I'm EmKonstantine from London. I've been Qyping since 17-02-2010
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164 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6 7PB
If someone asked you what alcohol went best with chips, would you have a clue? Well, thanks to Kerbisher and Malt, I would. The answer is sherry! This is just one of the many great things that I learnt about Britain’s national dish at the latest Qype event. I also learnt that fish tastes better with the skin off and that fennel and dill salad is a great counterpart to fish and chips. Although it has to be said not as great a counterpart as Kerbisher and Malt’s own lemon mayonnaise – that stuff is so tasty that I was tempted to stock up while I was here. It’s a bargain at just 50p! Of course, unless you’re me, you probably won’t visit here just for lemon mayonnaise, and I’m pleased to report that the fish and chips are delicious. We tried three varieties of fish and of them all, the battered fish was my favourite. The batter was light and crisp, and I couldn’t get enough of the chips which are double-cooked to their own unique recipe. Coming from the coast, I thought that it wasn’t possible to get good fish and chips in London, but Kerbisher and Malt have proved me so wrong. I’ll definitely be coming here again and not just for the mayonnaise!
28 Tooley Street, Southwark, London SE1 2SZ
I was another of the lucky Qypers visiting the event for #Qypeoween. And I tell you something, London Dungeon just have to adopt evening opening hours – perhaps they could do it around Halloween? I say this because although I’ve been in the day before, this tour allowed us to visit the area when it was dark outside and everything was all quietier, darker and you’re just waiting for someone to leap out of the shadows at you. I’m a tad obsessed with all things Halloween, which means that I had high expectations. However, the dungeon definitely fufilled these expectations and I loved the Halloween add-on at the beginning. For me the scariest part was definitely the Mirror Maze – there’s just something about mirrors in the dark and the maze had the eery feeling, where you think you’ve glimpsed something, but you’re not quite sure. I later found out that this is the most haunted room in the dungeon – as Most Haunted discovered when they held a seance in the dungeon. Having heard that…I’ll probably be even more jumpy when I return. So will I return? Definitely this might have been my fourth time in the dungeons but the ever-changing exhibits and characters bringing something new to the role mean that it’s been different enough everytime I’ve been.
22 Charterhouse Mews, Charterhouse Mews, London EC1M 6DX
If there's one thing better than cheese it's cheese followed by a nice glass of red wine, so from this I knew that the cheese and wine pairing that I was invited to via Qype was going to be my kind of event. Located next to the Malmaison, Le Cafe du Marche is set down a cobbled street and this paired with the wooden beams and rustic decor makes it seem a world away from London.
The staff were incredibly helpful and at the door I was greeted by one staff member with a glass of champagne, while another dealt with my coat.
The evening was superb and whilst the cheeses were fantastic, it was Tom, from the Cheese Cellar's enthausiasm for his product that really made the evening memorable. We tried a wide variety of different cheeses from ancient sheep's cheese which hasn't changed its recipe in thousands of years to the fantastic Lancashire bombers - a cheese that is literally made in a nylon stocking, but comes with a kick.
The wines were also fantastic and we got to try a formidable selection from all over the world. My favourite was the Pinot Noir - but it was fascinating how drinking a particular wine at the same time as eating a certain cheese could change the whole taste of the cheese. I had a fantastic time and will definitely be back to try some of the full meals in the restaurant.
28 Westferry Circus,, Docklands, London E14 8RR
It was cold and snowy yesterday evening and I have to admit that I was seriously considering not going to the Qype event at Camino - what a mistake that would have been!
The food was simply fantastic and the delicious deep-fried calamari were a particular highlight, though I also really enjoyed the delicious fritatta and spoons containing creamy black-ink rice and mashed potato. In fact, all the dishes were so incredible that when I go back there I'm going to have real trouble deciding what to order.
However, it wasn't just the excellent food that made the evening particularly memorable, Richard and Nacho were excellent hosts and ensured the evening was a huge success. Richard also introduced us to some fantastic red wines, one that stood out was the splendid Rioja Secastilla and also a Grenacha which are both on Camino's wine menu. However, cocktails like the Big Chill Punch, Show Me The Monkey and of course the traditional Spanish sangria are all worth ordering.
Camino is a fantastic restaurant and I'll definitely be heading back. Like Alex said this place is going to really come to life on a warm summer's evening, with its scenic riverside location.
Stables Market, Camden, London NW1 8AB
I'd wanted to visit Shaka Zulu for ages, so you can imagine how delighted I was when Qype decided to run an event at the restaurant. I was literally blown away upon entering the building as the decor is just spectacular - large Zulu statues and the walls decorated with cowrie shells.
To start we were given some sparkling South African wine, it's the very same wine that Barack Obama chose to drink on his inauguration so you just know that's it's got to be good. However, if the wine was good then the biltong was something else entirely - it was beautifully spiced with chilli seeds and served alongside a dip that tasted a little like red pepper houmous, but which we were told contained a delicious blend of pecan nuts.
