viajante / london

i like casual places to eat, with simple and fresh flavours and a happy atmosphere. but sometimes i like to try out restaurants where i am surprised with the experience,  the mix of flavours and the textures i would’ve never thought of.

viajante is one of these, it has been on my bucket list for a while, and i finally got to try it out on my last trip to london. plus, it makes me proud, to try out a michelin star restaurant in london, by nuno mendes, a portuguese chef.

we booked for sunday lunch, and since we were on a lower budget, we went for the three course meal. if you add up the different amouse bouche before and the petit fours to end the meal, it wasn’t such a small lunch after all.

there were three amouse bouche – thai explosion (not pictured) – amaranth with sorrel, the tamarind and popcorn made a surprising texture – and potatoes with yeast and lardo, would have never thought of yeast flavour, and it’s good!

bread and butter, a reminder of how good bread can be, with smoked and ham flavoured butter.

the main dishes were warm mackerel with red pepper juices and soaked bread, and turbot with seaweed sofrito and seafood rice broth.

we were then served a sorbet to clean the palate, pickled and raw cucumber with reduced milk sorbet, another amazing surprise.  and dessert was milk in three textures, which i thought was simple, yet perfect to allow for a couple of petit fours to follow.

to end the meal we had a freezing olive oil toffee snap frozen in liquid nitrogen that melted in our mouths (sorry, it was too hard to wait to be pictured), and the chocolate and cepes mushroom truffle.

i specially liked having lunch with a view to the kitchen where our lunch was being prepared in total silence, as if the chef’s work was all synchronized. the service was very friendly, attentive and discreet.

viajante, 3 course meal for lunch – GBP 35 per person

note – i am no food critic, i simply enjoy food and sharing meals with friends.

first photo by conde nast traveler, all other photos by myseastory

broadway market / london

i just came back from a short weekend in london. i always love going back, catching up with a few friends and live like a londoner for a couple of days.

one of my favourite plans is going to the broadway market, it’s a ritual i have with my friends – a healthy brunch at home and a morning spent in the market, buying fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, bread and pastries.

there is something special about this market that makes it different from other more popular ones in london – there is a neighborhood feeling to it.

i like starting with a capuccino from climpson and sons (always packed, but worth the wait) and then head to my favourite stalls in the market – the pesto from borough olives (i have never tasted one like this), and catherine tough’s lavender hearts are staple stops.

by the time we leave it’s lunch time, so we get to share a few snacks – a smoked salmon bruschetta, a mushroom risotto, and a garlicky courgette and artichoke pizza!

click HERE for broadway market’s website