Tuesday, 29 November 2016

New Dishes Galore at Wagamama, Intu Lakeside

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I absolutely love going to eat at Wagamama, but I’m one of those people that always opts for the same thing (chilli squid, followed by seafood ramen or beef teriyaki soba and the mix-it-up mochi for dessert). When I was invited to try some of the new dishes on the menu at the Intu Lakeside branch, I jumped at the chance – and ensured I didn’t eat much at work during the day!

Situated on the boardwalk, the restaurant is easily found and once inside, is so spacious. We met manager, George upon arrival and he and Megan looked after us throughout the evening – ensuring we ate and drank enough, talked us through the menu and answered any questions we had. Before I start talking about the lovely dishes, I have exciting news – Wagamama are branching out to Colchester and Chelmsford very soon... fingers crossed Brentwood is next on their radar!
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While we were waiting for Chelsey to join us, Emily, Amber and I began with a couple of sides of the chilli squid – honestly, my favourite evey dish – and then came the main event, the new offerings. And boy, were they good!
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Street food is pretty big everywhere at the moment and we were lucky enough to sample two of the hirata buns that are on the ‘sides’ section of the menu. I think there are about four or five different varieties and I’m sure I’ll work my way through them all very soon – they’re a great little starter to share. The Tori Kara Age bun was my preferred filling: crispy chicken thigh, marinated in sake, soy and herbs, topped with fresh tomato, spicy sriracha sauce and Japanese mayo. In case you’re wondering, Japanese mayo is richer and creamier than the kind we’re used to. The chicken was flavoursome, while the buns were so soft. The vegetarian option was a mixed mushroom and panko-coated aubergine slice in the hirata bun and this one was topped with Japanese mayo and coriander. Panko breadcrumbs are pretty big in Japanese cuisine and are making their way into our cooking more and more – I love the coarse texture and find it much lighter than a standard batter. I don’t particularly like mushrooms, but I found the bun enjoyable.
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We then tried one of the Donburi bowls. This was another vegetable-packed dish, consisting of mushroom and broccoli omelette, served on top of a bowl of brown rice, carrots and spring onions. Topped with fresh red chilli, this wasn’t as spicy as I was expecting, but was a very hearty and comforting meal. The portion sizes are huge and we were lucky enough to have three bowls between the four of us. I’d never tried Donburi before, but I’d definitely be inclined to order one in the future – it’s certainly a meal in itself.
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I think we were all in agreement that the side dish of Bang Bang Cauliflower was the highlight. I’d never think to order a vegetable side dish and don’t eat much cauliflower – but it was beautiful. One of the girls wasn’t keen on spice but even she found it thoroughly enjoyable... it certainly isn’t as spicy as the squid, anyway. Florets of crispy cauliflower in Wagamama’s famous firecracker sauce, with red and spring onions – it was packed full of flavour and a perfect accompaniment.

Feeling suitably full, there was one last surprise for us: a Wagamama recipe book in a sturdy canvas bag. I’m honestly so excited to try and replicate some of my favourite dishes at home. Thank you to Megan, George and the rest of the team at Wagamama, Intu Lakeside for hosting a fabulous evening.

Will you be trying out any of the new dishes?

Love, Lucy xx
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*I was invited to eat at Wagamama, Intu Lakeside FOC, but opinions and images are my own

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Degustabox | Autumn Box

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If youve not heard of Degustabox, then where have you been? Its a food & drink monthly subscription box bringing you 10-15 surprise products, many which are new to the market. When you sign up, you get to fill in your very own profile, meaning a couple of the products may differ. Its actually the highlight of my week when this little beauty arrives on my doorstep so what was in October’s box?

