THE BEST OF: LONDON.

People often ask me what my favourite restaurant is. They ask me where to get the best burger, where’s good to go on dates, where they should have their birthday meal, where to go for lunch and where they should take their Mum for dinner when she visits London. I honestly get asked at LEAST one of these questions on a daily basis. This was why I started this blog in the first place, I thought it may help to cut out some of these conversations and save me some valuable time in my life. I was very wrong. Now I get these question 10 times more and occasionally even from people that I haven’t spoken to in years. Or from people I’ve never even met before. It may sound like I’m complaining but really I fucking love it. When people meet me it’s never long before we’re onto the topic of my favourite places in London to eat. So why not get it all down on paper (or virtual paper) for one  epic list of the BEST places to eat in London. In my opinion anyway. 

But remember, I haven’t tried them ALL (yet) so this is all subject to change and I assure you I’ll let you know if I find better…

Best burger: Patty & Bun

  • James Street / Liverpool Street / London Fields / Tokyo Nights 
  • Must Have: The Smokey Robinson or Ari Gold

 

Best pizza: Homeslice

  • Wells Street / Neal Street
  • Must Have: Salami, Rocket & Parmesan

 

Best Lobster Rolls: Smack Deli

  • Dean Street, Soho
  • Must Have: The Mexican

 

Best Mexican: DF Mexico

  • Old Truman Brewery / Tottenham Court Road
  • Must Have: Cup Of Corn, Guacamole & Chips

 

Best Brunch: Bluebird (for the setting)

  •  Kings Road, Chelsea
  • Must Have: Eggs Benedict  

 

    Best Afternoon Tea: Scoff & Banter

    • Great Russell Steet
    • Must Have: Steak Sandwich (I like a savoury tea)

      

        Best vegetarian: Ethos

        • Eastcastle Street

        Must Have: Scotch Egg / Miso Aubergine / Sweetcorn Fritters / Fried Haloumi (everything)  

         

          Best Japanese: Chotto Matte (Japanese/Peruvian otherwise knows as Nikkei cuisine)

          • Frith Street, Soho
          • Must Have: Sashimi 

           

              Best Street Food: The Frenchie

              • Real Food Market / Camden Lock / Broadway Market / Brick Lane (check the days) 
              • Must Have: Confit Duck Burger 

                

              Best Fried Chicken: Chick ‘n’ Sours

              • Kingsland Road, Dalston
              • Must Have: Pickled Watermelon Peanut & Coriander Salad / Szechuan Aubergine / Chicken Bun 

               

                    Best Italian: Theo Randall 

                    •  The Intercontinental, Park Lane
                    • Must Have: Fresh Sicillian Peach Sorbet with Baked White Peaches, Vanilla & Moscato  

                      

                    Best Steak (on a budget): Flat Iron

                    • Beak Street, Denmark Street
                    • Must Have: The Steak Burger (if they have it)

                      

                    Best Tapas: Salt Yard

                    • Goodge Street
                    • Must Have: Courgette Flowers Stuffed With Goats Cheese and Drizzled with Honey

                      

                    Best Pub Grub: The Ship Tavern

                    • Gate Street, Holborn 
                    • Must Have: Beef Wellington 

                      

                    Best Chinese: Chai Wu 

                    • Fifth Floor, Harrods
                    • Must have: Coconut Prawns with Special Rice

                     (Photo credit: Good Things Magazine)
                    Best Indian: Dishoom

                    • Carnaby Street, Kings Cross, Shoredirch, Covent Garden
                    • Must Have: Prawn Koliwada / Sali Boti (chefs special lamb curry at Carnaby) / Pineapple & Black Pepper Crumble

                      

                    Best Sushi: Sticks & Sushi 

                    • Covent Garden, Wimbledon
                    • Must Have: Marinated Duck Breast in Rice Paper 
                    • Great even if you don’t like sushi

                      

                    Top 3 Special Occasion Restaurants 

                    Bob Bob Richard

                    • Upper James Street, Soho
                    • Must Have: Baked Oysters and a Belini (and of course you must Press For Champagne)

                      (Photo credit @americastable)

                      Berners Tavern

                      • Berners Street
                      • Must Have: Macaroni Cheese, Braised Ox Cheek, Brioche & Bone Marrow Crumble 

                        

                      Duck & Waffle 

                      • Heron Tower, Bishopsgate 
                      • Must Have: Duck & Waffle (obv)

                        

                      Miscellaneous 

                      Best Buffalo Wings: Meat Market 

                      • Tavistock Street, Covent Garden
                      • The Black Palace Burger is also well worth having 

                        

                      Best Veggie Burger: Shake Shack Lil’ Shroom Burger

                      • Covent Garden / Stratford / Holborn (coming soon)
                      • Concrete (ice cream) is a dream

                        

                      Best dessert: Flesh & Buns s’mores 

                      • Earlham Street, Covent Garden
                      • The food is sublime. The Crispy duck Oiishi Buns in particular. 

                        

                      I’m still on the hunt for many more ‘best’s to add to the list, I’ve still not experienced Sketch for afternoon tea, Hotbox for brunch or been to Hawksmoor for a steak or Sunday roast. I’m yet to find my favourite Thai, the best ramen, the ultimate sandwich etc. I know they exist and I could probably tell you where, but I’ve got to experience these things for myself before I boast about them to you lot…

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