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Eating Out|| The Plant-Plus Menu at The Field, London Fields

Vegetables. Too often just the side dish.

I mean, yes, vegetarian dishes do place vegetables wholeheartedly at the centre. But many are just copies of once meatier versions, with vegetables replacing the meat. Not many head chefs actually think vegetables first. And yet, vegetables can be pretty amazing. No, I’m not crazy or writing this drunk. 

Nik Williamson and Ryan Petty who just opened The Field in London Fields, however, are aiming to change this with an innovative plant-plus menu. The menu places the vegetable centre stage, with dishes being available plus meat or fish, if you really need it. The idea turns traditional dining on its head, with meat and fish accompanying the vegetarian and vegan focal point. I was intrigued, of course, so had to try it.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

The restaurant itself is located under a railway arch, in a metal container. It’s light, airy and pretty minimalist with green plants hanging from the ceilings and over the front of the bar. The hope is to eventually cover the ceiling, as Nik informed us, which would be really cool! Totally living up to the Instagram ideals. You know what I mean. 

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

It was super quiet on Thursday when we ventured East, which is a shame as the menu is actually seriously impressive. The service itself is really friendly and personal too. Nik and Ryan both in the kitchen, delivering dishes and explaining the ingredients! And that’s not just for us. I’ve seen them putting in the labour on Instagram too. I mean, the restaurant is their baby right!

Talking about the impressive menu, you can choose three or five courses from the set menu. Two of which can have meat or fish added. I would recommend opting for the five, but sticking to them as they are. You don’t need the extra meat.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

They all sounded pretty different to anything I’d had before. I did try to decipher the menu items, but I don’t think I could have gotten it more wrong. Each dish arrived beautifully presented, with the ingredients used in such creative ways.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

First up, and not on the menu, is the bread course. It consisted of two incredible pieces of mushroom cacao toast, lightly toasted sourdough in a light tomato reduction & tasty sesame lavosh crackers. There were three sauces on the side too; a spicy harrisa, an awesome creamy cashew pate and tangy tomato jam. It set the bar for the remainder of the meal – it didn’t disappoint.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

The first course was small, but amazing. On a bed of zucchini velute, sat white and green asparagus tips, puffed spelt, pickled courgette and fresh parsley. It was a beautiful mix of textures and flavours. The velute, creamy, the asparagus tips a la dente and delicious, the pickled courgette slightly tangy and the puffed spelt adding that mild crunch.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

Next up was the Agnolotti. It’s a pasta made with semolina and turmeric, which gave it it’s beautiful flavour. The agnolotti was filled with cavalo nero, and served with a thick soy and tofu sauce. It was topped with nutritional yeast (pretty much a vegan parmesan), micro basil and a drizzle of basil oil. This was one of my two faves of the night. The dish was on the herbaceous side, the pasta absolutely delicious.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

The surf and turf, brought together celeriac and seaweed in such a unique combo. The celeriac was roasted, and topped with a nori and olive crust. It was served on a bed of seaweed, sea lettuce and sea purslane, sat in a light mushroom broth. Tiny little mushrooms finished the dish. This one was a bit stranger to taste. The celeriac a little more tough than I thought it would be, and the flavours all very different.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

The roasted cauliflower was my other fave of the menu. Served with roasted vegetable & cumin jus, creamy caramelised yeast and pickled cauliflower, it was beautiful. The roasted cauliflower was the perfect texture. The jus was rich, and almost gave the dish a “roast dinner” taste. The caramelised yeast was slightly sweet and super tasty. Almost a bit nutty. And we all know how much I like my nut butters.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

Last but not least, the dessert was another I’ve never seen before. A sweetcorn custard, it was sat on a shortcrust pastry, with flaked sweet lions mane mushroom and salted caramel popcorn on the side. The custard was thick and creamy, and was more tasty than any normal custard. The shortcrust base was pretty hard, but not thick. Almost like serving it on a crisp biscuit – like a cheesecake. I really enjoyed it.

The Field Restaurant, Plant-plus menu, London Fields

Being a Thursday, wine was obviously on the cards. Although the drinks menu features several soft drinks which sounded tempting, they just weren’t pulling me in as much as the fully vegan wine menu. Yep, every wine is vegan.

The house white was a beautiful medium wine. Not too dry or sweet. An easy-drinker, and perfect for the vegetarian tasting menu.