·         A sachet of Levi Roots’ Smokey BBQ Coat n Cook sauce
·         Two packets of Maggi Fusian noodles
·         A packet of Yushoi Snapea rice sticks
·         A bottle of Robinsons Squash’d orange
·         A packet of Heinz Kids dry pasta shapes
·         A carton of Heinz Kids pasta sauce
·         A king size bar of Hershey’s Cookies n Creme
·         Two packet of Beloved Dates fruit hearts
·         A jar of JimJams chocolate spread
·         A packet of Pitch Choco Barre
·         A carton of I am Souper soup

I wanted to get this post uploaded before I made a start on Blogmas, so lucky you having two of these monthly posts in quick succession. Unfortunately, this means that a lot of the products are yet to be tried – and I was actually quite disappointed with this month’s box, as you’ll soon find out.
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The Heinz Kids pasta & sauce made for a quick and easy midweek meal, even though there are no children in our house. To make it a little more substantial, ricotta and spinach could be added, or bacon lardons. I mean pasta and sauce is Basic AF. I’m yet to try the Maggi Infusian noodles, but I am intrigued by them. Each packet comes with three separate sachets: infused oil, some spices and dried vegetables. It’ll be interesting to see how they come together to create a meal. Levi Roots’ sauces have featured in previous boxes and we’ve tried various ones at home. The Smokey BBQ was perfect on chicken, but would be equally as lush on pork (or beef) ribs.
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I absolutely loved the Beloved Dates fruit hearts, particularly the cocoa berry flavour, which were reminiscent of cake. I just loved the soft and squidgy texture and unlike similar products, there was no hardness when chewing – there’s nothing worse than date pit. I would definitely buy these again. However, I wasn’t a fan of the Yushoi Snapea rice sticks. I was sold at ‘healthier snack’, but I just found the flavour so boring and bland. I’m not a fan of ready salted snacks anyway, so would have preferred something with a bit of a kick, like chilli or black pepper.
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During the winter months, I always take soup for work so the carton of I am Souper pulled pork & jalapeno soup was a welcome addition. I’m yet to try it, largely because I’m scared it’s going to be too spicy for my palate. Marketed as ‘high protein’ to keep you ‘fuller for longer’, this contains far more calories than my usual lunch but it’ll be interesting to see if it prevents me reaching for that afternoon snack. I’m also yet to try the JimJams chocolate spread – but cannot wait to try it, especially as it contains 83% less sugar than other brands. I’ll use this to make baked oats or add it as a topping to protein pancakes. I don’t really drink a lot of squash but the Robinsons Squash’d in orange is such a good idea. The little bottle is perfect for on-the-go and work/gym bags. I’ve had a couple of glasses using this squirty syrup and it doesn’t take that much different to normal orange squash – it’s more the novelty, I think.
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This month I’m finishing with the treats and neither really impressed me. I’m not a fan of Hershey’s chocolate (is it me or does it have a bit of a sick taste?!) but my brother absolutely devoured the king size bar of Cookies n Creme so it wasn’t all bad! And the Pitch Choco Barres were nice enough: soft brioche finger buns with a chocolate centre. I just feel a soft chocolate or creme would have worked better than the solid chocolate. Thankfully each bar was individually wrapped – or else I’d have eaten the multi-pack in one sitting!

Try your first box, with a £7 discount. Either follow this link. Or go to the website and enter my special reference code: LUCYW-2B19. Enjoy!

What were your thoughts on the Autumn box?

Love, Lucy xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Favourite Five | Skincare

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Following on from my previous Favourite Five post (which was hair care products, in case you missed it), tonight I’m going to share the skincare products I simply cannot get enough of. This was a fairly easy post to write, although if you’ve seen my dressing table and several drawers/boxes of products, you’ll know I have far too many and it’s a wonder I could narrow it down to just five.

(1) Aurelia Miracle Cleanser (£38 | 120ml)
I first received a sample of this cleanser in a Latest in Beauty box and I immediately fell in love. I’ve used a number of high-street and high-end brands when it comes to cleansers, toners and moisturisers – and this one is a definite winner. When I think of Aurelia, I think spas and luxury – and this is certainly a luxurious product. It thoroughly cleanses, removing all traces of dirt and makeup. I have so many of the smaller sample sizes, I just need to bite the bullet and buy the full size. The muslin cloth is also the perfect size and is an absolute dream.

