I originally planned on writing one big post about restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing in London but I quickly realized that would be a massive post! And I know no one likes to read those, so I decided to break it up. After all, the topic of the best London restaurants could probably take up a whole blog on its own, let alone just a post.
So I’m just going to cover the best London restaurants and dessert shops in this post – stay tuned for another post about other great food from London’s markets and afternoon teas!
10 Greek Street – this is a small restaurant in Soho that I decided was a must-try after seeing it recommended on multiple websites. And it definitely lived up to its recommendations. Hayley and I shared some small plates, which were all good but the highlight was the bruschetta with burrata, onion, pine nuts, and broad beans. We are great at sharing except when it comes to dessert, so we decided to get our own. And I’m glad we did because there is no way I would have wanted to share my apricot and almond tart!
Bibimbap – To be honest I’ve never actually had bibimbap from a restaurant before, so I don’t have anything to compare this restaurant to, but I really enjoyed it and it seems to be popular since there was a 10-15 minute wait to get a table on a week night!
C Lidgate – okay this place isn’t actually a restaurant: it’s a butcher shop that apparently has the best meat pies in all of London. After hearing this we of course had to try one, so one evening we picked ourselves up a coq au vin pie and took it back to Marlow to bake it. The verdict? Pretty delicious! The pastry was perfection, but I actually prefer my own coq au vin recipe.
Lick – This was actually my first time trying gelato! Usually gelato is a no-go for me because of my nut allergies, but the person at the counter reassured me that they take measures to prevent cross-contamination at Lick. Hayley and I shared the honeycomb flavour, which we both really enjoyed.
Mildred’s – if you’re a vegetarian or vegan travelling in London, it has no shortage of restaurants for you! We tried out Mildred’s, which was a seriously hopping place so we knew it must be good. We split the pan fried halloumi, cherry tomato and wilted spinach with balsamic glaze to start, and we both loved it. I was craving vegetables after not eating many for the past few days, so I ordered their organic energizing detox salad with beets, carrots, fennel, sprouting beans, sultanas, coriander and toasted seeds with an apple ginger dressing and tofu for my main. It was good, but I wish I’d ordered something else like Hayley’s risotto cake with grape mustard cream sauce or the vegetarian burrito with guacamole.
The Pudding Bar – I’m so glad I was in London when I went or else I might have missed this pop up shop that is only open for a few months. The name might mean explaining though… because it’s not a bar devoted entirely to pudding! “Pudding” is actually what they call dessert in the UK. Hayley and I split two choices: the s’more cheesecake with clotted cream ice cream and the strawberry Eton mess. So delicious!
Polpo – this is a small plates style restaurant that serves Venetian cuisine. There are a couple locations in London, but we went to the one in Notting Hill. We had the spicy pork and fennel meatballs; prosciutto, smoked mozzarella and rocket pizzette; and zucchini with Parmesan and basil. Everything was great, and I was really impressed with how they managed to make zucchini (a very boring vegetable in my opinion) so delicious.
Recipease – this is Jamie Oliver’s food and kitchen shop that offers a selection of prepared foods, pantry foods, kitchen equipment, cooking classes, and a cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. Hayley and I stopped here for tea on our first day in London and we made sure to return for a meal before the end of my trip. I had two small plates: Smoked salmon with potato and radish salad and horseradish creme fraiche and smashed spicy avocado on sourdough toast. Both were fantastic and exactly the style of fresh, simple cooking I would expect from Jamie’s restaurant.
Sticks n’ Sushi – Hayley declared she was craving sushi one day and of course I was on board (when do I not want sushi?), so she did a quick search and found this winner. On top of beautiful decor it also has great service and a really intriguing menu. The only downside is its prices. Luckily I wasn’t feeling too hungry so I didn’t have to order much, but my tatami roll (avocado, cucumber, salmon, dengaku miso, chives, red onion, and fresh ginger) and seaweed salad still came to over £16 (that’s about $30 in Canadian dollars)!
We clearly found a lot of great restaurants in London, but I wish I had another few months there to eat my way through the city!
Have you ever been to London? What’s your favourite restaurant there?