Being in Hackney, and the journey home a bit of a trek, we didn’t stay long after. Even for more wine. But we’d had a great evening.

Summary:

  • Price: 3 courses for £26, 5 courses for £32. It’s not bad for a tasting menu. Especially when it’s a menu like this.
  • Food: Exquisite. Creative. Flavours and textures well thought out. Almost every dish wowed.
  • Drinks: The whole wine menu is vegan! The house white is fab – medium and easy drinking. Pairs well with the menu.
  • Atmosphere: Minimalist warehouse. Quiet. Love all the plants!
  • Wait: It’s bound to get busier, as it’s really good, but right now it’s still pretty quiet. No wait at all.

Have you been somewhere recently that’s really creative? Or any good veggie spots?

Chloe xx

*I was invited along to review the menu at The Field. All views my own. 

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Travel || Things to do, and where to eat & drink in Kings Cross & Euston

Kings Cross and Euston regularly fall off my list as places to eat, drink & explore. I tend to think of them as places for commuting in and out of. Forgetting about all the cool & wonderful places surrounding both stations.

From markets and coffee shops, to roof terraces and cool pubs, or exhibitions and outside spaces for the sunnier weather, there really is so much to do. There’s even plenty of hotels near King’s Cross too. So if you’re visiting the big city for a night or two, rather than just heading out for the day, there are some fab options in the area to stay.

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Alex and I spent this weekend exploring the area. Along with some of our all-time-fave spots, here’s our round-up of where you need to eat, drink, relax and explore in Kings Cross/Euston…

Things To Do

Whether you’re a fan of exhibitions and the more cultural side of exploring, a little more active, or a shopping addict, there’s plenty for everyone.

The British Library sits between both stations. It’s the largest library in the world, with regards to number of catalogued items, and runs a number of exhibitions throughout the year. The Wellcome Collection, is another in the area – closer to Euston Square than Euston. A free exhibition which aims to connect science, medicine, life and art, it showcases a number of medicinal antiquities collated by Henry Wellcome. The collection is really interesting, even to those not with a huge medical interest. I loved the notes to and from the tooth fairy, and a few of the more arty numbers.

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If you’re not an exhibition fan, you could go shopping in Pancras Square (home to a HUGE & Other Stories). Or explore the Canopy Market which takes place every week just off Granary Square. Just follow the signs.

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There’s also the iconic grass steps on the side of the canal, perfect for chilling in the sunshine. The canal makes for a beautiful walk or cycle too!

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Coffee

For caffeine fanatics, there’s a Notes in the area which does great coffee. There’s also a YumChaa which has a HUGE selection of herbal teas and the most delicious homemade cakes. Both reasonably priced. Whilst I’d highly recommend Caravan for coffee too, I’d say you’re better off saving that one for brunch too or you’ll be sure to suffer from food envy.

Pubs & Craft Beer

There are even more options for beer, wine and cocktails, including plenty of rooftop and outside spots for the summer. Euston Tap is a fab spot for beer. The menu features a range of locally brewed beers, ales and ciders, which can be ordered as a pint or half.  You order your number, which is poured from the taps at the back on the wall. At roughly £5 for a pint, it’s really not bad for a prime spot right next to the station.

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A beer stand can be found at the Canopy Market too, run by Big Hug Brewing, also selling local brews. The Hammerton Lager was delicious and refreshing. Again only £5 a pint, it’s a great spot to enjoy in the sun.

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If you’re thinking about watching the World Cup this year, there are a number of bars/pubs showing the games. We popped into The Rocket to watch the England v Nigeria friendly (Alex is half Nigerian), which is a Fullers pub. It’s not classy, but it did the job with big screens and cheap drinks.

Wine & Cocktails

More into wine or cocktails? There’s a Simmons Bar close by too, not far from Kings Cross. We had a fab night partying away for a friend’s birthday in the downstairs area. They have retro games consoles, cocktails in teapots, reasonably priced bottles of wine and some pretty great tunes.

This by no means is the be all and end all. There’s still a number of rooftop spots I’m dying to try including The Lighterman and Rotunda.

Breakfast/Brunch

Dishoom is by far our fave. With bacon naans, masala beans, chilli cheese toast and spicy omelettes, it’s pretty heavenly. It’s also really good value for money too!

Caravan is also a great spot for brunch. The menu is pretty creative and different, and the dishes taste fantastic. A little more pricey than Dishoom, but worth it.

