MY 5 RESTOS FAVORITES IN LONDON
I often hear, I read: “London is good but what do we eat badly.” What nay! Cosmopolitan, the English capital is the place dreamed for the amateur of good food. Indian, Japanese, Ethiopian, Swedish, or simply British, all the flavors of the world are represented. And often very well with immigrants who, in their suitcases, brought all the know-how of their native land to crackle the plates of their furnaces and salivate the palates of tourists and locals.
In London we eat superbly! In 100% of cases, the person, what do I say, the heretic, who peddles the opposite can be placed in one of these two categories:
1) He / she has never set foot in London and is content with the stereotype that the English eat like pigs.
2) He / she got hit by the touts of some dubious restaurants around Soho and Leicester Square.
No, the average Englishman does not necessarily eat like a pig. And then eating eggs and bacon with beans for breakfast is no worse for health than a butter croissant with jam or spread. Take this, little Parisian bohemian, you and your ideas well stopped!
London is a culinary paradise. Not by chance if many great chefs in this world own a restaurant. Beyond Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal, Fergus Henderson and Clare Smyth for the “local” touch, we find international big names such as Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon, Michel Roux Raymond Blanc and Hélène Darroze, the Portuguese Nuno Mendes, the Spaniard Omar Allibhoy, the Indian Atul Kochhar and more recently the Peruvian Virgilio Martínez.
But the London culinary scene is not limited to the pompous big names who dry your wallet and force you to pay an extra pound sterling into a dubious cheeseburger at 3am to mop up the alcohol in your already desolate stomach. all fat. Indeed, less expensive and very satisfactory solutions exist. What is good in London is the huge competition that restaurant owners have to face. Competition that forces them to constantly innovate and treat their customers like princes. Those who derogate from this rule, usually do not fizzle.
Without further ado, I suggest you to discover a selection of my favorite London tables. The ones I re-visit throughout the year over my furious weekends in London.
Address: 8 Hanway Place (Tottenham Court Road)
Type of cuisine: modern Cantonese
Average prices: £ 10-20 entrees, £ 30-50 entrees, £ 10 desserts
The only Michelin star restaurant on this list (one star), Hakkasan is therefore the least economical option in this article. But the expense is totally worth it as the dishes offered by this establishment are delicious. Upon arrival, the reception staff will pamper you, and will probably suggest you to go by the bar while your table is ready to enjoy one of the many cocktails or other famous whiskeys. The cozy atmosphere and the quality furnishings, coupled with the soft lighting, make the restaurant look extremely modern. At the table, only a small lamp hanging on the ceiling illuminates the contents of the plates, thus isolating you a little from the rest of the restaurant, filled to the brim with people.
The contents of the plates precisely; the portions are relatively small, which allows you to choose several dishes, to share them, and so to taste many different flavors. My favorite dishes: duck pipa duck, dim sum fish and seafood, and dessert, Hazelnut Jivara Bomb, hazelnut and ice cream.
Hakkasan has another restaurant in the Mayfair area.
hakkasan restaurant london
Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate (Liverpool Street)
Type of cuisine: Japanese / Brazilian / Peruvian fusion
Average prices: £ 10-15 entrees, £ 15-20 entrees, £ 8-10 desserts
Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian … what a funny mix, is not it? But it’s getting married really well! In addition to its refined cuisine, Sushi Samba has an unparalleled and almost unmatched asset; his situation. Indeed, the restaurant is perched on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, a tower in the heart of the City that offers breathtaking views of London. Enjoy a cocktail and a few bites while waking London’s rooftops … a way to simultaneously awaken all your senses. You can even taste the famous Kobe beef. But for that, will really, really, have the wallet well stocked. £ 144 for a common skewer, £ 337 for a net. The place is so popular that it is necessary to book several months in advance to have a table at the weekend.
My favorite dishes: picanha tataki, yoyogi samba roll and churrasco Rio Grande.
sushi samba restaurant london
© Sushi Samba
Address: 11 Langley Street (Covent Garden)
Type of cuisine: british / steakhouse
Average prices: £ 10-12 entrees, £ 15-30 entrees, £ 3-8 desserts
The paradise for lovers of bidoche. According to Hawksmoor, British beef, to the extent that it has been properly bred, outperforms the Argentine, the American and the Japanese. The chain even advances that each of these foreign breeds is basically crossed with beef from British breeds. Truthful? I do not know! Still, the meat that can be tasted in one of the five London establishments owned by Hawksmoor is fantastically good. It’s a shame that tourists are being spoiled by the red signs of the Leicester Square steakhouses.
If you’re lucky enough to be in London on a Sunday, the Sunday Roast is a must!
My favorite dishes: Sunday Roast, Tamworth ribs, Rib-eye and chocolate pie and salted caramel.
hawksmoor restaurant london
Address: 6 Market Place (Oxford Circus)
Type of cuisine: Mexican
Average prices: £ 4.5-7
The best Mexican in London … and I did, I know what I’m talking about. Less well known than Wahaca and Chipotle, Tortilla still has 24 franchises, including 18 in London. A real surprise for me who was sure that the local Oxford Circus was unique. Despite the greatness of the brand, the products used in the burritos are of very good quality and first freshness. At the level of sauces, each table is filled with various well marked bottles, which leave the possibility of adapting very easily his met according to his desires. The nutritional values of each item proposed are also proudly exhibited. Freshness, modernity and transparency at a surprisingly low price for London.
My favorite burrito: Barbacoa burrito with guacamole and tortilla chips … and a Negra Modelo beer.
tortilla mexican restaurant london
THE HOLLY BUSH
Address: 22 Holly Mount (Hampstead)
Type of cuisine: british / gastropub
Average prices: £ 7-12 entrees, £ 15-25 entrees, £ 5-15 desserts
Last but not least, The Holly Bush gastropub, located in Hampstead’s posh, and largely franchouillard neighborhood. Here, it is the British cuisine that is in the spotlight, and like Hawksmoor, the Sunday Roast is to die for. The very rustic atmosphere of this gastropub, which is widely appreciated by locals, and its fine assortment of beers are also characteristics that make the hotel famous.
On the menu, there are the classics of British cuisine such as fish and chips, hake and fish of all kinds, the famous meat pies, as well as game. In short, everything that fits the body. Only here, compared to other gastropubs that I could test, The Holly Bush stands out not only by the gustatory force of its dishes, but especially by the elegance of its plates. There is a lot of cooking know-how!
Attention, the reservation is imperative on Sunday and highly recommended on Saturday!