The Laughing Gravy | Dining in London

One night in London, we decided to scout a spot to grab a bite to eat before seeing an off-broadway show (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - which you must see!) We turned on our Google Maps app, typed in "restaurants near me" and voilà! The Laughing Gravy was where we found ourselves, quickly serving us with a cocktail and an impressive menu for a restaurant and bar. The food was outstanding - flavours were all there, the variety offered on the menu was plenty and cocktails were on par - talk about a hidden gem in London! Michael Facey, chef of The Laughing Gravy, presents each dish with finesse and full of flavour. The lamb braised dumplings were thin skinned (which is like a HUGE plus because who likes thick skinned dumplings, really?) and very juicy. The entrée duck and lamb were fabulous, cooked to perfection and each jus were a great touch to both dishes. To top it off, talk about a huge surprise with dessert!! Pineapple upside down cake with a coconut parfait on a coconut sponge with pineapple custard and vanilla ice cream - HEAVEN! The flavour of the coconut with the textures of the slices of pineapples, parfait and sponge... it was just a wow dessert. 

To the Laughing Gravy, thank you so much for graciously hosting us. We will definitely be back!

Food: Cocktail of the day was a Champagne special, Braisde lamb with wild garlic infused dumplings, kidney bean purée and lamb broth, Duck breast, Lamb and croquette, Pineapple upside down cake, coconut sponge, coconut parfait and pineapple custard with vanilla ice cream
Made by: The Laughing Gravy
Location: 154 Blackfriars Road, London

Egg Slut | Dining in Las Vegas

Talk about tasty eats and very satisfying... if you're ever find yourself in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (or just make a trip just because...) EGG SLUT IS A MUST!! Whether you need breakfast, lunch, a cure for a hangover, Egg Slut is your best friend for life. The eggs are light, airy, fluffy and super delicious. They have many sandwiches, but hands down you have to try the Fairfax - cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun. If you want to try something different and definitely want to be filled up, be sure to try the Slut - cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette. All to die for. 

Food: Fairfax - cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun | Slut - cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt and chives, served with slices of baguette.
Made by: Egg Slut
Location: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89109 - inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel

Red Miso // Nagoya Japan | Dining in Japan

What an experience we had at this family owned restaurant just outside of Nagoya. We were recently in Japan and we were fortunate enough to try a delicacy of the area: Red Miso. Red miso or aka-miso, is used to make thick sauces or broths. We visited an udon establishment where the broth base was aka-miso. The portions are quite large, so be sure to have an appetite - and the Japanese typically eat the huge bowl of noodles with a bowl of rice to soak up the leftover broth! Just brilliant! On top of that, there are different versions of the broth - you can ask for extra pork, or you can have different meats or parts of the pork in your broth as well. Tempura, an egg, cabbage and negi are all included. The rice bowl comes with pickled vegetables and it's a perfect mini size to finish off your authentic experience. 

Food: Handmade Udon in Red Miso Broth
Made famous in: Nagoya, Japan

Root & Bone

What a treat! Root & Bone is a small restaurant, with crazy line ups so be sure to make a reservation well in advance if you can! The southern comfort of this restaurant is just simply perfect for a winter's night. The food - deep fried chicken (a whole or half), the cornbread soufflé (something we've never experienced until now) and so much more. Root & Bone might be a little on the louder side because of the small space, but it is definitely a tasty discovery. If you're in NYC in the east village, be sure to go check them out! We had biscuits to start as well as the cornbread soufflé which was ever so fluffy and delicious.  A whole chicken was worth it, as well as the braised short bread meatloaf dish - very flavourful and very filling. And to top it off, go for the macaroni and cheese. If you're missing great southern food, Root & Bone is the place to go.

Food: Biscuits and honey dip with salt and sesame seeds on the side, Cornbread soufflé, Deep Fried Chicken (whole), Braised Short Rib Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese.
Made by: Root & Bone
Location: 200 East 3rd St., New York, 10009

Nightingale | Dining In Vancouver

After having heard mixed reviews about Nightingale, one day we decided to check it out for ourselves. The restaurant, also owned by the same group as Hawksworth Restaurant, offers what they call "fresh and vibrant modern Canadian cuisine" and I think they're on the right track. Vegetables, pastas, pizzas and more are what you can find at this trendy establishment. It's definitely a place to be seen. The bar offers a wide range of cocktails and beverages, and on top of that their menu alone is extensive. There was so much to choose from it was simply overwhelming - so make sure you dine with lots of your friends and family. 

The cocktail featured here is their seasonal special we had during the summer, a Sherry Cobbler. It was a mix of a few different types of sherries - it was absolutely delicious! 

The food was very tasty and we were very happy with the quality of all the ingredients presented to us. We will definitely be back to try the many dishes we didn't get to taste! 

Food & Beverage: Sherry Cobbler - Fino + Amontillado were definitely in the cocktail, can't remember what else... either way it was fantastic, Burrata & anchovy on toast with peperonata and parsley, Crispy fried chicken with preserved lemon yogurt, dill and espelette, Cavatelli with braised wild boar, grilled kale and roasted apple.
Made by: Nightingale Restaurant
Location: 1017 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Loam | Dining in Galway, Ireland

Loam was truly a unique dining experience. I traveled to Ireland just over a year ago and had made Galway a stop during the week I was in the country. A small town with great food and people, Galway should be on your places to go to. 

