This is extremely overdue.
Like most students, when the academic year comes to an end, you catch up on much-needed sleep, neglected TV shows, relax and book yourself a holiday. I haven't got huge plans for the summer, this academic year kind of took it out of me since I found it quite difficult adjusting back to education after my gap year. But, Josh and I booked a city break to Berlin for a few days, which I'm really excited about. I've already compiled my list on where to eat – the best part of traveling to a new place.

After exams, I hosted a dinner party for my friends (feeling old as I type that), it was nice to sit around a table, eat good food with good company, especially having not seen each other for a while due to deadlines and exam commitments. It really is the little things. 

Good news – I passed my exams meaning I made it into second year of university. All those late nights at the library, early mornings, mental breakdowns, and copious amounts of coffee were all worth it. Oh, the student life. 

Photography by Josh Theobald

Monday, 11 July 2016 London, UK


SAKURA-YAKI - £19.80 / YAKI-GYOZA - £6.50
MISO SOUP - £3.50 / NATTO - £3

Abeno Too is a place I visit frequently with friends in between classes at university. It's good food at cheap prices - especially their lunch menu. It's a Benihana-styled experience, but with much better food. 

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake which comprises of cabbage, eggs, flour and then optional toppings, which includes pork belly, shrimp, veg, fish, squid, etc. Okonomi means what you like/want, and 'yaki' means to cook. It's then topped with bonito and seafood flakes along with okonomiyaki sauce and kewpie mayo.  

If you're new to the okonomiyaki game, order the sakura-yaki (pictured) since it allows you to sample a selection. Unfortunately, it is part of their seasonal menu so try it soon. If not I'm sure there will be another similar dish. If not, try their lunch menu (12-3pm), it's such a good deal: one okonomiyaki, miso soup, rice or pickles per person, from £13.50. What I love about this place is that their okonomiyaki never fluctuates in quality/deliciousness. Their miso soup was tasty and hearty, a great accompaniment to the okonomiyaki. Gyozas were filled and really good! But their natto was a little lack-lustre, it had no 'punch' or 'kick' as I expected since it is referred to as 'Japanese marmite.' 5/5


Tuesday, 5 July 2016 17-18 Great Newport St, London, WC2H 7JE

Abeno Too Okonomiyaki

© Thuy's Edit . Design by Fearne.