The Third Space gym, Soho

Wanting a healthy lunch for my desk on a day that I was going to spend the whole day stuck in the office, I picked up something on my way in that morning.

The Third Space gym has a cafe where you can pick up a number of different meals (this one is the chicken souvlaki), as well as veggie and protein snacks (including a small pot filled with strips of steak and nothing else, for a quick protein boost!)

The chicken souvlaki was good, the veggies had a nice mix of tastes, especially with the feta and olives. The chicken itself had a really nice spice rub on it, there wasn’t a huge serving of chicken but it tasted really nice… a bit spicy, so the tzaziki sauce provided on the side was a nice touch as well! There are a number of other lunch options, either labelled “lean,” “performance,” “muscle gain,” or “vegan,” which gives you a good choice depending on your mood and needs!


Machi-ya, St James

Another local restaurant that opened up a few months ago, this one touting itself as a Japanese comfort food restaurant. I’d take it!

The place is small and cosy, so you instantly feel at home. I went on my own, as I just wanted to get out of the office and no one was around to join…

I started off with the chicken balls or tsukune, the minced chicken skewers served with a soy/egg yolk mix to dip them in, and a shimichi pepper spice on the side, should I want them to be spicy. They were squidy feeling in my mouth and tasted okay, but to be honest, I think that the best thing about them was the extras, ie, the egg yolk, soy, and spice.


But with this, I ordered one of the specials, the sea bass which was served with a  miso jalapeno sauce, and this was MUCH better. First of all, it was a very generous serving of fish for £9, and the fish was cooked perfectly. The miso jalapeno sauce gave it a nice extra kick, as did some of the grilled lime juice that I squeezed on it, but even on its own, the fish would have been quite nice.


Shared with a market salad (and a sesame dressing), this was a perfect lunch, cosy and good. The specials board had a number of different other specials, including other types of grilled fish and roast pumpkin – you can bet that I’ll be back for those!


Taco Tuesdays!

Sometimes, eating healthfully at home gets boring, so we need to mix it up a bit! That’s where Taco Tuesdays come in… they’re really a general term for fajita, taco, anything mildly similar…

This Tuesday, we bought some big spelt wraps at Whole Foods, as the regular corn tortilla wraps weren’t available. And they were pretty crappy, they fell apart as soon as you bent them slightly (important to have a wrap that can bend without ripping, when you’re wrapping your food!)

But anyway. Dinner turned out very good, regardless!

We went for two proteins, prawns cooked in taco seasoning and bavette in a chili and garlic sauce. After smoking out the kitchen and our lungs, Andre left the beef to sit for five minutes, before delicately slicing it.

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As the weather was still good, we were obviously going to sit outside… but had too many bits and pieces to put them all on the table… so we put the most important, the prawns, beef, guacamole and salsa, on the table, and the rest on a side table.
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What else did we have? Sauteed onions and peppers (what you would typically put in your fajita), some Greek yogurt (sometimes we use this to cool the spicy dishes down… or add Siracha to it for a little creamy spice!), some shredded lettuce, some coriander, and a roast corn/mushroom mix.

Of all the bits and pieces, I’d say that the winners this week were definitely the steak and the corn/mushroom mix.

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Check out my “taco,” it’s not like I even put too much food into the wrap and that’s why it broke apart… psh. But what a delicious dinner!

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Pomona, Notting Hill

A recent local favourite is a restaurant called Pomona in Notting Hill. We’ve been for dinner a few times to this California themed restaurant, which serves a large menu of tacos, salads, and mains. It’s our go-to now when we want to go out for dinner, but want to stay on the healthy side.

But here’s the thing. Pomona has outdoor seating in front of the restaurant, cafe-style, as well as a terrace in the back… both very charming… and every time that we’ve come here, the place has been practically empty, we can’t figure it out! The food is fresh and good (and healthy-ish), and you can sit outside, which is hard to find in London… so why are more people not coming here?

Last night, we came last minute and each had relatively healthy dishes… Andre went for the tuna poke starter (delicious, its slathered with sesame oil and really nice)


and the Cobb salad (which he almost always gets… with added grilled prawns).


