March has flown by! I spent most of the month in Edinburgh, but I did manage to have a few weekend visits to other UK cities. Here are my top 3 meals from the month:
This London hot spot has quickly become a popular Indian restaurant in Edinburgh since opening last year. I for one love this place, so much so that I visited twice in March! When Dishoom first opened I visited for dinner, which was fantastic, but it’s the breakfast that I can’t get enough of.
This month I had the sausage naan roll on one brunch sitting and the kejriwal on another. The naan rolls are incredible; the mixture of cream cheese, chilli and coriander is the ideal combination. The sausage naan is my preferred choice, but the bacon one is also an excellent option. The kejriwal is 2 fried eggs on chilli cheese toast, which was really tasty. I would have this cheesy goodness again, but the naan rolls would be my top recommendation to anyone visiting Dishoom for breakfast.
I visited Newcastle in the middle of the month to watch a show at the Theatre Royal with my boyfriend’s Mum. I’d done some research on the best lunch spots in the city and I was delighted that we stumbled upon Fat Hippo beside the theatre. After looking at the menu and being told by 2 departing diners that the burgers are the best they’ve ever had, we headed down to the basement restaurant.
Fat Hippo has a rustic, American BBQ theme and is spacious inside. There are different dining sections, which make for a better atmosphere than one big area. Once we had looked over the menu, Arlaine and I both decided to order the Great White Buffalo.
It’s a huge portion, but a very delicious one. I’m a sucker for Buffalo hot sauce, which meant that I loved this burger and I was extremely happy with my choice. If you like your chicken spicy, crispy and in burger form, with a side of perfectly cooked fries then the Great White Buffalo, and Fat Hippo, are for you!
Italian food is really growing on me and recently I’ve had some brilliant Italian meals. I have a friend from Italy who was raving about a new pizzeria that had opened up beside her earlier this year. We live not far from each other, so there really was no reason why I wouldn’t check it out.
Although it only opened up in January, Pizzeria 1926 is incredibly popular, which meant that my boyfriend and I were lucky to get a table for 2 without a booking on a Sunday evening. As soon as you step into the restaurant it feels as though you have stepped into Naples. After a quick look at the menu we decided on the Fritturina di Pesce to share as a starter and a white based pizza with Italian pork sausage, bitter broccoli, ricotta and provola. The menu changes weekly, which is great because it means there’s always a new pizza to try!
All of the food arrived around the same time and it was all unbelievable – by far the most authentic Italian pizza I’ve had in Edinburgh. Although we were full after our first 2 courses we couldn’t resist the Nutella tart that was on offer for dessert and it certainly didn’t last long. The food and atmosphere transported us to Naples for the evening and I look forward to taking the trip again, many times, in the future.
I know technically I’ve said my 3 favourite meals, but I just couldn’t let the month go by without mentioning the incredible homemade feast I received from my Italian friend Sara. On a Friday after work she cooked for a group of 9 of us and it was simply delicious! From the huge selection of meats and cheeses we started with to the carbonara that was oozing with flavour, the entire meal was just as I had imagined Italian home cooking to be.
Like me, Sara loves to travel and eat! Find out some of her top tips through her blog Red Suitcase Tales.