All posts tagged: asian food

The Smoking Goat, Soho

So, here’s another gem, this time in Soho. Nestled between any number of guitar and musical instrument shops that stretch the whole length of Denmark Street is the entirely unassuming Smoking Goat. The ‘Goat describes itself as “Thai Barbecue” but it is as far from the usual fare that this implies as I’ve seen. Moreover, they specialise in using rare-breed British meat. Again, with much owed to Thai street food, (the guys behind this place travelled extensively in the northern regions of Thailand) this amazing food has transitioned perfectly. The Smoking Goat is small with around 20 covers at the front (if you include eating at the bar) and some more space at the rear (10 maybe?). The food is to die for, honestly, the flavours, textures and execution were just fabulous. Like The Oystermen in Covent Garden and, indeed, Rok in Shoreditch, I love the intimacy of these little places, each having a distinctive vibe and located in interesting places and characterful old buildings. I am pretty much done with stuffy formality and reverence when I’m …

Bit of a Street-Food vibe in Sneinton

We spent a a couple of hours enjoying the spring sunshine in Sneinton a few weekends ago, not something I usually do. Sneinton hasn’t really been a “go to”  destination for many years, not since the old market traders’ pub, the Peggars Inn, stopped opening at 4am. However, the old market place and its buildings have recently been renovated and absorbed into the City’s “Cultural Quarter”, the sun was out and the Travelling Gastronomers’ pop-up street food market had arrived.     The Travelling Gastronomers is the brainchild of two friends from London (see my chat with them on the Great Food Club website greatfoodclub.co.uk) whose ambition is to recreate the London street-food vibe in smaller towns and cities across England.     There were 17 traders at the event – which is free (it is a market and not a food festival…) as well as a pop-up stage with live music and a bar selling local beers and ciders. Stall holders were still setting up when we arrived and, as we had deliberately avoided …

Bonzai, Nottingham, always a pleasure.

So, here’s the thing. Life has been complicated these last few weeks and my blogging has taken a bit of a hit as a result. I am now trying to catch up and it is at this point you realise that all the good advice you give yourself about taking a picture of the menu and noting down the dishes, is actually really rather good advice. And did I follow this advice? Nope. With a German student staying with us for the weekend we headed out for a Sunday lunch treat. I had, in fact, stocked the house up with meat, thinking English sausages might feature on the menu. When I asked my daughter if our guest had any dietary requirements she replied “no, no she eats anything, oh, except meat” 🙄 So here’s a quick run through of our super lunch at Bonzai-  with apologies for the fact that I can’t actually give you the names of much of what we ate….   We started with a simple vegetable tempura, light, crispy and delicious. …