The Meatball and Salted Cod’s Mini-guide to London’s Food Markets

In preparation for the weekend and hopefully some sunny weather, we’ve decided to give you a mini-guide of some of our favourite markets in London. In procrastination-overdrive we even made a map with details on where they can be found.

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Swedish cinnamon rolls (Kanelbullar)

Swedish cinnamon rolls are lots of work and worth every little bit of it. Cardamom in the dough makes the entire bun aromatic, and since it is made with fresh yeast and milk, and left to rise for over an hour, it is incredibly tender and puffy yet not as heavy and buttery as its Danish cousins. The filling of cinnamon and vanilla gives them an almost gooey centre, and the topping of brittle pearl sugar a contrasting texture. And once you get the hang of it, they aren’t that difficult to make. There is probably nothing in the world that makes your kitchen smell as heavenly as these little cardamom and cinnamon bundles. Promise. Read the rest of this entry »


Review – The Delaunay Counter

(photo from the Delaunay website)

Since we are students we have not amassed the funds necessary to review the newly opened Delaunay restaurant yet (a relative to the widely respected fancy eatery The Wolseley), but its separate counter is a student-friendly, surprisingly cheap slice of central European café decadence. The Delaunay serves German/central European/Austrian food with a hint of New York, and since Meatball and Salted Cod are convinced that German food is underestimated this is most likely our new hangout around LSE.

Their sachertorte at £4.50 is according to Timeout the best sachertorte in London, and after a try we can confirm that it is perfectly soft and velvety, not too sweet, with an apple streak in the middle for perfect tangyness. Chocolate bliss for us who are a little dazed by the current trend of incredibly sweet and large American bakery. In fact, it might be best chocolate cake ever eaten by a meatball.

Their apple and poppyseed cake at £3 goes along the same trend of tasty while not too heavily reliant on sugar, and it is also amazing. It incorporates good and generous use of poppyseed, and the apple sauce really tasted of apple and not of artificial flavouring.

Their noisette at £1.90  and Melange £2.10 feel like the best coffees around Holborn, and as you can see from the photo, they are very beautiful too. Very mild, without even a bitter or sour tone.

The picture at the top of this entry is their salt beef pretzel. Whilst £6.50 is not exactly a student price for something the size of a sandwich, it comes with a side of creamy potato salad and is made up delicate, juicy beef, mustard (although not enough according to Mr Meatball) and gherkin. A nice lunch if you are treating yourself.

They have a cheaper lunch option in their hotdog which is £4. It comes with sauerkraut which is salty, sweet and tangy, and not too sour. Whilst I added more mustard to that as well, it tasted just like my childhood Swedish hotdogs (that might of course be an insult, but for me its a good thing).

The only minus for this place (and unfortunately it is a rather big one), is the service. Two of the three times we’ve visited it has bordered on rude, and it is not made better by the confusing counter system of large trays that you carry to your own table, only for it to be picked up by one of the waiters in the middle of you eating your food. It is rather disruptive of the otherwise lovely Delaunay experience. 7 meatballs out of 10 (with good service this would definitely be an 8.5/10).

Window view from the Delaunay. Salted cod in the foreground.

The Delaunay  Counter, 55 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BB

http://www.thedelaunay.com/counter


4th floor café – review

Me and Miss salted cod are today reviewing one of the uni hangouts, the 4th floor café in the old building. A favourite among many because of its comfy chairs, old photos of 1920s LSE students and deli sandwich bar, it is arguably one of the best places for lunch on campus. But don’t get carried away – that is in comparison with other uni outlets, which, in all honesty, hardly send us through the roof.

Their americano is decent and studently priced at 1.20 (admittedly 70p more than the canteen coffee, but I still feel a bit nauseous after having one of those yesterday) and the deli sandwich bar has a nice chicken tikka filling which, whilst on the pricier side, is nicer than anything we’ve so far tasted in the canteen opposite of the café. Remember to go for the speciality bread because the normal is disappointingly small.

The queue system is painstakingly slow as no one really knows how the ordering at the deli bar works, so avoid going here ten minutes after the end of any lunch time lecture. Their cakes always look inviting but beware: the lemon drizzle is nice and zesty but the coffee and walnut – for all it’s glorious frosting – it’s not very walnutty and too sweet. Massive minus for the fact that they chanrge you 20p for a glass of water. 4.5 meatballs out of 10.


Menoo – Review

(Photo via Yelp)

As the West London member of the meat ball & cod fish duo, my first review is on Menoo, a delicatessen shop/café near High Street Kensignton, where you can buy and sample Mediterranean foods.

They have a choice of salads, sandwiches, pastry based savoury dishes, and some roasted meats (on the day we were there). They also seemed to have a fairly wide choice of sweet pastries and cakes. To order you choose your food from the counter and the waiter brings it to your table (heating it up if necessary).

Both J and me had a slice of spanakopita, a greek spinach ‘pie’ made with fillo pastry, feta cheese and spinach. I also had a side of cold collared greens. The only other time I have had this Greek speciality was when a friend made it and these were fairly similar. The only flaw I would point out was the slight dryness of the pastry. Apart from this, there was good ratio of delicious cheese/spinach/pastry. My side of collared greens was great too – sour, seasoned with an unidentifiable fresh herb.

The service was very friendly and the waiter automatically brought tap water to the table, which I find to (unfortunately) be very rare in London.

We paid just under £10 for the two slices of spanakopita and the side of greens, which left us feeling very satisfied.

All in all a great place for a quick bite when in the area: nice fresh food, very friendly staff and good value for money (especially for the overpriced area!).

Rating: 7.5/10.

Address: 25 Kensington Church St., W8 4LL (020 7937 2867).



Hej! Olá!

(Swedish meatball on the left, Portuguese salted cod on the right)

We are two students in London, confessed food snobs with no money. We eat loads of food, we are always thinking about food, and we are always talking about food. So now we decided we had to write about food: eating out, eating in, making food boxes, going to restaurants we cannot afford, and eating loads of cheese. And maybe some Belgian beer.

(ps. if you want to contact us we can be reached at meatballandsaltedcod (at) gmail.com)