Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House – Angel

Reviewed on February 21st, 2016 by Dina

Head right to the top of Chapel Market, past all the market traders and just when you think you have come to the end, there is Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House. As it is called a Chocolate House, the expectation was there for it to have a rich sumptuous interior. The inside of this cafe is different to this.

On entering, there were a couple of wooden chairs and tables, a seating area against the back of the shop and a counter displaying the cakes on offer. Unfortunately, even though the cookies and marshmallows were in sealed jars, the cakes, tarts and brownies were all on open display, right by where the customers were queuing to order. There was the quirky chocolate brick wall counter. The music started off low but then got a bit too loud and overpowering.

Onto the hot chocolates, they are made from shavings of chocolate and come as plain or flavoured. Initially, the Orangeytang took my fancy but I was told that they had run out of this one. On recommendation from the friendly staff, the Cinnamon Rose was chosen. It felt like an adventurous choice and I was not sure whether I should have gone for the safe original Madagascar 61% chocolate.

The Cinnamon Rose hot chocolate was divine. It was like a liquid “Turkish Delight”. The rose flavour was delicate, just to my liking and the chocolate was 61% dark chocolate. Instead of soya milk, Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House serves almond milk. The almond milk worked really well with the rose and cinnamon flavours. The hot chocolate was smooth, very moreish and not heavy. There is also the option of having coconut whipped cream.

There are some interesting twists to the hot chocolates on the menu. The Caramelicious has a lime twist; the Raspberry Dream has lavender with the berries; the Quite White has peppercorns with white chocolate. The drinking chocolates are available in boxes to purchase to take home.

Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House was lovely in terms of the hot chocolate but it would be nice if there were cosy sofas and light music to make the atmosphere more relaxing.

Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House, 1 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Bibigo – Angel

Reviewed on August 2nd, 2015 by Dina

Even after reviewing many eateries, it’s exciting to come across a cuisine that has not been tried before. Bibigo was my first experience of Korean food and it was perfect. It felt like a high end restaurant. The interior was clean and spacious with lots of wood decor and intricately carved wood panels. The bar was at the entrance with high stools. The chefs at work in the kitchen could be seen from the dining area.

There were many items on Bibigo’s menu which sounded interesting but the one that was settled for was the Hot Stone Bibimbap. A sizzling hot stone pot contained the colourful vegetables of mushrooms, sliced greens, kimchi and tofu. All of this was on top of a bed of fluffy rice. The spicy Kohot sauce and yellow sauce was given on the side. The Bibimbap tasted delicious. The combination of the seasonal vegetables with the sauces and rice went really well together.

The Kimchi Stew that my friend had was equally satisfying. The spicy stew was made of pork and tofu and came with rice. There seemed to be a slight confusion when more rice was asked for. The staff came and gave an empty bowl. So we weren’t sure if they were coming back to fill it with rice. After a short while, we asked again and this time a bowl that was full of rice was given.

The staff were all very professional and gave us good service. They were able to explain the items on the menu in detail when we asked about the dishes. The hot water and the regular water were given in small glasses. These had to be asked to be refilled throughout the meal. It may have been better to have been provided with a jug of water.

Bibigo is a truly lovely place to come to for healthy Korean food. It is nice that we will be returning to try the other items on the menu in the future.

Bibigo, 407 St John Street, London, EC1 4AB

Rating: ★★★★½

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Bombay Burrito – Angel

Reviewed on August 9th, 2014 by Dina

You know exactly what you are getting when you walk into Bombay Burrito. It is stated on the front door as ” fresh curry in a wrap”!  It actually took me back to my childhood days when we used to do family day trips and picnics in the park. The classic and tasty packed lunch that my parents would bring along for us would be potato curry with a stack of chapattis. These would be transformed into “beerus” which is basically a rolled chapatti filled with the curry!

In Bombay burrito, the counter menu board is divided into steps where you choose the meal, then the curry and finally the fillings and sauces. The great thing about Bombay Burrito is that they have made their curries healthy. They have replaced the heavy ghee and cream with yogurt and minimised their use of oil too.

It had to be the Bombay Burrito and a mild Dhansak curry for me. The filling that was originally chosen was the grilled paneer. But then the temptation for the tandoori chicken was also there. The decision was made easy for me when the staff said that both fillings could be had in the one burrito. So it was a win win situation! All of the hot fillings of chana masala, grilled onions and pilau rice were packed into the burrito. These were then topped off with some raita and mango chutney together with lettuce, salsa and coriander.

The burrito was wrapped tightly in foil and given in a little red basket. There are poppadoms, chips and extra sauces available too. Bombay Burrito also offers tikkatacos which are mini sized burritos, salad bowls and curry bowls. On this occasion, no extras were had as I had the feeling that this one regular Bombay Burrito was going to be filling enough.

The burrito was absolutely delicious. The fresh flavours of the creamy Dhansak curry, sauces and all the other filling delights came together beautifully. Big cubes of grilled paneer, succulent tandoori chicken pieces and the chana masala were wonderful. It definitely was a satisfying “fresh curry in a wrap”!

To drink, the Fentimans Rose Lemonade was chosen. The pretty soft pink colour of this drink took my fancy. Unfortunately the taste was not to my liking. It had a slightly herbal and medicinal taste to it.

Bombay Burrito has red bar stool seating, tables and chairs and additional seating on the lower level. A quirky feature is that the chairs on the lower level are nicknamed after Bollywood actors. It was slightly chilly on the lower level.

The staff were friendly and gave lovely service with a smile. They also recommended which sauces and chutneys would work well in the burrito depending on the curry.

The good news is that Bombay Burrito is open till late on most evenings and has a late closing time on Friday and Saturday nights. This place is a great place to keep in mind if you are feeling peckish on the way home from a night out. Saying that, it is also a fabulous place for healthy delicious Indian burritos for the daytime too!

Bombay Burrito, 357 Goswell Road, Angel, London, EC1V 7JL

Rating: ★★★★☆

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