it’s pay day today and i’ve done two really grown up things. the first was that i paid my internet bill. the second was that i had a venison steak sandwich from the wild game co. i was a bit nervous about this because i don’t think i’ve ever consciously eaten venison. me and my sister recently discovered that throughout our lives our mum has tricked us into eating different kinds of meat, because she knew that if we really knew what it was, we wouldn’t touch it. i will never forget the day my sister realised that the chicken she had just eaten was in fact a little bunny rabbit.
my friend was too eager to wait for me and headed to the wild game co stall at 12pm, where he got the venison burger. he said it was good, but not amazing, so i decided to get something different. i am really glad that i did because i really liked my sandwich. i don’t do scores normally but i would give this a solid 7.5 out of 10. the only thing i would change was the bread, it was a tiny bit dry.
the filling was excellent though. the steak was rare, smothered in caramelised onions, cheese, cooked cherry tomatoes and salad in some sort of sweet wholegrain mustard dressing.
verdict – i would definitely get this again. sorry bambi
last week i decided to go to banh mi 11, the vietnamese baguette stall at berwick st market. i’d walked passed the stall a few times and didn’t feel like cutting my mouth on a dry sandwich from pret today so thought i’d take that same old stroll down sex alley to see what was going down, and i’m really quite glad i did.
i didn’t take very long to decide to go for the crackling pork banh mi whilst my friend, who is a vegtable-arian, opted for the tofu (see main pic).
i didn’t really know what to expect and whilst the guys on the stall prepared my sandwich i started to doubt myself. had i made the right choice of filling? why was i in the rain without an umbrella? why DO dogs have wet noses? i had no reason to worry. the banh mi guys had it covered.
the baguette cost me £5 and it was £5 well spent because not only was it authentic and delicious, it kept my hands warm as i trotted back to the office.
the filling of the sandwich was made up of soft slow roasted pork belly that had been marinated in lemon jus and five spice, crunchy crackling, cucumber, carrot, radish pickle, coriander and smothered in hot sauce. the combination of flavours made my mouth do a little dance. at first glance i was worried that it might be a little dry, and that the we might have a roof of mouth cutting situation like the pret baguette incident of november 2011. i had nothing to worry about, it was pretty perfect.
verdict – berwick st market is quickly becoming my favourite lunch destination, if you are in soho then i demand you pay these guys a visit (if you want to, please)
so i mentioned in my previous post that i had been eyeing up the pizza pilgrims van on berwick st and today i decided to give in and see what all the fuss was about.
now i see what the fuss is about. it was really good.
i headed down there at about 2pm which turned out to be quite good as i didn’t have to queue 40 minutes (which is what i had prepared myself for).
i went for the garlic courgette, red onion (there was meant to be black olives too but i think they forgot) rocket and chilli – although the napoli sausage sounded great, the lack of sauce worried me.
the boys that run the stall are very nice and friendly and reminded me a bit of those baking brothers on channel 4 (but less knob-ish)
bet foxcroft and ginger are really happy about this
this is where the magic happens
when i strutted back to the office so many people were staring at the pizza in my hand and i felt so smug, and it even inspired a few people in the office to head down to berwick st (you’re welcome).
verdict – if you’re in soho with a £5 note in your pocket make sure you check these boys out. i will be returning!