Monday, 4 March 2013

#challenge2013 - February

A busy February with work has meant that I did not manage to eat out as much as some months, despite the evidence below which may look like the contrary!  This post is therefore not so much my highlights but the entirety of my eating out (well minus the slightly dirty burrito).

None of my eating out was particularly healthy this month; whilst it was the sum total of the unhealthy meals which I ate, reflecting on it has still left me feeling somewhat guilty (despite some epic bike-rides).

Groupon-fuelled dinner at Frankies
Frankies in South Kensington is a family-friendly Italian themed grill and bar which is located in a basement near the Science Museum.

I will be honest, we were on a set menu which was fine, but I would not have been impressed had I even paid full price for the set menu (groupon had a 2 for 1).  It was a simple three course menu which was on offer (with a glass of Prosecco).  I opted for Smoked Salmon starter which was dry but again, fine.  For the main I went for a rather unhealthy steak (rare but with no additional carbs) which was quite gristly and greasy and an Eton Mess for pudding.  The Eton Mess was by far the best part of this meal.

The decor of the restaurant was very cool but otherwise, I wont be returning to Frankies.

Going local for a post-work catch-up
The Surbiton Flyer is by far one of my favourite places to eat in Surbiton.  Simple pub-grub is cooked above and beyond the standard of most places and the menu is not a standard, chain pub one; it is devised by the local chef which is reflected in its quality.

On this trip to the flyer I opted for their signature dish; a chicken burger with chorizo and smoked cheese served on a sour dough roll.  Whilst this leaves me with more than slight pangs of guilt, it fills you up properly.  The smokey flavour of the chorizo perfectly complements the smoked cheese and really makes a traditional chicken burger far more tasty than usual.  One of the things I love about the flyer (apart from the atmosphere which is friendly and aimed at locals - something not always easy to find in a London suburb) is that their condiments are all homemade - even the tomato ketchup!

In summary, I would strongly recommend a trip to the Surbiton Flyer.

A traditional full-english brunch
Surbiton once again served up gold for me on this occasion, but this time in the form of Allegro.  Allegro is an independently owned cafe-restaurant located on Surbiton High Street.

For a 'greasy fry-up' this was surprisingly, well un-greasy.  All I know is this means I shall have to get more inventive, or healthy, when looking for breakfasts out in 2013!

A crepeaffaire in Wimbledon
CrepeAffaire is a coffee and crepe franchise, an outlet of which has opened recently in Wimbledon.  The menu offers a selection of sweet and savoury crepes and a selection of coffees.  I opted for a simple nutella-filled crepe.  This was light and delicious.  My criticism of CrepeAffaire comes not so much from the quality of the food but the lack of space to sit down in the cafe and the pricing.  Whilst delicious, £5 for a takeaway Crepe is not exactly a bargain!

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