Le Bab – Soho

Last week I battled down Oxford Street through thundersnow, sleet and puddles to meet up with my lovely uni friend Steph. She is the cutest little thing and it had been over a year since I last saw her, so we were well overdue a catch up.

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I suggested we meet in Kingly Court, one of my favorite little central London spots for a bite to eat and a (soft) drink. We are both doing a half arsed version of Dry January where week day drinking is not acceptable, but weekend drinking totally is.

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Look how lush it is in here! If it wasn’t so bloody cold at the moment, I could have happily wiled away a few hours people watching.

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I had hoped we could nab a table at my favourite place “The Rum Kitchen”, but my assumption that everywhere would be quiet on a snowy Thursday evening, at 6pm proved foolish.

After circling the floors a few times, and being turned away more times than Mary in Bethlehem, Le Bab opened its doors to us and gave us a table that was free after a booking no show.

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We shared the “Le Bab Hummus” to start which was served with a nice culinary twist of warmed naan instead of the usual pitta. I like to think of myself as a bit of a Hummus connoisseur having spent a lot of time in the Middle East growing up and having made my own a lot. I know it’s hard to get hummus wrong, but it’s even harder to get it really right…and this was so good.

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We both opted for the Herdwick Lamb Adana Kebab, which came with curried parsnip puree, parsnip crisps, blistered pickled onions, curry mayo and a portion of chips with cheese fondue on the side. It was a proper winter warming dish, and it is recommended by the staff that you eat with your hands. Steph did a much better job of tidily eating hers that I did.

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The chips were a bit too salty for my taste, and an awful lot of small crispy ends rather than actual chips made fondue dipping a bit of a challenge. We might have been tempted into having dessert, but there was only one on the menu and it didn’t tickle our fancy this time.

But overall, it was a tasty meal. I have to confess I was still a little hungry after I left (I hadn’t had lunch that day which is probably why) but with this in mind I would consider Le Bab more of a lunch date place than a dinner venue.

The company and conversation, as ever, was outstanding! Thanks Steph ❤

Love

Clarke x

 

 

 

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