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I’ve been thinking and setting a couple of long term goals… now just to reality check them before all is unveiled!

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I know I’ve been bad with posts lately, things have been picking up at work and I but I promise to get back on track this weekend! 

Get ready for reviews of Studio Lagree, Pure Ride, Classpass, 1Rebel Reshape and more! 

Goodman (City Branch)

I can happily say that Goodman is one of my favourite steak restaurants in London. It’s usually reserved for the odd occasional indulgence – good steak comes with a (hefty) price tag. However, one Wednesday night Mike and I were at a loose end for dinner near Bank and didn’t fancy hiking it to Shoreditch or Soho. Faced with limited options, we had to go to Goodman.

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650g chateaubriand of USDA Angus beef (150 day corn fed)

Goodman is not a great place to take your veggie friends (although the truffle chips and the creamed spinach is some of the best I’ve ever tasted). Mike and I looked at the menu but we both knew (or at least I did!) that we wanted the USDA Angus beef 150 day corn fed chateaubriand from the specials board. Negotiations commenced on (i) the size of the chateaubriand, (ii) how it was going to be cooked, and (iii) the sides.

On serving of bread later, we’d decided on 650g between two (quite light for us) priced at £84.50, rare, with truffle chips and creamed Gruyere spinach. I was happy to ditch my usual request for 5 sides because, unknown to Mike, I’d already pre-dinnered on curly friends at the nearby Flight Club. Mike had a beer (again I have no idea which one) and I had a very tasty glass of Australian GSM (Henschke, 2013 Henry Seven’s). Goodman’s wine list is impressive, extensive and expensive.

Steak arrived and it was delicious. Perfectly cooked, smooth and buttery, grilled texture on the outside but juicy and ripe in the middle. Sides were again a perfect complement, the chips were thoroughly infused with truffle and the creamed spinach was rich whilst retaining texture. Two very happy diners.

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YUMMY IN MY TUMMY

  • Mains x1 (650g chateaubriand)
  • Sides x2
  • Sauces x2
  • Drinks x2 (my glass of GSM was £15)

TOTAL: ~£130 (including service)

Service was good, food was great and we thought the price was reasonable. The only minor niggle (if I had to find one) was that the restaurant is usually busy and so can be a little bit noisy. If this is going to detract from your dining experience, you can try requesting one of the tables at the front of the restaurant near the bar although you won’t be able to see the kitchen action.

Goodman is definitely a treat destination rather than an everyday dinner choice but if you’re a steak lover, I would highly recommend it

Nanban

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Upon stepping into this beautifully decorated space, you will be greeted by Masterchef winner Tim Anderson’s Japanese fusion creation, Nanban. According to the website, “Nanban means ‘Southern Barbarian’, a term the Japanese once used to describe Europeans, since they first arrived in Japan via the South China Seas, and they were, of course, barbaric.” Nanban is located a short walk from Brixton tube station.

There’s nothing barbaric about Anderson’s food, carefully presented in pretty ceramic dishes and thoughtfully balanced on the palette. We went on a Thursday night, me displaying classic “hangry” behaviour having come straight from a BOOM cycle class (review to come!). Thankfully our excellent waiter swiftly took our order. A tangy Salmon Kake-ae (vinegar-cured salmon with daikon, carrot, and cucumber in a miso-sesame dressing) and fluffy Ackee & Saltfish Korokke (potato, ackee, and saltfish croquettes with katsu sauce) were summoned to placate my hunger. The tartness of the vinegar-cured salmon was well balanced by the richness of the miso-sesame dressing. The korokke was unexpectedly spicy but worked well with the saltfish and the katsu sauce. Our waiter accidently ordered an extra Eringi with Ponzu Butter (the King of Mushrooms, sauteed in ponzu butter, garnished with crushed garlic chips) which we were allowed to keep at no extra cost, a nice touch. The texture of the eringi was firm but I felt the flavour element fell short, leaving the dish a little bland.

Appetisers were followed by a hearty bowl of Kumamoto Ramen (thin noodles in nose-to-tail pork broth with garlic chips, burnt garlic oil, pork belly, tea-pickled egg, and pickled mustard greens) for me and a Sasebo Burger (two 100g burger patties with burnt garlic mayo, gochujang burger sauce, pork belly, American cheese, pickled red onion, lettuce, and tomato) for Mike. Serving sizes were generous. I thought the ramen was tasty although I wasn’t entirely convinced about the tea-pickled egg. Ramen purists may turn their noses up at Anderson’s offering but they should remember that Nanban is a fusion restaurant and seeks to try new combinations.  The burger was yummy with ample amounts of sauce. Who can say no to two patties and pork belly in one burger?

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The drinks menu also offered interesting choices. I went for the perfectly delectable plum wine whilst Mike opted for a Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Cedar-Aged Ale (don’t ask me anything about that – beer n00b). If we had more time/were feeling boozy we would have loved to try all the sochus and sakes on offer (okay, well maybe not all…). Bonus brownie points go to Nanban for stocking the much acclaimed Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, good for those wanting something a bit more special with their meal.

All in all, a solid Japanese-fusion option in Brixton with good sized dishes made with fresh ingredients.

  • Starters x2 (plus x1 free)
  • Mains x2
  • Drinks x2

TOTAL: ~£55

http://www.nanban.co.uk/ | @NanbanLondon