(2) Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Water (£5.99 | 400ml)
Micellar Water has been everywhere for what feels like forever and it almost seemed a blogger requirement to be obsessed. I used the original water first, before being sent the oil-infused version for review. I much prefer this – in terms of formula, ease of makeup removal and the affect it has on the skin. I was sceptical about using an oil-based product, but it’s not at all greasy and removes the most stubborn of thick, black makeup easily. It isn’t harsh on the skin, particularly the eye area and leaves my face feeling soft and moisturised – although I will always use my night cream.

(3) Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream (£12.99 | 50ml)
And here is said night cream – and it’s another Latest in Beauty find. I originally purchased this cream because I was on a look-out for a new one and as I was building my own box, I thought what better way of trying something I hadn’t before. I have only had this product for a couple of months, but I’ve already stocked up! Recently I’ve been quite stressed and run-down; as a result, my skin has suffered. I only use the smallest pea-sized amount of this cream, applying in circular motions and I’ve noticed the difference in my skin – it’s no longer dry, it looks a lot less tired and even younger. It’s going to be perfect during the winter months.

(4) Elemis Treat your Feet foot cream (£20 | 75ml)
I’m certain this has featured in many a monthly favourite, so for that reason, it warrants a place in my favourite five – even if the tube recently ran out and I’ve not had the time to replace it. No matter the season, this is perfect for keeping tootsies hydrated and prevents dryness and roughness. I’ll admit, I’m more likely to use this in the summer, but it’s ideal after a hot shower as well. There’s nothing better than slathering a thick layer on, applying woollen socks and getting super cosy.

(5) Legology Exfo-Lite Detoxifying Leg Scrub (£42 | 5x50ml)
Anyone who’s a long-serving Twitter follower will know I suffer with self-diagnosed restless leg syndrome and often at night, I will itch my legs until they’re red and scaly (beaut I know). I also get these little raised bumps on the backs of my legs and occasionally arms – not too sure if it’s linked? But this leg scrub is something I use weekly in the shower. I do like to exfoliate twice a week but I particularly love the coarse texture of this scrub. It’s great for improving circulation (another problem of mine!), as well as enhancing the smoothness and suppleness of the skin. It’s an oil-based scrub so also polishes. One sachet is more than enough for both legs and I just find this such a miracle product. My brother managed to secure this PR sample but I’m desperate to stock up.

Which products are key to your skincare routine?

Love, Lucy xx

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Milburn @ Koko (23.09.16)

I realise this post is about two months late, but I was really umming and ahhing about whether or not I should post. My last music post was nearly three years ago (I saw the Arctic Monkeys in Paris) but thinking back to the night of Friday 23rd September got me feeling super nostalgic.

I remember being at school when I first got introduced to Milburn – it was by a friend from football who was interested in them. There was this one song that was on the band's – and my friend’s – MySpace accounts that I just absolutely loved. I was a bit of an indie child growing up and no one in Essex/London had heard of this band from Sheffield so I definitely felt like I was special.

I last went to see Milburn in September 2007. My dad and best friend came with me. They played at the Astoria. This time around, I went on my own. I had bought two tickets, in the hope that my dad would be well enough to come with me. I couldn’t manage to persuade a friend and couldn’t be bothered to flog the ticket outside. That wasn’t a problem though, as I met up with Brad and his friend. Brad was one of the first football fans I followed on Twitter (and he also supports a League Two club) so it was lovely to finally meet him – even if it meant I went against my word of “only having one drink”. We pre-drank in a bar in Camden High Street, before making our way to Koko, where the gig was being played. I’d been there before a couple of times and it’s one of my favourite venues.

