Review: Neo Bistro

2018 and I’m back with a bang!

2018 is the year of food and boy am I excited to go to loads of restaurants this year and eats tons of good food. Add A Little: the rebirth here I coooome!

Obviously I can’t help but start 2018 in any other way than a review of a delicious restaurant situated in Bond Street called Neo Bistro. I hadn’t previously heard of this place but was recommended by my friend. The restaurant describes themselves as modern British and rightly so, the food is delicate and full of flavour. No heavy steak and ale pies coming your way, but rather, sea bream ceviche or home cured charcuterie. You can see a European influence amongst the dishes and every one was 10/10.

I went for the tasting menu and every dish was new and innovative.

The first course upon arriving was homemade sourdough, house churned salted butter, fennel cured charcuterie, chorizo and truffle mousse with hazelnuts. Honestly nearly cried because it was so delicious and it always surprises me how a restaurant can make something so simple so incredible.

Next up was sea bream ceviche with creme fraiche, pine nuts, fennel and grapefruit slaw and lovage oil. A beautiful palate cleanser.

The Parmesan gnocchi’s were clouds of cheesiness and the raw oyster mushroom and pickled walnuts added a lovely contrasting texture whilst the pumpkin purée provided a lovely sweetness.

On the menu, I didn’t know what to expect from quail kebab but this was probably my favourite course. Confit leg of quail and grilled breast were cooked to perfection, accompanied by the fresh, lightly dressed leaves and the creamy, decadent chestnut purée.

This dish focused on duck with a few accompaniments. There was a homemade cranberry jam, roasted onion and a bacon wrapped date that was roasted until gooey and sweet.

A palate cleanser of whipped goats yoghurt with orange blossom honey and candied linseeds came next. A lovely light dish.

The dessert was a rich chocolate mousse with malt ice cream. The chocolate was dark and slightly bitter, a perfect way to end the meal.

But of course, they manage to bring out one last dish of a freshly baked pistachio financier. Couldn’t have ended the meal any other way!

I would highly recommend Neo Bistro to anyone. £50 for an incredible tasting menu is a great offer and they cater to allergies and have a vegetarian tasting menu if needed too.

Neo Bistro
11 Woodstock Road, London, W1C 2AE
020 7499 9427

Sugarthief at The Waiting Room


A small and intimate gig really highlighted this emerging bands talent as one of the up and coming bands of the year.


I heard Sugarthief a few months ago and instantly fell in love with their sound, reminding me of the indie rock I used to love as a young teenager – a warm sense of nostalgia and happiness.

So far, they’ve only released four songs, with ‘New Ends’ being my favourite. They’re set to release new music later this year and I’m excited to see what’s to come as I can only see a positive reaction coming out of their journey!

Sugarthief are definitely one to watch in my opinion so check out their music on spotify and soundcloud.



Demon Dayz Festival

Demon Dayz Festival took place in Margate on Saturday 10th June. It was an incredible once in a lifetime experience to immerse myself in everything Gorillaz and watch artists, which had collaborated with them on their newest album ‘Humanz’, all throughout the day.



It was interesting to compare this festival, which around 15,000 people attended, with their much more intimate O2 Brixton Academy gig on Thursday. Personally, I prefered the Brixton concert as I felt much closer to the band and it felt so special to be in a room filled with Gorillaz fans all singing and dancing to their songs. However, in saying that, the festival had a great atmosphere as the sun was shining, people were happy and was contstantly buzzing with people.

Gorillaz at O2 Academy Brixton

What a show. What a night.

Its crazy to think the tickets were released a week before the gig and they completely sold out in the presale.


I was lucky enough to get tickets to attend this and watch Damon Albarn and special guests come up on stage to perform a huge 26 song set list ranging from their newest songs from ‘Humanz’ (including some unreleased songs which I especially loved) and fan favourites, such as Dirty Harry, Feel Good Inc. and Demon Dayz.


The band had so much energy throughout the whole show, performing every song with fervour and spirit.

Will Joseph Cook at Heaven

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From the moment I heard ‘Girls Like Me’, I knew I was in for a winner.

This charming 19 year old mixes upbeat sounds with happy lyrics. After the release of ‘Beach…I Want To Make You Mine’, I was anticipating great things from his ‘Sweet Dreamer’ album. The album mixes a collection of slower songs as well as light hearted songs. His concert was fantastic, with the crowd going wild in the sweaty Heaven venue and cheering along to his well loved songs.

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The Cribs at O2 Kentish Forum

The Cribs played in O2 Forum in Kentish town yesterday night and I think it was the best gig of my life. A bold statement, I’m aware. My 5 year old self would probably be questioning that and asking about how great it was to meet Charlie Simpson from Busted as a young ‘un. But this was wild. Sweaty, loud and messy. Everything that a truly good concert should be.

The moment they came on stage, the energy was wild. As they immediately started singing ‘Our Bovine Public’, the crowd was roaring. Everyone knew the lyrics to every song, with hands up in the air and moshing from every direction. Not a phone in sight, just pure pleasure from the thousands of sweaty people all enjoying a night of music together.

