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23 August 2014

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Blog Reviews from wetrykai

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2 boys from NZ eating their way around London and telling you about it. Tweeting under @wetrykai, @annixontong and @brendangage.


  1. I love meat – pig, chicken, deer, cow and evidently, even horse as I found out earlier this year (thanks Tesco). You name it, yup I’m up for it, especially BBQ and smoked meat. There is just something about the smell of it wafting in the air which is just so satisfying. Dang if I could, I’d capture it in a bottle and use it as air freshener (or cologne – I’d be the most popular guy in the room). Luckily for me, I have friends who feel the same way – not many but enough – and so began our search for the biggest meatfest we could get our carnivorous hands on. This brought us to Camden and The Blues Kitchen, home of the “Dino Ribs”. These ribs, which take an astounding 24 hours to cook, are apparently obtained from bovine but you could’ve fooled me. Each individual rib was the length of a forearm and packed with at least 2kgs of protein...

  2. I had just finished my last day at my job and thought I’d keeping the good times rolling by celebrating the event with a nice meal. Such a life milestone, however minor in the grand scheme of things, required a venue to match and so fittingly, I decided to treat myself and T to Nobu for some high-end Japanese – my cuisine of choice. In truth I just needed an excuse and this was the best one – my alternative was going to be because of my recent new hairstyle but that didn’t quite seem to cut it (pun completely intended). I was pulling out all the stops on this visit and was ready to eat up a storm with an order that in itself read like a menu – starters of ceviche, salmon and avocado inside out sushi, baby tiger shrimp tempura with all sauces, grilled asparagus with dried miso; mains of Dover sole with black bean sauce, tenderloin of beef with teriyaki sauce, Matsuhisa slider; and dessert of strawberry cheesecake and coconut mochi (phew, need a minute after that…)...

  3. Published : Tuesday, 17th December 2013

    Ape & Bird | Ape and Bird - Food that doesn'€™t monkey around

    After a string of successful ventures including hot spots such as Spuntino and Mishkin’s, the Ape and Bird is Russell Norman’s newest trendy London offering but this time with an ironic twist – it is located in the shell of a former pub in one of London’s most tourist heavy areas. Sceptical much? This was something which had to be seen to be believed and that KS had heard much hype about the Ape and Bird only added to the excitement. KS arrived at 142 Shaftesbury Avenue somewhat confused to find what still looked very much like a pub...

  4. Published : Friday, 13th December 2013

    Hixter Devonshire Square | Hixter -€“ Keeping the City hip

    The Square Mile is far from short of nice places for a meal – with household names such as Hawksmoor, Coq d Argent and Duck and Waffle calling the area home, settling on one seems like an impossible task. Well, life just got a bit tougher with the introduction of Hixter into the mix. Hixter has opened in the wake of its Shoreditch sister Tramshed’s success and like is predecessor, Hixter has retained the winning formula of serving exclusively quality chicken and steak mains supplemented by an innovative selection of starters and puddings...

  5. Published : Wednesday, 11th December 2013

    Dishoom | Dishoom -€“ Take 2 feat. Ginger Pig

    For the 2 or 3 avid ‘We Try Kai’ readers out there, you may recall a little post we did on Dishoom back in July (titled “Dishoom – I may have just stumbled across the best bacon sarnie in London”). If we didn’t make it clear enough back then, let me clarify now, WE LOVE OUR BACON NAAN! So on this day, the last of B’s 3 year European adventure, it seemed only fitting that the WTK family ended it on a high note at the place where, in our opinion, served the best tasting and bang-for-buck breakfast in town...