The autumn tour was as a result of a reunion show the boys did in Sheffield and it was also 10 years since they released debut album Well Well Well (which is in my top 5 albums of all time, btw). Having missed out on the farewell show in Sheffield back in May 2008 and it being just over nine years since I’d seen them live, the set list totally didn’t disappoint and I have to say, I definitely had a more enjoyable evening second time around! In fact, when I was chatting to Brad beforehand, we listed all the songs we wanted to hear and I’m pleased to say three out of my four ‘definites’ were played – and two of those were in the encore, so well worth waiting for! The band also played a couple of new songs and at the time, I hadn’t heard either, so it was good to hear those – particularly Midnight Control that had been played a lot on the radio.

I took a few videos so I’m just going to finish the post with those – so you can have a listen for yourselves.

Love, Lucy xx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Degustabox | September Box

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If youve not heard of Degustabox, then where have you been? Its a food & drink monthly subscription box bringing you 10-15 surprise products, many which are new to the market. When you sign up, you get to fill in your very own profile, meaning a couple of the products may differ. Its actually the highlight of my week when this little beauty arrives on my doorstep so what was in September’s box?

·         A packet of Metcalfe’s Popcorn Thins
·         A Get Fruity bar
·         Two cans of Cape sparkling drink
·         Three tins of Cirio Borlotti beans
·         A sachet of Miso Tasty miso soup
·         Four pots of Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly
·         A bottle of Teisseire Sirop cordial
·         A bag of Say YES to No bread chips
·         A packet of Mrs Crimble’s fusilli pasta
·         Two sachets of Chia Bia chia seeds
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As always, I’ll start with the drinks. I’d never heard of Cape Drinks before, but their lightly sparkling drinks were lush. With a blend of tea and fruit, no added sugar and all-natural ingredients, I thoroughly enjoyed both flavours and would certainly purchase these again. The pineapple & passion fruit was a bit like Lilt, while the peach & lychee was a really delicate, but refreshing mix. I’m sure I’ve seen sirops by Teisseire in the shops and in France before, but I’m totally unsure as to whether I’ve tried them. The zero sugar raspberry & cranberry cordial was lovely. There was certainly no compromise on taste, with the lack of sugar. I don’t think I’d be inclined to try the other flavours though (lemon and pink grapefruit).
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The Cirio Borlotti beans went down well with all the family, especially as now it’s getting colder. Ideal for bulking out stews and casserole, they’d make a great alternative to potatoes or even other grains and pulses. I’ve not yet tried the Miso Tasty miso soup sachets, but I often find them quite salty, so not sure how I’ll like these. Similarly, I don’t eat a lot of pasta and don’t particularly like mushrooms, so I was dubious about the Mrs Crimble’s fusilli pasta. It was surprisingly enjoyable, even though it was gluten-free. I shared the sachet with mum and we made it into a meal with some grilled chicken. We definitely could have done with some additional green veg.

Hartley’s is a very familiar brand in our house and we often buy the different varieties of jelly – from the original, to the no added sugar and the 10kcal pots. The strawberry is my all-time favourite flavour, but it was good to try the tropical, orange and raspberry, too.
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There were plenty of healthy snacks in this month’s box. Starting with the Chia Bia chia seeds, which I’d tried before. I preferred the whole seeds to the milled, just because I like the texture. I often use these to make chia pudding, overnight oats or even smoothies. Metcalfe’s Popcorn Thins are another product I’ve bought on numerous occasions, so I was pleased to see them featured in the September box. The milk chocolate coating is so moreish. As far as corncakes go, these are definitely the best and Metcalfe’s is the brand I’d always go to first. The Say YES to No crisp breads were a great alternative to crisps or other snacks – the sour cream and onion flavour was powerful. I actually ate these with soup, like croutons.  And finally, Get Fruity have featured in previous Degustaboxes, but it was good to see a different product this time. The raspberry bar contained oats and plenty of fruit – with no added sugar. I would definitely buy these again.