Loam was on the list of things to do. The food sounded amazingly different and all the chefs have managed to create a seasonal, fresh produce, simple but creative menu. There is also a wine bar inside the restaurant, and it's located just off the Eyre Square in the city. 

We had many amuse bouches (that which I cannot recall) however they were all very good. 

The courses we ordered were from the à la carte side, as there were four of us willing to order each item on the menu and rotate (this way you get to try EVERYTHING as oppose to everyone having the same thing on the set menu which the entire table has to participate.)

Service was friendly and wonderful. If we had questions, the staff were very willing to help. Overall we had a great time and enjoyed all the food. If you get the chance to be in Galway, please go and experience Loam. 

Duck hearts, nettle & little gem

Duck hearts, nettle & little gem

Crab, cabbage, yogurt, dill

Crab, cabbage, yogurt, dill

Beef tartare, egg, salted gooseberry

Beef tartare, egg, salted gooseberry

Monkfish, cuttlefish, squid and kale

Monkfish, cuttlefish, squid and kale

Pork belly, malt, turnip and radish

Pork belly, malt, turnip and radish

Cod, hazelnut, broccoli and dillisk

Cod, hazelnut, broccoli and dillisk

Lamb, spring cabbage and saltwort

Lamb, spring cabbage and saltwort

Baby potatoes

Baby potatoes

Brûlée egg yolk, goat's milk, burnt butter and hay.

Brûlée egg yolk, goat's milk, burnt butter and hay.

Rhubarb, buttermilk, milk crumb and sorrel

Rhubarb, buttermilk, milk crumb and sorrel

Made by: Loam
Location: Geata na Cathrach, Fairgreen, Galway

Royal Dinette | Dining in Vancouver

It's hard to believe Royal Dinette has yet to be published on The Gourmoo. Well here we go! 

We cannot count how many times we've visited this Downtown restaurant in Vancouver. Owned by Farmer's Apprentice, its sister restaurant is just as amazing. The Royal Dinette features local ingredients, creating a fresh, farm to table experience. The restaurant is spacious accompanied with a comfortable and chic ambience. It's a fun place to try new dishes that are created almost every day (as the menu changes quite often).

The cocktails (happy hour is a must) are classic and inventively delicious. If you're looking for a unique dining experience and unique menu, Royal Dinette is your place to go.

Below there's a look as to what you might find at this establishment. All the photos are from many visits put together. All their pastas are made in house - they even make their own gluten free pasta which is actually quite fantastic! Their salads are very fresh, sometimes you can find cheese or fish in them - very delectable.

Food: all food varied (take a guess or just go and see for yourself!) 
Made by: Royal Dinette
Location: 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC.

Hida Takayama Ramen | Dining in Vancouver

A hidden gem in the middle of downtown Vancouver, Hida Takayama Ramen hides itself in the Robson Public Market. Practically abandoned, this mall doesn't have much left in it other than a fresh produce stall and various venders on the main floor. But the second floor holds the food court, a brightly lit and not so wonderful looking. However, go to the back of the food court and you'll find some very well, homemade ramen. Claimed to be the only restaurant that makes their OWN noodles, Hida promises a hot bowl of ramen and more. 

Of course you get your char su, spring onions, deliciously hot broth and a fantastically made ramen egg if you wish with your ramen, but the kicker: there's a larger portion option and various house specials. Tsukemen - ramen noodles that you dip into a sauce of your choice (sesame, soy, spicy), or try their Tanmen or DanDan noodles. Read more here for their menu.

They also offer pork buns - which are actually quite on par! The ratio of bun to meat is almost equal and it's light and fluffy and served warmed. Their gyozas are crispy on the outside and served hot! 

We do have to talk about the White Sesame Ramen that they offer. It is definitely the most creamiest and sesame-tasty ramen we've ever experienced. There are places where you grind your own, but here the broth is already filled with sesame and topped with sesame seeds. The sesame ramen is quite the treat. 

Hida Takayama makes you wait about 5-10 minutes depending on how much you've ordered with friends or if you're on your own. They make sure that each of their dishes are served with perfection. Noodles are not soggy and don't get soggy and the broths are great - just what one would expect from a ramen establishment. 

Food: Spicy Miso Ramen (large), White Sesame Ramen (large with egg), Pork Gyozas and Pork Bun
Made by: Hida Takayama Ramen
Location: Robson Public Market 2nd Floor, 203-1610 Robson St Vancouver BC Canada

Prawns, prawns, prawns...

To celebrate the season of Spot Prawns this year (like every year), my family go nuts and buy pounds of them and cook them in various ways: deep fried prawn heads, British scampi style, Mediterranean style, Gambas (Spanish style),  steamed and much more. Did I forget the best dish (by far)? It was the insides of the prawns which were taken out to mix and cook into stir fried egg noodles... YUM!

Enjoy these tasty photos!