Manitoba Tigella

Guess who’s back…back again…Kinna’s back…tell a friend…

Not just your friends! Tell your family, partners, colleagues and enemies! Because I’m back after my short break ready to take London’s culinary scene by storm!

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Manitoba Tigella. Based near Tottenham Court Road, this Italian restaurant is serving up some unique and rather unfamiliar delicacies.

A modern eating space sprawled across two floors, this light restaurant is fresh and inviting – a seemingly great place to catch up with friends. 


And what better way to catch up with friends than with cocktails? Cocktails in happy hour of course! From 4-8pm Manitoba offers 2 for the price of 1 on their cocktail menu. My personal favourite is their pineapple daiquiri which is served in a pineapple glass! How cool?! 

Pineapple Daiquiri

Whilst enjoying all that Manitoba had to offer, I had the pleasure of meeting Head Chef, Marco Mannoni. With a career spanning over 25 years, his passion was formed in a rather anomalistic manner. As the story goes in Sardinia, Marco would often dine out with his girlfriends but whilst at these restaurants he would find himself meticulously examining the dishes thinking what he could add to make them better. Marco would see it as a game and realised that he could conceptually develop these dishes into something much more.

It was this desire which led him to England around 5 years back. However, when Marco arrived it wasn’t all plain sailing. Marco realised that although he was already an executive chef in Italy, the language barrier he faced would mean that he would have to take a step back and redevelop his skills in order to establish himself as a head chef. Marco began cooking at 5-star and Michelin star restaurants, including the Hippodrome Casino and under Marcus Wearing.

Then, in 2016, Marco accepted the position of head chef at a new restaurant which was looking to bring the authentic taste of Italy to London. In line with Marco’s vision – Manitoba Tigella was born! 

But what is Manitoba Tigella you ask? Tigella is a circular shaped bread made from Manitoba flour. Originating from Modena, Marco and his team are the first to bring this delight to London. And I for one am rejoicing at the chance to eat Tigellas!

There are a heap of fillings to choose from and after much deliberation (so tough to pick a few as they all sound delish!) we went for the Prosciutto & Stracchino, Avocado King Prawn and Portobello Mushroom & Gorgonzola. How good do these sound?! 

Tigella and Gnocco Fritto


Whilst I was immediately drawn to the prosciutto and mushroom ones by my obvious love of cheese, I was thrilled to have ordered the king prawn – a perfect palette cleanser due to the crisp freshness.

King Prawn Tigella


All 3 were delectable! The flavours worked so well together and the tigellas themselves were tasty and soft! It was obvious that they were made fresh that morning! 

Prosciutto & Stracchino Tigella

Another gem of a starter has to be the Gnocco Fritto. It came highly recommended by the team and after just one mouthful I could see why. A light fried bread served with 30 months aged Parma ham, the Gnocco actually fondly reminded me of Gujarati staple, Puri. And whilst we don’t eat ham with puri at home, the combination was absolutely moreish.


With the starters whetting my appetite and setting the bar high I eagerly chose our mains and anticipated their arrival.

Presenting La Carbonara and Ravioli. 

The carbonara was pleasant but unfortunately missed that depth of flavour which I’m used to in such a hearty dish. Oozing with cheese, which as you know usually isn’t a problem for me, the lack of bacon running through it made this far too rich. 

La Carbonara


The ravioli, perhaps an unexpected pick by me, seemed like the obvious choice here. Freshly made pasta tossed with spring vegetables perfect for the current climate. However, it just fell short – I needed more vegetables and less tomato. 

Ravioli


Overall, Manitoba Tigella delivers something unique in its Tigella combinations! They’re delicious and something I will definitely come back for again … After all, there are still many flavours to try! 😉

Thank you to Marco and Team for this Italian feast 🙂 

Cattle & Co.

With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it can only mean one thing! Summer is coming!! And nothing says summer like a quintessential BBQ!

In my (humble) opinion, the best BBQ’s contain three things; alcohol, great company and even better food! Whilst the formers are easy to organise, often delicious food takes time and articulate planning to execute.

But there’s no need to despair, as situated in the hotspot of Kings Cross lies Cattle & Co. a restaurant which brings a new meaning to the word barbecue.

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Mestizo

It’s been a little while since I last posted and I will apologise! It has been a hectic couple of weeks! But I’m hoping that the built up anticipation of a new review will prove to be fruitful. Nevertheless, I am here, prepped and ready to put pen to paper (well technically fingers to keyboard 😉) and fill you in on a new firm favourite of mine!

Today I want to talk to you guys about Mexican food! Mexican cuisine is one of my favourites, from soft tortillas to delicately spiced meats to fresh guacamole! I simply cannot get enough. Regardless of this desire, I always felt as if I had to suffer. Finding an authentic Mexican restaurant here in London would be somewhat of a struggle. All I would ever see are conspicuous high street chains which simply lacked originality and pizzazz.

