We love a weekend city break. We especially love a festive weekend city break. So where to go? We wanted Christmas markets, cake, mulled wine, beautiful architecture and oh yeah did we mention cake? There really was only one contender – Vienna.
We stayed at the sumptuously gorgeous Hotel Sacher in the heart of the city. Besides being one of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Hotel Sacher is also the home of the original sachertorte. Have you ever had a sachertorte? No? Well that’s reason enough to get your tush over to Vienna. A tender crumbed chocolate cake draped in apricot jam and a rich, dark chocolate glaze. It’s a serious haute eat.
There’s a glut of burger joints in The Big Smoke. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, like Starbucks, there seems to be one on every street corner. There are some we love: the dirty burgers at Meatliquor with their squidgy, soft buns and deep fried pickles on the side, the gourmet grown-up treats at Burger & Lobster, and the epically monikered hamburgers at Patty & Bun (the Ari Gold is the winner). There are some we’re less fussed about however they will remain nameless.
So when we heard about Bobo Social we sighed with burger fatigue. Another one? But wait. We sighed too soon.
Michelin star dining in London can be stiffer than a starched white cravat. The layers of complex cutlery, the endless processions of amuse bouche, and the eerily quiet rooms where you can hear a parmesan tuile crack.
Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been blessed to eat in such fine establishments, but we’ve long searched for a restaurant that serves top quality nosh minus the pomp.
Step in Simon Rogan. To quote his lovely website verbatim Simon is “one of the most accomplished and well respected chefs in the UK”. You might remember him from the Great British Menu where he nabbed the dessert crown in season 7, or you might know that he’s famed for foraging. Either way we think he’s a bit of a legend and jumped for joy to get a table at his London outpost Fera.