Food and Drink, LONDON

Working Lunches – Christmas!

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christmas lunchIn the industry that I work in, Christmas time means food and drink and lots of it! Client lunches, media owner lunches, agency lunches – December has been littered with them. So I decided to round them all up in one Instagram-based post…

Firstly, Gaucho.

Well, if you like steak, then you absolutely have to try Gaucho. I actually managed to go to two lunches at Gaucho over the Christmas period, one on Charlotte Street and one in Farringdon. The service is absolutely brilliant, the staff are so attentive and they know the menu inside out. They come over before you order with a wooden block displaying all the raw cuts of meat that are on the menu along with recommendations on how to have each one cooked and the different tastes to each cut.
I went for crab causita to start on my first visit and the bife de lomo with bearnaise sauce cooked medium rare. My second visit I decided on an aubergine salad to start, but it was ginormous! A bit too generous as a starter I think personally, the crab was much better in my opinion. I then went for the fillet medallions cooked rare for main. Both steaks I tried were incredible. The one in the picture above was the bife de lomo – a pretty big ol’ bit of steak, but so delicious!
We went for a number of sides to share – chips, cream spinach and the like, and left feeling extremely full! There were some serious food babies going on and we rolled back to the office to spend the rest of the afternoon in a food coma!

L’Anima Cafe – Moorgate

This place was a recommendation from Nick, it’s a fairly chilled out Italian restaurant – you can’t really go wrong here. I had burrata to start and a chicken dish for mains. It wasn’t the best food I’ve ever eaten, but it was nice enough and our clients seemed to really enjoy it which was the main thing! I would go again because their pizzas looked amazing, but having had Gaucho the day before I went for something a little lighter!

Fino – Charlotte Street

Fino is a tapas restaurant and is found behind a little door just off Charlotte Street. They had some good wines here, we went for red and it was delicious. The food itself was good, but I actually prefer Navarro’s for tapas (also on Charlotte Street). Although I did get to try rabbit which I don’t think I’ve ever had before, it was quite tasteless though! Don’t think I would ever choose to order it again. I would happily go back again though as they had a lot of good little dishes, but if I had a choice I would definitely go for Navarro’s!

Steak and Lobster – Bloomsbury

We’d eaten a fair bit of steak in the past couple of weeks and since I’d never tried lobster before I decided to go for it and see what I thought. The verdict: it was great! I thought I would be annoyed with having to faff about pulling it all apart to get to the meat,but it was actually quite fun! A few of us had lobster and doing it all together was quite amusing, plus it didn’t actually take too long to get it all out. The lobster came with fries and a side salad and let me tell you, the fries were seriously moreish! I think I’ve been won over by lobster, it was great fun, and tasted good too, I want to try Burger and Lobster now – I’ve heard good things about their lobster rolls!

The Carpenter’s Arms – Fitzrovia

We had our office Christmas lunch at a pub just off Tottenham Court Road – it was a proper Christmas lunch; crackers, paper hats, Christmas songs and silly cracker jokes. The food was what you would expect from a pub lunch, nothing crazy, just your standard roast and veg – can’t complain! We stayed at the pub until 6ish then headed off elsewhere managing to stay out until around 11. It’s safe to say that after drinking constantly for about 10 hours we were feeling fairly fragile the next day!

Christmas lunches are done now for 2014, and I am feeling a little exhausted if I’m honest! It turns out that constant eating and drinking takes its toll! I’m looking forward to just eating plain food and drinking water for the next week until #chefnick‘s beef wellington on Christmas day 😉


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