Abeno, Bloomsbury London

Vixxy P rating:  P P P P P

After living in London for 8 years I finally get round to going to one of the first restaurants that was written on my ‘to do’ list. Boy was it worth the wait. Looking for somewhere a bit different for an informal celebratory meal we walked in without a reservation but the smiling waitress who greeted us must have worked some magic as miraculously a table appeared for us to have.

We had no clue how the menu worked and looked to our smiley waitress for guidance, she guided us through and gave us some history background as well as recommending portion sizes and what else to order.

Okonomi-yaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that is made in front of you on your table (which has a massive hot plate in the centre!). From what I have briefly researched it originates from two key areas, Kansai and Hiroshima and is a batter mix made with vegetables and served with a number of different meats/fishes or additional ingredients. All I know is that it is amazingly tasty and super fun! Don’t be fooled, the portions may look small but you come out feeling stuffed!

Prices: Okonomiyaki £15.95 – £49.95, Sides £2.80 – £12.90, Desserts £2.80 – £6.50

Great for: Something a bit different

Vixxy P’s Menu faves: 

Buta Kimchi Itame (Pork Pelly stir-fried with beansprouts, spring onions and kimchi, absolutely delish!)

Goma-ae (if you are up for something a little different try these! Our waitress told us it was like the Japanese Marmite – I think she means that some people love it and some people hate it!… Go on, try it! They are certainly not gross but definitely interesting!)IMG_2805

Natsu-no-Omoide (this was a summer limited edition Okonomi-yaki but if they have it, then try it, it was so tasty and the veg really gave it a real edge compared to my dining companions which were just meat based)


Contact Details:

Address: 47 Museum Street, Bloomsbury, London, W1D 3RP

Telephone: 0207 405 3211 (reservations recommended)

Website: http://www.abeno.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abeno.okonomiyaki

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Abeno_Okonomi

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Pizza Pilgrims, Soho London

Vixxy P rating:  P P P P 

One of the street food successes, Pizza Pilgrims have set roots down in Soho and nested in their own quirky (and very cosy!) corner premises dishing out fabulous Napoli inspired pizzas to the people. They have a number of different locations, some permanent as well as setting up at some of the city’s popular street food locations.

The best things these guys have done with their offerings and menu is that they (in the words of my own father) ‘keep it simple’. Simple in that there are 9 pizza choices, each one as unique as the next which does cause some serious consideration issues for me and my lovely friend Camilla who popped in for an after works long overdue catch up!

We arrived about 6.30pm and there was a light crowd surrounding the restaurant, we groaned with the prospect of being told there is at least an hour wait. We braved the crowd walked in and talked to a very friendly maitre’d who wrote our names on to her very organised clipboard and invited us to enjoy the evening outside and order a drink while we waited for our table. Not a problem!

After being told a 30min wait we were called after 10mins, we were shown downstairs to their ‘cyrpt’ which was buzzing like a true napoli pizzeria. Tables covered in oilcloths and simple chairs from school assembly halls fitted the purpose perfectly. We ordered quickly as the temperature down there was fairly ‘close’ shall we say, so we were eager for liquid to ease our thirst.

The Ruby Juniper cocktail was delish, it packed a punch and not for the faint hearted but certainly a welcome tipple on a hazy Tuesday evening after a hectic day in the office. Literally minutes after our drinks came pizza. My wonderful friend Camilla had the ‘Nduja’ spicy sausage pizza which we would thoroughly recommend for anyone with a cold who is wishing to clear their sinuses – dat waza spicy a pizza! (sorry couldn’t help myself). I chose the ‘Calzone ripieno’ which was superb. Fresh ingredients and served quickly. You couldn’t go wrong!

All in all this is a great little place for a quick little bite, don’t expect to be able to stay and drink the night away over a lengthy meal here, if you are sat upstairs you may be death stared by the queueing patrons waiting for their seat! But it is definitely worth a little visit. The one thing we didn’t get to try (as to be quite honest we felt like we were eating in the pizza oven it was so warm downstairs) is the desserts. The ones that intrigued us both were the Lemon Sorbet served in its own skin and of course the infamous Nutella & salted ricotta pizza ring. An excellent excuse for us to go back to ensure the full menu is sampled! I have given it a 4 P’s out of 5 rating in hope that they get some proper Air Conditioning installed down there!

Prices: Pizzas £5 – £11, Sides £3 – £6, Desserts £4 – £6

Great for: Weekly speedy catch ups (but be prepared to have a drink and wait for your table … its worth the wait!)

Vixxy P’s Menu faves:

Ruby Juniper Cocktail IMG_2388Nduja Pizza   IMG_2390Calzone Ripieno IMG_2389 Contact Details:

Address: 11 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3RP

Telephone: 0207 287 8964 (reservations taken)

Website: http://pizzapilgrims.co.uk/pizzerias/dean-st-soho/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pizzapilgrims

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pizzapilgrims

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