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Prezzo, Mayfair

6 Feb

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Pronounced Pretzo? Or prezzzzzz-oh?

I’m guilty of using the former, but everyone else seems to know Pretzo by the latter. Which of them is correct? I haven’t the slightest clue, but for the sake of VLP’s…We’ll call this my first Prezzo review.

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Prezzo Mayfair, London – Doesn’t it look classic?

In April 2012 some very nice people gifted our family (Namely my dad) with a Tastecard. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tastecard, it’s basically a card that gives you 50% off or 2 FOR 1 in selected UK chain restaurants. I.E Prezzo, Pizza Express, ASK etc. (www.tastecard.co.uk)

So, since around October 2012 my best friend and I have totally exploited this card and have been all around London tasting Pizzas and cheesecake and fudge cakes. *Drool*

I like to say that this card was an excuse to eat dessert, and it’s practically free…until it was pointed out to me that…I’d get dessert anyway. Dessert first, always. Does anyone else read up on menu’s before they visit a restaurant?

I’m pretty guilty of reading the dessert menu first and ruling out the restaurant before I’ve even glimpsed the main. Is that the norm? No? Yes? Oh well, it’s a fool proof way to secure a good post meal cheesecake anyway 😉

We’re in love with Prezzo. We can’t put our finger on whether it’s the food or the lovely contemporary restaurants, but either way, we always leave on a double course filled tummy, having saved half the cost of the bill. Sweet. Oh, I also always leave with about 9232 new pictures on my phone of cheesecakes and pizza taken at 1-360 degree angles. Then I come home and show my parents how amazing it was. But they still haven’t visited! And they remain firm lovers of Pizza express. Hm.

This is a review of Prezzo, Mayfair. Usually we go to Haymarket (Lovely staff, and BONUS – one of the young blokes is always extra generous with the chocolate fudge cake sauce, but he’s not always there…!) But Mayfair was good, real good. Take a look and see?

My pizza picture was taken on a different date to the picture of my friend’s pasta, but it was the same branch 🙂

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Vegetarian cheeseless pizza (I hate cheese!) Mayfair, London

Here’s a beautiful cheese less vegetarian fluffy Prezzo pizza! (I’m sorry, a pet peeve – I hate cheese! Pizzas all about tomatoey bread ;)!) Doused with extra virgin chilli oil of course – to my friends absolute horror. (Don’t get me started on why I think olive oil is a super food!;)) The base in Mayfair was way fluffier and tasted fresher than that in Haymarket. It also seems bigger and less dry? The veggie portion was much bigger in Mayfair too

Whilst my friend ordered some pasta thingy…she always tries something new, I can never keep up.

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Whatever it is always gets the thumbs up though! I think I see chicken and bacon.

And for dessert (essentially free with Tastecard) was a honeycomb cheesecake. It was my first time tasting this…I can’t describe it..smooth? Soft? SILKY. Yes, silky. Delicious, sweet, creamy and heavenly. The portions could have been a tad larger though…they were nowhere near as big as the fudge cake we’ve previously got (post for another day), despite costing the same price, the fudge cake is also served with ice cream.

Prezzo honeycomb cheesecake, Mayfair

Prezzo honeycomb cheesecake, Mayfair

I wasn’t actually full after leaving though. Perhaps this was due to the lack of cheese/meat in my meal? Or the fact that my friend drank 5 glasses of water, 2 of which were mine and so I didn’t fill up with any water at all haha! I didn’t mind though, it meant there was room for something sweet when I got home – (Fig rolls and milk por supuesto! ;))

We followed this up with a visit to her dad’s office a couple of yards away and then a girls shopping trip in Oxford Street! We didn’t buy anything though (Mainly because the Primark changing room queue ran the length of the store?! We were just overly happy that our January A2 exams were over!

  1. So, where’s your favourite place to eat out?
  2. Anyone else read up on the menu before visiting?
  3. Quality or quantity for the price?
  4. And last but not least…What dessert do you have the reputation of compulsively ordering?!

Have a happy Wednesday friends! ❤

 

Deliciously warming Red Lentil Curry – Recipe

5 Feb

This curry was absolutely amazing! The red lentils go quite soft when they’re cooking so its an almost ‘melt in your mouth’ but solid kinda textured. Tomatoey and soft, this is the ultimate warmer after a long day. And it takes less than 30 minutes! This recipe was originally adapted from HonestCooking.com http://honestcooking.com/2012/04/26/red-lentil-dahl-recipe-for-a-rainy-day/

I actually skipped out the honey and didn’t sweeten it at all but it was still divine. I don’t think I will ever get my head around grains – water cup ratios when cooking, and will always have google as my best friend at hand when necessary. But for red lentils, the approximation for a curry is 1 cup of lentils : 4 cups of water. Adding more later if necessary.

