Burger and Beyond – Double Cheeseburger


A good popup is defined by both the place where it sets up at as to the quality of its food. Such is the case most of the times.

But in the burger world, things are a bit different. For a burger popup is defined by the taste of its patty, ingredients and buns. So even if Camden’s Daughter in Kentish Town isn’t a fantastic pub per se (average beer selection if you ask me), a trip to it is a must solely by the true delight that are Burger and Beyond‘s cheeseburgers.

A simple menu leaves little choice but to go do double, and double is indeed the flavour punch this nasty hamburger packs. Whilst you can get Burger and Beyond burgers’ at other locations, at the brink of Kentish Town it seems to thrive, right by all the hipster coffee bars and expensive surroundings.

Delicious cheese, soft buns and two glorious, jucylicious meat patties make this the best burger I’ve had all year. Considering we are only in May, I say to the other burgers around town: bring it on.

Slimy? Sweet cheezus, this is a filthy burger

Satisfying? It goes well beyond satisfying


Burger and Beyond

Shoe Shop – Shallots and Mushrooms Crumble


“Mom, I want dessert NOW”, cried the 14 year old me (I matured very late). “You can’t have dessert till you finish your main”, answered my very caring mother. “But mooooooommmmm…” I yelled back, and so and so forth. Of course, Mom won. Main first. Ice cream sundae next.

But Mom and my younger self would both had won had we visited Shoe Shop all those years ago (it didn’t exist, but bear with me). What I had there the other day could easily be described as both a main and a dessert. They’ve taken shallots and mushrooms, and put them inside a crumble, topped with slightly weird horseradish cream. Crazy right?

2015-12-02 Shoe Shop - Shallots and Mushrooms Crumble

Crazy delicious, of course. So delicious, in fact, that I can’t believe it’s not even in the usual menu (Shoe Shop owners: please add it to the menu). Such an unusual combination, leading to such unusual but exciting results, could only be described as daring. And crazy. Crazy good. Have I mentioned how good this was?

After creamocalypse. Shoe Shop Shallots and Mushroom Crumble

After creamocalypse

Add some very reasonable prices, and the fact that they do not sell shoes at all (seriously, what’s WORSE than shoe shopping?) and you get this Tufnell Park gem of a restaurant.


Slimy? This seriously looks like a dessert, yet tastes nothing like it. It’s a dish pulling a trick on your mind…

Satisfying? By some black magic of sorts, this works perfectly, cream on top and all


Shoe Shop
122A Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HL

The Queen of Sheba – Sheba’s Special Meat Selection


I’m not good at geography. Having lived in different continents has probably left me even more confused. So when some friends decided that Ethiopian food was the selected meal after a very long day, I was expecting anything, from pizza to maggot soup.

After a walk through the Hampstead Heath, we ended up at The Queen of Sheba. Which sounds like the name of a pub. But it isn’t. Trust me on this one. It’s an Ethiopian place in Kentish Town. Whenever I look at a menu, I tend to look for the biggest, slimiest dish available, and in this case it was Sheba’s Special Meat Selection.

Why so gross you might ask? Because not only is it a selection of weird (but delicious) sauces and toppings, but you’re also meant to eat everything with your hands. You get some flimsy pita style breads (though they are certainly not pitas) and you just pick and grab. I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no clue what each part of the dish was. Heck, I’m not even sure if it had meat, or which kind of meat for that matter.

It's bigger than it looks. And there were two on the table... The Queen of Sheba - Sheba's Special Meat Selection London Food

It’s bigger than it looks. And there were two plates on the table…

All I know is it was fantastic. Sublime. Exquisite. Worthy of both the Queen of Sheba and Her Majesty the Queen of England. I have to imagine a royal cooking faceoff, between royals from Ethiopia and Britain, where the Brits would show up with fish and chips, and the Ethiopian royalty would offer these strange mix of ingredients. Ehtiopia would certainly win, unless it was at 4am. Nothing beats fish and chips at 4am.

Slimy? Next time I go, I’ll bring some hand sanitizer. That’s how slimy this was.

Satisfying? Next morning, I booked a one way flight to Ethiopia. So yeah.


The Queen of Sheba
12 Fortess Road, NW5 2EU, London