23 July 2014

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Blog Reviews from Stuff by Sofia


Stuff that Sofia eats/ drinks/ hears/ sees/ does in London (and sometimes other places)

  1. Published : Friday, 6th June 2014

    Gelupo | Gelupo | super yummy ice cream

    I suspected I would like Gelupo cause I had tried their ice cream for dessert when we went to Bocca di Lupo (here’s my post on that one). What I had at Bocca di Lupo was so yummy that I really wanted to try more flavours. So, on an appropriately rainy day (if we let a bit of rain stop us we’d never do anything in London) I went to Gelupo with a mate. It is a lovely space, it really has a sense of the Greek summer… come to think of it, it’s probably the Italian summer but hey ho. Unperturbed by the fact that my shoes were soaking wet (I got a high fever the next day, it’s a really instructive story) I ordered their big cup. This does not look sufficiently big – be warned – but it actually is, you will know when you eat the ice cream...

  2. Published : Tuesday, 3rd June 2014

    Ergon | Ergon | Actual Greek food

    I have been living in London for 12 years so far and have been looking for a Greek restaurant with food that actually feels Greek. Sure, there is ‘pretend’ Greek, in the same way, I imagine, that there is ‘pretend’ Italian and ‘pretend’ Chinese – i.e. the British market’s interpretation of those national cuisines. Not always a bad thing but being Greek the situation with Greek restaurants irks me. The most infuriating thing on the menu of ‘pretend’ Greek restaurants is houmous. I was born and raised in Greece and the first time I had houmous was in London. Take it from me, houmous is not a Greek thing. I am baffled by its existence on ‘Greek’ menus. The same goes for olives (we don’t eat Spanish olives, they are *not* the same), tzatziki with mint (we *never* do this) and pastitsio with minced lamb instead of minced beef (that one is bloody sacrilege)...

  3. Les Deux Salons is one of those restaurants that are very decent. It does not boast heart-stopping food, the service is so and so but overall the experience is good – if a little bit on the expensive side. Apparently it is the third venture from Michelin–starred duo Anthony Demetre and Will Smith – which to me doesn’t mean a lot but I’m adding it to the post just in case anyone is impressed by the names rather than the actual venue and food. You will find it just off Trafalgar Square and I have to say that it is a space that’s very well done. I love love love the floor and the glass panels on the ceiling as well as the tables and comfy couches (I’m sure they are called something else). It conveys this feeling of old splendour which is slightly at odds with the mismatch of people – a combination of tourists, pre-theatre crowd and office workers. Not that there is anything wrong with any of that (I think we counted as tourists when we went) I’m just saying that I half expected everyone in there to be in their Sunday best...

  4. Franco Manca do one thing and they do it really well. Pizza. They use slow rising sourdough and then bake it in a traditional wood burning oven. Wood burning ovens (we have them in Greece too and we are in love with them) give any food a very distinctive taste. Combine that with sourdough and you are in dough heaven basically. The pizza is very thin, thinner in the middle, with just the right amount of mozzarella and toppings. The ends should NOT be discarded. Eat them. Seriously this is not Pizza Hut, this is proper pizza and a small Italian kitten dies every time you don’t eat the edges. This is all confirmed by my Italian-savvy s.o. (not the part about the kittens though), whom I would like to thank at this point for patiently waiting to get into Franco Manca based only on my recommendation...

  5. Bocca di Lupo has the now famous menu noting each dish’s region and “BDL” for the ones that their chef has created. It also has the great option of small and large plates – excuse me if I call this meze style instead of tapas style. Small plates are actually great if you want to sample a number of things and that’s what we went for. You will *not* find carbonara on this menu (needless to say, a good thing). The wild boar porchetta with fennel salad was surprisingly yummy (their fennel fresh and full of taste), the mozzarella bocconcini light and fluffy, the asparagus expertly grilled (though I think the parmigiano just drowns out their great taste). Favourite dishes were the nettle & potato gnocchi with braised kid goat ragù (melts in the mouth) and the grilled lamb sweetbread & artichoke served on chilli bruschetta (all excellently cooked with the bruschetta giving you an almighty kick of heat)...

  6. Published : Thursday, 17th April 2014

    Polpetto | Polpetto (let’s go again)

    It was the Italian Saturday. We had been to The Glamour of Italian Fashion and we were about to die of hunger. I had heard really good things about an Italian around Soho but seeing how it was all booked (pre-theatre dinner anyone?) we decided to try somewhere else. Browsing on my phone I remembered having read nice things about Polpetto (couldn’t remember what things) and so we headed that way...