If it wasn’t obvious already, my family really love burgers. We also really love takeaway. So, we decided to try out a burger place doing delivery only and give our opinions on it. We ordered from a place called Prairie Fire, which was more expensive than we were used to but we decided to give it a whirl anyway.
Overall, while the takeaway was pretty decent, I don’t think we’d buy Prairie Fire again, because we can’t really justify the price for the quality and amount of food we got. If I was in the area though, and there was a dine in option, I wouldn’t be against getting a cheeseburger, but It’s not something I’d go out of my way for.
I love Ghanaian food. My Ghanaian genes allow me to gleefully take part in diaspora wars, namely Nigerian vs Ghanaian jollof and afrobeats vs dancehall. Though, this is where I admit I prefer dancehall and I say plantain the Caribbean way.
Anyway, I’ve been a fan of this specific Ghanaian restaurant called Asafo, ever since my favourite restaurant Elmina got closed down. They’re both in the south London area; Asafo being in Brixton and Elmina used to be in Norwood.
Ever since Elmina closed down, finding a restaurant that made rice as good as my family was very hard. I still haven’t. But after countless tries, Asafo is a good second place.
And finally, after 3 years, I could have it again. Sure, I could have just gone and bought some in the 3 years but for reasons, I decided against it. The excitement that came from seeing the tupperware was almost too much.
I had ordered jollof, chofi, fried plantains and of course, shito. Everything came packed individually, meaning the portion sizes were large. The jollof was just as I remembered it, spicy and delicious. The chofi was a mix of crunchy and soft, and the shito was the perfect amount of peppery. In conclusion, it was worth the wait. At first, I was nervous that I had over exaggerated how good the food was in my head, but I’m relieved that this wasn’t the case. In fact, the food managed to stand against my idealistic imagination, and that is the most important.
Of course, it can’t beat homemade family food but what can?
So as I write this, I’m staring at my phone looking at the badly taken photos on Indian takeaway I ordered. I don’t actually eat that much Indian food, but my sister suggested I try something different to review. We looked up the best rated places in the area, Lahori Tikka Masala.
I didn’t bother taking out my camera and doing a photoshoot, because I was insanely hungry. But I was excited to talk about the food and review so here we go.
We ordered two types of of vegetable samosa; normal and Punjabi (which was considerably bigger and was seasoned differently.)
Both me and my sister preferred the normal style; the seasoning on that was top notch and the potato was cooked really well. We ordered two types of lamb, vindaloo and grilled chops. Both of them were seasoned amazingly too, and the spice level of vindaloo was perfect. (I love spicy food so I was happy they didn’t skimp out on the pepper.)
Finally, we ordered two types of roti. One plain, and one aloo paratha. Honestly, when I ripped into the tinfoil, I was surprised to see brown flour was used. Not for some weird culinary reason, but simply because I hadn’t tried wholegrain roti.
It was actually really good, albeit a little chewy. Again, the potato seasoning was top notch (I’m noticing a pattern here, are you?) and the balance of potato to other vegetables was really good.
All in all, it was a great meal and it was worth the money.
On my daily route, I pass a lot of varied eateries serving food from all around the world. Most of them are chains, but there are a few privately owned ones which I intend on visiting. One of the larger restaurants is Turtle Bay, Caribbean bar and restaurant with branches around the UK.
I had the curry goat hash (chopped up meat/potatoes/veg served in a bowl). It was served with two runny eggs and lots of onion around the outside. Curry goat is one of my favourite meals, so I was excited about how they’d put their spin on the dish. Naturally, I ordered the meal with roti, while my friend opted for fried chicken and chips.
I loved the runny egg yolks with the crispy potato and the goat meat was super tender. I’m trying to persuade my friend to go back again because I really miss the roti but she won’t budge because she’s “saving her money” or whatever.