And then I went to Mestizo…

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Dum London

I have a penchant for eating Indian cuisine. In fact, I often find that I have withdrawal symptoms or start to feel sick if I don’t eat it for 3/4 days. Crazy, I know! But I feel that my body is just accustomed to the deliciousness that is Indian food. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that I also love going to Indian restaurants. I mean I wouldn’t want to deprive myself now would I? 😉

Located in the ever-popular Wardour Street, Soho is Dum London a new Indian restaurant, as the name suggests, specialising in biryani. Biryani is a crowd-favourite of India and beyond, notoriously known as a feast of marinated meat (usually lamb or chicken) sandwiched between layers of basmati rice, blended together with vegetables and an array of spices. The cooking pot is sealed with dough and cooked on ‘dum’ (steamed over coals) to really bring out the flavour.

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Roti King – Guest Post

Meeting my friends at the front of the queue was the first blessing on arrival at Roti King, a small basement-Malaysian restaurant in Kings Cross. The queue was long, the restaurant small, the table turnover rate rather slow – I, aka London Munch (@londonmunch), was a lucky one.

The place is small, bright and cosy. It feels familiar – probably ’cause I’ve seen every square inch of it and its food on Instagram. The open kitchen right by the entrance greets you with curried aromas and a roti-making spectacle. It’s bustling inside and there’s an air of fortune amongst the customers, heightened by the sight of the static queue through the window. We were excited…and hungry!

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Pancakes with Lemon Curd Cream Filling and Fresh Raspberries

There’s double excitement with this post today as not only is it the first recipe to feature on Forking Around With Food, it’s also a collaboration!

Introducing… Kina. No your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you – I’m not talking about myself/misspelt my own name, but instead talented baker and dessert whizz Kina Makanji. Kina is an avid baker who turned her passion into her profession by starting up her own company, Sweet Treats By Kina (@sweettreatsbykina) a couple of years ago.

With Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday just around the corner, Kina has created an original recipe for Forking Around With Food which I have made and hope you will too 🙂

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#atch Waffles

One of life’s greatest mysteries is knowing what came first, the chicken or the egg? Now I don’t know about life but in Soho its definitely the egg.

Nestled in Moor Street is #atch Waffles. No this isn’t a typo, the ‘H’ in Hatch has been substituted for a ‘#’, apart from the symbol’s physical resemblance to the letter, it also earmarks the lines of a traditional Belgian waffle. Not to mention a clever marketing strategy for social media.

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#atch serves delicious egg waffles or 鷄蛋仔 (this translates into little eggs from Cantonese) which is a popular street food snack dating back since the 1950s! Traditionally it is served warm and plain in brown paper bags, but at #atch they’ve been elevated to be filled with ice cream and various other treats.

The team behind #atch Waffles, many of whom have roots in Hong Kong, wanted to bring the taste of their home to London. Not only do they love seeing the joy their waffles bring to those who already know of them, they also warmly welcome newcomers and hope to share a little bit Hong Kong with you in the form of a tasty dessert.

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Padella

Helloooo February!! Well it’s over a week into February already, however is it just me or did January seem to drag? I think it’s a combination of festive blues, dry Jan (I don’t do this) and the cold. Walking to the station when it’s -3 degrees is not fun at all! But we cannoli do so much to make January that little bit bearable…perhaps something to pasta time away…and that is lots of amazing food!

A couple of weeks back I visited Padella in London Bridge. What started out as a popular pasta stall at Borough market has now turned into a fully fledged restaurant just next door.

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Back entrance through Borough Market

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Gyoza Bar

Top four answers…we asked a 100 people to name types of Japanese food…

*Buzzer* …Sushi…

And our survey says….

Okay so this is not Family Fortunes however, my point is that when people think of Japanese food their first thought is always sushi. After that it would be ramen or bao buns. Whilst I absolutely adore all of these, another thing which I love to eat at Japanese Restaurants is gyoza!

Usually served as an appetiser or side dish, gyoza are taking centre stage at Gyoza Bar (GB) in Covent Garden!

With a variety of flavours on offer, freshly prepared and cooked on a grill flown in from Japan (how cool?!) they ooze authenticity and led me to order chicken gyoza yakimono, which is flavoured with garlic vinegar and umami soy, they were delightful.

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Chicken gyoza yakimono – Pan fried gyoza, garlic vinegar, umami soy

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Milk Train Cafe

I cone-not contain my excitement as I type out this post!! Firstly, as I’m still pinching myself that I actually started a blog, and secondly because this post is about ice cream! Just talking about ice cream puts a smile on my face! Does this happen to anyone else?!

I love a variety of ice creams as I’m sure many of you do too! But my childhood (who am I kidding, and adulthood) favourite has to be a Mr.Whippy from the ice cream van man! So imagine my excitement when a shop dedicated to soft serve-Mr.Whippy style ice creams opened up!

Milk Train Cafe opened its doors around 6 months ago in Covent Garden, and since then I have been seeing posts about it almost daily on Instagram! So last night, I finally went and let me tell you…it lived up to all its hype.

They have three base flavours of vanilla, matcha and the ‘daily special’, (yesterday’s was salted caramel) and a variety of toppings. From strawberry crunch to sprinkles to Oreo crumbs- the combinations are immense! Continue reading