On Friday night, we went to Black Axe Mangal. This is a funny place; it’s a bit smaller than my living room, doesn’t take bookings, specialises in offal and plays heavy metal quite loudly. I know it sounds ghastly but actually it was super. We had lamb offal flatbread, pigs ear, smoked cod roe, mission Chinese salad boat (basically a load of meat on a lettuce leaf) and sizzling kidneys (so utterly delicious). Their menu is really short and really good. Don’t take a vegetarian there.
The other day, my husband and I went for lunch at a place called Fig Tree in Highbury. It is a nice, little place, not fancy but the food was fresh and tasty.
My husband had lentil soup (which came with bread and salad) and I had a prawn and avocado baguette.
They have a nice garden, although as it is right on St Paul’s Road, you can still really hear the traffic (which doesn’t bother me).
I have the Eggs vs. Avocado which was much nicer than I thought it would be.
On the way home, we passed the Shell petrol station, which had a bunch of dudes wearing hi vis vests on. On having a closer look, it was because a naked guy was having his photo taken next to some petrol pumps.
I have no idea why this was, or why anyone would want to make buying petrol look sexy. Perhaps this was a challenge on The Apprentice.
This morning, we went to Full of Beans to meet my friend L for a coffee. This is a GREAT place to go to with kids – they have a little soft play area and loads of toys. Just the thing. L had originally suggested Ottolenghi which, as you know, I love – but not with the kids getting down and running around, winding up all the other diners. Whenever I’m in there, I see small children actually sitting down and behaving themselves. I have no idea how their parents do it. Anyway, if you have youngish kids, I totally recommend Full of Beans. Just don’t go there if you don’t have children.
We had a Most Enjoyable chat with L about her job and schools (our oldest kids are both due to start primary school next September).
My kids love their scooters but have to wear their helmets whenever they do (I know three kids who’ve knocked out a front tooth falling off their scooters). My daughter’s helmet came from Cycle Surgery, who had loads of toddler helmets but my son is at an in-between stage where he’s just about to outgrow the toddler helmet but isn’t really big enough for the next stage. In the end, we bought him this one.
While in Highbury Fields, we popped into the Oasis cafe. This is a brilliant outdoors place to take the kids as it has loads of little cars for them to ride and is fenced and gated so they can’t escape. Soon, it’ll be a bit chilly but now it’s still worth getting some time outside.
We had lunch in La Divina, which has a nice kids’ menu and a lot of Italian film memorabilia. We always seem to sit next to a family whose kids sit nicely at the table
and don’t wander round the restaurant. However, the staff are nice to the kids and pretty quick to serve you so things were kept under control.