Pinchy’s was previously a pop-up store in Emporium but I never visited because the idea of a $23 Maine lobster roll seemed slightly excessive for a workday lunch, so I was glad to see them set up permanently in the space that used to be Red Silks.
Keema is a South Asian dish with a specificity that exists in very opposition to the generic moniker “curry” – it’s a traditionally Mughal dish which features minced meat cooked with potatoes or peas or both in a heady aromatic concoction of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, curry powder and chilli powder.
Lana Del Napoli, of food blog Dancing Through Sunday fame, knows me too well – she knew I’d have neither the desire nor wherewithal to make gnocchi from scratch, so if you’ve come for that, please go elsewhere!
Kumo Izakaya isn’t known for strictly Japanese food with a menu that has clear Italian, Korean and Turkish influences.
A traditional pad krapow is made with Thai basil but Pinch of This, Pinch of That uses sweet basil here, preferring the peppery clove-like aftertaste compared to the spicy anise-like notes of Thai basil.
Euro Kitchen’s plant-based menu was perfect for the vegan Sand Pirate Penguin, the vegetarian Feminist Film Fatale and the omnivorous me who is forever trying to reduce my meat consumption.
When she first made it for us, I couldn’t help going for seconds and thirds – the roasted pumpkin skin was the highlight for me (I love roasting pumpkins and potatoes with their skin retained), as was the wonderfully tangy yet light dressing she concocted out of olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and seeded mustard.
In this melting pot of a café, the owners are Cypriot, the chef Turkish.
Sinangag (garlic rice) is a Filipino staple and Rameniac has it every morning for breakfast. He says you can pair it with any random meat from sausages and bacon to ham, spam or tuna but for the purposes of this blog, I made a classic Spamsilog with, you guessed it, Spam and a fried egg.
I’d visited tranquil cornerside Carlton café Le Miel Et La Lune for the first time years ago and loved it, promising myself that it’d become a regular stop on my brunch circuit, but then before I knew it four years had passed and I hadn’t been back!