The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

I have a band you need to check out!

But first, dinner.

Nowhere new this time, let’s just grab a bite at a little tapas joint, called Barrafina.

There’s no silver service, no fancy white table cloths, no tables at all in fact! Just a bar and a line of people waiting their turn.

You grab a glass of wine, a few slices of jamon, maybe some capers, a little pan con tomate, and chatter away in true Mediterranean style.

Hands down my favourite place in London.


This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned Barrafina on the blog, and I’m sure it wont be the last.

They open for supper early (at about 5.30) and the place is packed out all night long.

There are no reservations, so try and get there around 7.30 if you want to eat at a reasonable time.

Whatever you do, order the tuna tartar.

I made a little copycat recipe here, if you fancy giving it a go at home.

If your tastes are a little more classic, you can’t go wrong with the tomato & garlic rubbed toast. A true Spanish treasure.

Indulge in a few slices of hand cut ham.

Try the prawns.

Dunk them in cool alioli.

Promise me you’ll have the octopus?

Always perfectly cooked, tender, delicately spiced, and scattered with sharp little capers.

It’s a life changer!

Oh… but the courgette flowers, you can’t leave without trying a courgette flower.

Stuffed with goats cheese, fried, salted and drizzled in honey.

God, I just want to lick the screen, don’t you?

I’m going to start dribbling any moment now.

These chicken thighs and romesco sauce aren’t helping at all.

I could go on like this all day!

But I know, I know. I promised to tell you about a little music.

The band’s name is “The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger” or “GOASTT” for short.

It’s the love child of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. We befriended each other about two years ago when I went along to watch one of Sean’s mum’s rehearsals. Since then we’ve bumped into each other on either side of the Atlantic for dinners, parties and catch ups… but I’d never seen them really do their thing on stage.

Well, obviously this had to change!

I went along to their gig in Camden and watched them rock out.

Am I cool enough for Camden? Probably not. But the bouncers didn’t know that, so let me in anyway.

Sean sings and jokes along with the enraptured crowd.

Charlotte plays the bass, wiggling away in tiny shorts, seemingly oblivious to the love struck gazes below her.

Tim plays drums.

Jared’s on keyboard.

Robbie’s on guitar.

Conner, the little rockstar, nails the chimes.

The music is sort of mystical rock.

Is that a genre?

It should be.

Here, maybe this’ll give you a better idea.

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I think it’s safe to say I don’t have a future in musical journalism, but I was blown away by how great the band was live.

The energy was infectious and you couldn’t help but wish you were up there strumming along too.

I’d love to have gotten some better (front on) shots, but the venue was utterly packed. Shoulder to shoulder, those uber-fans were not moving for anyone!

After the show we all crammed in backstage and chilled.

The band were visited by fans new & old, all keen to pat them on the back and spread the GOASTTly love.

And take a few selfies, naturally.

Charlotte, like many girls I know, is the sort of person you really want to hate. Horribly talented, sickeningly bright and painfully beautiful… but she’s just so ridiculous that you can’t help but fall head over heels in love with her.

We all stayed chatting late into the night.

Then, all too soon, the band piled into the van, slid the door closed and vanished into the night.

A fleeting kiss to London, and they were off again.

There are still three dates left on the tour, so catch them if you can.

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  • Hey Rosie! What lens do you use on your camera? I’m having a tough time getting clear shots of food when the lighting is too dark. Any advice would be great!

    • ^^ Please please! I have the same problem all the time and i feel really silly whacking out a mini tripod in busy restaurants….


      • I think she uses the pancake lens? That’s what I’ve read before.

        • Oh it’s the same camera still you reckon? I may have to to some saving then!

    • Ditto! Your image quality is fantastic – do you use a prime lens?!


  • 1. Yay a music recommendation from Rosie!
    2. Eating at a bar, Mediterranean food, oh my, YES please ๐Ÿ™‚
    3. woah you looked awesome, love the short dress with knee-high boots, gotta remember that combo for upcoming concerts I love it!
    4. You’ve got mail
    5. Kinda feel stupid for reading this post already cause no what will I have with my coffee tomorrow morning?