I got the soft-shell crab, which was served with a really yummy green sauce… I think with some cumin and coriander in it… and an especially juicy and not over-fried crab. Yum.


And I got the Caesar salad, with grilled prawns added on… nicely coated salad with homemade croutons (check them out, they’re larger than your typical ones and slightly softer… and filled with butter).


Other things we’ve tried here have been the hanger steak – all of their meat comes from the Ginger Pig, one of the best butchers in London, and this steak was no exception. The steak tartare is also very nice, as are the tacos – tiny, you order them in 2’s or 3’s, either the king prawn or my favourites, usually served with some roast corn. And finally… the smaller salads, the lentils with squid, the artichoke and parmesan, or the shaved Brussel sprouts (sadly no longer on the menu) in a nut oil with parmesan… all are delicious.

This place is a hidden gem, get over here and try it out!

Pharma, Mykonos

On our way to Alemagou, one of my favourite places on Mykonos, we saw that they were having a private party and going to kick us out after an hour at the lunch table… so instead decided to try the new restaurant, Pharma, that had opened up on the same road. It claims to be the first farm to table restaurant in Mykonos.

We started with some freshly-baked bread…

Then went for the Greek salad. As all of their vegetables are grown in their garden, they are quite local… the waiter went on and on about the tomatoes, which would be the best I’d ever tasted… and you know what They hardly had ANY taste at all! Pretty surprising…

But, sprinkled with feta and seasoned with peppers, onions, and large, juicy capers, the salad was still very good.

Here’s Andre at the restaurant, he isn’t super impressed by the tomatoes either…

And then, the local “pizza,” which was thick with roasted tomatoes, onions, and herbs… it was pretty good, but I found that the thickness of the dough outweighed the taste of the veggies… they probably needed to put more on!

But both main dishes were slam dunks… at the waiter’s suggestion, we ordered the pork belly souvlaki. I usually am not a huge fan of pork belly, but this one was amazing, with the fatty bits not too overpowering, and the meaty bits perfectly juicy and moist. With the spice rub that they used… this was absolutely delicious.

Their aubergine dip was also quite good, and we used the extra bread from the “pizza” to sop it up.

And finally, the rabbit. Cooked in a tomato sauce, it was also delicious, perfectly tender with an earthy taste to the sauce… yum.

You can see their garden behind the row of tables…

Definitely a place to come back to, as the food was good and the menu (and specials, as we ate mostly from the specials list!) was large.

Hippie Fish, Mykonos

Back to one our favourite low-key places for lunch in Mykonos, and half of the restaurant had been rented out for a party!! Oh well…

But we got a table anyway and went for a light lunch… starting with the Mykonian salad, this version with lettuce, local cured ham, tomatoes, efta, and dried figs. Perfectly sweet with the figs and savoury with the ham…

Then, the sea urchin… Andre thought that it had a slightly weird taste, so I happily gobbled the whole thing up 🙂

And the roast octopus… slightly dried out, but good… sprinkled with thyme, it had a pretty good flavour.

Overall? Good to be back at Hippie Fish!

We went back another night for dinner, and I got my favourite pasta dish, the pappardelle with cream cognac sauce and king crab legs… this is the most decadent dish on the menu, and delicious!

Sol y Mar, Mykonos

Back in Mykonos for a few days, we decided to hit up a few of our favourite beaches and restaurants! Sol y Mar is really one of the best for food… so we went all out with a lunch feast!

We started with some fresh sea urchin….

And the Mykonian salad, which was topped with a huge piece of grilled haloumi and some samphire.

And the roast octopus leg… Andre was annoyed as it was definitely frozen octopus. When we asked the waiter about this, he said that they had always served frozen octopus there.. hm…

I still liked the crunchiness that cooking it on the grill made

Some mussels (yes, this was truly a feast…) served with fennel and feta

And the piece de resistance… the picanho steak that you cook yourself on the hot stone.

This was very fun to do, and you were able to cook the steak exactly as much (or little) as you wanted. They served it with regular salt, lemon salt and mustard that you could add to season the meat – delicious!

Here we are, surrounded by food… but what a meal!