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Bar Fox: Kyms is cooking up some seriously tasty Cantonese meats in the heart of the City

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)
Where to eat in London this week?
Kyms
Venturing into the Ci..

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)

Where to eat in London this week?

Kyms

Venturing into the City on a Saturday definitely has its drawbacks. Eerily quiet streets, teams of seemingly lost tourists on the look out for St Pauls… As far as food options go, it seems like a culinary wasteland too – closed branches of office worker-friendly sandwich chains.

But then you find the ultra-modern new foodie hub, Bloomsbury Arcade, now home to Andrew Wongs new launch, Kyms.

Kyms is the second site from this highly acclaimed Chinese chef, opened since winning a Michelin star earlier this year for A.Wong in Victoria.

Sip on a yuzu Negroni to start (Picture: Kyms)

Beautifully designed, Kyms is a sumptuous two-floor restaurant complete with a pink cherry blossom tree overlooking the copper bar, velvet sofas, stylish wooden seating and Insta-friendly marble tables.

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We ordered a giant pebble-like rice cracker and crispy seaweed while perusing the menu, which is divided into small plates, classics and sharing dishes.

We chose the silken tofu, Sichuanese spiced aubergine, tiger prawn skewers, pork skewers and French bean fritters to start.

The prawns arrived coated in a rice crispy-like, bubbled batter which crackled when dipped into the sweet chilli sauce, fun and satisfyingly crunchy with tender prawns beneath.

Tofu was the weakest link, pretty much just a vehicle for the rich umami sauce accompaniment. The aubergine was delicious but near impossible to eat with just chopsticks (no cutlery was supplied) sliver by sliver.

Frittering green beans is a revelation, a definite must order to start, and the pork skewers were a sticky, charred baton of mouth-watering joy.

French Bean Fritters (Picture: Kyms)

Its worth mentioning the drinks at this point, the short but enticing cocktail list of classics with a twist included the ubiquitous lychee martini (no Asian restaurant seems to miss off this crowd pleaser), sichuan sours, plum bellinis and the Kyms spritz – sake, Riesling vermouth, lemongrass, Prosecco and pomegranate (£9). It being Saturday lunchtime, we wanted to have a glass of wine but not a whole bottle and spotted the Assyrtiko Lyarakis from Crete, served in a carafe (£26). The wine, which according to our charming and laid-back waiter was the number one selling wine on the list, was a sensation. In hindsight, we probably should have ordered a bottle!

Bao Bao – asian style Shakshuka and utterly delicious (Picture: BarFox)

Mains arrived in the form of the pork and shrimp Bao Bao in a sizzling skillet (£12), the Three Treasures meat trio (£20) and Gai Lan on the side (£8), a pleasant stack of Chinese broccoli heaped with goji berries and soy. The Bao Bao needed a swirl with a chopstick to break the eggs and was an incredibly satisfying dish, like a Chinese Shakshuka with dumplings…essentially ticking all the boxes for a weekend lunch, having had one too many Margaritas the night before. The much talked about Three Treasures was delicious but could have been more generous with the Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken and Iberico Pork Char Sui slices, each arriving with their individual sauces, which quickly became one after a couple of dips. A side of steamed rice was needed to soak up all the juices from the Bao Bao. We had to bat off the keen waiter several times to ensure every last drop was devoured.

The Three Treasures: Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken & Iberico Pork Char Sui (Picture BarFox)

Pudding was vetoed but looked good – Hong Kong pineapple bun (£6) and Sichuan pepper and star anis-soaked poached blackberries with sorbet (£5).

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On the coffees we learnt of the new Sunday Roast offer, £25 per person for a set feast that can be upped for an extra £15 per person for free flowing beer, wine or bellinis. There are many worse ways to spend a Sunday in the City!

Kyms is great for a mid-week date, family celebration or stylish Sunday roast with minimal plans afterwards if the free-flowing libations are chosen.

Blossoming interiors (Picture: Kyms)

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Greggs vegan sausage rolls are selling on Ebay for nine times the price

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Youve probably heard Greggs have released a vegan sausage roll.

But with reports of..

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Youve probably heard Greggs have released a vegan sausage roll.

But with reports of stores selling out, you might not have been able to get your hands on one.

Well now it seems you can pick them up on Ebay.

Some savvy sellers have listed one of Januarys must-have items.

At the time of writing, there were two vegan sausage rolls listed.

One is currently on £7 with 15 bids, from someone called Dave.

