Orford Saloon Tapas Restaurant – London

 

Walthamstow Village is like a world of it’s own, located just a few minutes walk from the main overground and underground stations, Orford Saloon is within easy reach from all over London if you’re a fan of authentic Spanish food.

 

The restaurant is located on Orford Road,  and boasts it’s own deli next door.

Spanish food has always been a firm favourite so it’s always nice to have a genuine place to eat when we’re away from Ibiza.

 

Rich in its flavours from The Med, this is the number one go-to spot for your Tapas and Paella fix!

 

Food:

  • Pollo Canario (Skewered Chicken breast in a spicy Canarian sauce)
  • Calamares rebozados (Squid rings)
  • Langostinos a la parrilla (Grilled king Prawns)
  • Champinones con Chorizo (Sautéed Mushrooms with Chorizo)
  • Chuletas de cordero a la parrilla (Flame grilled Lamb cutlets)
  • Bread & Alioli

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Bread and Alioli is a very bad but very good combination. Bad because it’s so addictive but good because well, it tastes amazing. That kept us going while the dishes were prepared.

The squid sizes were very generous indeed! 6 Portions and cooked exactly how they should be.

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The Grilled King Prawns tasted amazing. Bubbling away in their juices and the heat from cooking, they tasted fresh and again, a pretty generous serving!

The Lamb cutlets came away from the bone with ease and tasted divine. Beautifully tender and cooked medium-rare.

Chorizo & Mushroom’s go perfectly together and this was no exception and the skewered Chicken breast topped the whole experience off wonderfully.

 

We would thoroughly recommend Orford Saloon if you’re in need of genuine Spanish food and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Orford Saloon is situated on 32 Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9NJ – 0208 503 6542

Their opening times are a little sporadic so ‘popping in’ can end in disappointment if you don’t know their hours.

 

It opens from 6pm Monday-Thursday, 12pm-3pm Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm and then 6pm-10.30pm, Sunday they open from 10am-3pm and then 6pm-9.30pm

Popaball

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So I’m sure you’ve seen the hype on Twitter recently about the sparkly new products from Newcastle based company, Popaball.

They specialise drinks accessories which can be added to Prosecco, Vodka Champagne, Cocktails, Mocktails & more!

Being a Prosecco fan myself I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Stockist’s Lakeland kindly sent me a sample pot of Rose ‘Gold shimmer to try, and the results were fabulous!

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“Great for Summer”

Last week I visited one of the restaurants Market for and tried it out on the diners!

 

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It advises you of how much Prosecco to put in the glass before sprinkling the shimmer inside. Me being me I decided to fill the glass most of the way beforehand, which resulted in an explosion of liquid all over the restaurant floor! This of course only applies when using a fizzy liquid.

The second attempt was much more subtle. Filling the glass one third of the way I then sprinkled half a teaspoon into the bubbles.

Stirring the concoction into the glass, the results became quickly visible.

The previously original yellow colour of the Prosecco swiftly turned into a glimmering pinkish delight. This then changed between a pretty pink & gold colour quite rapidly, swirling up and down inside the glass.

The shimmer adds a sweet touch to the original taste of the drink so it wasn’t altered too much. The product is more for look than taste but it sure looked pretty!

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Already a new favourite for upcoming Summer weddings I think Popaball will do extremely well this year!

Perfect for BBQ’s and ladies nights, it really is a beautiful product. I actually sat and watched it for a while, becoming hypnotised by the stunning colours blending into each other before getting two of the lovely guests to try it out!

It’s safe to say the ladies loved it too!

Popaball have a range of sparkly products to choose from! Perfect for your special event or cosy night in with friends!

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From gift sets to single items, Popaball have the perfect choice for your party!
I’m thinking a huge Vodka and Lemonade punchbowl in the summer, with a handsome sprinkling of shimmer. Perfect!

You can check out their range via their website by visiting http://www.popaball.co.uk

Venerdi Italian Restaurant – London

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Venerdi reopened on the 18th February and the amount of interest it has received so far has been positively overwhelming.

 

It has totally transformed from its previously rustic decor into a stylish and sophisticated eating establishment that oozes class while at the same time, keeping it’s Mediterranean charm with traditional Italian foods on display for all to see.

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Venerdi is situated on the trendy Chatsworth Road in Hackney and although the regenerated area offers an array of quirky eateries and other shops, Venerdi really does stand out from the crowd.

