Burgers, burgers and more burgers.
2018 will be my third time trying to complete the 10 Burgers in 10 Hours challenge on February 3rd. In 2016 I managed 8.5, in 2017 I managed 7.5, let's hope the buck stops in 2018 and I can finally do it all.
The aim is raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. They have been y partner for the last two years and will be so again. So please donate to this great cause and help us beat our targets and get over £1000 for them.
From the map above you can see where I plan on going to a degree. Below is more details of where and rough idea of times. All TBC closer to the date on February 03 2018.
Probably 2x McDonalds during this break
Please show your support by donating and come and visit too.
It will be a fun day and hopefully I will be in a good and fit state to finish this challenge.
Birthday dinners can take a lot of time and preparation. You want to make it right and make sure the birthday boy/girl loves it. Choosing the right restaurant is a high pressured job and being a food blogger, the pressure most often falls on me.
Tramshed was the venue this year for my dads birthday. I had heard some positives, but the main attraction was the menu and the venue.
Tramshed, a Mark Hix restaurant focuses on two creatures, the Cow and Chicken and this is highlighted by the renowned Cock'n'Bull exhibit by Damon Hirst.
"Tramshed, a former East End tram-generator building in the heart of Shoreditch, boasts the renowned Cock ‘n’ Bull installation by Damien Hirst. The menu gives centre-stage to Swainson House chicken and Peter Hannan’s beef, carved at the table and designed for guests to share."
What we had between seven adults:
Speaking to our waitress, she assured us that the Strip Joint would be enough. It sounded like the best option, rather than each getting our own steaks at about £40 - £50 each. She recommended we get it cooked medium rare, but my mum wanted it just at medium so this is what we went for.
The amount of food we ordered was definitely enough for seven people; but I'm sorry to say it wasn't good enough. Tramshed was not my first choice for my Dad's birthday dinner, I was late to booking something and this seemed to be the best available.
The service was good, the drinks were nice, the venue is lovely. the food however, just was not good enough. This is two years in a row I have let my dad down for his birthday dinner. As the so-called family 'foodie', iI do feel extra pressure to please.
What let us down at Tramshed was the steak. Well over £100 for the beef rib and although it was cooked medium it was quite tough and dry. Maybe it was our fault that we didn't stick to the medium-rare, but even so, you would expect better.
The chicken with stuffing and gravy was well seasoned and probably the best thing we ate all night, but not outstanding and not something that The Chicken Shop could match or better.
The Tramshed, is a good venue for drinks and a catch up with lots of space catering for this. If you want to focus on good steak or good chicken, there is elsewhere and better in London. Dad, I promise I will do better for you next year.
GOOD TIMES: The chicken was tasty, eat quickly before he gets dry
WATCH OUT: get the beef cooked medium, ours was slightly over and very tough
OMG: funny decorations and the Damian Hirst piece is a must-see
You hear about it, you read about it, you know what you have to do. EAT IT.
The Clove Club, next door to Shoreditch Town Hall is one of the best restaurants in London and this was shown with its recent award of a Michelin star. Based on the rave reviews and an exciting menu, I decided to book this for my anniversary with my wife. 13 years of going out.
Lucky 13 proved true and below will be a few pictures of our experience and our night.
The menu has a few options of a sit down meal at the bar of five courses. Then there is a seven course meal and of course, a ten course option.
We went for the 10 course tasting menu. Why wouldn't we? Maybe because of the price point at £110pp. However, I feared FOMO and I didn't want to miss out, especially on a special occasion. Picture me, sat there staring at other peoples food and tables, whilst celebrating a huge milestone with my wife.
"The Clove Club opened in March 2013 in Shoreditch Town Hall, East London. The restaurant is named after the original supper club that brought our founders Daniel Willis, Isaac Mchale and Johnny Smith together in 2010. We serve modern British cooking – thoughtful, precise and elegant food in a relaxed and informal setting."
At The Clove Club we serve a tasting menu that highlights the best produce we can source from across the British Isles, with ideas and inspirations from around the world."
