Where to start when it comes to restaurants in London. Between the different types of cuisines and the fact that London is ginormous, I will go for my favourites and vary according to specialities, location and price. I'll keep updating the list after a trip to London.
Obviously, the restaurants in London that I have been to multiple times are on the top of my list.
Oystermen is a great fish restaurant right next to Covent Garden. You have a large choice of oysters, fresh crab, and a great pairing with wine. I love the food and the fact that the staff are really attentive and sweet makes the whole experience so much greater.
The restaurant Circolo Popolare is one of the family's favourite. They serve a great pasta carbonara with guanciale of course in a Parmesan wheel (evening’s only). Even though it's part of a chain of restaurants called Big Mamma Group, you feel like you travelled to Italy to enjoy a meal.
Also part of the same group, we tried Ave Mario, it also has that Italian holiday feel to it and the food is just as nice.
Just don't expect a quiet romantic evening, it's noisy but that is also part of the Italian charm.
Here's another one of our favourite restaurants in Covent Garden. The food is inspired by Japan, Brazil and Peru, so make sure you get a mix of different dishes such as tempura and sushi, churrasco and ceviches.
There is another Sushi Samba on the roof top of the Heron Tower in the City of London. The menu is the same but the view is incredible.
This one has been bumped to the top of my favourite restaurants in London.
Apart from the fact Ampeli was where our family celebrated my daughter's graduation, the food was divine (Greek goddess divine). Just look at those photos, they actually don't do it justice. The flavours of each dish transported you to Greece. The bread and olive oil were a treat and the rest of the meal was all shared the portions accompanied by a bottle or two of Greek red wine. In addition, the owner and personnel were so welcoming. I now recommend Ampeli to all my friends that travel to London and I can't wait to go back there myself.
Benares Mayfair is a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant where we went for a deliciously refined lunch. The dishes are a combination of tradition and modernity of specialities from India. We tried their three courses set menu for £ 39. A special mention has to go to the dark chocolate pave served with fresh pickled strawberries. Coming soon, from the 3rd to 17th October 2022, there will be a collaboration with their chef Sameer Taneja and the chef Andrew Yeo from Hakkasan. You can expect an eight course tasting menu experience.
This is a funny one. So The attendant is in a disused Victorian toilet in Fitzrovia, yes, you read it correctly!
You will be able to get a delicious brunch or breakfast with seasonal food from local producers and really great coffee.
Scarlett Green is one of several locations where you can have the most delicious brunch, served till 4pm. It's in the heart of Soho and has a lovely French manager who really takes care of his customers and employees. We even got offered a glass of Mimosa to celebrate my daughter's graduation.
We also went to Daisy Green in Marylebone and Timmy Green in Victoria and the quality of the food is consistently good in all of them. I suppose I will have to try them all out.
This michelin star restaurant Hide offers you sophisticated and delicate food amidst a decor that is equally dazzling.
We started our evening with a glass of champagne in the Bar Below and then made our way upstairs to have our dinner, the oysters were perfect and the dishes were refined, a well deserved one star michelin star.
London Food Markets
This is a great alternative if you have not booked a table or if you can't make up your mind which type of cuisine you want. I'm going to name those I have eaten at in no particular order.
Shoreditch has become in the last 10 years an arty area with young creatives and trendsetters. The restaurants gastropubs and trendy hotels have also taken over the area .The Boxpark Shoreditch is on of those meeting points to enjoy the evening. The Boxpark is made from shipping containers, situated just above the Shoreditch High Street tube station. This food market has lots of different food choices from all over the world. I went there in the summer during the world cup so we got to enjoy a great food and drinks on the roof top whilst watching a football game. There are other events that are organised there weekly such as DJs, quizz nights and live music.
Seven Dials Market is really close to Covent Garden. Again the choice of different types of food and drinks is amazing, but the good thing about Seven Dials Market is they have a part called Banana Warehouse that is indoors, so if it's start to rain you can just spend the afternoon eating and drinking there.
Borough Market was established in 1756, it's one of those markets that stay authentic but keeps up with the new trends in terms of food.
The one in Elephant and Castle is huge and seem to always be packed at whatever time of day, so I suggest, you can book a table. The choice for food and drinks is unlimited, so be prepared to order to much because you will want to try as much as possible.
The Mercato Mayfair is a lot smaller. It's worth checking it out just for the grandeur of the location. I did also like the entrance with the pots and plants for sale.
to be continued...