  6. Published : Thursday, 28th November 2013

    Yauatcha | Yauatcha -€“ Chinese worthy of the accolades

    To get us in the festive mood, T and I decided to go large with Yauatcha – if we’re going for Chinese, then let’s go for CHINESE (well, it’s not Michelin starred for being average!). Located in the depths of trendy Soho since it’s opening in 2004, Yauatcha is designed to retain the feel of a traditional Chinese teahouse which has undergone a big modern face lift. Their specialty is modern authentic dim sum (as the three pages of choice would suggest – they have 5 types of shiu mai! I have only every known one!) but they also offer a full al carte menu of plated dishes and treats from its patisserie counter. For the drinkers don’t fret, there’s an equally comprehensive cocktail menu!...

  7. Hands up if you like chicken. Who can say that they don’t? It’s inoffensive- provided you are not a vegetarian but if you are, then I question why you are reading a post titled “Chicken Shop”…Yes it can be a bit ho-hum and there is a reason why they say “everything taste like chicken” but to those people, I challenge that you haven’t had chicken done right – and that a visit to Chicken Shop will make you reconsider...

  8. Published : Thursday, 21st November 2013

    Dragon Castle | Dragon Castle -€“ Chasing the Dim Sum dragon

    Literally translating to “drink tea” from Cantonese, “yum char” is a Chinese-style morning or afternoon tea, which involves drinking Chinese tea (i.e. “char”) and eating dim sum dishes. In the UK though, there appears to be a slight misconception where the phrase “dim sum” (also Cantonese) is used as a substitute descriptor for this meal but to clarify, “dim sum” refers to the food eaten, whereas “yum char” refers to the entire meal – it’d be like saying you’re going for roast beef when you’re actually going for a Sunday roast...

  9. Published : Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Meatliquor Brighton | Meatliquor Brighton – Domination

    Call it fate, call it kismet, call it good luck… whatever. Meatliquor in Brighton opening on the week of KS’ stag (also in Brighton) delivered the perfect fulcrum for our southern coast boys’ weekend – an oasis of sustenance perched neatly between man-child paintballing antics and alcohol-fueled early-hours carnage. Scott (@thepubguy), the brains behind Meatliquor, generously agreed to my (full-disclosure) request for a stag-party booking on @MEATliquorBTN ‘s first Saturday night...

  10. Published : Tuesday, 1st October 2013

    The Tommyfield | The Tommyfield – an ode to your pies

    We visit The Tommyfield quite regularly. I figured it wasn’t fair to miss them out just because they’re our local, so our latest visit saw the camera come out. They two two things well. Really well. They do good chips. but more importantly, they do really good pies. This isn’t the classic base and lid type that I grew up with in New Zealand. It’s more of a hearty, meaty turnover. A delicious, hearty, meaty turnover...

  11. Did you know though that the best pizza in the world (according to the peeps at Chowzter) is actual found in East London (Shoreditch to be exact)? Having been to Italy, I found this to be a bold claim so I had to verify this for myself. If it was better than the ones in Italy then this was going to get emotional. Situated behind an unassuming shop front, there isn’t much to suggest that you are about to go through some mind blowing gastronomic experience. The dining room looks like a can of white paint had exploded in it and a few wooden tables and associate seating rounded out the minimalist decor. The menu is straight forward and is found on 2 sheets of A4. All you need to know is this; all pizza is £17...

  12. Apparently, the staff at Goodman really know their steaks. They certainly seem to. As seems standard with these specialist steak places, we had the waitress come out with a board of uncooked steaks, explaining the characteristics of each. This has always seemed a little bit gimmicky to me, but it is a nice touch, even if they do seem to cut the display steaks a little more generously than the ones you order...

  13. Having worked up an appetite now, my next course took me across the road to Tonkotsu, a ramen joint I’d heard very good reviews for from the Twitter community, so let’s just say when I walked in and ordered my Tokyo ramen (a soy sauce base with pork and chicken stock topped with mirin and soy marinated pork belly, half a seasoned soft-boiled egg, menma and spring onions), I did so with expectations. What I had though certainly did not disappoint...

