with the tartness from the pomegranate and bitter from the endive. With a kebab, you have to have chips, and Le Babs is a posh take on that with double cooked chip and a silky cheese fondue for dipping.  

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The Vibe

The vibe is bright and airy with marble table tops that are bathed in natural sunlight. The cocktails were completely free flowing.  Loved the bloody mary and the Le Bab Spritz. Happily drink them for a couple of hours whilst nibbling this delious food. 

The Verdict

I have to admit this was my first time at Le Bab, I know the shame im bringing on myself there.  Im proud to say that this will certainly not be the last.. bottomless cocktails or not.   Please note that I was a guest of Le Bab for the afternoon.

Top Floor, Kingly CourtCarnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW

https://www.eatlebab.com

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If you ask for recommendations for an Indian Brunch in London, I guarantee you that 99% of the responses will say Dishoom. I would wholeheartedly agree with that response, in fact, that would be the recommendation that would come to mind. Yes, the breakfast/brunch offering there is pretty amazing… (drooling now thinking about that bacon naan), but I don’t think there have ever been any contenders to take that crown…. Well, that is until Dum Biryani launched their Hyderabad Brunch offering two weeks ago.

It’s no secret that I love ice cream, so you can imagine how excited I get when Gelupo launches new flavours. The latest is a tour through the flavours of Asia. They take us from China to Japan and Thailand to Malaysia. Some seriously incredible flavours like Yuzu, Thai Sticky rice and Mango, Pandan & Coconut, Black sesame and Matcha. There is Red Bean too, though I’m not a fan of red bean at all. The most adventurous flavour is Durian (oh the honk) which I can assure you is an acquired taste. The flavours are on till Thai New Year in mid-April.

I know bottomless brunches are all the rage. It seems like the entire world loves a good bottomless brunch.  I'm blaming it on Carrie Bradshaw for creating that lust for lazy brunch with free flowing bubbly.  Im a fan of brunch, but not so much a boozy one. I prefer my eggs with coffee and not proscecco. Given the option I'd prefer an early lunch followed by a boozy lunch.  Kudos for the Kings of the Kebab Le Bab for getting into the boozy lunch game.  

Read the full review: Le Bab Le Weekender Brottomless Lunch

Since I was a kid I always romanced the idyllic French dream. I chose to study French in school, I obsessed about French cooking and longed for a baguette and brie life one day.

Makes me sad to say that every time I’ve visited France it’s never lived up to the dream the dream. Nowhere near the levels of the Paris syndrome that people suffer. Despite 10 or so visits I never really ache to go back. When I do get the hankering for escargot and steak tartare, as you do, it never results in a Eurostar booking.

My Top London Burger List

I remember when a good burger in London was one that did not give you food poisoning.  That was about 2007 years ago when the scene started to cotton on to the fact that a burger could be more than a overcooked frozen patty with some fried onions and melted cheese in a sugary over-processed white bun.  Places like Hamburger Union (RIP), Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Byron started to blaze the way on the high streets.  It was not until 2008 when The Meat Wagon rolled onto the scene that burgers got really interesting in London. Its safe to say that I have had a fair few burgers since 2008, some have been amazing, some rubbish and a majority forgettable.   So here is a list of my favorite London Burgers.

Read the updated London Burger List here

You know how you often dismiss a place based on what you think it would be… for example, a pub serving Japanese food or buying choux from a street food seller.   Things that you thought that never would be good but turn out to be great. I've only known OLSO as being a music venue so always assumed that the food would be bog standard pub grub.   You can imagine how surprised I was when I tried out the new summer menu.

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