All Aboard for Fab Takeaway – I’ve been watching with interest, as the preparations for the new Twickers York Street branch of Teddington’s renowned Middle Eastern restaurant Sidra were underway. Of course, due to Covid-19 and lockdown, their timetable had to change, but now it’s open, albeit takeaway and home deliveries only. But that didn’t stop us!
We decided to have a socially distanced supper on our boat last week with some friends – and what better opportunity was there to check out Sidra’s offering? Reader, we certainly weren’t disappointed, in fact, we were blown away by the fabulous food and value for money. We decided to have two large mezze platters so that we could eat one per couple (£8.99 per head), as it would give us a chance to try out a whole raft of their dishes. I phoned to order, and en route to the boat we popped in to collect two enormous wooden platters, all beautifully arranged and carefully wrapped in cling film. A carrier bag with a selection of hot pastries and warm flatbreads accompanied it. I was touched by their trust, as they didn’t know me, and although I offered to pay a deposit on the lovely platters and dishes, they just asked me to drop them back when convenient.
We started with the hot pastries to share around and enjoy with a glass or two of wine as we motored up to Richmond and they were so good. I had a cheese one and an olive one (which was very good but a tad heavy on the pastry v filling ratio for my taste) and everyone enjoyed their different snacks. Apologies – I didn’t have a chance to photograph these before everyone ate them.
Once anchored at our favourite spot in Teddington, we unwrapped the platters and delved in! What a feast!
Everything was delicious, but some dishes stood out for me: the Baba Ghanouj was outstanding, (creamy and smoky) as was the Tubulla, which was a ‘proper’ one i.e. a parsley salad with additions and not a heap of cracked wheat is as so often the case. The roasted Halloumi was excellent too. All the cold mezze dishes range from £3-7, depending on portion size. The pastries range from 50p to £1.50
Sidra also offers wrap meals which also look excellent and I can see us popping in on a regular basis to scoop up a couple of wraps and portions of cold mezze to enjoy on the boat. They also offer salad boxes – again, stonkingly good value at £5 or £6.
At just under £36 for supper for four, it was great value. If you are unable to pop in to collect your food, then you can use a delivery service for a small supplement.
It’s World Chocolate Day on July 7 folks, and as many of you know, I love good quality chocolate. When I’ve helped judge the Chocolate Awards for the Academy of Chocolate (sadly not happening this year for obvious reasons) I’ve generally been unimpressed with the standard of vegan chocolate as it often has a distinct coconut flavour. I do however like Ombar, which is organic, vegan plus all things fair, and the new Salt & Nibs variety is very good indeed. With 64 per cent cacao, it delivers a good, smooth chocolate ‘punch’ with the salt crystals and nibs adding a further point of texture and interest. At around £3 a bar it ain’t cheap, but you don’t need large portions, and it is worth spending a bit more on quality chocolate. Widely available: Waitrose, Ocado, Wholefoods.