Sunday Brunching: C么te Brasserie

This weekend my sister celebrated her 16th birthday (I’m actually getting old聽馃槚 馃槴). After a busy week for both of us – with her going to her leavers prom and me getting wasted on Friday after a LONG week at work, we decided to be ladies who brunch.

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I’ve always headed to Battersea Rise when I’m on the lookout for cool eateries, no matter if i’m feeling in the mood for American style pancakes, a tasty fry up or want to try something new, I know it’s a foodies safe – haven.

This time we decided on brunch at C么te Brasserie, a cute understated restaurant situated on the corner of Webbs Road.

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Inspired by the brasseries of Paris, C么te Brasserie聽offers all-day dining, serving authentic French classics as well as British faves made from great quality and fresh ingredients.

With an empty stomach and breakfast on our minds, we arrived just before last orders were taken – 1pm on weekends and 12pm on weekdays.

The interior was very minimalistic and sophisticated, complemented by rich burgundy and grey hues聽for a light yet moody atmosphere, perfect if you want to聽escape the outside world for a few hours, and if you’ve got a tender headache and need a calm atmosphere to co-operate lol.

The staff were all very friendly and accommodating, so we got the drinks in…tea! Am I the only one to think that tea always tastes better in a tea pot? I can just never get it right at home.

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The breakfast menu had quite a small聽selection but covered all the bases, but after scanning the menu聽I ended up getting an Full English Breakfast – very adventurous, I know – but after such a busy weekend I just needed ALL the food!

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What I loved is that I got to pick what type of eggs I wanted, normally cafes give you the choice between fried and scrambled, but this time I went for poached…ooh lala! My order also came with the option to choose what bread I wanted to be toasted.

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My sister ended up going for the more brunchy and picturesque option of Eggs Royale -which looked amazing. After about a 20 minute wait, our food was served.

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The portions were just right, but, of course we couldn’t go to a brasserie without trying something even remotely french, so we ordered a pain au chocolate and a croissant which were served warm, making them melt in the mouth. No one likes a hard pastry.

C么te Brasserie was the ideal choice for Sunday brunch, especially if you don’t feel like queuing up for The Breakfast Club, which is a more popular choice a few doors away but had a waiting time of 2 hours聽馃槓.

The staff’s attention to detail and overall customer care was 馃挴 , and the food was not only delicious but also very affordable with our bill coming in at under 拢30, they also offer a gluten free menu, great if you want to brunch with friends who have different eating requirements.

For me this restaurant was definitely one of the best I’ve been to for breakfast/brunch and an overall great experience, so I would rate it a solid 9/10!

Looking for somewhere to brunch? Try聽C么te Brasserie.

N.B. – To avoid disappointment, I would advise to book a table in advance as it got quite busy, while we were eating.

See you on my next post x

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Coffee Chronicles: Monmouth Coffee

Hey boo thangs! How’re you all doing? Easter weekend has flown by and now I’m sadly back at work *weeps into tissue*

Normally over Easter I just chill at home and over indulge, but this year聽I thought I’d take advantage of my time off work to go out and explore London… and as with any trip out, mine always involves – COFFEE!!!

I am a coffee and tea addict. There, I said it lol.聽I have a cupboard in my kitchen dedicated to all types of teas; chocolate, lemon, liquorice, chai… anything you could think of, and while I do love sipping a nice warm brew in the comfort of my own home, I do love to treat myself to a cheeky Costa or Starbucks, however, sometimes a girl needs a little change, which is why I made my way to Monmouth Coffee – the best coffee in town…or close enough!

My boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to convent garden in search of what has been described as one of the best coffee聽spots聽in London (rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor and ranked 11 聽out of 756 in London)

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As a Londoner, it’s actually ridiculous that I’ve only been to Convent Garden a handful of times,especially as聽it’s so beautiful and filled with a good mixture of high street and high end shops…

After a peruse around the shops we made our way to Monmouth Coffee which is about a 5 minute walk from Convent Garden square.

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We spotted it instantly as there was a decent line going outside which is definitely a reflection of how good the coffee is. 聽After a short wait to get a seat, it felt like we escaped the hustle and bustle of London, and entered a little safe haven. The atmosphere was really relaxed inside, we shared a booth with two other ladies and the staff were so friendly.

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I didn’t really know what to order, as they had a minimalistic menu, normally if I go to Starbucks, I order a White Chocolate Mocha or a warming Chai Latte, but it was time to branch out (within reason) so, I opted for a Cafe Au Lait – a very milky option for those that love a creamy blend, and a Latte – for those that love the full power of coffee as well as a velvety creamy taste.

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Talking to the barista about my preferred taste in coffee she recommended these two, and ‘bae’ got a Flat White.

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I am in no way a coffee connoisseur but Monmouth Coffee tastes amazing and it’s super affordable pitstop. It’s really smooth and each drink tastes different, showing how perfectly blended they are. The distinct taste of each coffee is testament to how they source their coffee too, while they also sell coffee (whole and ground) using聽organic Jersey whole milk from Jeff Bowles in Somerset along with聽organic whole cane sugar from Assukkar, Costa Rica.

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My boyfriend always makes fun of me and calls me a ‘Starbucks wanker’ but even he appreciated how beautifully blended this coffee was, so, I will definitely recommend this place to all you coffee lovers and re-visit as soon possible.

What coffee shops in and around London do you think I should visit next? x

 

Exploring Borough Market

I’ve lived in London all my life and as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised how much I take my city for granted, which is why I made exploring London one of my not so new New Year resolutions.

