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Boopshi’s

28 Nov

I had been hearing a bubbling on the foodie scene with talk of Boopshi’s on the horizon. The appeal was definitely hitting home for me. In more ways than one. The main features are schnitzel & spritz. At first I thought it was more of a gimmick, like with bubbledogs (to which I wasn’t a fan) but delving deeper I learnt it was so much more. It’s Austrian fare and not only have they taken the very best it has to offer, but they have honed the recipes exceptionally.

I’m half Austrian and with a Viennese mother I grew up eating schnitzel, potato salad, poppy-seed cake and the like. It was standard for me, like roasts for true Brits. My sister’s wedding cake was Sachertorte, from Hotel Sacher, in a plethora of sizes and so I feel whilst I am suitably familiar with Austrian food, I also have very high standards. Aky came with me and although he has tried all of these things, he hasn’t grown up on it and so it was interesting to have a view on the food from someone who is, let’s say, unbiased.

To drink, I had a glass of their Prosecco (on tap) Terra Serana Doc, 150ml. It was a little dry for me, but never the less a bit of fizz to start the night always makes it feel a little more special. We also ordered an Almdudler. This is a soft drink made from mountain herbs. I can only describe it as a bit like ginger ale and lemonade, but actually unique in its own way. It was my mum’s go to soft drink as a kid and seeing it on the menu makes me laugh as I remember her and my aunt singing the jingle from the advert like they’re school children. It never fails to make me smile.

spritzalmWe looked over the menu and decided to go with what it said on the tin. Schnitzel. We both chose the chicken. And to accompany this we went for potato salad, frites & house salad. There’s quite a lot to choose from, but they’ve broken it down in a really simple way. menuThe chicken arrived and just like in Austria, it was flattened out and was the size of a pancake, it looked incredible. Golden and thin, with a big wedge of lemon on top. I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and it didn’t disappoint. It had enough salt and the chicken was soft. The bread crumb coating covered the chicken well, with nothing falling apart. It was very authentic. I have to say my Mum’s is better…but that’s a good thing. Aky thought it was divine, which it was. The squeeze of lemon gave it just the burst it needed too. downloadThe potato salad was interesting, not what I’m accustomed to. It was combined with pickled sliced onion, capers and dill, dressed lightly. I really enjoyed it, it was sweet, but with a hint of the sour from the onions. My only criticism would be to peel and slice the potatoes as my Mutti would have done. It then absorbs more of the dressing that way and is easier to eat. potato saladThe fries were incredible, soft with a little bit of crisp and had just the right amount of oil and seasoning. Unbelievably addictive and appealing. Who doesn’t love chicken and chips? friesThe house salad was a real corker. Mixed leaves with sunblush tomatoes, sliced fig and pumpkin seed in a raspberry dressing. It’s making my mouth water just writing about it. It was refreshing and sweet, but not too much and oh so colourful! A light addition to an otherwise carb-fuelled meal. saladThe dishes all combined were just fantastic. There is a use of flavours more bold than most and the heartfelt authenticity is really apparent on the whole. Whilst I know my opinion is biased, I do realise just how good this place is. They’ve gone for a minimalistic feel with the decor, but it makes it less stuffy and more inviting to know that simplicity was all they needed, because the food is the true focus. mealI took a brief trip downstairs and the arrangement of the seating is fantastic, like a proper hideaway, a great place for cocktails and a few plates. The bathrooms are like an underground cave, with low curved ceilings…one pointer, they need a mirror in the ladies!

We chose to share a dessert and let me tell you, it was pretty damn hard narrowing it down to just one. We ended up going with Oma’s Apple Strudel. If the boys are naming it after their own Grandmother’s, then this had to be the real deal. This was quite possibly the best dessert I’ve had in London. The filo was wafer thin, the seasoning acutely perfect and the apple sweet, but with just the right amount of tartness. It was epic. Absolutely out of this world. I’ll be bringing my mother and I know it will cause nostalgia.strudelI really loved it, and you all know I don’t give comments like that lightly. I think there’s room for a little improvement, but these boys have done their family proud.  I’ll be back to sample the wurst as the aroma coming from the diners next to us was almost too much. I’d love to see creamed spinach added to the menu…in which case a mirror will most definitely be needed in the bathrooms!

Rate: 4.8

Boopshi’s

31 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JN

07549 625 984

http://boopshis.com/

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Herman Ze German

29 Oct

The first time I noticed Herman Ze German was when my boyfriend spotted E! presenter Giuliana Rancic long leggedly walking out of the Villiers Street branch clutching a sausage. If someone that weight conscious was tucking into one of these, then it must be worth it.

hermanHerman has recently opened on Old Compton Street, conveniently near my office, so I decided to give it a go. I have a strange fondness for sausages (sounds weird, go with me) because, although I myself didn’t eat a lot of them growing up, my mother owned a sausage shop in Sydney before I was born. It sounded fantastic. It was called The Sydney Sausage Company and had every flavour possible and even had a write up in Vogue Living. So, with that and my Austrian roots in mind, there’s something about the wurst that gets me. Everytime.