Dave says: I had one myself and it was a delight.

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And dont worry about it not being fresh, its collection only – and hes not accepting returns.

He says it comes in a cool Greggs paper bag and not a box.

The other listing is currently at £9.50 and has three bids.

And this one can be posted as the seller says they are a Greggs employee and theyll post it first class on the day it is made.

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What is carb cycling and should you be doing it?

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If you like food, the idea of a no-carb diet is probably your idea of hell.

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If you like food, the idea of a no-carb diet is probably your idea of hell.

Pasta, pizza, bread… pasta. All off-limits. We cant compute.

Aside from our personal cravings, theres plenty of evidence to suggest that cutting out carbs completely isnt actually effective for weight-loss – particularly in the long-term.

And official NHS advice states that wholegrain carbs are a really important part of a balanced diet.

But carb cycling – a diet that staggers the amount of carbs you eat – could be a viable alternative.

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Carb cycling is when you vary your carb intake on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

What that means is that on some days you eat more of them and some days you eat less.

You can do it based on your activity – so, say you go the gym three times in a week, on those three days you would eat carbs normally. On the other four days of that week you would eat a low-carb diet.

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The idea is that you get the benefits of a low-carb diet without the fatigue and possible muscle-loss – so in theory it is more sustainable.

If you dont judge it by activity, another simple way to do it is to eat low-carb for three days followed by two higher-carb days. And you can choose to continue at the weekend or not.

But is it healthy? Will it actually help you lose weight? And, most importantly, is it safe?

Nutritionist Charlotte De Curtis, think there are certainly benefits.

There can be a number of benefits to carb cycling when done correctly, Charlotte tells Metro.co.uk.

When it comes to fat-loss, many of my clients enjoy the flexibility that carb cycling brings when used in line with a calorie deficit, often improving diet adherence and long term success.

There is research to suggest that cycling carbs around your workouts can also be beneficial for gaining muscle, improving physical performance, along with aiding recovery.

Other research suggests that high-carb re-feeds, after a state of lower carbohydrate intake, may have a positive effect on hormones during a diet, particularly the thyroid hormones and leptin, which is one of the hormones responsible for balancing hunger.

As with any diet, theres plenty to consider before getting started, but Charlotte doesnt think theres anything particularly worrying about carb cycling if its done properly.

Although there are no “dangers” as such, cycling your carbs in this way can often be complex in nature for beginners, leading to confusion and
lack of adherence, she explains.

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Something else to be aware of is that you may gain water weight on your high-carb days and, cutting down too low on carbs, on your non training days may feel too restrictive and increase your cravings for sweet foods.

We have all been there. Trying to be healthy and ending up raiding the vending machine at 3pm.

So how can you make carb cycling work for you? Charlotte has some pointers.

Carb cycling can absolutely be implemented into a balanced and healthy approach for both fat loss, performance and general health.

Depending on the goal, by ensuring that you are eating enough calories to cover the energy that youre expending, from one day to the next and that your carbs are coming from sources that are dense in nutrients – think veggies and starchy carbs – this will illicit the maximum benefit.

So its all about balance – making sure youre offsetting your exercise and activity with enough food to keep you energised.

If youre tempted by a low-carb diet but cant quite say goodbye to your breakfast bagel habit, then this could be the perfect diet for you.

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Morrisons launches meal deal to feed families of four for £10

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Morrisons Cafe is introducing a new meal deal, where families of four can eat a..

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Morrisons Cafe is introducing a new meal deal, where families of four can eat and drink for just £10.

The deal will be available from 3 February in all Morrisons cafes, and includes four mains, four drinks and two pieces of fruit, to give families on a budget a chance to eat out.

Adults can choose from a range of meals from the recently updated menu including hand-battered fish and chips, freshly prepared chicken and avocado salad or the Morrisons Makes it Burger which is handmade by Butchers in store, as well as drinks such as soft drinks or coffee.

Other dishes on offer are lasagne, macaroni cheese, sausage and mash, and steak pie.

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For the kids, the offer includes kid size chicken nuggets, pizza or spaghetti Bolognese along with drinks such as Tropicana or milk.

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Children will also receive a piece of fruit.

Helen Tordoff, Head of Café at Morrisons says: Weve listened to our customers and we know that this is the time of year when they might feel the pinch.

We know that families want to be able to eat out and we hope that by offering this deal, we can help them afford an enjoyable cafe meal without the washing up.

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