This restaurant has been around for a while. I took my time, but also it is a busy restaurant, so if you wish to attend. Plan in advance. A lot in advance.
So what was included in the 10 courses. Quite a lot; thanks to my hazy memory and taking pictures of my food, below is a summary of what Laura and I gobbled up.
Snacks to start of haggis balls, chicken feet with parfait, crab tarts in a skull and fried chicken on a bed of rosemary. This wasn't even the start of the 10 courses. THANK YOU Clove Club.
The ten dishes in some sort of order were:
So at £220 not including drinks (we were also given a pitch on paying an extra £40pp for truffled risotto), would I come back. Yes, in simple terms.
Yes I would come back, but I would wait a few months and a few more payslips first. The fact that the menu changes frequently, keeps me excited and wanting to go back.
GOOD TIMES: The whole night and every dish
WATCH OUT: Your wallet will be a lot lighter
OMG: 10 courses, the pheasant consume was special
Just Do it! When the opportunity arises, go for it.
On a catch up with a friend, on Commercial road with many food places available and within our grasp, we decided to jump at the opportunity to go to a restaurant we had wanted to visit for a while.
Som Saa, on Commercial Road in East London has been wowing diners for a while now. With stiff competition on the road from the likes of Gunpowder, Madame D's and Hot Box, this place still is packed out every night.
My friend and I had booked a table and after a few drinks and debates about whether we wanted to go, we took the courage to go to Som Saa and tackle this famous Thai restaurant. Oh, how glad we were we did.
We didn't order too much between us as we were not overly hungry but also because it all sounded like it would be enough too.
The chicken (above) started our adventure to Som Saa and this was a good warm welcome. Grilled with the extra char to add more depth, the sauce was a must with it. Dipped and becoming nice and sticky. A good start to the evening.
The two curry dishes or pork and beef were also very tasty. They brought along the Thailand kick with the thai chillies knocking my friend for six and some. He was literally out for the count and had to take a time out. He risked eating a whole chilli - lesson learnt.
The Sea Bass was the star of the evening and the restaurant and probably my whole week. Fried to almost perfection with good amount of meat. Fragrant, spice, fresh and zingy. Oh so Good
GOOD TIMES: Vibe, food and venue- All
WATCH OUT: Book well in advance to not be disappointed with a potential two hour wait
OMG: It's all about that Sea Bass.
Bowls of Soup in the autumn and winter months are a must. Kanada-Ya has been around in London for well over a year now and the queues formed daily are a sign of its quality.
Usually I copy and paste the restaurants 'about' section here, but Kanada-Ya have been much more inventive and have a story board feature on their site: www.kanada-ya.com/story
We waited in the queue for 25 minutes. It felt like a long wait as we could see seats going. The staff were friendly-ish; they maintained their focus on the customers inside rather than those waiting (in the cold) outside.
Once in, we went about browsing the menu. Based on a colleagues recommendation, I knew that I wanted to try their fried chicken out to share as a starter. From here, it was about which ramen I wanted.
I chose the:
Pork and corn fed chicken bone broth, chashu pork belly, wood ear fungus, seaweed, spring onion, exclusive to London
I went with my colleague Jon and we shared the chicken and some edamame as side dishes too:
Japanese fried chicken and yuzu mayo
Black truffle salt
Verdict: Well worth the wait!
Even after the twenty five minute wait outside and the slightly slower service in, the food was why we were there and why I will go back. The broth was deep and thick and I gulped it away, spoonful after spoonful.
Trying to style out the meal, I did my best to avoid slurping the noodles and make a big mess. The pork was a bonus and the broth itself is worth the wait and entrance.
The fried chicken we treated as our starter and were a much classier and tastier version of a fast food chains popcorn chicken. This juicy chicken dipped in yuzu mayo was a delight. The truffle Edamame at the end was a struggle, purely due to the richness and filling nature of the Ramen. Next time, I will ask if they can bring this and the chicken as the starter and then go from there.
GOOD TIMES: special edition ramen to London, go for it
WATCH OUT: be ready to queue, you will need to be patient
OMG: that broth yo, Oh My!