I was going through some of my old archived drafts on my computer that I wrote for my blog or other sites and I came across this piece. It was previously published on a site called Journey Freak which no longer exists. So I figured, I would republish the content, so it wouldn’t disappear forever. Also pardon my photographs in this post, it was a long time ago…
When I was younger, I always wanted to go to London. As an Anglophile, finally arriving in London was the adventure of a lifetime. Little did I know when I first stepped foot in Heathrow in 2015, I would be back a few months later on my own. I spent days exploring the city, looking for the best foodie finds. I am more then happy to share with you a few of my favorite places to grab a bite in London.
The first place worth mentioning is for all my Vegetarian/Vegan friends out there, and that is Mildred’s. The restaurant is in three locations throughout the city. I went to the located in Soho at 45 Lexington street, w1f 9an. This place has an incredible atmosphere. It’s rather small and hidden away. There is almost always a wait there, so be prepared. While waiting for a table, the bar is open and drinks are charged to the bill. I recommend the White Peach Bellini. The menu is rather small but full of complex dishes and flavors. The photo below is of the pumpkin, ricotta and sage tortellini with wild mushroom, marsala cream sauce. The flavors are rich and you don’t miss the meat at all. If you are looking for decadent and healthy, this is the place to go.
The friend I was staying with took me to Borough Market for our first meal. Borough Market is a quick and cheap way to get some food. There is a huge variety of items available there to try from Thai food to German food and even Egyptian food! It also has countless dessert items such as these adorable owl cookies and other baked goods. It has something for everyone. There is an outdoor section as well as an indoor section. The indoor section is full of food stalls including storefronts dedicated to truffles, vegetables and much more. The outdoor area is where you would pick up a hot meal. The Pad Thai is fantastic!
The Shard is the tallest building in London. They have a strict dress code, which involves no trainers or sneakers at all (I got rejected one day because of my trainers, I went back on another day and was accepted without any issues). The menus are absolutely divine. I opted to go to Oblix. The restaurant overlooks the entire city of London. It was one of the most beautiful sights that I had ever seen. Instead of ordering from the Entree menu, check out The Starters menu and I found my pick. The Black Truffle linguine was decadent with shaved truffle on top of the pasta, it was a vegetarian entree as well. To accompany it, I opted for their hand-cut chips which were delicious. This restaurant is more on the expensive side, so please keep that in mind. The dessert menu had many items on it including something called a Sweet Jar, which is a great dish because it’s a sampler of all desserts on the menu in miniature size.
The Savoy is also for something who is willing to spend a lot of time( at least two hours) and money on a meal. Their Proper English tea has been noted in countless websites as the best Afternoon tea in all of London. Naturally, the price tag is high but it is worth the cost. As a guest, you are treated like royalty. You cannot pour the tea yourself and are offered champagne as well as more food. They even allow you to select your dessert from a large tray. The Coronation chicken salad is to die for as well as the plain scone.
A trip to London is hardly complete without a trip to the chain Nando’s. Nando’s menu is full of chicken entrees. They are well known for their peri-peri sauce and the chicken. One of the things that make Nando’s unique is that you pick and choose the sauces you want to use on your chicken. The chips are the best in all of London (as far as I am concerned). There is nothing like pouring some malt vinegar on your chips. It’s something else!
What’s your favorite place to grab a bite in London?