Category Archives: London

M1LK

M1LK is so hipster that if it had a nose, it would turn it up at Shoreditch. Bare brick walls, confusing coffee choices, a restaurant front that they couldn’t be bothered to redecorate so they just graffitied their name over the previous restaurant’s sign, faded typewriter font on the menu, neon sign inside and conical flasks as decoration. Oh, and it’s a brunch restaurant.

Regardless of this mesh of confusing distractions, this brunch restaurant has a charming atmosphere. I had the Sweet Maria – sweetcorn fritters, drycure bacon, grilled halloumi, avocado, kasundi, lime (£9.90 and I still don’t know exactly what kasundi is but it’s fun to say). The halloumi and bacon’s saltiness carried through to the crisp sweetcorn fritters, and in mixing with the mysterious spicy tomato-y and mustard seed-y flavoured kasundi, it was and all round delightful plate of food. Even if you’re not quite sure what you’ve ordered at M1LK, I have faith that the friendly staff will drop some good food in front of you.

Next time I might try ‘Billy the Kid’ – Red clover honeycomb, goats cheese, sourdough and flowers. Yes, flowers.

£18 (2 people)

20 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9RG

020 8772 9085

Monday – Saturday: 8am-5pm
Sunday – 9am-5pm

M1LK: Website/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram 

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Koshari Street

Koshari Street sells Koshari. Funny that. And for the gastronomically challenged, Koshari is an Egyptian dish found on the streets as well as in restaurants and homes in Egypt. In essence, it is a carb overload base of rice, macaroni, lentils, vermicelli, and chickpeas, topped with a smooth spicy tomato sauce, nuts and seeds, and crispy onions.

It’s a little hard to get into with it being served in a layered pot (see photo). But if you can mix it all together without spilling half on the floor/yourself, it creates a surprisingly aromatic flavour. Certainly don’t eat this at the start of a day out, you WILL need to nap after this. Or at least plan to do nothing for a while and enjoy the food coma and lingering after taste caused by the 5-man-carb-show base.

£20 (2 people)

56 St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4EA

Open Monday to Saturday: 11.30 am – 11.00 pm

Open Sunday: 11:30 am – 4:00 PM

020 7836 1056

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Five Guys

This famous American burger chain opened its first branch in the UK in July 2013, 1 day before competitor ‘Shake Shack’ opened its first UK outlet just down the road. Serving sloppy American burgers, the two went head to head. Naturally, I had to try them both back to back.

I have no doubt in saying the burger and fries are better at five guys. This is not to say it’s the best burger you’ll ever eat. It’s still fast food, with an impressive production line (pictured), and patties are cooked from fresh not frozen. Toppings are free and numerous. If you get them all (as I did) your burger will fall apart and stuffing your hand onto your face will be the only way to polish it off.

The fries are loaded into a cup and intentionally served overflowing in the paper bag, you feel like you’re getting bonus fries. Go for Cajun fries if you like a little heat and flavour.

It’s messy, it’s fast, and if you aren’t full (which is unlikely) you can gorge on the free buckets of monkey nuts. Long live America.

£28 (2 people)

1-3 Long Acre, Covent Garden London WC2E 9LH

Five Guys: Website/Facebook/Twitter

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