At the beginning of the year, my boyfriend and I made a pact not to travel anywhere abroad (Although, I really don’t know how long this will last though, as we’ve both been roaming the travel websites lol) As a result, I decided it would be a good time to explore London and visit places that I’ve heard people always talk about, and experience these places for myself.

As a self proclaimed foodie, there was only one stop that I had in mind!

Borough Market
I can’t believe I’ve never been!

I’ve heard people talk about Borough Market many times before, and I’ve heard nothing but good things… especially about the food, so I thought it was about time I got my arse down there.

I’m a major fan of Shoreditch, so I began my day there. My first stop 聽obviously involved coffee, and as Shoreditch has a lot to offer in this area, I was really spoilt for choice. I ended up having brekkie in a little gem called All Press,聽which was just opposite Barbour & Parlour – another great eatery if you know the area.

After a few snaps around BoxPark and a full belly, I got myself on a bus and soon found… or rather smelled Borough Market!

It was all hustle and bustle despite it only being a little past 12, but I was ready.

There was so much happening at once, and while I’m not a fan of crowds, which is one of the main reasons I hate going into London, there was so much happening, so many smells to take in and people around that just wanted to get involved.

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When I first got there, I didn’t know where to go, I ended up going with the crowd and literally walked from one end to the other, without looking at anything!

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After deciding on how to tackle the market, I went in again, looking at everything, tasting and trying different foods and of course taking pics. The colours were amazing, and there were foods from all over the world being offered.

The only thing I could compare it to was the market in Barcelona – La Ramblas… however I found it had less聽variety.

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Walking through was so strange. The market is quite tourist driven, and people from all over the world had come to taste foods that originate from their countries聽lol… I guess its all about the experience, ay.

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Borough Market offered, everything from food, delicacies, flowers, plants, haircuts and pampering, just EVERYTHING!

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I could have eaten everything! Just look how good the food looked.

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This Tomato and Pesto Focaccia was delicious, cannot go wrong with a bit of pesto!

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I loved that you could see the stall owners prepare the foods right in front of you – mouthwatering!

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Im not a big cook, but I could imagine how tasty聽this fish would have been… I’m a sucker for any type of prawn dishes.

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After about 2 hours of roaming and tasting, I left with some Italian goodies, and some good Gouda cheese!

Borough Market did not disappoint, but I do feel I need to go again, as I have a sneaky feeling I missed a few things.

I hate that it’s taken me so long, but I highly recommend visiting the market if you love food, plus, because it’s near a lot of other places like BoxPark and Spitafields market, it can make a good day out in Central London.

I think the next thing on my list is doing a London Food/ Coffee tour!

Have any of you guys visited Borough Market, if so did you love or loathe it? Also, do you have any recommendations on where I should visit next? X

 

Date Night Destinations

My boyfriend and I have been together a couple months shy of 3 years and every couple of weeks we make it a point to go out and spend some quality time together – how else are you meant to keep the fire alive?!

We love to explore London and experience new things together, so we’re always on the lookout for great places to go on dates. As we’ve got quite different personalities, we never really run out of things to do, which is why I thought I’d share my list of favourite places in London to go on a date night.

Electric Cinema

I am a movie fanatic. I just love a good movie. Sadly though, my boyfriend is not as into movies as I am. When we first started dating a good few number of our dates were to my local cinema – poor him. To kind of negotiate and make going to the cinema a tad bit more enjoyable for him, I found out about the Electric Cinema in Shoreditch – one of my favourite places in London!聽It’s a little gem buried inside a beauty parlour slash cafe slash bar and it’s amazing. It’s a little pricier than the normal Odeon, but there’s around 30 people per viewing. so if you’re a movie goer like me, you don’t have to worry about annoying people talking throughout the movie. You can order food and drinks to your chair. And when ordering your ticket you can either order a lounge/bed for you and your partner to share or individual comfy chairs complete with a lovely blanket, perfect for snuggling.

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Bowling

Staying on course for conventional dates, Brooklyn Bowl is for those who love bowling, but this has a twist. This is bowling for grownups, you can get alcohol, and a greasy cheeseburger, while listening to dope music and the occasional live concert- yes concert lol. This place is pricey, so its worth checking who will be performing there to make your trip worthwhile, but it is totally cool. I’m not a fan of bowling as my boyfriend always whoops my ass, but it’s good fun once in a while.

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Burger and Lobster

Me and my boyfriend are die hard foodies. We enjoy eating together… you know what they say – food is a way to a man’s heart – even when you’re not cooking it lol. If you’re looking for a chilled evening out, this is the place to go. Forget an easy Byron burger and trade it in for Lobster and fries. This place is lovely and affordable, and if you end up going to the one in Soho, you can also take a stroll around China Town.

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Saatchi Gallery

My boyfriend is an art type (Check out his custom leather jackets if you like) . He’s always dragging me to exhibitions and art galleries and to be totally truthful I’m just not 聽that into them (I absolutely hate the Tate Modern) but the Saatchi Gallery has become one of my favourites as it’s not pretentious. They always have really modern art pieces, that actually make sense. If you haven’t taken a trip, I would recommend you do so, plus, you can聽explore Chelsea after and maybe catch a drink at a local bar…ooh la la.

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Other than exploring different places in and around London, a Netflix & Chill session, or an impromptu concert is always on the cards!

Where do you like going on Date Night? x