Roti King – Euston

Reviewed on April 17th, 2015 by Dina

Down a random side street near Euston is the place to get authentic Malaysian and Singaporean street food. Don’t let the look and the size of the eatery put you off in any way. Two signs, one of Roti King and the other of Euston Chinese Takeaway mark the site.

Roti King is nothing fancy and it is all pretty basic. A very small eating area, together with the chef making the rotis at the front by the entrance is pretty much what Roti King is. Queues of diners going out of the door and up the stairs to street level eagerly wait for a table so that they can have some of the roti and curries. The place is so small that tables are shared between diners and there is a quick turnaround with food and customers. Quality is no way compromised though.

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Flaky, buttery, crispy, hot rotis are made by the skilled chef. It is mesmerising to see the Roti King chef at work. You can watch his skills from the covered glass area. Everything happens front of house, from the roti making to the washing of the dishes.

The way the rotis are made are first the chef flattens the dough ball fairly thin. Then through a series of flips and turns, he makes it paper thin. With some additional folds, rotations and more flattening, he makes it a round shape ready for the hot plate. After the roti is cooked, back it goes onto the stainless silver work surface to be scrunched up. And there you have it, the Roti King has worked his magic and the roti is ready to be served with your curry.

Two dishes were chosen for this weeknight meal. One was Roti Telor which was the roti with egg in the middle. This was had with the Dahll Curry. The Dahll Curry was a combination of a dahl with a curry base which gave it a wonderful distinctive moreish flavour. The roti was perfect to dip into the tasty, mild Dahll Curry.

The second dish was the Roti Canai with Curry Fish. Fried pieces of fish in a slightly spicy sauce accompanied the plain rotis. Again a wonderful and delicious dish.

Roti King provides pure comfort food. As the size of the curries are not huge, you don’t feel overly full. A bigger portion of curry could have easily been eaten. There are also some noodle, soup and rice dishes on the menu which looked tempting when other customers had ordered them. If you have a sweet tooth, then sweet rotis are also on the menu. But we did not have room for them, as we were happily full from our dose of the savoury rotis.

If you want to know exactly what Roti Canai is, the menu states:

“Roti canai is a type of Indian- influenced flatbread found in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. It is often sold in Mamak stalls in Malaysia. It is known as roti prata in Southern Malaysia and Singapore, and is similar to the Indian Kerala porotta”.

Roti King is closed on Sundays and also they have a rest time between 3pm and 5pm on the other six days. It is always best to get there early to avoid the queues.

Roti King, 40 Doric Way, Euston, London, NW1 1LH

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Old Tree Bakery – Golders Green

Reviewed on March 29th, 2015 by Dina

Old Tree Bakery is a Taiwanese bakery with displays of its buns and cakes in the shop window. This bakery is a little different in the sense that it prides itself on trying to keep their products low in salt, sugar and fat. All of their food is baked fresh every day on site. Trays of small bags of hand made cookies are also on display.

It was great to see that the baked good items were all covered on the shelves and that it was not self service. After we were seated, we went to the front of the store to choose our delights. One of the staff picked all of our items and packed them for us as we had wanted some for takeaway.

To dine in at Old Tree Bakery, the Chinese mushrooms, bamboo and vegetables in soup was ordered. The big bowl of steaming soup was packed full of the vegetables and garnished with coriander. The soup was very flavoursome with a slightly sweet and sour taste and it was also thicker than I had expected. It was a hearty soup with its gravy like broth.

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As I was not feeling adventurous to try the milky bubble tea, a decaffeinated Americano was had instead. Coffee and cake are a match made in heaven. The coffee bun was soft and had a light texture to it. The coffee paste that intertwined through the bun was just sweet enough.

Old Tree Bakery felt clean and well maintained. The cafe area is of a medium size with some comfy seating by the windows and normal tables by the counter. There are a few tables and chairs outside too. The staff were friendly and gave us good service.

There are so many cakes, buns and savoury dishes that Old Tree Bakery has on offer and it really is hard to decide which ones to choose. It is great that the products are available for takeaway. The Curry Bun that was had as a takeaway was equally delicious as the other food had at the bakery. The bun was fresh, soft and had a slight sweetness to it. The curry filling was potato based and not too spicy.

It was great to have such a wonderful first experience of Taiwanese food and it is all thanks to Old Tree Bakery!

Old Tree Bakery, 105 Golders Green Road, Golders Green, London, NW11 8HR

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Moeders – Amsterdam

Reviewed on March 20th, 2015 by Dina

A whole day was spent out at the world’s second largest flower garden, Keukenhof in Lisse. Even though the tulip fields were not awash with so much colour as the tulips were late blooming, there was still plenty to see at this Garden of Europe.

Gorgeous displays and many varieties of tulips and other flowers painted the conservatories. Our luck was in as we also got to watch the annual flower parade pass by Keukenhof as it travelled its 40km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Float after float of scenes made from fresh flowers together with a marching band brought the streets to life.

After such a beautiful day out, on our return to Amsterdam, we still decided to go to our planned restaurant Moeders. As it was a fair walk from central Amsterdam, we had to have some of the most delicious chips from Manneken Pis to munch on while we walked. Any excuse to have tasty chips from this award winning fries institution. Manneken Pis do chips with various sauces but nothing beats the classic ketchup and mayonnaise.

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Moeders means mothers and this restaurant is dedicated to mums everywhere. There are endless pictures of mums covering all the walls and even the windowsills have framed pictures of diner’s mums. Even though my mum couldn’t be there that evening, an equally special time was had dining here with my dad.

There is something quite quirky and homely about Moeders from the mismatched plates and glasses to the decor. The staff were really friendly and gave us food suggestions. They even made a couple of dishes specially for us. The atmosphere was relaxed and it was all about the comfort food this evening.

Two soups and two hotchpotch dishes were ordered. The soup of the day was mustard and leek. The other soup had to be the traditional Dutch green pea soup. This soup was made more filling as it had bacon and sausage. It even gave the name of the butcher (Loumen) who had made the meats. Both of the soups came in little casserole like dishes with lids and were equally as tasty.

Hotchpotch is a Dutch dish made of mashed potato, vegetables and meat. As we opted for the vegetarian version, the staff made us one with carrot and onion and the other with endive. The portions were fairly big of the creamy potato combined with the vegetables even though they were side dishes. The endive one was slightly bitter.

Soup and mashed potato made for a filling meal but there was room for dessert. Moeders does a dessert trio called the Dutch Delight. These are a mini curd, small pancakes and “speculaas” ice cream. The mini curd was like a yogurt topped with fruit compote. Fluffy pancakes went perfectly with the spiced biscuit ice cream.

Moeders is a wonderful restaurant to go to with delicious home cooked traditional Dutch food. It has a real charm about the place. A few facts about the restaurant are written on the menu.

The “did you know” caption on the Moeders menu states:

“photographs of mothers are still welcome;

all plates, cutlery and glasses are unmatched because people who attended the opening brought them along;

if we know in advance that you come with your mother on her birthday, we have a surprise for her; mother’s day is every year a happening.”

Moeders, Rozengracht 251, 1016 SX, Amsterdam

Rating: ★★★★☆

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