  14. Call me lazy but I’d be a happier man if I was presented with a multi-choice questionnaire for decisions I had to make on a daily basis. That way, I can spend less time on trivial subjects such as shirt/tie combos and turn my attention to big issues such as how to solve the recession and, more importantly, what to have for my next meal. Unfortunately, it’s not all quite that easy but Burger and Lobster are sure doing their best to keep things as simple as possible...

  15. Published : Monday, 19th August 2013

    Grand Imperial | Grand Imperial - Eating like an Emperor

    set off on a mission in search of a Peking duck that would leave me a sobbing mess as I reminisced of my childhood. Overly dramatic you say? Peking duck is serious stuff. My search lead me to Grand Imperial, one of two resident lobby restaurants of The Grosvenor and conveniently located next to the Victoria train and underground station. I’m not one to usually be tempted by the hotel restaurant when I am a guest let alone for a night out but I put my scepticism aside and decided to give it a shot. Of course my decision was swayed heavily by the prospect of a whole Peking duck and champagne for two for only £38...

  16. Published : Thursday, 15th August 2013

    Honest Burgers Soho | Honest Burger – Any excuse

    Honest Burger is a favourite, so it seems like a bit of a cheat to review it, but I went, and it seems a shame not to talk about it. Honest Burger consistently delivers quality burgers at a pretty good price. We rocked up to the Soho branch just before six (which was fortuitous, seeing as the line was starting to grow by the time we left). They turn things over quick at Honest Burger, but I’ve never felt rushed...

  17. Published : Tuesday, 13th August 2013

    Sake No Hana | Sake no hana – A meal fit for the Queen

    I had come here with T for the “Taste of Sake no hana” menu. This was a 4 course meal which consisted of a miso soup, a main, sushi and dessert. All courses gave you options from which to choose from except the dessert. After mulling over the menu over a bowl of excellently seasoned spicy edamame, we ordered the koimo akadashi (red miso) and the koimo shiro misoshiru (white miso) soups, the kaisen tempura and beef hobayaki for mains and both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian spicy chirashi maki sushi. The dessert for the night was ice cream mochi...

  18. Published : Monday, 12th August 2013

    Flesh and Buns | Flesh and Buns - Here come the Hirata

    Located just off Seven Dials, Flesh and Buns (the sister restaurant of the ever-popular ramen restaurant Bone Daddies) is set to become a permanent fixture in the London food culture offering to be the dealer for all us current and future bun addicts. As I headed underground (after the massive painted doors assured me I’d arrived at the correct location) and got shown to my place at the long table, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the lively atmosphere. The music was pumping; the service was friendly and prompt; all key ingredients for a good time. Now I just had to hope the food came to the party. Well, it not only came, but it parachuted in, landed in the middle of the dance floor, started cutting shapes like no one’s business and then proceeded to buy everyone a round (so yea, it was pretty good)...

  19. Post #1 of the birthday feasting duo (I wanted so very much to make this a trilogy, but popcorn at the theatre just doesn’t cut it as an eating out experience). I’d heard good things about the Riding House, and figured it would be worth a try, 20130807_104838 I was a little thrown by the taxidermy squirrels, while C needed significant comforting (she carries monkey nuts on her at all times in case of squirrel encounters). The rest of the decor was very pleasant – perhaps they felt the need to shake things up again...

  20. Published : Wednesday, 7th August 2013

    Five Guys | Five Guys – swept along in a wave of hype

    Oh dear. I’ve spent the last few weeks defending Five Guys and Shake Shack from the kind of ridiculous parochialism that wants to see them fail because: “We are perfectly capable of putting a ground beef patty between two pieces of bread thank you very much.” I’ve read too many reviews where the writer went in with the express intention of disliking the american fare. I railed against the stupidity. “You don’t know what you’re talking about”, I said. “You aren’t even aware that there are different types of burgers.” I’d tried Shake Shack – Shake Shack burgers are boss, I figured Five Guys would be the same...