Try your first box, with a £7 discount. Either follow this link. Or go to the website and enter my special reference code: LUCYW-2B19. Enjoy!

What were your thoughts on the September box?

Love, Lucy xx

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Carbs, Cocktails & Catching Up at Loft Lounge

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When I was recently in Birmingham for the weekend, I messaged my best friend and suggested we go for lunch. Well the plan was lunch and shopping in the afternoon, before I met Ash in the evening ready for the Halloween party we were going to. But when Gemma and I get together, it never ends without a few too many drinks. I booked a table at Loft Lounge, following her recommendation – and was even able to request a booth, which was a great move.

The Loft Lounge is in the heart of the gay village and it’s a really smart place. Whether you’re wanting a light bite to eat, or to catch up over a coffee or something stronger, you can expect a friendly welcome and a good time. The interior is modern and glamorous, with plenty of seating or room at the bar if you wish to stand. Our booth was intimate, comfortable and made me actually feel like I was exclusive. There was even a mirror, which obviously wasn’t ideal for two girls posey AF – and we definitely spent far too long fixing our eyeliner and lippy. But it was a good laugh.

One of the highlights of a Saturday at Loft Lounge is that the Happy Hour runs all day, with a selection of cocktails in a 2-for-£10 offer. We immediately took advantage of this, ordering a round of strawberry daiquiris. I prefer mine frozen, rather than chilled and this one hit the spot nicely – there was a fair amount of rum in there, but it still went down far too easily, especially considering it was only 2:30pm.
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For somewhere with such a focus on the bar/lounge vibe, the menu was decent and there was quite a lot of choice. We both decided to share a few dishes between us, to pick at while we gossiped. And of course we went all-out and committed carbocide. The barbecue chicken & jalapeno flatbread pizza was a little too spicy for my palate, but it was light and fresh. The Cajun fries were only lightly seasoned, but boy were they good – we definitely made a mistake only ordering one portion of those! Gemma chose a side of cheesy garlic bread but the real game changer were the vegetable tempura with aioli dip. Gemma had never had tempura before and soon as I clocked it on the menu, my eyes lit up – strips of red and green pepper, aubergine and courgette in a light, crisp batter... beautiful.
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We shared a bottle of prosecco with our food, before moving back on to the cocktails. In fact, instead of ordering dessert, we went for a post-dinner cocktail. I have to say I was disappointed with my espresso martini, but only because it’s a personal favourite and I’ve never known anywhere to make one with vodka and baileys. It was far too strong and completely lacked that strong coffee hit. We had another round of daiquiris (my mistake, I completely forgot the name of the cocktail we were supposed to be trying), before moving onto Times West Coolers. These were probably my favourites, largely because I’d never had one before and it contained a selection of my most-loved spirits. They were colourful, sweet and fruity and again, I drank them like juice.

The service was good from the moment we arrived. The staff were setting up for the evening’s Halloween event and apologised in advance in case the lights went out (they didn’t). Even when the bar was busy, we were still attended to. They didn’t even mind me charging my phone or lugging a weekend bag around. For a casual bite to eat or quiet drink with friends, I couldn’t fault Loft Lounge at all and would definitely return when in the area.

Love, Lucy xx

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Instagram #11

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Standard work selfie – Pre-brunch selfie ft. Fur coat – Bottomless brunch at Big Easy – Reunited with the 4 Eagle girls – Sunday Funday – Lean in 15: Joe’s chicken pie – Swatching the Barry M palette –Happy Humpday – Current listening, in readiness for June – Snapchat Halloween filters = unreal – Cocktails with my bestest in Brum – Halloween night out with the Uni Physios

How are we nearly a third of the way through November? I honestly don’t think I have a free weekend now until January, which is worrying – especially when you consider how quickly Christmas is going to come around. I’ve not even started my shopping yet, anyone else with me?