I have been many, many times to Herman in the last month. Call it research if you like. I will get the negative out of the way fast; I didn’t like the chicken schnitzel. It was chewy, a little overcooked and just not a good blend. Phew, that was hard. I feel like I’m bitching about a good friend! I want to overlook this because I’m trying to see this in a similar way to when you order pasta in a pizza place. It’s not going to be as good as the pizza. Pizza is why you are there. So, with Herman, the reason you are there is for the wurst.

signI chose the chilli beef wurst. This is a mixture of beef and pork, with a little heat too. All of the wursts are grilled to retain flavour. I would also like to add that all the meat is imported from a village in The Black Forest in Germany and is ALL free range. Their sausages are all gluten free too. Asked if I wanted to add sauerkraut and onions (crispy ones) I said yes, clearly! A little ketchup too. I have to warn you though, once you start eating these, you will not be able to stop. They are bloody amazing. The sausage is cooked to perfection, the taste is just incredible and what they have really got right on the money is the bread. It’s not a hot dog bun, it’s not french bread, but it’s somewhere in between. It’s perfection. There’s a slight crunch when you pierce through the sausage skin and your mouth will then flood with taste, then a little spice, it’s pure genius. The sauerkraut adds a touch of sour and the crispy onions, a dash of sweet. It’s the recipe for success and I shall now start working my way down the entire menu from here on out.

wurstI also tried the potato salad and the fries. The former is good, easy to eat, mildly creamy, but not out of this world (remember I grew up on the stuff and am also a food snob) and the fries are really spot on. They don’t steal the glory but they complement the main attraction instead, kind of like Jennifer Garner at this year’s Oscars, she couldn’t steal the limelight from Ben, but had to be good enough to be on his arm. You get me.

potato saladfriesYou can eat in or takeaway and really, if you’re hungry and don’t want to wait too long, then this is the place for you. They serve beer and a mix of Fritz soft drinks that are just wonderful.

drinksTheir wurst really is ze best.

Rate: 5

http://www.herman-ze-german.co.uk/

33 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JU

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19 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE
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Mumma’s Schnitzel

16 Sep

Oh Mumma! All summer I’ve been wanting to go to Street Feast and, cutting it fine, I went this past weekend for their final event. Set at Dalston Yard, it was an awesome scene,  with fire pits all around, keeping people warm on such a grey day.

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I saw some familiar places that I’d tried before; The Rib Man, Baba G’s, You Doughnut being a few. But this time, I had come for one main reason.

Mumma’s Schnitzel.

I’ve heard about it, read the menu, tried my best to attend other events, but somehow always missed the opportunity. I’d tweeted them a few times and with such a lovely response, direct from Mumma’s, I just knew they couldn’t be making anything less than good food.

I marched straight over and introduced myself as laymytable and with such a warm welcome, I was even more excited to try their burger. And what a whopper it was!
Chicken schnitzel, lettuce, vine tomato, Mumma’s mayo (pure genius), sweet chilli, an added extra of avocado, served in a toasted brioche bun. Does it get any better?

mumma's menuI was given a huge serving, could barely get my mouth round it (but I did) and in that first bite I knew it was something special. They’ve really honed in on the tastes and it’s exceptional.

The mayo is not as thick as most, which is refreshing, as its lighter, smooth and a little runny. It complements the chicken a whole lot better than if it had been thicker. It would have become dry if it had been. The mayo has a twinge of lemon, which of course is perfect as you’d normally squeeze a bit on schnitzel if you were serving it sans bun. It’s definitely the key ingredient. The sweet chilli was a very clever move, it adds just the right kind of sweet spice to the mix and again complements the dish incredibly.
The chicken itself was soft and tender in perfect, crispy breadcrumbs, that had been seasoned just right. They weren’t too salty or too bland, which is so often the case.
I grew up eating schnitzel pretty much every Sunday as my mum is Viennese. There weren’t roasts in our household very often and so this, to me, is such an iconic dish and seeing it made into a burger made me all the more intrigued.

schnitzel burgerThey had chosen the bun perfectly. Brioche is such a wonderful choice as it was soft enough to mould itself around the crunchy chicken and, without getting soggy, it absorbed enough of the sauces. The avocado – well that was just the cherry on top. Ripe and nutty, the perfect treat in this already beautiful burger.

schnitzel bite burgerThis is the best street food I’ve had and it’s also run by a really wonderful  couple, refreshingly kind and honest too.
Thank you for making my day!

From 7th October Mumma’s Schnitzel will be trading full-time in Manchester at Spinningfields. Catch them there and tuck into one of these beauties.

Rate:  5
http://www.mummaschnitzel.co.uk/

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