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INTRODUCING: London’s Street Food Vendor of The Year, Fins & Trotters!

11 Dec

When the fight is on and it’s time to separate the winners from the losers, there’s only one thing for it: take it to the streets. If you can’t win at street level, before a hard-working crowd-turned-judge-and-jury, you’ll never know what you’re truly made of. 

Against a backdrop of food markets and festivals, where organisers and vendors vie for the appetites of hungry Londoners in an epic clash for supremacy, a victor has finally emerged from the scrum: Fins and Trotters Kitchen Restaurant

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Voted Street Food Vendor of the Year at the 2013 London Lifestyle Awards, the mobile stall is a regular fixture at Shepherds Markets’ sites across the Capital, dishing up traditional Fish and Chips. The humble stall was up against renowned traders from some of the UK’s best-loved street food gatherings, making the win, decided by public vote, an exceptional honour. 

Of course, the accolade comes as no surprise to those who have already sampled a portion of Fins and Trotters’ crispy-battered cod and chips. The dish is, quite simply, “a winner”. The fresh fish fillets are purchased each morning, and coated in an old-fashioned, seasoned batter to be deep-fried to just the right crispness! Paired with a generous portion of thick-cut chips, servings sell out fast! 

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Head to the Piccadilly Food Market, Jermyn Street Side, every Monday between 11am and 3pm, and the St Katharine Docks Good Food Market, every Friday from 11am to 3pm to sample Fins and Trotters’ award-winning, delicious Fish and Chips – officially London’s best street food dish! 

Christmas shoppers will also find the stall at the More London Christmas Market on Thursday 12th December, from 11am to 6pm, at More London, More London Riverside, London, SE1 2DB.

Weekly Locations:

The Piccadilly Food Market (11am – 3pm)
St James Church Courtyard (Fins and Trotters is located at Jermyn Street side)
197 Piccadilly
London
W1J 911 

St Katharine Docks Good Food Market (11am – 3pm)
Marble Quay
St Katharines Way
London
E1W 1UH

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Roast Pork & Crackling Sandwich from Daylesford Organic Foods

8 Aug

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Central London is packed with stores and restaurants featuring mouthwatering carvery counters. I haven’t managed to try them all but I’m working my way down the ever-increasing list.

Without a doubt, my favourite sarnie so far is Daylesford Organic FoodsRoast Pork and Apple Sauce combo from Selfridges’ Food Hall. Layered with iceberg lettuce and crispy crackling in a soft, white bap, the flavours and textures are simply perfect.

The quality of the organic meat is superb and is, of course, sourced from Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire. If you haven’t sampled this beautiful sandwich yet then shake a leg because you’re truly missing out!

REVIEW: World’s First Picnic Restaurant

18 Jun

Gawkers loitering in London’s West End last week were both surprised and fascinated by the strange arrangements unfolding before their eyes. Summertime in London is typically heralded by swarms of hungry office workers languishing lazily on coveted patches of grass whilst tucking into boring, pre-packed lunches. In a manner, Thursday 13th June was like any other day in Soho Square: it was indeed full of hungry bodies eager to consume lunch. It just so happened that lunch was upscaled to silver service and the food was Michelin starred!

The announcement of a one day pop-up restaurant in the Capital courtesy of Badoit Water was unexpected. The realisation that it would also be the World’s First Picnic Restaurant was inspired. With a menu devised by award-winning chef Thierry Marx, a handful of lucky applicants, and the first 50 people who turned up on the day, were able to partake in an indulgent and wonderful experience at no cost.

It was clear from the start that this would be a glamorous affair: Marx is the owner of the two Michelin-starred Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx restaurant in Paris and the event was meticulously coordinated by Fred Sirieix, general manager of the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows. Famed for his impeccable style and creative vision, Sirieix ensured that the not so humble picnic had all the necessary touches to recreate fine dining within the confines of the shabby square.

A huge white arch, flanked by a Maitre d’, denoted the entrance to the Badoit Express ‘restaurant’; a spacious area dotted with stylish green and white picnic blankets. A string quartet was nestled in the far corner, playing Lady Gaga tunes and other pop hits while good-looking waiters crouched to ground level to serve 100 lucky guests Badoit water and a three course meal.

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A starter of Label Rouge Salmon with Nori, Ponzu Sauce and Truffles on Toast was served alongside a main of Pastrami Thierry Marx and St Honore Patisserie dessert. They were all brought out on one tray (silver, of course), looking beautiful and elegant; almost too good to eat!

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Unfortunately, a cold had robbed me of my full sense of taste that day (I nearly cried!) but even I could tell that the salmon was fresh and delicious. The pastrami was flavoursome and layered with wonderfully soft bread but the star of the meal was the dessert; a soft brownie base topped with two creme-filled eclairs and four dainty profiteroles flavoured with caramel and white chocolate. I can only imagine how intense the flavours must’ve been because even with my cold, I was able to detect the subtle yet intricate differences in every sublime layer.

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The waiting staff were magnificent; polite, enthusiastic, attentive, helpful, professional and exceptionally attractive. They didn’t rush us and were careful to keep us stocked with Badoit water – hailing from France – which is slightly sparkling and as refreshing as you would expect.

My dining guest was my mother, who confirmed that the food was superb and concurred that the overall experience of sitting on the grass in the poshest picnic set up ever seen, was a once-in-a-lifetime and surreal experience that was a privilege to partake in.

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The event is not the first free city picnic Badoit has sponsored: their first foray was last year, when they turned a Parisian commuter train into a free fine dining restaurant. The mind boggles as to where they will go next year and what type of picnic they will come up with, but I have no doubts that it will, once again, be show-stopping and unforgettable. The bar is set high now so whichever way Badoit’s picnic evolves and wherever it pops up next, you can expect nothing less than continued innovation and maximum quality.