We meet again London: Burger & Lobster

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Much delayed blog post for this. I left it with the photos in the draft since 11 Feb. Every time when I have nothing to do, I tell myself that I needed to finish this. But look at the date now. So much for self-discipline. My last entry about London, I mentioned that the next time I’m around town, I will make a visit to Burger & Lobster.

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And so I did!

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Was thinking to order me a lobster, however upon seeing the price and calculating the cash on hand, I opted for something else. Full lobster shall be for another day. I have forgotten how pricey it is too. My server recommended me to have a starter in which of course I am up for it, they are fresh oysters after all.

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I’ve got one each of the oysters that were recommended to me. Jersey oyster (small, left) and Poole oyster (big, right). The Jersey oyster has a much stronger flavour which is to my liking, whereas the Poole Oyster has a much lighter flavour. I’ve paired my oysters with some spicy mignonette sauce. With a squeeze of fresh lemon and the sauce, I was slightly in oyster heaven while I slurped them down.

As for the main course, I could not decide what to order while I am on my limited budget. Since I am in a place of burger and lobster, I got myself a burger with lobster in it too!

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The Beast Burger with an extra order of fries on the side. It is an 8oz beef patty topped with grilled lobster meat, brie, truffle and tarragon mayo, fennel and Chinese cabbage. I love the serving portion of it. For the price I am paying, the portion of lobster meat and burger patty were not disappointing. I enjoyed every bite of it.

Who else eats their fries first before digging into the main dish?

In total, I’ve spent GBP 36 (including tax). You could find many branches of Burger & Lobster around London.

I would love to dine in Burger & Lobster again when I do have more cash with me and maybe other companions to have a sharing platter.

Till then, stay sane!

London – Avobar – Ramen fun!

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Each time I come to London, I try to find an area to go to rather than running round the whole of Central London when I have about 10 hours or less to explore. Well given that I only have 24 hours or less in the city from the time I arrived till I gotta hop on a plane and be off. So yeah, that would leave me about 10 hours since I got to sleep as well.

This time around, I have bookmarked a few new food places, 4 places to be exact. Managed to only visit 2 places as my stomach was already giving me warnings of a toilet break needed.

I got off at Covent Garden to make my way for brunch. Saw this rave about this place called Avobar. They serves everything with avocado. Okay, not every single item on the menu.

Gotten myself a cup of flat white which I know I shouldn’t have gotten any coffee in the first place and an avocado tuna poke.

Flat white – GBP 2.80
Avo Tuna Poke – GBP 12.60

This place has a  similar vibe to Evelyn’s Café Bar in Manchester. Instead of getting the classic avocado toast, I opted for avo tuna poke as I was kind of hungry. Then again, rice is filling to start my food spree.

The poke is served on spicy jasmine rice. The rice is spicy indeed, does pack a punch. I like that little awakening on my palates. The ingredients are all being served cold. I’m thinking the vegetable on top is called sweet baby pea. I only had them cooked before but not raw. There’s a hint of sweetness in that veg. They don’t hold back on giving you your share of tuna. Even with every small bite I have with a piece of tuna, I’d still have some more laying around. 

I do like my alone time now having a meal in a nice cafe, people watching; walking down the street, people watching. It is a very interesting activity.

Next, I walked to get me some ramen!

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I was there right in time for their lunch menu. Ordered their tonkotsu x. According to their menu, it is exclusive only in London.

To make a perfect pair, got to have some green tea love. I wasn’t disappointed with this at all. Including tax, this meal costs GBP 11.25.

I was craving for some Japanese food. How I miss going to Japan just to have them. I barely able to finish everything as my stomach was already in its last warning to me should I pack some more food in it. Still had to ride for an hour to get back to my hotel. So probably next time, I am going to have my Burgers and Lobsters again. Also, I have a budget to work with. Got to keep them as low as possible but still being able to enjoy the wonderful sight and taste of a city.

Money spent on the day:

Train (return) – GBP 11.80
Avobar – GBP 15.60 (excluding tax)
Kanada-ya – GBP 11.25

Total: GBP 38.65

📍 Locations 📍
Avobar @Avobarlondon
23 – 24 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London

Kanada-ya @kanada_ya_ldn
64 St Giles High Street, London

Till then, stay sane!

