I’m constantly taking photos of my food wherever I eat (yes, I’m one of those annoying people) so thought I’d share my favourite and not so favourite cafés and restaurants in London.
My husband and I absolutely LOVE this pub/restaurant. We try and get here whenever we are craving a Sunday roast. Apart from my mum’s roast, it really is the best I have ever had. This is homely renovated 19th century building with a nice fireplace and little beer garden. The staff are super friendly and the atmosphere is unpretentious. It’s busy on big match days thanks to it’s big screen, but we have never had trouble getting a table, although you can book in advance.
They have an extensive menu, and the chicken wing starter is particularly good, but we love their roasts the best, at around £15 per person.
Nearest tube Tufnell Park.
I was really excited to go here as I’d seen people queuing outside on weekends. I ordered scrambled eggs on toast with a sausage on the side which came to £10. They do fresh juices as well-I had a carrot, lime and ginger for £4.
Although the food was nice, it wasn’t amazing, and wouldn’t have taken much effort to make at home. The thing that really got me though was how dirty the restaurant was. The floor looked as if it hadn’t been cleaned; the toilet was filthy. What’s more is that two of the staff who had colds were sneezing into their hands and wiping their noses onto their hands without using tissues. This really put me off my food and is the reason I would not go back.
Nearest tube, Angel.
Wow how I love this little restaurant. Pan asian cuisine with a changing menu consisting of dishes influenced from The Philippines, Vietnam and Japan to name a few. The atmosphere is cosy yet buzzing with a few tables upstairs and more in the basement. The downside is that the service is always slow and I usually find that I have to prompt staff to take my drinks, main and dessert orders. Not very proactive but the food is so nice, I don’t really care. My favourite dish is the very hot chicken Ulek curry made with scotch bonnets at £8.50-not for the faint-hearted.
Nearest tube Kentish Town.
This is one of the most friendly and delicious places to eat in central London and they do a tasty brunch. It gets busy on Saturdays and Sundays for brunch but if you haven’t booked, you can sit on the bar.
Staff are friendly. My favourite dish is spiced banana french toast for £10 or any egg on toast dish for around £7.
Nearest tube Covent Garden.
I originally went for brunch at their cafe in Notting Hill, and although I loved it, decided that it was too far from my flat to return to. How happy I was to find that Granger & Co have now also opened in Kings Cross! There’s a lot more seating than the West London branch.
Favourite dishes include Ricotta Hotcakes at £11.80 (very calorific and sweet but so addictive) and cauliflower and pecorino spaghetti, £12.50. Although pricy, the food is great and staff are attentive and friendly, so great for a special occasion.
Nearest tube, Kings Cross.
Here is another place that has opened their latest outpost in Kings Cross. I originally went for dinner at the restaurant in Covent Garden, then Shoreditch, and am happy to say that one of my favourite restaurants is now in my local area. The industrial style décor and architecture of the large space is impressive, and the staff, like all other Dishoom locations, are friendly and hard-working. Sometimes you have to queue, especially on weekend evenings; Dishoom only take reservations for parties of over 6 people after 545pm, so you may have a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it! Favourite dishes include Okra Fries £4.20 and Keema Pau £5.50, a spiced minced lamb bun. Also recommended for an alternative and spicy breakfast.
The only thing that I have tried and disliked at Dishoom is their Virgin Mary-I think that in trying to be a little quirky, they ended up making the cocktail taste like spaghetti bolognese. I found it inedible so did’t drink it, but still had to pay.
Nearest tube Kings Cross.
I want to move to Balham! A young crowd, yummy food and unpretentious atmosphere that isn’t in Shoreditch! At the time of writing their website is pretty pants with no clue to what they’re about, but Milk, who do have a blog, are a popular restaurant close to Balham station.
I have only sampled their brunch menu (there’s a theme occurring here) so can’t comment on the ret of their food, but judging by the busy tables, it must be good. I had poached eggs with a creamy hollandaise sauce on toast with deliciously crispy bacon. The service was so friendly (the friendliest I’ve experienced in a while) and the prices reasonable, with a meal of eggs benedict and two flat whites coming to £14.
Nearest tube, Balham
This place was such a find! My husband and I stumbled upon it by accident when walking along the Regent’s Canal towards Dalston. A friendly Venezuelan serving authentic cuisine served by Venezuelans in a light and airy restaurant overlooking the canal. I have only visited during the week but apparently this place gets busy on weekends. Arepas are cornbread pockets served with a range of fillings; cachapas are corn pancakes served with toppings (from £6-£8. Both are delicious. The cassava fingers are ridiculously good (£4.50). I haven’t ever had enough room for dessert, but the cakes on display always look so enticing. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos, but I’m sure it won’t be long until I go back to take some.
Nearest station, Haggerston Overground.