A few weekends ago now, I met up with the girls I lived with during our final year of university. In case you missed the post, we went for bottomless brunch at Big Easy, Canary Wharf. It was the first time I’d been and it certainly won’t be the last – it was so good! Despite not getting together for ages, we are already arranging our next meet and I’m already looking forward to it.

That was the Saturday and on the Sunday, I got my domestic goddess on and cooked the chicken pie from the first Lean in 15 book, for my mum, brother and Ash. I’ve previously made pie before and I personally thought it was a disaster, so I was so nervous about trying this recipe, especially as I hadn’t done it before. I don’t even like pie, but it was surprisingly tasty – and light. I think this attempt was slightly more successful, even though I had no idea how to chop leeks.

In exciting news (because I love having things planned in advance to look forward to), I’m going to see Stone Roses in June! I was devo’d I forgot they were on sale this time, having missed out on the previous occasion – and Ash is the worst with surprises. I can’t wait to tell dad because I know he’d be excited for me – apparently when I was younger, I used to sing Sally Cinnamon.

A fortnight ago, I spent Halloween weekend in Birmingham. Ash and I were going to one of his friend’s house party, before going out in the city. Because he had work during the day, I organised lunch with my bestie, Gemma. I’ll be posting about that soon – but we went to Loft Lounge for a carb-fest and cocktails. Unfortunately, when we are together, it’s never a sober affair and we both got far too drunk for the time of afternoon it was. The evening was fancy dress and because I’m Basic AF, I went as a cat. We went to Walkabout which was decent, although I don’t remember too much. The journey home the following day wasn’t fun, but thankfully my mum cooked us a roast when we got in.

What have you been up to lately?

Love, Lucy xx

Thursday, 3 November 2016

October favourites

Hello November, you came around far too quickly! So a new month means another new monthly favourites post. Let’s find out what I was loving in October.

The first item is the only fashion related one and it’s my favourite pair of ankle boots. I bought these in Primark back in September when I was staying with my best friend, Gemma. I’ve had some lovely comments at work about these and they’re so comfortable. I saw another pair in tan which were beautiful, but unfortunately they weren’t available in a 7. By Primark standards, the boots are good quality and I’m sure I’ll be wearing them throughout winter.

I’ve been meaning to blog this hand cream for absolute ages and it’s a shame it’s featuring now, when the tube has run out. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of Heathcote & Ivory before but I’ll definitely be purchasing this hand cream again. It has got me through many a work morning wash (is there any worse job?) and there’s nothing better than silky soft hands.I just love the mix of floral scents with vanilla and pink peppercorn. And of course, Shea Butter is so moisturising.

Another big love of mine recently are the Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker Lip Lacquers – I’m seriously obsessed. I have three shades in my collection (Charm Offensive, Whatchama-coral and Whoppink) but I must add to them. The lacquers are long-lasting and stay put for hours, even after food and drink. I find them a little on the sticky side, but at least they don’t dry the lips, like other brands. The coverage is just perfect.

I got the Bare Minerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in a Latest in Beauty box and immediately fell in love. I wish the sample was a larger size, as there was only enough product for five working days. I am a big fan of foundation serums as I find them much lighter on the skin and easier to blend/build on. This one is no different and it even looks light once applied, making my makeup flawless. The days I wore this to work, a few people noticed the difference as I usually cake my foundation on. I never thought I’d replace my current foundation, but move over Dior!

And finally I am addicted to my Jawbone Up. One of the girls at work had one and raved about it, to the point I caved and bought one. It’s definitely making me a bit more active during the week and I love keeping track of my steps – even if 10,000 a day is a little optimistic. It also tracks sleep patterns and I try and aim for seven hours a day. I also really like that this device looks more like a bracelet, rather than some other ‘watches’ on the market. The colour is very neutral and it looks subtle when worn. I try and check my stats twice a day – in the morning to see how I’ve slept the night before and in the evening, to track my daily activity. Would you like to see a post on this?

