Bala Baya review – the outside terrace with a crowd-pleasing menu
★★★☆☆ / Lebanese/Jordanian/Levantine

Bala Baya review – the outside terrace with a crowd-pleasing menu

A Middle Eastern sharing menu with some charm, here and there. A curious thing happened in medieval Europe following the apocalyptic devastation of the Black Death. With workers fewer in number, those that remained were able to command better wages and working conditions from their titular overlords – an imbalance in the supply-and-demand of the … Continue reading

Alhaji Suya review – Nigerian barbecue for takeaway and next day delivery
★★★★☆ / Nigerian/West African

Alhaji Suya review – Nigerian barbecue for takeaway and next day delivery

Some parts of London are more blessed with takeaway bounty than others, with surprises tucked away in the most unexpected of places. Alhaji Suya serves up Nigerian suya and kilishi, grilled marinaded meats and jerky respectively, from a unit in a North Greenwich industrial park having relocated from Peckham. Continue reading

Nando’s vs Roosters Piri Piri review – cheap and cheeky chicken comparison
★★★☆☆ / Steak/chophouse

Nando’s vs Roosters Piri Piri review – cheap and cheeky chicken comparison

With lockdown, I have fewer respites from the amateurish tedium of my own cooking. It was this, combined with the need to run errands for an ill dining companion, that led me to pucker up for a cheeky Nando’s for the first time in years. At the same time, the existence of a notable competitor in the form of Roosters Piri Piri, a franchised chain with branches in London as well as farther afield, piqued my curiosity. There’s only one thing for it – a takeaway piri piri chicken-and-chips comparison. Continue reading