Melbourne coffee in London, grilled duck + buttermilk fried chicken.

Straight out to the Clerkenwell Workshop Coffee Co. location this morning, we head in, sat down, ordered our lattes and looked around at the much-bigger-than-their-other-location space. The back of the cafe is the roasters, out in the open and viewable by customers. With the beans churning around against a wall of ferns, and the rest of the cafe decked out in rich wood, iron and white tiles, I can see this as a frequent hang-out place in my future. Nooschi. explains how Melbourne coffee is an art form here, and talks about Workshop’s dedication to the art.

Workshop Coffee on Urbanspoon

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We all agreed that Workshop was the closest thing to one of Melbourne’s famous coffee haunts, and then Husni informed us that Melbourne’s famed St Ali was behind Workshop Coffee. Mystery solved.

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Wandered around the neighbourhood, sat in the sun in one of London’s many urban parks.

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A quick pitstop into Busaba Eathai for some perfectly grilled, tender duck breast with chinese broccoli and tamarind sauce, jungle chicken curry and bamboo pots filled with coconut rice.

Busaba Eathai on Urbanspoon

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Next Eric and I head out to visit Camden, the home of the alternative music scene.

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We checked out the Camden Lock markets and the awesome food stalls that lined the lock. Half-motorbike seats faced the water for diners to eat at.

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Next up to meet Husni, Hadiah, Kate and Fraser (our fellow Melbournians) for an American-style dinner at Jackson + Rye. Many of us gravitated towards the buttermilk fried chicken and chipotle slaw – but we filled the table with corn grits, blueberry cobbler, fries, chicken sandwiches, kale with truffle…. It was a little pricey for what it was, and having just come from the deep South of the USA I was honestly a little disappointed with the food, but the vibe was fun and the cocktails tasty.

Jackson & Rye on Urbanspoon

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