Pubs do Thai Food. This is not news.
I am sure we have all been to a pub for a drink and some food and have been pleasantly surprised that they serve Thai food instead of the usual pub grub. You feel like you are cheating the system and treated to a dining surprise.
Unfortunately, there have been a few of these pubs now that have closed near me. So I was happy to be told of a new place called The Meeting, even closer to where I live
"The Meeting brings you the very best of Thai hospitality and cuisine right at your door step. We are using traditional family recipes and fresh ingredients to produce authentic Thai food. With the combination of excellent food, A welcoming ambience, contemporary décor and fast friendly service.
Sample the finest in The Meeting from our menu, prepared by our exclusive chef and his dedicated team. From mouth watering appetizers, tom yum soup, classic thai curries, exotic seafood dishes, lamb massaman, pad thai noodle favourites, to our chef’s specialties. All freshly prepared from the finest ingredients."
This visit to Enfield was borne out of boredom. We were out an about as a family and our friends were bored at home. What happens when you are bored at home? You eat. What happens when you are too bored to cook? You go out and eat.
So off we went for a meeting with friends at The Meeting. Thai food for me is all about sharing. Sharing dishes such as Pad Thai, Red Curry and more are some of the food we went for.
We also had:
The table was full for both starters and main courses. Each dish was eaten, pecked at and scavenged over (in a polite). As hungry and delicious as the food was, there was a lot of it. And because of this, the lucky Kapil got to take the leftovers home with him.
The food was very tasty, with the main courses shining and delighting our taste buds. The spice levels were good with the occasional chilli threatening to blow my head off.
I will need to go back and try to enjoy the food without a 10 week old baby. I'm not complaining but you don't get to eat properly with a newborn.
For four people it was reasonably priced. this was at about £25 per head. Based on food quality, portion sizes and venue, I would say this is fair.
As a starter in Enfield, i am pleased with the food so far. Hopefully the next few restaurants in Enfield Town continue to match the quality shown by The Meeting.
GOOD TIMES: Paed Makam- tasty duck with the a nice sauce
WATCH OUT: Quite a loud restaurant for a new born- many distractions
OMG: Good food with friends
The big event is one week away and for the third year running I will be volunteering. Previous years I have helped the exhibitors, artists alley and general set up.
Why have I helped out and why you should BOOK YOUR TICKETS: MANY REASONS:
Those are just a few reasons. So if you haven't bought your tickets yet, please do. Three days of fun in North London. Free for children under 4, Burger offers from MEATLiquorN1 and a club night at the o2 Academy.
Book your ticket and join the fun over Bank Holiday Weekend.
Although I like my meat, good food is the priority. If that means no burgers, or lots of burgers; it is all about quality.
For this edition of Life of Shayan, I was recommended a Fried Vegan burger by the team from Temple of Sietan. At the time, the thought excited me and did not faze me. I mean, why should it, I have had veggie burgers before. The only difference this time, was that this was fully vegan.
What is Seitan? Well according to the Spruce it is:
"Although it is made from wheat, seitan has little in common with flour or bread. Also called “wheat meat”, "wheat protein", “wheat gluten” or simply “gluten”, seitan becomes surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat when cooked, making it a popular meat substitute."
To be honest I didn't really care, what it was. I just wanted good food.
Previous Veggie burgers I have had before have been mixed. Sometimes I feel they try to overcompensate for the lack of meat and pack way too much in.
The best veggie burger I have had to date is Shake Shacks Shroom burger. A fried mushroom which has cheese in it. Oh Yes!
So let's get straight to the verdict and you can see how I feel with my video below. ENJOY
GOOD TIMES: It is Vegan, packed full of Protein and popular in trendy East London
WATCH OUT: Lacks real depth to the flavour. Needs a bit more to it
OMG: It is Vegan. NUFF SAID
1st year wedding anniversary, meant a special treat for my wife and I. Our baby boy was left with his grandparents, so we ventured out for a night of good food and some silence too.
For this special occasion, we decided to go to ROKA in Charlotte Street. I had been before, however, for my wife this was her visit. Good choice? I think so. How did she find it? Let's find out.
A bit of background first from ROKA themselves (copy taken from their site):
"The name ROKA carries great meaning - ROKA is a meeting place where food and drinks are shared with friends (ro) and heat, warmth and an all-embracing energy surround (ka). the principle cuisine is from the robata grill, which originates from the fishermen of the northern coastal waters off japan, who would cook the fish on the boats with different charcoals and share the bounty with one another using their oars.
the robata grill itself is located amid diners and forms an integral design element of all the restaurants. not just a feature, the robata is more the beating heart of ROKA, the area from which all energy flows. an energy that offers warmth and enjoyment while guests admire the respect given to the food as each dish is prepared."
Sounds very classy and fancy. This was exactly the reason why we went there. One dish which resonates clearly with this and one that I was looking forward to was Black Cod. One of my most favourite dishes ever.
What did we order:
For a hungry couple we were not entirely sure if this was enough initially, but the waiter assured us we were good. I think he even thought we ordered too much.
So, was Laura impressed. Hell to the YES!
What is there not to like from that list above. Maybe the rolls NOPE, there were good. What about ribs. Sorry, they were sticky, sweet and delicious. I wouldn't usually go for ribs at ROKA, but these were awesome. Tender and full-off-the-bone straight into my mouth type of goodness.
So three for three. What else was amazing? All of it! the Black cod melted even before it entered our mouths, the buttery goodness flaked off the skin and was transported via chopsticks to two hungry and happy mouths.
Good service and more importantly good food. Cocktails to start as we were celebrating.
GOOD TIMES: Black cod is always a winner
WATCH OUT: Not a bad word to say; on the pricey side so you have been warned
OMG: the dessert was lovely, sweet and tangy. Do it!
Thank you for waiting patiently. I have many excuses for delaying my cooking challenge. Nevertheless, I managed to do another letter and another country.
Romania was the chosen country for R. Only eight more countries and dishes to go. Don't get too upset. At this rate, I will still be going until 2020.
When I looked online as well as asking friends and colleagues, the results were not too encouraging or exciting. This was mainly due to two words: Cabbage Rolls.
I do like cabbage but I wouldn't order this dish on a menu if I saw it. I like stuffed vine leaves, it's just this sounded a bit dull. Don't judge me, I am learning.
Two sources I used for help were from Jo Cooks and Traditional Romanian Food blog. I always try to use a few sources just to make sure I have the correct recipe. As well as, just incase, if I do not have all the ingredients, I can see what else is done.
The essence of this dish is rice and pork stuffed into rolled cabbages, cooked drenched/drizzled with tomato sauce. My pictures do not do this dish or recipe justice and I thoroughly recommend looking at the two blogs above for true Romanian cabbage rolls.
Well seasoned, softened cabbage via boiling, is a vessel for flavoursome pork with garlic and rice. Forget the calories with a tortilla or wrap, this is healthy delights for you and yours.
Pork, onions and garlic are all a good base and start for a good dish. Add to that some rice and herbs and spices, what is there not to like?
I know you are capable to read the blogs above, but a quick summary of how to make the rolls:
Quite time consuming near the end, so start cooking this early and not at 9pm like I did.
I actually had my first bite at 11:30pm that evening. It was tasty, moist and filling. A dip or sauce with it, would add more, but it isn't a necessity. The good thing about this recipe is that you can experiment with the flavours and spices and even go vegetarian too.
Thank you Europe and specifically Romanian.