As the cold weather set in, I had to keep my spirits up by indulging in lots of good food! I’ve had a few weekends away in November, but here are my top 3 meals from the month:
To start off November I headed to London, to spend a weekend with friends. I’ve been to London a number of times, but there are still lots of restaurants I want to try. Soho is a great area for food and drink and it was here that myself and 2 friends headed for dinner. Bo Drake is an east Asian BBQ restaurant and being a big Asian food fan, I was excited to try eating here.
The interior inside is perfect for a weekend meal because of the bar and dim lighting, which gives it a somewhat fancy, but cool vibe. We decided to share a couple of small dishes to start and opted for the Korean fried chicken wings and the pork belly bao. Both were a great beginning to our meal; the pork was extremely succulent, and the KFC wings were the highlight of the entire meal – the crispy texture and soy garlic sauce with rosemary and grape was the perfect sweet/salty combo.
For our mains we ordered the soy ginger salmon fillet, miso glazed baby back ribs and black sushi rice risotto. Again, all 3 meals were excellent, and I would recommend them all. We also had a side of pickled daikon, which I had never tried before, but thoroughly enjoyed. The meat here was cooked perfectly and the salmon was accompanied by a delicious red pepper miso sauce with a spinach and edamame salad. The black sushi rice had great flavour and I loved dipping in to that with the salmon.
We didn’t eat a bad thing at Bo Drake, but whatever you decide to order, make sure the KFC wings are included!
I visited the Ivy Soho with a group of friends in May and thoroughly enjoyed, so when The Ivy on the Square opened up in Edinburgh later in the year I was really looking forward to visiting! I finally got the chance to experience brunch here this month with family. The building is beautiful with lots of glass, which allows you to take in the view across St Andrew’s Square.
The Ivy isn’t cheap, but they have a huge selection to choose from; I couldn’t believe the size of the brunch menu, but I was seriously impressed. The bad side of having so many options is deciding what to choose! However, I decided to go with the dish that initially caught my eye – the truffle chicken sandwich. I’m a huge truffle fan and it was served with an egg on top, so it was a great brunch dish! It also came with chips, which made it a substantial meal.
I was very happy with my choice and I would most definitely have it again, but you could dine here numerous times and always eat something different. There is a good drinks selection too, with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Whether it’s a special occasion or you’re just looking to eat good food – The Ivy is a great venue!
Towards the end of the month after trying desperately to get a table, we finally dined at Nok’s Kitchen. Because we had waited so long and had heard such good things, I was concerned that the restaurant wouldn’t live up to our high expectations. Either way, we were about to find out…
The restaurant is nice and small, and we managed to be seated in the corner, which meant we had our own space, but could still soak up the atmosphere. The service was fantastic and there were a lot of things I wanted to order from the menu. In the end, we ordered the chicken satay and golden basket to share as our starters and I chose the soft-shell crab yellow curry for my main, whilst Sam went for the lamb shank massaman.
The portions are big – Sam’s lamb was massive, and everything was extremely tasty. My curry had a bit of a kick to it, but nothing too overpowering, just enough to add to the sweet/spicy taste of the yellow sauce. I cannot describe how much we enjoyed all of the food we ordered here; every single dish was just bursting with flavour and I can’t wait to go back! We both agreed, that this is definitely our favourite Thai restaurant in Edinburgh.
I’m not very good at only picking 3 places… I want to make a special mention to BABA, who I visited before the restaurant opened this month. I haven’t experienced the restaurant whilst it’s been officially open, but I had a fantastic experience with other bloggers.
Read about it here.