Fish, Wings & Tings

Friday, 30 May 2014

I have a shameful confession. Having lived a mere 15 minute bus ride from Brixton for almost 4 years, I've never visited Brixton Market. 

Shocking I know. Please forgive me and keep reading!

Rahal was super keen for a South London meet up so we thought it was the perfect time to get my butt down to the market for some multicultural grub. It was a soggy, grim Thursday but the rain held off just long enough for us to escape into the passages filled with international delights.

The market was bustling with trendy Londoners, all keen to head south of the river with the promise that tasty food and boozy drinks awaited them. The choice of food options is almost too huge and we spent a long time trying to decide. Rahal is one indecisive man!

Fish, WIngs and Tings
After much squabbling, we settled on Fish, Wings and Tings as I’d seen it in Time Out that week. Situated on a corner spot in Granville Arcade, we grabbed a table outside the tiny one-roomed restaurant and browsed the menu. Fish, Wings and Tings is Caribbean style dining started by Trinidadian, Brian Danclair who even has his own sauces which he serves at the restaurant.

Fish, WIngs and Tings

Fish, WIngs and Tings

I was tired after a long day at work so I admit I instagrammed the hell out of this photo to hide my tiredness!
Fish, WIngs and Tings
Move over Levi Roots, there’s a new sauce on the streets!

Fish, WIngs and Tings
It’s a laid back friendly vibe, with bright yellow walls and snakes and ladders painted on the tables. As it was a Thursday we thought it only right to order 2 Rum and Tings. 
Boy they were strong! We ordered some food quickly before I started grinding down low and singing “I’m drinking rum…..and reeedddd bullll”.

Fish, WIngs and Tings

First up, starters.

Codfish fritter with ginger and lime aioli – these deep-fried salt cod balls were light and tasty.

Fish, WIngs and Tings

Pepper Prawns with Granny Suzy Pepper Sauce. This sauce will blow your mind, its super spicy.

Fish, WIngs and Tings

Mains.

2 x Jerk chicken with tamarind BBQ sauce, annatto rice, pineapple and mango chutney and coleslaw. The portions are huge and completely against Rahal’s carb free diet but he was pressured into it by a chicken loving fiend so it doesn’t count!


Ye olde Jamaican saying says: “Betta belly buss dan good food waste,” (It's better to overeat than to waste great food) so we filled our faces! 

Fish, WIngs and Tings
The chicken was tender and the sauce spicy and sweet. The rice and coleslaw are great for calming the fire on your tongue!

Service was quick and friendly, and prices were pretty cheap considering the amount of food we gorged on.

After dinner we thought we’d better walk off some of that chicken so we had a mosey around the market, popping into shops on the hunt for free samples! 
Brixton Market

Brixton Market

Brixton Market

Brixton Market

Brixton Market

Brixton Market

Brixton Market

Brixton Market

The atmosphere in the market is vibrant and colourful, with everyone enjoying amazing looking food and enjoying themselves. I was kicking myself that this gem had been on my doorstep all this time and I didn’t know. 

Sorry that I’ve been a rubbish neighbour Brixton Market, I promise to make more effort in the future!

Fish, Wings and Tings
Cost: £20 p/person for 2 courses and a Rum based drink
Food: Carribean
Address: 2 Atlantic Road, Brixton Market, SW4 8PS
Type: Dinner with friends 


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Little London Girl x






Prawn on the Lawn

Monday, 26 May 2014


So I've found it. My favourite restaurant. 

Warning: this post is photo heavy.

Prawn on the Lawn

After 3 1/2 years in London Town, it's finally arrived, the restaurant that can be beaten by no other. Well that's what I think anyway. 


Part fishmonger, part seafood restaurant, Prawn on the Lawn (POTL) is a must for any seafood fans. You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd been transported to a small fishing town in Cornwall.

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Nestled away on an unassuming street in Highbury, POTL is fast becoming the reason that South London enthusiasts are reassessing their loyalty and jumping on the Victoria line for a trip to Highbury and Islington. 

Prawn on the Lawn

Started by Rick and his charming bearded (well the guys anyway) crew , POTL is clearly a passionate venture for the whole team. Rick, Michael, Aimee, Chris and Katie are putting in all the hours to make this work and since it opened in August 2013 they have done a mighty job. 



Confident that I'd found a real gem I convinced one of my favourites, Claire, to leave Putney on a glorious sunny day, get on a tube and travel across London to stuff our faces with seafood. 


As we were the first in for the lunchtime slot, eager beavers that we are, we had the choice of the restaurant.
Prawn on the Lawn

Downstairs is a dark cosy affair in the cellar, and the ground floor is where all the action takes place. If you can cope with the fishy smell then this is the best place to perch on a bar stool, sip some wine and watch the food being prepared.

 The menu is focused on fresh produce and will change depending on what has been caught. There's a choice of small plates, or you can have a delicious looking seafood platter or even a whole lobster.
Prawn on the Lawn

We ordered some prosecco to start whilst we discussed the catch of the day.
Prawn on the Lawn
The drinks are served in glasses that the Great Gatsby himself would be proud to own.