I also finally tried the famous ricotta hotcakes in Granger & Co last week. They’re pretty dense, not as sweet as I thought they might be. But delicious with the creamy honeycomb butter, fresh banana & maple syrup. I did have a little food envy over the sweetcorn fritters though too. The service was pretty shocking however. There were long waits, not very attentive staff  and wrong dishes were being delivered and taken away from tables all around us. Whilst price-wise it’s at the same level as Caravan, I’d rather spend the money where you get  the service as well as the delicious food.

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Lunch/Street Food

Lunch only really happens for me in the week. At weekends I tend to brunch instead, or have two breakfasts. Because breakfast is the best meal of the day right?

If you are looking for something more lunch-like, the Canopy Market is a great place to go. You can find smaller snacks like quiches, tarts and breads, through to larger bites to eat like pregos (steak sandwiches), cheese toasties or korean fried chicken.

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The Chili Prego from Growlers had a fab kick to it and was super saucy. The steak was really flavoursome, but very chewy inside a delicious ciabatta style roll. At £8.50 it’s more expensive than a sandwich, but on par with most street food.

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I tried a Goats Cheese, Tomato and Basil Tart from Popina Bakery. With focaccia instead of pastry, it was moist, cheesy, and totally moreish. At £3.50, it’s a cheap option and so tasty!

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Dinner

Dishoom is one for all-day too, although more pricey after breakfast. Whilst I haven’t written a full review, I have been a couple of times, and it’s always a winner. Make sure you always get a House Black Daal!

For authentic Malaysian cuisine, there’s Roti King. It’s often got a long queue, but for good reason. The Roti Canai is delicious! Take someone with you who’s willing to share and order a number of dishes to try. Roti King is on the cheaper end of the scale too, so great if you’re on a budget.

This one’s for the meat eaters. Last weekend we also tried Cattle & Co. which can be found between the two stations, close to the main road. Alex was drawn in, being a serious meat eater himself, and with a variety of options on the menu I couldn’t say no. Full review coming soon, but the Cajun Tuna Steak is a must try!

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There are cocktails too, some of the signature ones given cow related names which made me giggle. The Calf-eine, a Cattle & Co. Espresso Martini, was potent yet delicious. Priced mid-range, it was just under £60 for two (mains, cocktails &  starter to share).

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If you’re looking for something a little more on-the-go, there’s Five Guys which does fab burgers (Go ‘All in’ on the toppings!). Pizza Union is a fab spot for pizza too – fast service, cheap pizza & super tasty! I’ve been a few times after drinks!

Summary:

  • Things to do: Plenty. From cultural to outdoors-y, there’s lots to do and see in the area, including free exhibitions too!
  • Drinks: Some great watering holes. Whether you’re a caffeine fiend or after something a little stronger, there’s lots of places to try. Euston Tap is a must-visit for craft beer lovers.
  • Food: Whether you’re after brunch, lunch, street food or dinner, there’s something for everyone and all budgets. Dishoom is great for anytime of day!
  • Overall: Kings Cross and Euston is not just for commuting in and out of. It’s a fab area to explore, with all sorts to do. Don’t leave the area off your list if you’re exploring London this summer.

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What’s your favourite area of London? Where should I explore next?

Chloe xx

*This post is in collaboration with Hotels.com. All views my own. 

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Out & About|| The Big Spritz Social with Aperol

An Aperol Spritz is the sign of summer. Am I right or am I right?

The iconic luminous orange Italian apertif, grew on me quickly. I wasn’t overly sure the first time I gave it a sip, but now it’s my go-to summer drink. Just ahead of Pimms and Gin. It’s refreshing, slightly bitter/tangy, and so tasty. I couldn’t stop drinking it in Madrid last year.

Aperol Big Spritz Social

But it’s not just that. It’s actually such a cool brand.

Right now, Aperol has taken over Shoreditch Electric Lightroom for the Big Spritz Social. A bar and courtyard which had been Aperol’d. Quite literally. It’s an orange heaven.

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The outdoor space features swinging seats, decking, huge bean bags, a slide AND an Aperol boating pond/river. Yep, you heard right. You can get in a boat on a pond of Aperol. Just maybe before drinking too much. Two guys toppled in when we went and it was SO funny! 

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Whilst the inside features a bar the width of the room, more flourescent orange seating, a ball pit, and a revolving carousel in the centre made up of little orange scooter seats. We, of course, had to take a seat on these during the night!

