Part of planning for my trip to New York later this year has involved researching all the places that I want to eat because if I’m going somewhere new then I’m going to ensure that each meal is exciting. You see
i’m an Evans and our motto is live to eat, not eat to live. And I’m not even sorry about that. Life is to be enjoyed and good food is definitely an enjoyable thing to me.
Anyway, while I was researching NY eats the idea for this blog post sprang to mind. After all it’s highly likely that my favourite places meals in NY will be written up into a blog post come mid December. So before I do that I need to write about my favourite London places? Surely that’s an obvious blog post, I live in London and I work in London. So we can safely assume that I eat a lot in London.
So here you have it my top 8 must not miss places to feed the hunger monster next time you’re wandering around London Town.
1. The Diner – this is my favourite place to go to for that classic American Diner food. With restaurants popping up all over London you’re bound to spot one of these on your trip around town. There’s now one directly opposite my workplace which means a stressful morning can be fixed by a long conversations over a snickers milkshake and buttermilk chicken. Also try the burgers, or the pancakes too.
2. The Riding House Cafe – This place is worth a visit at any point in the day. I’ve been for a birthday brunch and a cocktail fueled dinner to celebrate an engagement to name just two visits. It’s nearby Oxford Street so one to remember if you’re planning a shop ’till you drop session. Try the macaroni cheese fritter and the cocktails – winning combination.
3. The Cinnamon Club – This is a birthday or occasion restaurant. Set in the the old Westminster Library, the setting is glorious and the food is mouth watering. It’s modern Indian food and I’ve never tasted anything like it. I still dream about the curried rabbit dish that I had here. Oh and there’s a bar downstairs which is worth a visit for pre-dinner drinks.
4. Afternoon Tea at Palm Court at The Langham – Afternoon Tea was born here 150 years ago and this is still my favourite place to visit for the decadent treat. With copious amounts of sandwiches and buttery scones followed by a cake stand filled with all of your patisserie dreams it’s definitely a winner. The Palm Court is decadent, without any of the snobbery that you may expect.
5. Busabi Eathai – Hands down my favourite place to get Pad Thai. I love the big square tables and the extensive menu here. You can eat in 30 minutes or leisurely while a way a few hours picking through the menu.
6. Brickwood – This fulfills any cravings you may have for the New Zealand staple drink L&P. Plus they do amazing toasties and the brunch menu looks amazing too. I always head to the Clapham Common site, but there are a couple of others dotted elsewhere too.
7. Dishoom – I know I go on about this place all the time, but it’s amazing! A bacon and egg naan doesn’t sound like it would work. But it totally does. And the black daal is still one of my favourite side dishes ever. Although I could eat it as a main all by itself too.
8. Brunch at The Delaunay – You may remember me mentioning this before (here) as it was the first stop on our Brunch club adventures. It’s still a firm favourite and somewhere that I recommend to others if they’re staying in London for a night or two.
I think I’m going to have to do a quick eats version of this at some point, because I’ve not mentioned coffee or cake stops at all on this list. And that needs to be rectified as soon as possible!