What were your October favourites?

Love, Lucy xx

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Bottomless Brunch & Barbecue at Big Easy

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I’d heard nothing but good things about Big Easy and recently I met up with my Uni housies – after a few years, long overdue – for bottomless brunch at the Canary Wharf restaurant. Janine booked the table for the four of us at 1pm and we were allocated a two hour slot. I actually met Kim as I got off the Jubilee Line tube at Canary Wharf station and we made our way (with great difficulty... cheers Google Maps!) to the restaurant. In fact, it’s easier to get off at the DLR stop, or even West India Quay. But once you’re there, you can’t miss the large illuminated sign.

The restaurant is massive once you’ve made your way from the reception area. The bar is extensive and there’s plenty of space outside for standing or seating, with some really cute cage cabana style chairs and patio heaters for the colder months. Brunch is clearly a popular option on a Saturday; not only is booking in advance required, but there were very few free tables when we arrived.
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There are two options, the a la carte menu and the bottomless brunch. If you go for the former, there’s plenty of choice ranging from fried chicken & waffles to barbecue frittata and even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. On the bottomless option, there are only two choices for your meal, but you do have free-flowing prosecco (or frozen mojito, house wine or Big Easy brew) for the whole two hours. As soon as Kim explained we were all going for this option, the prosecco was brought to the table, opened and poured – and there it stayed for the duration of our stay. A lot of places simply top up your glasses when they’re running low; not only do the staff at Big Easy do this, but they replenish the bottles as well! Kim and I had a glass each before Natalie arrived and it wasn’t much longer that Janine joined us.
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When it came to ordering food, three of us opted for the Big Pig Gig, an unlimited option consisting of pulled pork, barbecue chicken and ribs with a selection of sides: barbecue beans, fries, coleslaw and cornbread. The other option is lobster and Kim upgraded, ordering a 1 ¾ lb one (for us all to sample), which came with fries and salad. If you’re choosing lobster, this isn’t unlimited but the barbecue more than made up for that! For £29.50, you simply cannot go wrong. And you won’t need feeding for the rest of the day!

The food was really good, like proper comfort food. Of course, being barbecue, it was messy to eat – but there’s no way of eating ribs ‘n’ chicken elegantly. Unless of course, you’re holding a glass of fizz in the other hand. I didn’t try the ribs as I hate eating them in public, but the chicken and pulled pork were really good – so much so, that we ordered an extra couple of servings of each. The chicken simply fell off the bone and had the most gorgeous smoky but sweet marinade.
Dining, Review, Big Easy, Canary Wharf, London, Fdbloggers
The waiting staff were excellent and so attentive, not only checking if we wanted to order any more food, but also replenishing our glasses. To say the prosecco went down easily would be a complete understatement. I lost count, but I think we saw off five bottles between us at the table. And that’s before we were given more in exchange for our table as our allocated time ran out!

Because the atmosphere is so relaxed and the music isn’t too loud, it was easy to hold a conversation – and also lovely to catch up with the girls. Not only were we reminiscing about Uni nights out and the time we defrosted the Christmas turkey in the bath and by the radiator (yes, really!), it was lush to hear what everyone was up to work-wise and relationship-wise. In all honestly, it felt like weeks not years since we last saw each other!

When our allotted table time was up, we moved outside and later, to the bar area – where we were given another two bottles of prosecco. I personally thought this was a lovely touch, as I’m sure we would have stayed for a drink afterwards anyway and it was also nice to know we weren’t being forced to leave. Although it wasn’t long before the bubbles went to my head!

Nothing could be faulted at all, from the service to the food and drink – and I think you’d agree for less than £30, the unlimited boozy brunch is an excellent option. I need to return to get my lobster fix – who’s up for it?

Love, Lucy xx