    Alright enough comments! Sweetest dreams Rosie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • First of all, that ham looks unreal! Ha, leave it to me to be far more interested in the ham than the amazing music. Though I do love my music.

    Totally not the crowd I would have pictured you hanging with Rosie. But variety is what makes life beautiful.

    You had a far better weekend than me my friend! 3 solid days of potty training…who’s the rockstar now?!?

  • What a beautiful post. Thank you for taking me back to the days when I used to go out to cool places. I LOVE the music. Fantastic job.

  • Ah this is gunna sound really silly, but I have literally just got back from Spain and I have to say, the tapas I tried out there wasn’t nearly as good as some of the stuff I’ve had in Ldn! Maybe this was down to the fact I know next to no Spanish and so the menus became a lucky dip, or maybe I was just in the wrong place, but I have to say for now, it’s London: 1 Spain: 0! Sorry Spain!

    (p.s. there’s a really great little place in Covent Garden called Pix-Bar which is totally worth checking out!)


    • perhaps you didn’t go to the right places! it’s usually the small corner bodegas that have the best!

      • You’re probably completely right. Next time though, I’ll buff up on my restaurant lingo first!

      • You’re probably completely right. Next time though, I’ll buff up on my restaurant lingo first!

  • That food looks incredible, when I was in Spain I practically existed solely on jamon. It’s just so good! And the concert looks like a lot of fun too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • PJ

    yep, I need some black suede over the knee boots asap.

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  • Tess H

    Rosie, I’d say you fit the bill for the sort of person you’d want to hate… ๐Ÿ˜‰ It sounds like it was a really cool evening- I could go for some of that jamon now…

  • The food looks absolutely incredible, courgette flowers with goats cheese and honey?? Why have I never encountered this combination before?!
    And thanks for the music ๐Ÿ™‚ they’re great, lucky you to have such cool friends xxx
    Lucy @

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  • ninegrandstudent

    All that seafood looks delicious… Made me hungry even at 3.30am (nope, no idea why I am awake with work in the morning!) x

  • Malu

    Hi Rosie, i just met your blog and i cant stop reading your posts! i love your style, your pictures, and your writing! definitely this blog will become part of my internet daily routine from now onwards! congrats!!!
    cheers from argentina,

  • Daynna Shannon

    Looks like such a fun night! Your hair looks amazing as always, but I’m curious why you do such a deep part to the side?

  • The best worst piece of music journalism – in an utterly wonderful way!

    Love them too, and the backstage images are brilliant – thank you for sharing xoxo

  • That food looks incredible. Love the thigh high boots you are rocking at the moment.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Queenie Lee

    Oh man, that food looks SO GOOD! I’ll definitely be trying to recreate that tuna tartar at home, just need to find some sashimi grade tuna! We caught some while we were out in Thailand and ate it raw but I don’t think we’ll have much luck catching our own in HK :p

    Also have you tried Hawaiian poke?! I think you’d love it! xxx

  • Guest

    That food still looks amazing even though it’s 9:45 in the morning here in Florence. Octopus for breakfast? And that music video was so cool… Snaps to you for continuously using your platform to prop up other talented people. Thanks for sharing!

    • hannah

      Don’t mean to be rude but does Sean Lennon need to be propped up? I’m not saying GOASTT are not talented but he kinda had a head start. Look up John Lennon and Yoko Ono if you haven’t heard of them.

  • Wow you got to go backstage. How cool! Not to mention how sexy are your boots!

  • Amazing-Grace

    Rose, can you pretty please do another of your Autumn hero products/fashion staples posts? I loved the last one and you have such good taste!

  • Shade of Red Blog

    A night-out in Camden! What could be better.

  • I could eat all of that food except the Octopus, the tentacles really put me off! The band sound like they totally rock & it must have been great to hang out with them backstage, like a proper groupie!

