4 Post/s by Tag: Fusion

Made in Camden… almost made in heaven

10 Apr 2011

Once upon a lazy Sunday, we decided to head down to the Roundhouse in Camden; home to not only music and theatre events, but also to Bar and Dining Room, Made in Camden. It was a recent review by LondonEater full of droolworthy photos which inspired this particular visit.

Made in Camden

I’d seen and was hankering for their version of the Momofuku pork bun – the original, I’ve never tried but hope to when I visit New York in a couple of weeks! Alas we were too early for the evening menu of small plates (Momofuku pork bun included), and instead served their brunch menu. (more…)

The Modern Pantry at Meza – fusion flair pops up in Soho

29 Mar 2011

Baywatch had Baywatch Nights, Hollyoaks had Hollyoaks Later, and now for a limited time only, The Modern Pantry has The Modern Pantry at Meza. All of these reincarnations come across as racier, edgier versions of the original. However there seems to be one key difference between Anna Hansen’s creation and these cheap TV spinoffs: The Modern Pantry at Meza isn’t crap!

The Modern Pantry at Meza

Meza on a Friday night


Brunch at The Modern Pantry

25 Mar 2011

Anna Hansen has a well established reputation in London as a top chef, known for her trademark flair for combining different flavours in an innovative, fusion style. Her Clerkenwell restaurant, The Modern Pantry has long been on my list of restaurants to visit. Fortunately a friend’s birthday brunch managed to speed up the process in getting me there!

As usual, I began my brunch with the obligatory flat white, while perusing the menu.

Flat White

Flat White


Vietnamese Fusion ala Restaurant 88

28 Jan 2011

Restaurant 88 has been one of my family’s favourite restaurants in Wellington for the past several years.  With the owner coming from Vietnamese origins the food they serve is Vietnamese with a Kiwi metropolitan twist.

The evening we arrived seemed relatively busy and vibrant for a weekday evening with as the clientèle happily chatted away while tucking into what looked like rather large and impressive dishes.  I was rather keen to sample their caramelised sticky baby back ribs and my Dad was looking forward to their famous rib steak.  Disappointingly they were out of both.

We shared a couple of starters and they were both presented very well.  The griddle grilled beef and bacon skewers (NZ$13.50) sounded rather odd to me but tasted lovely and not unlike beef and pork satay with an excellent chargrilled flavour.

Griddle Grilled Beef and Bacon Skewers

Griddle Grilled Beef and Bacon Skewers