We decided to order a few of the small plates and spent the whole afternoon chatting and eating.
Prawn on the Lawn
Starting with their signature dish - prawn on the lawn. Toasted home made soda bread with avocado, prawns, chilli and lime. Mouthwateringly good! This is a must for every diner, I couldn't recommend it enough.
Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Seared Tuna, spring onion, coriander with soy and mirin dressing.
Prawn on the Lawn

1/2 pint of prawns with wild garlic crème fraiche. 
Prawn on the Lawn

Smoked Crab taramasalata with toasted soda bread. 
Prawn on the Lawn

We also ordered the marinated calamari with chilli, parsley and lemon but I was having too much fun and completely forgot to take a picture! Bad blogger. You can trust me when I say, like every thing else, it was pleasing to the eye and taste buds.

Every plate  was completely delicious and as it's served cold you can take your time and let the hours pass by whilst you eat, drink and be merry.

What was meant to be a quick catch up lunch became quite a boozy affair, moving on to a bottle of wine then because we clearly hadn't had enough we had one more glass of wine for the road.

Claire spotted the oyster challenge on the wall and never one to pass up on a competition she was ordering oysters immediately.
Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn
Disclaimer: Claire wants to make it very clear that she could easily eat at least 40 oysters to take the top position on the score board but for the purpose of trying as much of the menu as possible she stuck with 9 which put her in second place. 

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Being an oyster virgin, I ordered 1 so I wouldn't miss out on the fun. And the POTL team even let me go up on the board too!! 

Prawn on the Lawn
Yeah so I'm on the score board, no biggy!!

Yeah it is!! Woohoo! 
Prawn on the Lawn

It was Michael's 31st birthday so we thought it only right that he celebrated by showing his POTL loyalty with a new temporary tattoo!! Claire was more than happy to do the honours...

Prawn on the Lawn

This won't hurt one little bit...
Prawn on the Lawn
Voilà!
Prawn on the Lawn
Happy Birthday Michael! 

I can't praise the staff highly enough, young, fun and enthusiastic people that they are, with their backing and such delicious simple fresh food Rick is set for sure success. I can't imagine many other restaurants where you ask for a staff photo and off they eagerly go to get their props, an oyster, spider crab and lobster.

I'd like to say that no animals were harmed in the making of this post but that would be a lie!
Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn

Remember if you are local, POTL is also a fish monger so you can pop in and have the team prepare you something delicious and all you need to do is get it in the oven.

Once we'd eaten our fill of seafood we headed off into the scorching sun for an ice cream on Highbury Fields. It was the perfect Saturday. 

I'm making this look very difficult, I think the prawns went to my head!
Prawn on the Lawn -
Cost: £30 p/head for sharing plates and wine
Food: Seafood
Address220 St.Pauls Road, London, N1 2LL.
Type: Long lunch, dinner with friends, date night

Now I've found my favourite, I'm not sure where next....let me know your London favourites in the comments below.


Little London Girl x


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London's seaside cafe - Bonnie Gull

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


A seaside cafe in the city. 


Bonnie Gull is an ode to the faded glory of British seaside towns. Originally starting out as a pop-up in an old Hackney pie and mash shop, the guys (Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy) behind the idea expanded after a year, opening in Fitzrovia with their first permanent site. In April this year they opened their second restaurant, this time in Exmouth Market. As it was a Friday we thought it it seemed the perfect time to test out the new site and their fish and chips. 


The restaurant is nautical themed and gives a real vibe of being in a seaside café, with lots of blue and white, rope work on the wall and an old fashioned juke box at the entrance. We put our names down for a table – 30 minute wait which is quick for a Friday night in London – and headed to the pub for a sneaky drink. 





Bonnie Gull aims to offer seafood which is accessible, affordable, simple, fresh, responsibly sourced and 100% British. The menu changes daily depending on that morning’s catch.



The staff are very friendly and as soon as we were seated we were sold the Fish House Punch as being a fresh boozy lemon drink which goes well with fish, so obviously we thought it would be rude not to.

Fish Punch: Santa Terresa Gran Reserva Rum, Louis Royer Cognac, Apricot Brandy, Lemon Juice, Sugar. These would be too easy to drink on a warm Summer's day!
Due to the restaurant being slightly dark and DG forgetting his glasses I had the fun of reading every item on the menu to him. 


DG started with the beer battered queenies, smoked paprika and cocktail sauce. Queenies, in case like us you don’t know, are scallops and they were tasty. I didn’t risk a starter as I had my heart set on the fish and chips and I knew they were going to be big.


DG spent an age choosing between the Cockney Po Boy roll and lobster roll for his main but sadly, to the great embarrassment of our waitress, they’d sold out of both. So he quickly settled for the crab roll whilst they still had some left.Fresh picked crab roll with pickled cucumber.

The rolls are pretty small so most guys will need two to be full.

To call it fish and chips would be underselling it: Beer battered North Sea whiting, beef dripping chips, scraps, mushy peas. As a nice touch, it was served in paper to give an authentic feel. It was a huge feast and I ate every bit of it, DG was hoping for some scraps but there was nothing left.
Tasty, crunchy batter, mmmm!

Overall a good meal, in a nice authentic beachy feel environment which is very reasonably priced. I’d like to go back again to try a few more bits on the menu.

Bonnie Gull -
Cost: £22 p/head for main with fish punch
Food: Seafood
Address: 55-57 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL
Type: Upmarket seaside cafe

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Thanks!!


 
Little London Girl x

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