It’s now the type of venue which you would find in nearby Shoreditch. Modern and charming, with its brand new traditional wood burning oven, dimly lit feature lighting and impeccably dressed professional bartenders with a serious passion for their trade. The only difference is, Venerdi doesn’t come with the upmarket price tag that a lot of restaurants in Shoreditch tend to charge.

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They’ve kept their original menu with some new additions, all for the same great price.

Their famous Pizzas are still on offer in a range of Meat, Fish, Vegeterian and gluten free options, ranging from £7.70 to £13 and are big enough for two people! Their thin crusts and tasty toppings show us why traditional Italian Pizzas are the only ‘real’ Pizzas to eat.

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For the seafood fans there’s plenty of options. From their ‘Salmone Alla Griglia’ (Grilled Salmon with Seabass Ravioli) for £16, to their ‘Risotto Scampi’ for £12. There’s a number of choices to choose from.

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If you’re more of a Meat eater then Venerdi is the place to be! Their ‘Rib Eye Padella’ (Dry roasted Scotch Rib Eye) for £16.50 is simply delicious and cooked to perfection. Their ‘Tagliatelle Wild Boar’ for £13 is also a popular favourite.

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They also have a number of Vegetarian options available at Venerdi. From ‘Gnocchi Buffalina (Stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic, served with a Tomato and Pesto sauce) for £9.90, to ‘Orecchiette’ (Garden Peas, mixed Porcini Mushrooms and Garlic in a cream sauce for £10.
As with any authentic Italian restaurant, Venerdi also offers a number of Antipasto (Starter/first course) options from their fresh Focaccia bread for £5.50 to their Scallops with spicy Sausage for only £9.50. A perfect pre-dinner treat!

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Venerdi really has excelled itself with it’s refurbishment and is fast becoming the most talked about restaurant in the area this year so far!

Expect happy hours, music nights, special events and much more!
You can follow them on their social media pages here;

Venerdi is situation on 9 Chatworth Road, London E65 OLH

For reservations call 02085331902

 

 

 

Coppa Club London

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Cold winter nights are either about hibernating indoors or enjoying a good meal out!

With views over the famous Tower of London Coppa Club is a great spot for date night dining and dinner with friends or family. It is also extremely fairly priced compared to some other restaurants in the area.

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Upon arrival we were seated inside the large, spacious restaurant towards the open kitchen area.

Drinks:

We ordered some ‘Wild Strawberry Spritz’ Cocktails.

These consisted of Fragoli Liqueur, Prosecco & ‘drunken strawberries’ (£6.95 each) which had tiny little ‘Drunken Strawberries’ laying in the bottom of the glass. I have to say they were lovely and very refreshing!

Food:

Starters:

Crispy Fried Squid with Sriracha Mayo, Lemon & Paprika (£5.95)
Seared King Prawns (4) with garlic, Lemon, Chilli & extra virgin Olive Oil (£6.95)
Garlic Bread (£2.95)

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Mains:

Corn fed Chicken with lemony Rosemary juices, house Slaw and skinny Fries (Serving two for £19.95)

 

Our starters arrived quite quickly and were visually, very appealing! The taste matched this, as the Garlic bread was simply delicious. More of a garlic flat bread, the four cut slices were perfectly cooked and not overwhelming. I love bread for starters and sometimes over indulge, which often leads to a bit of a struggle when the mains arrive but the portion size was just right.

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The Prawns were lovely. Shell on, covered in garlic, lemon, and chilli, they were cooked to perfection! Two each was just enough for us. Served with a slice of lemon to drizzle. Yummy!

I’m a big fan of Squid and this one didn’t disappoint. The creamy Sriracha Mayo sauce added a superb texture once eaten.

The Mains were wonderful, the chicken was fresh, bursting with flavour and a fantastic portion size. The chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, just the way we like them!

We were full so couldn’t manage dessert, but I’m sure we would have enjoyed those as well!

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Coppa Club has 3 other venues in Sonning, Oxford Circus and St Pauls.

Opening hours:
Monday- Thursday 7:30am–11pm
Friday 7:30am–12am
Saturday 9am–12am
Sunday 9am–10:30pm
For reservations visit http://www.coppaclub.co.uk/towerbridge