There are additional orange scooters dotted around the space, as well as plenty of orange trees too. The whole space was amazing. I’ve never seen a drinks brand nail it this way before. 

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The drinks were obviously on point. Large copa glasses filled with the orange stuff. Mixed so well.

I know what you’re thinking. With all this alcohol, you need food right? Well, they had that covered too. Arancina had their little van in the courtyard, serving up margarita, veggie or diavolo (pepperoni & chilli) slices. These were thin, crispy & super tasty. Plenty of cheese and topping. I had the veggie one (having eaten too much meat the night before) and I loved it.

Aperol Big Spritz Social

There is quite a bit of seating, and plenty of decked steps for when the tables and cushions get taken. Whilst it did get busy, it wasn’t packed which is really nice. It didn’t take long to get drinks at the bar, find a seat indoors once it got chillier, and we could have easily nabbed a boat on the pond. If we hadn’t been too worried about getting soaked. 

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I took Abi from work and we had so much fun, catching up, sipping Aperol alongside the orange river. It’s such a cute location, and with the option of outdoors and indoors, it wouldn’t matter if it had rained a little too.

Summary:

  • Fun?: – Most definitely. Even if you don’t go boating or sliding, it’s a great location.
  • Price: £10 to get in, which includes 2 x Aperol drinks and a slice of pizza. They’ve sold out of pre-booked tickets, but have a number of tickets available on the door every night from 7.30pm.
  • Drinks: Two in with the ticket, and then £6 each for more of the good stuff, which is really good!
  • Location: So easy to find. Only 5 minutes from Old Street station. Perfect for before a night on the town too!
  • Recommend?: Highly. You HAVE to see it. Make sure you get a seat on the revolving scooter seats! But it’s only there until 9th June, so hurry!

Aperol Big Spritz Social

What do you have planned this weekend?

Chloe xx

*I was invited along to the Aperol event. All views my own. 

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Out & About|| Gospeloke, the alternative to karaoke

Singing. I’ll do it in the shower. Or first thing when I’m waving my hair, at home alone. But usually not in front of others. No one wants to hear that. Unless you’ve had a few glasses of fizz. Or we’re in a booth on a night out, and I think I’m as good as Whitney. And then we all think we’re amazing.

I’ve been to Lucky Voice before on a work social. And it was SO MUCH FUN. But karaoke with a gospel choir as back-up, now that’s something else. That’s Gospeloke.

This month’s event in Central London was at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. I’ve been there before for food and never even realised they have a room at the back with a stage! A few drinks down before the singing started, we ticked off a few songs we’d like to sing before the show kicked off.  But apparently more than we were meant to mark due to all the enthusiasm. Whoops.

The gospel choir do a number to start the show before the teams jump on stage. They were INSANE.

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There were quite a few teams, and the night certainly didn’t finish after the 2 hours like it was scheduled to. But we were having so much fun, the time flew by.

Other teams might have been on stage singing, but we were getting involved, singing from the floor. We even cracked out the dance moves to some. There were so many huge hits you couldn’t help but move and belt your heart out.

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We were stunned by one or two singers. There was a guy who sang ‘Hold Back the River’, who was amazing. A duo, his part was SO much better than the other singer. The groups were funny too, many taking to the stage after several drinks.

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Before the night started, I didn’t want to set foot on stage. Halfway through and I was dying for our turn. A few glasses of fizz, and the atmosphere sure gets you feeling like you can smash it! Unfortunately, our whole team didn’t get the chance to sing. Only one of the girls I invited along got chosen to do a group number with people from other groups. I was so disappointed we didn’t get our turn. And so were a couple of the others.

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Even so, it was still a great night.

Summary:

  • Fun?: – HELL YEAH. Even without going up on stage.
  • Price: £13 for a standard ticket; £90 for a VIP table reservation for 6. It was nice to have a table but not necessary.
  • Drinks: A little pricey, but not ridiculous. Alex bought a bottle of prosecco and a pint for £30.
  • Recommend?: Highly. If you enjoy singing, love karaoke, go for it!

Have you been to anything like this before? I’m dying to do more like this.

Chloe xx

*I was invited along to review Gospeloke. All views my own. 

