Archive | November, 2012

Goats’ Cheese Fondue, Marinated Artichoke & Beetroot Focaccia at Frog on The Green, Nunhead

27 Nov

LOCATION: Frog on The Green, 119 Consort Road, SE15 3RU [map]

PRICE: £4.50

BREAD: Foccacia (I like to pronounce this FOCK A CHEE YA because I am childish)

FILLING: Goats’ cheese (where am I supposed to put that apostrophe? It’s more than one goat so I’m cool, right? I mean, it can’t be the milk from a solitary bearded gnarly old goat can it?), marinated artichokes and beetroot, salad leaves and a mustardy dressing.

PROS: Pro diddy pro diddy pro pro pro. I’m going to start by talking about the guy that owns this place; his name is John Gionleka. He used to work at The Square when Brett Graham was there and he jacked in the cheffing lark to open a little deli in Peckham. Respeck, blud! *finger whip*. So the point of me telling you this other than that it is interesting, is that it really bloody shows in his sandwiches. So instead of just spreading some goats’ cheese in his sandwich, he made a flippin fondue, yo! Of course he did, he’s a chef. He knows the fondue will be well gooey, giving that sandwich lots of sexy lubey love. Then there’s the veg and again it’s all about the attention to detail; artichokes, which are actually one of my favourite vegetables in the world and then beetroot which are, well, ditto. There are fresh mixed leaves which provide texture without coming out in one big piece and slapping against the chin, and they appear to be dressed in something heavy on the wholegrain mustard. I watch John making the sandwich and he does so with proper care and attention; controlling the ooze of the fondue, teasing the vegetables into submission, tangling the salad and dressing it, before seasoning with a genuine flourish.

This is one of the best (and largest) sandwiches to be had in SE London, and I say that confidently without even having tried them all. Also, ALSO, there was a cat. No not in the sandwich you sick mo fos!!! Hanging about around the deli. I am crazy cat lady. I could easily own about ten cats and start hoarding stuff and making wigs and cushions out of cat hair if only my friends and family would let me. Also, we ate our sandwiches listening to reggae. You look at this photo of Frog on The Green and tell me if you would expect to hear reggae inside. No, no you wouldn’t. This is the coolest deli ever. Fact.

CONS: Apparently (I say ‘apparently’ because I actually see this as a bonus), the sandwich was a little too large (HA HA HA, seriously?). I am told it was a little too ‘bready’. I can but report back.

SCORE: 9/10

Ham, Cheese & Salt & Vinegar Crisps at Dish and Spoon, Nunhead

2 Nov

LOCATION: The Dish and The Spoon, 61 Cheltenham Road, Nunhead, SE15 3AF [map]

PRICE: £4.50

BREAD: Soft white.

FILLING: Hafod Welsh Cheddar, ham, salt and vinegar crisps, butter, tomato chutney.

PROS: So in the morning I whinge on Twitter that I have an unholy craving for a ham, cheese and crisp sandwich. The next thing I know, Dish & Spoon tweet that they will deliver one, to my office. How. Cool. Is. That? Top marks for coolness and spontaneity.

The sandwich arrives 20 minutes later and is packing plenty of thick cut proper ham that’s really meaning business, some frankly outstanding Hafod cheddar that has those crunchy little crystals which I think are collections of the amino acid tyrosine, and a sign of good maturation? Cheese expertise welcome at this point. It’s very good anyway; all those big fat wadges of it. Tomato chutney arrived on the side, just in case I wanted it, and I did.

Salt and vinegar crisps are my sandwich crisp of choice, closely followed by cheese and onion. What made me very, VERY happy about this sandiwch however, other than the fact it was delivered into my hands, was that they had left the ‘press down’ for me to do myself; you know, when you press the top slice of bread down and all the crisps crunch together.  Surely half the pleasure of eating a crisp sandwich.

CONS: The bread was a little too thick for my taste, but no big deal. Also, I would’ve added mustard – wholegrain probably, plus a little spread of mayo, rather than the chutney.

SCORE: 8/10 plus MAD PROPS for bringing it to my office. 

The MO Burger, Byron, Spitalfields

1 Nov

LOCATION: Byron, 3-6 Stewart Street, E1 6FQ [map] (but available at all branches of Byron)

PRICE: £8.75 (or, FREE between 7-20th November, 3-6pm for those who can show they’ve raised £25 or more for Movember).

BREAD: Sesame seeded glazed bun.

FILLING: Hamburger patty, cheddar cheese, pickled red onion rings, salted cucumber slices, iceberg lettuce, mustard dill dressing.

PROS: This is one TASTY BOIGER! I’ve always thought Byron burgers are remarkably good considering they’re a chain; to keep the quality when you’re shifting such quantity must be very tricky indeed. I’m rarely a fan of cheddar in a burger but the richness of it works here, and it’s all down to those glorious pickled onions. I adore pickles of any kind. My mother once told me I used to eat so many pickles as a child that my lips would turn white, which I’d argue raises questions about her parenting but still, it makes my point here rather nicely. Cheers mum. The salted cucumber slices are very crisp, uniform and plentiful. I want them in all my burgers and most of my sandwiches. These, together with the dill dressing (brushed on to the top half of the bun), remind me a lot of the Elliot’s burger I tried (and loved) a while back.

The best thing about this burger is obviously that it’s been created for charidee; 50p from every MO burger sold will go to support Movember, adding to the £60,000 that Bryon has raised for the cause over the last two years. That’s pretty damn impressive. Also, if you’re taking part and have managed to raise £25 or more and can prove it, you can scarf one of these burgers for free between 3-6pm from 7-20th November, every day.

CONS: Nah, it’s a fantastic burger for a really worthy cause. You can hit the road if you think I’m criticising that.

SCORE: 10/10