Best Places to Eat in London

Thursday, 1 March 2018

As a born and raised Londonder and an obvious fan of food, i'm always looking for new places to try. I wanted to share some of my favourite restaurants in London, in the hope that some of you may return the favour with your recommendations and faves. Some i'm sure you've heard of, and others are hidden gems i've stumbled across along the way.

Pandan Thai Kitchen, Golders Green // Thai, Noodles, Seafood (menu).
I moved to North West London last year and was amazed at the variety of places to eat right on my door step, which will explain the handful of recommendations in Golders Green. I promise you Southerners that Pandan is worth the journey if you're a fan of Thai food. They have a small restaurant but also deliver to a fair distance,  and their portion sizes are extremely generous for the price. I'd recommend the Por Pia Ped and Beef Pad Thai.

Sarastro, Covent Garden // Turkish, Meze, Mediterranean (menu).
The first time I went to Sarastro it was booked by my mum before we went to see Viva Forever. I'd never heard of it before but as soon as I stepped into the place I understood why it was so popular for theatre goers. The restaurant decor is exquisite and niche, with balcony tables and flamboyant textiles, you can spend hours just looking around the room before even looking at the menu. The food is more on the expensive side, but it's definitely worth it. They also offer a cheaper set Tenor menu, which still has a good selection. I'd recommend the Kuzu Incik, Cacik, and the Steak.

Black Lock, Soho // Meat, Butchers, English (menu).
This place is quite honestly a vegans worst nightmare (sorry!), but a goldmine for meat eaters. Recommended by my colleague, this basement restaurant is easily missed in just a small door on Great Windmill Street. Set in an old brothel, Black Lock specialises in chops of all varieties, and their 'All In' menu for £20 per person gets you a literal pile of meat including beef, pork and lamb. I'd recommend this and the Pre Chop Bites.

Carrots and Daikon, Kentish Town // Vietnamese, Rice, Noodles (menu).
This place was a recommendation from a handful of my colleagues for lunch. A bit out of the price-range of a meal deal but good for a treat-yourself-Friday, Carrots and Diakon do great lunch time boxes with rice or noodles, accompanied by a side salad and your choice of meat. I'm a fan of the honey caramelised pork with nuts and hoisin sauce. 

Temple of Seitan, Hackney & Camden // Vegan, Fast Food (menu).
I am a meat eater, but I do try and make changes in the food I eat (Quorn mince is so much nicer than normal mince?!) and am always happy to try something new. I checked Temple of Seitan out with a vegan friend of mine and was really impressed with the food. This place is designed to be the fast food joint for vegans, and it's certainly popular. I visited the Hackney restaurant which has no where to eat in and just a couple of tables outside. The queue was out the door so we found ourselves sitting on a bench in the rain whilst inhaling a "chicken" burger. It's cheap and the staff are friendly, i'd recommend the Temple Burger and chips.

That's Amore, Golders Green // Italian, Pasta, Pizza (menu).
This place is the definition of 'hidden gem'. Although not necessarily hidden, it's out the way of Central London but 100% worth the journey if you love Italian food. As soon as you step foot in here you feel like you're abroad with the authentic and friendly feel to the restaurant. It's super cheap for the quality and service you get, with a massive menu. I'd recommend the Bolognese Pizza (trust me, it's not gross)!

NY Fold, Soho // American, Pizza, Milkshakes (menu).
I stumbled into this place on a boozy night out with colleagues and just the Oreo Milkshakes alone makes it something to shout about. The staff were extremely friendly and patient even though we were absolutely that annoying table. I'd recommend the Wet Fries, any of the pizzas, and of course, the Oreo Milkshake.

Big Fernand, Marylebone // Burgers, French (menu).
This was another place stumbled into with colleagues, and let me tell you the burgers here are amazing. You can choose from their selection of burgers or "make your own", as well as choosing how you'd like your meat to be cooked. I'd recommend the beef medium with raclette cheese.

Bird, Camden, Stratford, Islington & Shoreditch // Chicken, Waffles (menu).
The idea of chicken and waffles made me feel a bit ill before i'd heard of Bird to be honest. My best friend Emily wanted to check this place out so I thought i'd grit my teeth and give it a go. To my surprise, fried chicken with maple syrup is actually bloody delicious and i've been back a few times since. They have various restaurants across London and have always had good feedback from those who i've recommended to. Try the Chicken & Waffles Plate or the Drumstick Pops.

Rossella, Kentish Town // Italian, Pasta, Pizza, Salads (menu).
This is another lunch time find for me, where I can get a main and a drink for just £7. I can pretty much just walk into this place without opening my mouth and have my order ready as i'm that much of a regular. You can eat in or take away, and the staff are really friendly and accommodating. I'd recommend the Penne Bolognese or the Insalata Pollo.

Where are your favourite places to eat in London? Let me know if you check any of these places out!

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