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Eating Out|| Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

My recent trip to Paris opened my eyes to just a few local delicacies. As much as I could fit in in the 8 hours, around sightseeing. Four food stops to be precise. I wasn’t quite ready to let the french cuisine fade into memories when we set foot back on London turf. I hadn’t tried anywhere near enough, which definitely means a trip back, for sure. But it also means seeking out the authentic Parisian restaurants right here in London too.

Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote London

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, is precisely one of those. Originating in Paris, the restaurant now has seven stores worldwide, including in New York and Mexico. The recipes, concept and most importantly, the secret sauce still coming from what it all started, in the city of romance.

The Soho branch is beautiful inside. Murals on the walls, dark woods and coloured table cloths, it didn’t feel like the middle of Dean Street at all. Atmosphere was on the brink of sophisticated, yet relaxed and friendly. It was a great spot for a Sunday evening. I’m not usually one to go out on Sunday evenings, but I’d definitely be tempted again for places like this. 

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The menu itself is simple. There’s just one set menu consisting of a dressed green salad with walnuts to start, and steak frites for main. Of course you get the choice of how the steak is cooked. But there’s no intermediary between levels; blue, rare, medium, well done. No fuss.

The drinks menu is more extensive, with plenty of wine and champagne choices. Red was a no brainer. You can’t have anything else with steak. Especially when you can get a half size bottle of house red for just under £10.

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The wine itself was medium bodied, slightly oaked in taste. It wasn’t too heavy. It complimented the steak well.

The steak in question was perfectly cooked. Mine rare, Alex’s medium, we were both impressed by the finish. It was flavoursome and delicious. Just the right amount of pink on the first serving. Yes, there’s more steak per portion than is first served. Something we weren’t expecting.

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The only accompaniment is frites. Crispy, thin fries. Enough fluff, plenty of crisp. They were a pretty good accompaniment for even the un-chip-iest of people. Me. We did save a bit of salad from the starter too, as I can’t have a meal without veg/green/colour of some sort.

The salad was delicious. Fresh green leaves, a creamy mustard dressing and crunchy walnuts it wasn’t overly filling, and the mustard flavour combined the two courses well. Hence why it’s good to keep some for the main. Or even order all together. Something I’d definitely do next time!

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The sauce. Well. That’s another thing altogether. Desperately trying to decipher if it was peppery, more mushroom and creamy or more like a chip shop curry sauce, it was the topic of conversation for part of the meal. I even asked the restaurant team. They couldn’t tell me because even the chef in the Soho branch apparently doesn’t know. It comes straight from Paris in an unlabelled bottle. Truly a secret recipe.

When you’re almost finished your first plate the team tops you up. This is where the remaining steak comes in, more frites and sauce too. All still hot, the steak only slightly more cooked from being on the hot plate. Definitely more food than I expected from a fancy restaurant.

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Even if you’re full, it’d be rude not to look at the dessert menu. Especially when it’s SO extensive. There’s over 15 options, featuring profiteroles and Gateau de Relais.

It does need a little deciphering for those not fluent in French. But the team is more than willing to answer questions. Google is a great source too.

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The blackcurrant sorbet comes as two scoops. With creamy, indulgent vanilla ice cream and strong blackcurrant liqueur, it was absolutely delicious. A sorbet dish like no other.

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The profiteroles were a must being a traditional french sweet. Filled with ice cream, the little sweet choux pastry balls were sat in a dark chocolate sauce and sprinkled with flaked almonds. The vanilla ice cream balanced out the strong bitterness of the chocolate. I wouldn’t usually go for profiteroles, not being a cream fan. But with ice cream, they’re a must order!

I’d highly recommend sharing desserts, even if you share two. It’s worth squeezing it in, and trying more than one!

There are dessert drinks too, if you fancy a coffee or sweet wine. The wine in question arriving in a tiny glass, sweet to taste and a delicious end to the meal.

Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecote London

SUMMARY:

  • Price: At just over £80 for three courses for two, with red wine, sweet wine and dessert, it’s pretty average for dinner in Soho.
  • Food: The steak is beautifully cooked, there’s plenty of food, and the sauce is something else.
  • Drinks: Plenty of wine and fizz options, including half bottles. The sweet wine is a must with dessert.
  • Atmosphere: On the brink of sophisticated, yet relaxed and friendly.
  • Wait: There didn’t seem to be a wait on a Sunday evening. The wait between courses wasn’t that long either.

Have you been to Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte before? Where do you go for Parisian/french cuisine here in the UK?

Chloe xx

*I was invited along to try the menu at Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte. All views my own.

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