 

Manchester vs My stomach

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I want to show what I’ve done in Manchester for 5 hours.

I totally need to get the videos and pictures out of my phone as soon as possible, else it’s just gonna be a space taken up with nowhere to go. So here I am pinning my thoughts and food journey here. Also a way to make use of this space as I always neglect it.

This is my second time to Manchester but spent my time in Liverpool the last time as many around me said that there’s nothing much to do in Manchester. This time around, I’ve decided to explore Manchester for myself and decide if it is that boring as what I’ve heard. I’ve set my mission now for any places that I visit is FOOD! Did my research through Google a night before. Bookmarked the places so I can visit the next time too whenever I am here again.

Let’s get exploring Manchester city with me!

I started my journey from Manchester Piccadilly train station. According to Google, the first location I wanted to visit was supposed to be open when I started my journey. However upon reaching the place, it is not opened until 12pm. There goes having a bowl of pho for breakfast.

Came all the way here just to take a picture of the Chinatown arc. Yup, gotta visit my roots wherever I can.

Asian breakfast is a no-go, will just settle for an English brunch. It was kinda hard to locate this cafe. I had to walk around the block just to find that the cafe is facing a parking lot building. So much for adventure.

The Evelyn’s Cafe Bar.

I got the Avocado toast with poached egg (GBP 7.50) and a Rose latte with cardamom and honey (GBP 5). They give a good amount of avocado. Such a healthy meal that I couldn’t believe I’m consuming it.

Most of the places close by aren’t open until 12pm. Instead of wondering around the street till restaurants are open, I saw there’s a cat cafe nearby. At first I thought of not going in as I didn’t see a lot of active cats inside there. But there’s this one cat near the window just had me going in. Also I need to kill some time.

It is literally called Cat Cafe. It cost 1 pound per 5 mins and drinks are unlimited. Well, I think normally people would be there for at least 30 mins. That’s how long I spent there. The best place to sit in the cafe is near the drinks counter. That’s where the staff will mingle more with the cats and help to bring the cats around by enticing them with toys. I just like the ambience there, calm and lazing around just like the cats.

I found the next place through one of the list in an article. They recommend their Korean Fried Chicken. Now this is not a Korean restaurant. But I’m down to trying what is recommended. It is called Common.

The fried chicken was already a given. As I was flipping the menu (only 2 sides by the way), I was intrigue by this dish – popcorn cockles. It has been a long time since I ate cockles. Since it’s under the ‘snacks’ category and was mentioned as the best bar snack, not that I have any to drink, I ordered it without hesitation,

Korean Fried Chicken – GBP 5.50
Popcorn Cockles – GBP 5

I guess I never learn about eating Asian food not from an Asian restaurant. The fried chicken wasn’t that bad. It comes with kimchi and gochujang. However still not quite there. The fried chicken is not crunchy enough. As for the cockles, it was way too salty and sour for me. Half way through, I was just mixing a mouthful of chicken followed by a mouthful of cockles.

Came to Piccadilly Garden and had to take a picture here. It is a nice place to hangout but the main focus of this picture is …

PRIMARK! Somehow I still can’t figure out why is Primark such a big thing. I get that the price is really cheap but then how much clothes and items do you need from Primark? Maybe in the future I’ll change my opinion about this.

Moving on.

The next location pop out in my Facebook as a recommendation. I got to get my tea time the English way with an Alice in the Wonderland theme.

Richmond Tea Rooms

The Alice Tea set for GBP 7.25. 2 scones and a tea of your choice.

Honestly I thought that I need to spend at least 10 pounds in here. Let me tell you, 2 scones are way too much for me. Like seriously. Especially after all that eating. But those clotted cream is so good. So good to clot your artery as well. haha. The place is very cosy with different tea rooms. I’ll probably go there again.

So much food to eat but so little time and space in my stomach. Total cost for an afternoon of food spree – GBP 36.25!

📍 Locations 📍
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar
44 Tib Street, Manchester, UK

Cafe Cafe Manchester
103 High Street, Manchester, UK

Common
39 to 41 Edge Street, Manchester, UK

Richmond Tea Rooms
Richmond Street, Manchester, UK

Till then, stay sane!