5 Things We Ate This Week – 17/01/21

From the lockdown in March last year to Eat Out to Help Out to lockdown 2.0 to tier 4 to lockdown 3.0, things have been nothing short of crazy over here. We’ve seen some restaurants sadly permanently close, some bravely opening amidst the pandemic, and many turn to creating DIY kits so you can have your favourite dishes at home. 

Exploring new restaurants and finding the best eats hasn’t been the easiest task during all of this so we apologise about the lack of exciting halal food features on the website as we’ve had to say bye-bye to restaurant reviews for the time being. But that doesn’t mean that takeaways and deliveries don’t exist so we’ll be sharing with you some of the great (and not so great) things we’ve been eating every week! 

Please check the halal status of the restaurants below when ordering as the suppliers may have changed since our last visit. 

Honey Butter Toast, Arome Bakery 

After a super popular pop up earlier last year, Arome Bakery opened up their first brick and mortar store in Covent Garden selling their French and Asian inspired pastries like gula melaka coconut buns and apple miso danish pastries. One of my favourites – thanks to Amirah from Bake Street for the heads up – is the honey butter toast and it is exactly what it says it is: a thick slab of caramelised shokupan toasted bread. The outcome is as you expect, incredibly fluffy on the inside with a lovely crisp on the outside. Tip: ask for it to be toasted when you order it. 

Available for delivery via Slerp if you live close by or you can click and collect. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aromebakerylondon/ 

Address: 9 Mercer Street, London, WC2H 9QJ

Roti Canai and Beef Murtabak, Roti King 

Roti King is what one would consider the epitome of comfort food when the weather drops to freezing. Hug-in-a-bowl laksas, hot and fresh rotis, steaming glasses of teh tarik – wow. Unfortunately, eating in is a no-no right now so we got it delivered home and it transported really well. Aside from the roti not being as crisp as I like, it still maintained the lovely buttery interior and the beef murtabak was not soggy in the slightest. 

Available for delivery or collection via UberEats and Deliveroo

Halal Status: All meats served are halal. 

Website: https://www.rotiking.co.uk/ 

HGAT Review

Hot Chick’n Special, Shakeshack 

Shakeshack have launched a limited edition Hot menu for their chicken items right now and as a Shakeshack superfan, I just had to check it out. Expect the regular Chick’n sandwich but this time, the patty is sprinkled with their Shack spice mix and topped with a cherry pepper slaw with pickles. The hot cheese fries were also ordered because it’s not a true Shakeshack meal without the cheese fries, is it? Sadly, the sandwich was a little underwhelming considering I had ordered the extra hot version and it seemed to be not spicy at all. The Chick’n bites were a fun snack though as were the hot fries. 

Available for delivery via Deliveroo or click and collect. 

Halal Status: Chicken is halal. 

Website: https://www.shakeshack.co.uk/

HGAT Review

Wagyu Pizza, Homeslice 

A few months ago, Homeslice got in touch to let us know that the wagyu slices that they were using on their new pizza was halal! Just to be clear, this is a somewhat boujie pizza; white pizza topped with salsa verde, cippolini onions, truffle creme fraiche, and air dried wagyu slices. It’s rich, indulgent, and hits the spot. 

Available via SUPPER, Deliveroo, and UberEats.

Halal Status: Wagyu beef is halal. 

Website: https://www.homeslicepizza.co.uk/menu 

Cantonese Roast Duck, The Rice Guys 

Last month, the Rice Guys came out with a new halal product: the Cantonese roast duck kit which includes a whopping whole duck ready to be roasted and serving sauces too. Of course, we had to get our hands on it and phew, we were blown away at how good the duck was. The skin possessed a lovely crisp whilst the dark meat underneath was tender, juicy, and packed with flavour. If you don’t fancy a whole duck, you can opt for a smaller portion suitable for 1-2 people. 

Available for nationwide delivery. 

Halal Status: The duck is halal. 

Website: https://www.pezu.com/products/raw-dry-aged-cantonese-roast-duck 

Here’s to a great week ahead of us all and stay safe! 


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