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  • Aww the food looks amazing, great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Looks like such a fun evening, and the food looked incredible. Your food shots always impress me, mine have never quite turned out.

  • You might want to mention this video is NSFW due to the nudity ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the music and Charlotte is gosh darn stunningly beautiful, reminds me of Liv Tyler!

  • Zoe

    This is the coolest post! I love it. I’ve never heard of GOASTT before, but I’ll definitely be listening now. I love all of the shots backstage, it’s like being a groupie ๐Ÿ™‚ And they help take my mind off all of the delicious bites above…

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  • I’ve been to london 4 or 5 times but I’ve never thought much of the food there. I guess I was going to all of the wrong places! I haven’t been since 2010 though; I guess I just have to go back and bring a list of Londoner suggestions with me!

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    beautiful food photos!!

    ladies in navy

  • Emma Crisp

    Wow how cool – I’ve heard great things about Sean’s band. I would of course have been asking him about his father all night,…which he would probably have hated but,…i love him too!

  • patrickji

    Have you tried the new Barrafina on Adelaide St? I prefer it to the original

  • arielle q.

    you always seem to have so much fun! and your food is always so fancy..even without tables and silver and all.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Wow this looks so fun!! you look gorgeous! As always ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My latest post is a band night in Camden too. We’re both probably not cool enough, haha! Looks like you had a great night – love your boots x

  • MMM Tapas look amazing. We have a place here called ZUZU. Amazing tapas, house made sangria, and enough options to keep your mouth enthralled for hours. I think Hubby and I are due for a date night there… tonight even. Mmmm.

    Thanks for sharing GOASTT – I like their sound, mystical rock indeed. See if they’ll come to California please?

  • As someone that lives in Spain and is very used to food like that, I can honestly say it looks amazing!! x


  • o m g!! the food! i’ve actually been craving tapas lately… trying to find a good place in SF to go satisfy them. if you’re ever in barcelona, one of the best meals i’ve ever had was at this fab plcae called Ceverseria Catalana. This London place seems quite reminiscent of it!

    Off to check off that band now!

  • Love the outfit you wore to the concert in Camden! Those over the knee boots are just amazing!


  • You look great in this black, rock outfit!

  • Oh I love this post Rosie, that food looks utterly divine. Love your outfit too. Have to get myself one of those Silver May necklaces, love them.

  • I always love a good music recommendation and this hits the spot! Listening to their new album on Spotify at the moment. Thanks for sharing!

  • Looks like a great night. I always love going to concerts & checking out a new band!

  • That food looks amazing – I will have to “pop round” on my next trip to London to try that octopus!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Loving the post Rosie! Looks like a great time. Can’t wait to take a listen to the band!

  • Love those over the knee boots! I’ve been dying for a pair!



  • A gorgeous black dress! Looks like a really fun time. Take care x


  • Sara Barnes

    I should know better than to read your posts without a snack close by, they always get my stomach growling!


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  • Samantha Bei

    I’m a sucker for tapas, especially if it involves tuna tartar! Your food pictures always look amazing. Major food envy happening right now

  • Samantha Bei

    I’m a sucker for tapas, especially if it involves tuna tartar! Your food pictures always look amazing. Major food envy happening right now

  • Looks like you had one hell of a time! And how on earth do you know the Lennons??!

  • Looks like you had one hell of a time! And how on earth do you know the Lennons??!

  • ia

    Actually Rose, pan con tomate it is not something Spanish, it’s Catalan. You won’t find anything like these in Madrid for example, but only around Barcelona and its region Catalonia. In fact, if you order pan con tomate in Madrid or any other city/town of Spain they will probably make fun of you and serve you toasted brade with tomato.. in slices.

    And the same with alioli (its real name is allioli).

    Just for you to know from someone living in the authentic region of “Pa amb tomร quet”(aka, pan con tomate).


    • Rosie

      Interesting to hear someone else’s experience!
      But I spent much of my childhood living between Granada and Malaga. I had pan con tomate all over the country, and it’s still one of my favourites today! x

  • Food and music! Brilliant post!