Part 2 of my foodie discoveries of 2012 round up (part one is here).
Discovery #3: tibits
This is the restaurant that exceeded my expectations this year. When I was invited to try out tibits, a vegetarian only establishment, I was worried that it would be a disappointment. Boy I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’m not a vegetarian, but if all vegetarian food tasted this good I would be a complete convert. tibits* comes from the word titbits or tidbits, but you won’t find bits of potatoes or half hearted veggie dishes here. This place is amazing; it’s buffet style so you can pick and choose until your plate is piled high. Then you head to the paydesk, they weigh your food and you simply pay a set amount per 100g of food on your plate plus any drinks you want. The price is really reasonable, it was just over £10 for the plate I’d piled high, then you do the same again for dessert. Just try everything; it’s not limited to salads. The hot dishes in particular blew my mind. Every mouthful I ate was followed with the words ‘Oh…my…God’. I’ve been back here since and I enjoyed it even more the second time. Even die hard meat lovers will be seduced by tibits. There is a reason that this restaurant is in the Regent Street Food Quarter (just off Regent Street itself); nobody wants to share the secret.
*Enjoyed a complimentary meal and drinks, so good I went back and will definitely be going back again!
Discovery #4: Kimchee
Before Kimchee I’d never eaten Korean food, but I was pleasantly surprised about how much I liked it. Word of warning when you order at Kimchee*, all your dishes arrive at once (as is tradition). It is very much tapas style dining, but with canteen style long tables and an open kitchen, which I think really adds a bit of theatre to your meal. The cocktails were amazing, and great value at around £5. The Kimberry cocktail was just dreamy, if you like raspberries you’ll love this. Kimchee’s signature dish is their Dolsot Bibimbap (delish!), which is a mix of sticky rice, vegetables, red chilli paste, your choice of tofu, chicken, beef or seafood and a raw egg yolk (which cooks due to the heat of the earthenware pot it’s served in). I really like the savoury pancakes, the breaded soft shell Crab Tuigim dipped in plum dressing and the porky belly slices melted in my mouth as I fell into a sticky soy coated haze. Next time I go, I will definitely try the Black Sesame ice cream, that’s the only regret I have not leaving enough room for it last time!
*Enjoyed a complimentary meal and drinks
If you are a vegetarian do you find it hard to find places to eat in London? Anyone like the sound of Kimchee?