Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Play and Eat

We went to see Zach Braff's All New People at the Duke of York's last night. Our seats were great (second row, Zach himself literally spitting on us) apart from the parts where scenes projected on a screen which meant our chins were pointing to the ceiling for short-intervals. They didn't last too long, though, so all in all it was a highly enjoyable experience. I will not ruin the plot for anyone, so all I have to say is: Go watch it.

Zach Braff wrote, directs and plays in the whole thing. Like he did in Garden State. Which is one of my favourite movies, ever. This doesn't reach that particular high, but it's still fresh, modern theatre with a plot and themes that almost anyone can relate to. The rest of the cast is great too. If it's not sold out, go watch it.

Being in the West End meant that theatre, naturally, was followed by dinner. We headed to Hix Soho, which I was very excited about. Sadly, it failed to meet my expectations. Oh well, at least pudding was nice. I might go back there to visit the bar or have wine and oysters.

(photos not mine, I was too busy watching the play to take pictures and the food was not worth remembering)

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Good ol' Jack

This man is like fine wine. If he could ooze cool in bright red outfits, there's not much that can be said about him now.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Somebody stop me

I keep thinking it's Friday. This is a problem because:

a) I tend to be unproductive on Fridays


b) It's Thursday.

The problematic nature of point b) is self explanatory. Point a), on the other hand, means that I tend to do a lot of browsing when I'm being unproductive. Having recently joined Pinterest, I thought I'd start using it. What's better to 'pin' on your board than a bunch of wonderful(ly expensive) things you'd like to own?

I've already ordered 3 pairs of Knockarounds (I hope they arrive before my trip to Marrakech) and I'm having epic handbag cravings. Must. Resist.

Knockaround Chocolate / Amber Premium Sunglasses, $14
On their way!

Prada Tote, €1,330
Definitely not on its way.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Gastrorgasmy: Burger & Lobster

I finally made it. I have been to exclusive London clubs, I have been to expensive London restaurants, but I have never felt a place to be so close and yet so far away from me. The monstrous waiting times (my first attempt at going was cut short when the lady at the door told us we'd have to go back 3 hours later - and that was at 8pm) and the fact that I have a full-time job meant that I would probably have to wait for weeks, maybe months, until I'd make it.

Patience is a great virtue though, and so is willpower. Armed with these, and a good friend, we went, we put our names down, and headed to the pub. We were told we'd have to wait for at least an hour, so after two hours and two glasses of wine had passed without receiving the telephone call we were so desperate to get, we took our chances and headed over. Luckily, our table was just getting prepared for us, so we sat down straight away.

There is no food menu; just one for drinks, with a good selection of cocktails, spirits and beers, and a rather limited selection of wines. I was a bit disappointed with the small choice we were given for wine, especially given Goodman’s amazing wine list. You can only famously eat one of 3 things (or all of them if you feel like it) once you’re in – burger, lobster or lobster roll. We went for a lobster roll and cheeseburger, split in half. They were great. Good food makes me happy. I was definitely happy once I started eating. The food also arrived very quickly, which kind of made up for the two hours wait. The burger was fantastic, although my bun was a little bit crunchy and I would have preferred it softer. The lobster roll was delicious and highly recommended. Looking back, I’d say go for the lobster or lobster roll. They feel a little bit more ‘special’, plus you can get good burgers in many places around London, with about a quarter of the waiting time.

The wonderful lobster roll

The sexy burger (with the slightly crusty bun)

There's always a little 'but'. Despite the food (and atmosphere) being fantastic, waiting for two hours when we were diplomatically told ‘at least one’ was a bit frustrating. What was more frustrating, however, was that despite the service being excellent and our waitress being very friendly, we got the feeling we had to get the hell out of there as soon as we finished our meals or else we’d be getting kicked out. Pushy yet polite, our waitress gave us the dessert options and when we said we didn’t want any she brought us the bill because our table was about to be given away. This meant we spent two hours waiting for one hour of dining, which was not disastrous but it made the experience feel a little bit less special, which is a shame.

Was it worth the wait though? Definitely? Would I go again? Of course, but I’d give it another week. I need to hit the gym now.  

Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Drinks List: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Overall Rating: 8/10

Looks like originality isn't dead yet...

No need for intros, just watch:

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Happy Pancake Day

Fuck that. Bring on Burger and Lobster.

In other news, I've decided to bring my tumblr back to life. A photo a day shouldn't be too hard, right?