On this day I sat on the London bus going to my nanas house wondering if I should stick to something regular for dinner or re-attempt lentils. I was using my phone to google…”How to cook lentils” – for the 34393th time in a row. (The first attempt was chana dhal in a pan of salted water- NEVER try this, the shell hardens and the lentils will stubbornly refuse to cook for eternity. And you have no edible dinner) But this turned out fantastic. I even convincved my little brother that the lentils were a type of mashed baked bean. (He’s a veggiephobic) and he gobbled up the whole lot. One cup of dried lentils made 4 massive portions, 5 if you wanted or even 6 if you were sharing. I found myself eating out of the pan at the end of the meal. I hope you gain as much satisfaction out of this as I did!! Remember to only salt when the lentils are cooked. Enjoy!!

Red Lentil curry, chana masala, basmati rice & excess coriander.
Red Lentil curry, chana masala, basmati rice & excess coriander.
Ingredients
  • 1.25 cup red lentils
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 x 3cm piece ginger, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 can peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cups hot water from the kettle
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Wash lentils in running water, discarding debris. Drain.
  2. Heat up large fry pan until smoking hot and then add oil.
  3. Add onions, garlic and ginger and turn down to medium heat.
  4. Cook, stirring often, for few minutes until onion softens and then add turmeric, mixing in thoroughly.
  5. Continue cooking for a minute or so and then add lentils.
  6. Stir to combine and continue cooking for a minute before adding tomatoes, garam masala and water.
  7. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes and then add salt and honey, mixing in thoroughly.
  8. Serve with basmati rice and coriander to garnish.

All happy Mondays start with pancakes!

5 Feb

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Maple syrup whole wheat pancakes

Happy Monday everyone! This was the delicious plate presented to me at breakfast by Mr Monday Morning! It was a long weekend, so much work to do it was crazy!

The weathers warming up, its been a whole 7 degrees! Perfect for long strolls in a breezy wind! I picked up some goodies from Aldi – needless to say I have since been addicted to fig rolls and brioches! Also, anyone know how to get rid of biscuit cravings without buying more cheap & delicious European goodies?!

Milk brioches! 87p for this whole bag! Love Aldi

Milk brioches! 87p for this whole bag! Love Aldi

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The Aldi caramel tastes 100% better than good old galaxy! Will DEFINITELY be buying more of this! So creamy and smooth! The spirals are basically Kinder buenos…Bought more my brother but got I certainly good feedback on those! 🙂

I have also got a new found addiction to FIG ROLLS. 2 days later, minus 2 cartons and milk and an entire packet of fig rolls. I think it’s time to admit….I need to buy a new fix!! They’re so yummy! The crazy thing is that I actually don’t like figs…Having been presented to a plate of fruit resembling raw mince meat I hadn;t touched the stuff ever since. But the words ‘Sweet golden pastry encrusting a sweet fig filling..’ were too hard to resist.

Lunch was chickpeas. Having spent half of the morning arguing with my mom (who hates chickpeas) arguing that chickpeas are amazing, I decided to conquer the kitchen and make chickpeas. How can anyone hate chickpeas?! I intended to make Espinacas con Garbanzos – basically spanish for, well…Spinach and chickpeas. But decided instead to use up the rest of the turmeric we had and made chana masala. Yummo, served with squidgy microwave taters. And a mountain of unpictured black pepper (For aesthetic purposes 😉 I will post the recipe for this! 🙂

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Chickpea chana masala! Extra spicyyyy!

Later on in the day, I jumped on a tube train and rode to Kensington High street to check out their library – Beautiful! I totally walked round the area and spent a good hour in Waterstones trying to get rid of my book voucher! But came out empty handed…Then took an hours walk through London, past Hyde park, Mayfair, Picadilly Circus and up to Euston Square  London is so beautiful. Then I studied so hard and so much that my brain was sizzling and geared up to study until nigh was high, then went straight home and studied more.  😉

Having clocked up a good 15 miles over the whole day I was ravenous when I got home at about 5ish and cooked up a massive pasta dinner for myself and my bro’s! Spaghetti arrabiatta…faturing PARSLEY. And heaps of it.

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This really, really hit the spot. Did you know that a 100g serving of pasta (dry) actually has a whole 11g of protein? A baked potato only has about 4g, WITH skin!

I told my friend that this plate was from a restaurant…she said she would have totally bought that…if there wasn’t the parsley mass. I’m a herbaholic with a reputation!!

Dessert was lots of warmed skimmed milk (Sweeter than whole) And some biscuits. Oh so delicious biscuits, why can’t you be on my tongue forever…?

WP_20121230_028 And that was Monday gone!! Did you guys have a good start to the week too?

I can’t wait till the weather warms more, I’m really missing those long sunshine walks!!

Have an amazing week! Thanks for visiting 🙂