Busaba – March 2019

I haven’t been to be to Busaba in a good long while and having seen they have added some dishes using Oumph! meat alternative (which my Husband loves) we thought we’d pay them a visit.

We visited the Westfield Stratford branch on Sunday afternoon, as it was between traditional meal times is wasn’t packed but service was still slow.

We were looking forward to the Weeping Tiger Jay but unfortunately they were all out.

Instead we chose the sriracha ho fun, aubergine curry with Chinese broccoli and Thai soyamari (using Oumph!) on the side.

My aubergine curry was a yellow curry base with chargrilled aubergine and other vegetables. I loved the smokey flavour of the aubergines and this dish wasn’t too spicy which I sometimes struggle with when eating Thai dishes.

I tried a bit of my Husband’s ho fun but this was way too spicy for me although he enjoyed it.

The soyamari was crispy and tasty but I didn’t think it really resembled calamari although my Husband said he thought it would if the pieces were sliced more thinly.

My side of broccoli came with mushrooms and garlic and was very tasty although I seemed to just had stalks and not any floretty bits of the broccoli.

Overall the food was really tasty but definitely on the pricey side. These dishes plus two soft drinks and 12.5% tip (automatically included) came to over £50 which is a bit much for quick dinner on the go.

So although we do want to head back to try the Weeping Tiger Jay we will ring ahead to make sure they have it in stock!

Have you been to Busaba? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Busaba – March 2019

Gentle Gourmet, Paris – Feb 2019

I decided to book a meal at Gentle Gourmet for our first night of our weekend in Paris on the recommendation of my insta friend nutri_wife.

Gentle Gourmet do a set dinner menu on Friday evenings and brunch at the weekend. The theme for this week’s menu was North-East Thailand.

Our amuse-bouche was a bamboo green curry. The sauce was quite thin and soup like. The broth was really flavourful but the bamboo didn’t really add much. I think this would have been better with a mix of vegetables.

The second course was a spicy papaya salad. Again I thought the papaya was lacking flavour, although it was very hot with chilli which I struggle with. My Husband also was not a fan of this dish and left half of his.

Our main was a grilled rice galette topped with grilled vegetables and breaded tempeh wedges. I loved the smokey taste of the grilled vegetables and the crispy tempeh was very filling but thought this dish could have done with a sauce.

I really enjoyed our dessert which contained a rice finger, like a baked breaded rice pudding with sesame seed oil ice cream and mango. Unfortunately my Husband wasn’t so keen but this just meant I got to eat the rest of his!

Overall I found this dinner a little disappointing which is a shame at €45 each, there was something a little off with each dish and nothing both of us absolutely loved. Maybe it was just this theme and other weeks we may have enjoyed the food more.

Have you visited Gentle Gourmet? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Gentle Gourmet, Paris – Feb 2019