I had several delicious dishes at the restaurant - salmon smoked with rooibos, had a incredible flavour and this coming from someone that doesn't even like redbush tea! I admit to feeling slightly dubious about the Cape Malay pickled fish, the name might be a little offputting, but it's definitely one to try and the sauce that it was served with was divine. The ostrich carpaccio was perhaps the most unique dish of the evening, and while raw ostrich might not be everyone's cup of tea, I strongly advise you to try it for yourself!
I've had bobotie before, but I really liked the light curry flavour that the chefs in Shaka Zulu managed to create. When I've had it before it's always been quite spicy and tangy, but this was real comfort food and the perfect dish to have on a cold winter's evening.
Next, we braved a meat platter. These bad boys are meant for three people but we heard tales of how people had come into Shaka Zulu and ordered just the one for themselves. The two men on our table thought that they could rise to the challenge, but after we'd shared the delicious kudu, springbok, ostrich and borewors sausage out amongst the four of us they only thing that they were left eating were their words!
38 Beak Street, London W1F 9RG
I recently went to a Qype event at Frae, and after being invited along to Yuforia I was interested to see how Yuforia would compare to its competition. As other reviewers have already mentioned, the decor is really quite amazing. The exposed brick walls and living wall resplendent with plants really suit the natural, organic feel of the yoghurt, but most of all Yuforia is just a lot of fun!
What can't this place do with frozen yoghurt? We had it in cocktails, on top of cupcakes and in their fantastic sundaes. The pina colada cocktail with rum-soaked pineapple chunks and Mount Gay rum was fantastic and I loved the Irish Coffee cocktail with Kahlua and Baileys - really want can't you do with frozen yoghurt?
If you were looking to make your own sundae, then you'll be pleased to hear that Yuforia have a great range of toppings. I spotted white chocolate chunks, toffee pieces and Japanese moochi - but I decided to try one of Yuforia's specialist sundaes. The Eton Mess was like a healthier version of the popular desert and featured granola, blueberries, strawberries and frozen yoghurt. After being that virtous with my dessert, I decided that I could have another one and had my fro-yo on top of a cupcake - which was also pretty good. If you're looking for a healthy fat-free dessert that you can feel good about eating - even if it's on top of a cupcake or on in a rum-sozzled cocktail then look no further than Yuforia.
27 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EA
If you're looking for a dessert that you can feel good about after eating then look no further than Frae, who's organically made frozen yoghurt is 100% fat-free. Keira Knightley's a fan of the strawberry flavour and both Stella McCartney and Ruby Wax have been seen in the Hampstead branch of the store - so basically this is where celebrities go to curb those icecream cravings!
I went with the Qypers to the Islington store last Thursday, where we were set loose with a few glasses of Prosecco and a whole host of different toppings, from a unique Japanese fruit, to the down right bizarre baked beans and scrambled eggs. However, before I started getting all Heston Blumenthal, and mixing weird and wonderful toppings, first I needed a base; and while the natural flavour might have been all creamy and delicious it was the tangy aftertaste of the green tea flavour that really blew me away.
I have to confess that I wasn't as adventurous as I thought I would be; the green tea frae was just too good to waste on boring old savoury items. What really worked though was pineapple, coconut and Japanese moshu - a tropical frae!
With a small pot containing just 83 calories and no fat, you can definitely afford to treat yourself.
247/249 Lavender Hill, London SW11 1JW
Sugar Cane in Clapham was decorated by the masterminds behind Mahiki, but unlike Mahiki drinks are a quarter of the price. They certainly don't hold back on the rum and for less than a fiver we were knocking back some serious rum-filled concotions during happy hour. The place can get busy as you would expect for such a fantastic price and therefore you may need to book in advance.
The food is great value and seriously delicious, I recommend both the camembert and the pineapple kebab skewers which I could have eaten all night.
The decor in this venue is fantastic, think big Easter Island heads and the kind of wicker chairs that make you envision that you're the head of an important Polynesian tribe - I can't get enough of this place!
London TW9 2NA
Richmond Station might not be the largest station you'll ever encounter but as one of the main commuter stations between London and the South East it does get pretty busy at times.
There's a Marks and Spencers, where you can buy essentials like milk and bread at the end of a busy day. Commuters can also choose from a range of different snack bars including a West Cornwall Pastry Company and a Bagel Shop.
There are seven platforms in total, the first two are taken up by the District Line Underground trains and the next two the Overground trains going via West Hampstead and Camden Road. There are frequent direct trains to Waterloo, which is only 20 minutes away and slightly further afield to Windsor, Reading and Eton.
If you have an Oyster card you'll need to queue up at the counters as it isn't yet possible to buy these on the machines. The train station also has both a car-park and storage area for bicycles.
Portland Terrace, London TW9 1QQ
Richmond Green is a beautiful public space in the middle of Richmond, where you can get a pint from the nearby Cricketers Inn and go and watch the cricket. During the summer months the place is packed with picnickers and sunbathers, looking to get a taste of village life within the boundaries of Greater London.
The green is hidden from the main street and can be found by following a winding side street down to the green. One of the things that you probably should do before sitting on the green is buy a ice-cream from the fabulous Gelateria Danielle only then can you really appreciate the view.
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