Cream cheese on toast with strawberries, honey and granola

I was suitably envious when I saw the lovely Vikki Chowney posted a delicious breakfast dish and had to try it.

Here’s my version:

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  • Griddled bread – we used a french baguette and toasted it with a little butter on both sides
  • Once toasted, spread some cream cheese or ricotta
  • Slice strawberries on top
  • Add a generous sprinkle of Granola – Lizi’s granola is super tasty
  • Drizzle of honey on top

Vikki’s recipe used ricotta and orange marmalade but I didn’t have either so used cream cheese.

This toast has it all: crunchy bread, creamy cheese, sweet strawberries, luscious honey, and crunchy granola to round it all off.

Bon appetit!

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Family celebrations at Dishoom – Brunch

For my dad and my birthday celebrations, we decided to go for brunch to Dishoom. I’ve been to Dishoom several times but mainly for dinner and have had brunch here once.

Based on the Irani cafes in Mumbai run by Iranian immigrants,  Dishoom is Indian as can be seen by the ethnic origin of the dishes listed on the menu, but it’s ‘evolved Indian’, which offers a hint of Bombay’s famous street grills and food stalls including paneer tikka, biryanis, pau bhaji and filled rotis. It’s a popular lunch and dinnertime venue with various Mumbai style dishes and there’s often a really long queue so I was glad to see that you can book for breakfast.

We started with the bottomless chai – hot and beautifully spiced made with ginger and pepper and spices. After lots of chai, we ordered our dishes.

I knew what I was going to order from the beginning – egg naan roll where the naan comes wrapped around two fried eggs with runny yolk, chilli jam, cream cheese and coriander with a side of mushrooms. We ordered: Kejriwal, chilli cheese toast and eggs, Keema per eedu, pau served with chicken kheema, chicken livers, fried egg and sali crisp chips, The big Bombay – Full english with masala beans and a Bombay Omelette which is an omelette of chopped tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli.  Reya had the bun muska and a fried egg.

The food came quickly and was super tasty. Our dishes had the perfect combination to mix traditional Bombay Irani food with the classic British breakfast. In particular my egg naan roll was sweet with a hint of chilli.

I loved the brunch and it was great to try something different. Dishoom has a delightfully vintage ambiance and is really buzzing for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Japanese junk food pop-up Shackfuyu

It’s been almost a year since I last blogged – work has been crazy and I haven’t had any time. But I promised I’ll get back to it starting with this lunch trip to Japanese pop-up!

During Easter, we ventured into town to walk around, mooch and have a late lunch. We headed to Soho for lunch and were torn between Hoppers and Shackfuyu. Unfortunately Hoppers had a one hour wait so we went to: the Japanese junk food pop-up with on-trend fusion food, cocktails and a rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere – Shackfuyu!

The idea behind Shackfuyu is to “playfully highlight foods current in Japan today”, with influences from Korea and China. The lunch food menu was extensive for pop-up with lots of options for vegetarians and of course Neil had lots of meat dishes to choose from.

I opted for the Miso aubergine which was a standout dish – it’s made with four types of miso and bubu arare. One thing missing was a dish with the bao buns for veg. But the chef was really accommodating and he was more than happy to send me the buns to go with my starter.

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Neil ordered the chashu pork and apple sauce which he said was the best bao bun he’s ever had and very tasty. We also ordered the hot stone rice dish – the chef made a veg version so it’s worth asking for this. This is based on Korea’s bibimbap mixed-rice dish. The food was tasty and really filling. We also ordered the sweet potato fries but cancelled these as were too full!

But the highlight of the lunch was the Kinako French Toast with Matcha Soft Serve Ice Cream. This show-stopper dessert is said to be the dish you absolutely need to leave room for. But it’s huge – so easy to share between two. The waiter also gave Reya a cup with ice-cream.

Overall, Shackfuyu is a great place to visit in Soho’s trendy food scene – a perfect for a meal with friends, great for drinks and the best dessert.