Monday, 23 October 2017

Peyotito, Notting Hill, London



I visited this lovely little restaurant in Notting Hill over the weekend and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by it.

The ambience and atmosphere is very relaxed and pleasant. The d├ęcor is a mixture of rustic and modern like their food. The service is absolutely flawless and despite the fact that we went on a Saturday night and they mixed up our tables (which they sorted out very smoothly), they were incredibly polite and attentive throughout the meal.

We ordered a selection of their "tapas" style dishes as we weren't very hungry and didn't want to go for any mains. The menu is comprised of small plates meant for sharing. The portions are small but ideal for sharing and to be honest quite filling. Also, you can try quite a variety of dishes. They All the dishes were fantastic. The salsa trio with corn chips made of blue corn (which I never knew about before I visited this restaurant) was one of the best salsa dip dishes I ever had.






The potatoes with jalapeno mayo and the crispy calamares were excellent. The braised beef tacos (which we ordered in a tortilla but they come in lettuce cups as well) consisted of the most tender steaks ever. There wasn't anything we did not. We pretty much cleaned up all the plates (and we weren't that hungry!)

Desserts require a special mention. We ordered the mascarpone cheesecake with cactus compote. It was delicious (albeit a little too sweet for me) but the cactus compote was lovely.


 We also shared a plate of churros with chocolate sauce. The churros were light, crispy, sugary and tasting of cinnamon and the chocolate sauce was perfection - yes I could drink that sauce. It was dark chocolate which made it even more intense and perfect.


All in all, an excellent meal and highly recommend it.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Weekend in Newcastle


The city



 
I only had two days in this lovely city so the review is very brief! On the whole, it is a beautiful city, with lovely buildings (mixture of old and new), great shopping and amazing food. I particularly like the fact that most of the restaurants are stand-alone or small chains and not large boring chains like every major city in the UK!




 
If you have limited time, I definitely recommend a stroll along the Quayside and walk over the Millennium bridge. It is beautiful and the views are breath-taking.


 

 
Food
 
Like I said they have loads of one off or small chains and we decided to opt for these rather than big chains. The food was generally yummy. Two places that deserve a special mention is a world foods market in town - you could sample food from all over the world and it was all delicious, especially the mini pancakes!!

 
 
Another place was Zaap Thai restaurant -


 


 
So this really is the place to go if you like Thai food and something different to the usual high street restaurants. The interior is decorated like a Bangkok street market, and they have cute Tuk-Tuks turned into seating booths and there is a downtown Bangkok bus for you to pose in for pics!

The place is brightly decorated with neon signs and Thai paraphernalia reminiscent of Bangkok street! It is just brilliant. 

 
The menu is varied and you can make any dish mild to spicy (good news for me as I like it quite spicy!). The food is authentic, and arrives pretty quickly. It was utterly delicious! Please open a branch in London!




 




Bye Bye, Newcastle!
 

 

Style

 
My weekend compact wardrobe consisted mainly of two outfits:
1. Mango dress, Oasis coat, Gucci boots and Chanel handbag








 
2. Top from H&M, AG Jeans, Louis Vuitton bag and Primark boots