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  1. Riding House Cafe

    June 15, 2011 by Dini

    Brasserie Eating in Style

    13th June 2011

     The decor, reminded me a little of a Russell Sage influence, with the odd taxidermy speckled in interiors (squirrel lamps and birds in cases). It is vibrantly colourful in decor and clientele and I have to say packed to the rafters everytime I walk past. The Cafe, is a great mix of new and old, in decor as well as classic dishes with modern flourishes. One example on the decor front is the stark contrast of the ceiling detailing, between exposed tiles and a smooth white skimmed surface.

    Riding House Cafe ceiling

    Riding House Cafe ceiling

    In the nature of sharing plates, my dinner guest and I decided to share a few small plates for starters, one main course and naturally (for me) a couple of desserts. The menu full of fresh and seasonally enticing small plates as well as old fashioned brasserie main plate favourites, that quenched my nostalgic yearning (sundaes).

    The starters were light, delicious and colourful in design. The cutlery had a great knack of being substantial in functionality but retained daintiness. For our main, The Titchfield (named after the cafe’s street location) had a wedge of foie gras, moistening the burger and riding on the popular crest of the ingredient at the moment. I wasn’t too keen on the bun (too doughy, for my liking) and only too happy to leave it to make space for two desserts…

    Onto my favourite subject – ‘Desserts‘… the Summer Pudding oozed with fruits and laced with rum. On asking our waitress what sort of rum? I’m assuming she was a young newbie, as she replied “oh, a cheap white one, just for cooking”, not exactly the response I was looking for. The Sundae was a heady mix of macaron, honeycomb, ice-cream, hot fudge sauce and fruit. Each treasure-troving spoonful, was a treat to eat.

    Surveying the menu, it has a great breakfast menu too. I started with the ABC Ginger pre-dinner and the vibrancy of the colour (with beetroot) was enough to perk  and set me up for the night to come.

    All in all, a good find that’s handy for it’s central London (Noho) positioning. They satisfy and tick comfort eating boxes in a big way. The service if a little naive, was pleasant and speedy.

    Be aware of: Making your booked dining time, it’s so busy, you’ll miss out otherwise!
    Take time to: Try lots of the sharing plates, there is something for everyone and if they don’t press on turning the table in 2 hours, you can take your time and enjoy
    Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield St, London, W1W 7PQ  

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  2. Ice Creamists ‘Taste’ Session

    April 16, 2011 by Dini

    Thankfully, ‘Baby Gaga’ wasn’t in stock!

     14th April 2011

    In 2010, The Ice-Creamists hit London, first in a much lauded upon pop-up in Selfridges in Oxford Street… here their Absinthe over ice cream stole the show. Then, in the summer of 2011, worldwide ripples unfortunately not of the raspberry kind surged across the world. The cause?:  ‘Baby Gaga’ a breast-milk ice-cream, which caused outrage and intrigue selling out and consequently being banned by the council.

    A few weeks later I noticed a tasting of their new summer flavours… so yes this is a ‘complimentary’ in payment  post. Curiosity drove me into the S&M uniformed lair, where Matt O’Connor (Owner), ruled the roost. As this was a tasting, we were given samples to share of the complete Summer range, thankfully ‘Baby Gaga’ (now deemed ‘safe’ by the Council) was not on the menu!

    The alcoholic recipe twists to the ice-creams had been overseen by Alex Kammerling, a mixologist extraordinaire and all made fresh daily. I have to confess on occasions, whilst tasting there seemed to be more ‘theatre’ over taste, with the atomiser spritzing, blow-torch finishes and of course Absinthe via IV tubes. For me, the simplicity of a good, fresh ice-cream/gelato, served with love, is sufficient.

    Pre-Royal wedding, there were ‘cheeky’ takes on Will & Kate, I’m not sure if they’re holding out for a royal warrant, it might be some time coming… but perhaps it might be to Prince Harry’s taste.

    In the heart of tourist land, they are creating a brand for themselves with all sorts of merchandise… to top up the average spend per head and why not? I recently noticed these cheeky badges on their facebook page: –


    It is destination ice-cream bar to venture to, if you’d like to entertain with theatrical flourishes or treat your palate to flavours that push boundaries. It’s not for me, but glad to have had the experience.

    The Ice Creamists (Scream)
    23-47 The Market Building, South Piazza Covent Garden, W2CE 8RF
    Opening hours 12pm – 10.30pm, daily