The band played their ‘Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever’ album back to back with a few extra classics at the end, such as ‘Mirror Kisses’ and ‘Fairer Sex’. Every single song had the crowd wanting more and screaming their lungs out – I’m genuinely surprised my voice is still working today.

This was definitely a night to remember forever. It’s a true gem to find a band that still performs with passion and love with a crowd that is still just as excited as they were 10 years ago.

Review: Tibits

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Back at it with the reviews! I love sharing all my favourite spots around London with you all so I hope you enjoy this review.

It’s strange to think I’m only just writing this review as I’ve been going to Tibits for years – their food is always packed with flavour and love how you can pick and choose what you want. (Also, a bonus that Tuesday, everything is plant based!)

I started with a carrot, apple and ginger juice which was sweet and refreshing. They have so many wonderful drinks on offer and always have specials of the day (prickly pear was the special when I went).

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For the main, I obviously had to get a little bit of everything just to taste all the different things they had on offer. The highlight of the meal was definitely the smooth and smokey babaganoush, beetroot mint (delicious with the addition of mint) and the dried green bean salad. To be honest, it didn’t look or sound like the most appetising thing on the menu but the flavour was banging. Green beans tossed with walnuts and a tangy vinaigrette. Definitely something simple that I’ll try to recreate – I’m sure it would be great with a pesto dressing too.

There were plenty of options for everyone, whether you’re gluten free, dairy free or raw. There were so many delicious dishes from fresh Asian slaw and carrot salad to mushroom pie and falafel.

And of course, there’s always room for dessert! I sampled a little bit of everything but the warm sticky pudding was so decadent and delicious. They also had a range of fruit on offer as well as victoria sponge cake, rice pudding and warm berry crumble.
Thinking about all of this is making my mouth water!

Tibits
Address: 12-14 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4DA
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 9am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-12am, Sun: 11:30am-10:30pm
Website: https://www.tibits.ch/en/home.html 

Alex Katz: Quick Light

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A LittleIf you didn’t know already, I adore the Serpentine Gallery. It’s a white cube gallery situated in Kensington Gardens and it’s the perfect place to get a quick culture break.

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

I’d never seen an exhibition of work by Alex Katz previously but I felt like this was the perfect introduction, highlighting some of his striking works.
I was pleasantly surprised with the collection they decided to display which showed his diverse subject matter, my favourite of which was the images of females.

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

I particularly enjoyed how the bright colours of the canvas, especially the orange, stood out against the white walls, making each piece seem iconic.

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

The exhibition also looks at other works which I didn’t know much about before coming to see them.  I enjoy how he uses dark colours, such as black and greys, and uses broad brushstrokes to create a dynamic and smoothly rendered image.

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

And if you’re going to see the exhibition, make sure to pop by this years Serpentine Pavilion. Its a wonderful sight of cubes placed into a pyramid composition.

 

Alex Katz: Quick Light | Add A Little

Alex Katz: Quick Light at the Serpentine Gallery
Exhbition runs from 2nd July, 2016 – 11th September, 2016
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am- 6pm
Free admission

Review: 26 Grains

Review: 26 Grains | Add A LittleI love porridge. Like seriously adore it. It’s pretty much a hug in a bowl and with so many different toppings to choose, the combinations are endless!

I heard about 26 Grains when it first opened and was intrigued by the concept of a café solely dedicated to porridge: it sounded amazing.
They are nestled in the wonderful Neal’s Yard and offer a selection of sweet and savoury porridges (as well as a few other dishes). The menu is the perfect size, offering plethora of choices.

We started off with the matcha almond milk lattes which were  so delicious. I’ve recently been getting into matcha lattes since I’m not the biggest fan of coffee and they are delicious, especially when made with almond milk that gives them a natural sweetness to offset the ‘green’ taste of the matcha!

Then we were onto the good stuff!

Review: 26 Grains | Add A Little

We settled for a savoury porridge bowl with kale, avocado, egg and sriracha. I had a bit of the creamy oats that were perfectly seasoned. Although the bowl itself may not seem too filling, looks can be deceiving! It was the perfect comforting bowl and savoury porridge is something that I’ve loved for a while. For those you haven’t tried it, it’s like a Japanese rice porridge or congee.

Review: 26 Grains | Add A Little

My dish filled with rainbows and textures. Amazing is an understatement. It was like an explosion in your mouth, in the best possible way.
The bowl was filled with quinoa, turmeric roasted cauliflower, samphire, pickles and the best beetroot hummus ever. I’m drooling just thinking about it now! I mean, the bowl really says it all.
I would highly recommend this bowl, I would travel there again just to get my hands on it.

I can’t believe I hadn’t gone to 26 grains earlier because although the concept sounds simple, it’s far from it! I can’t wait to go back and try the waffles and the buckwheat wrap *heart eye emoji*
Here’s the full menu for those of you that are interested!

Review: 26 Grains | Add A Little

26 Grains
Website: www.26grains.com
Address: 2 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8am-6pm, Friday: 8am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am-4pm