Welcome back to my camera roll dump of my first few weeks in London! Last week I blogged about all the London attractions that I’d visited so far and this week it’s time to get serious with the foodie portion.
This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list of all the ‘best’ food places in London but it’s a nice neat little list which you could easily tackle if you find yourself in old London town for a few days!
Just down from London Bridge you can feast your eyes on the delicious food at the Borough Markets.
There are a huge assortment of pastries which would rival a french patisserie, more variety of mushrooms than you can count on your fingers and toes and the most delicious wheels of cheese.
If you are feeling like a more substantial snack, there is basically every sort of pulled meat on a roll, huge pans of paella and the ooziest raquelet cheese.
And if you’re from a country where berries are basically the same value as a nugget of gold (i.e. Australia) then you must pick up as many berries as you can fit in your bag. £5 will get you three large punnets of the juiciest berries I’ve ever tasted…bliss!
After continually been told that Monmouth was the best coffee in London, I wondered up Monmouth Street which is just a short walk from Covent Garden. The coffee lived up to my expectations, strong, smooth and nice and hot.
My only qualm is that they don’t do skim milk (I have a bit of an aversion to full cream milk – to me it tastes like the milk my uncle use to spray straight from a cow’s udder into our mouths as children which use to/ still makes me gag… TMI?).
There is also a Monmouth Coffee shop at Borough Markets too but the line literally sprawls out of the entrance and stretches down the other side of the street… We got in line on a Saturday for 10 minutes and barely moved three steps so we aborted that mission and probably ended up some bitter, watery mess of a coffee instead.
We hit the American food extravaganza, Whole Foods at Kensington High Street and my eyes almost popped out of my head – I felt like I was in a foodie mecca. Apart from being able to get all your organic, gluten free, dairy free food, they also sell a lot of naughtier items such as Cross Doughnuts, a huge international selection of wine and mounds of cheese in their very own cheese room.
The boyfriend also found the ‘grind your own nut butter stand’ and instead of picking up a container of pre-ground hazelnut & chocolate spread, he felt the need to flick the switch and watch the hazelnuts and chocolate grind themselves into a thick nutella paste – practically home made!
After we went riding in Hyde Park one day, we were in desperate need of something to warm us up from the Autumn chill! We went to the Bone Daddies conveniently located above Whole Foods and tucked into some delicious Japanese. Obviously we got the ramen, but we also tried the karage chicken buns because I’m obsessed with these at the moment.
Not only do you get all your condiments (fresh garlic, spices, soy etc) but they thoughtfully give you a bib to prevent you from getting the contents of your bowl on your white shirt and also hair ties so you don’t end up slurping up your hair instead of noodles. I can see this place being a winter staple!
Selfridges Food Hall
Selfridges Food Hall is much like the David Jones Sydney CBD Food Hall, but on steroids. You can perch yourself up at the Champagne & Lobster bar and set in for the afternoon and then finish off your meal with a devine looking eclair or any type of chocolate that your heart (or your stomach) desires!
Burger & Lobster
Burger & Lobster is like a English institution. There isn’t a menu because the menu is simple – burger, burger and lobster or just lobster (£20 for a burger or lobster or £60 for a burger + half lobster for two)!
The boys decided to take charge of the ordering and decided everyone needed the burger and a 1/2 lobster… The meat patties in the burgers were delicious (the kind where there are juices oozing down your arm) but the real treat was that lobster and wiggling your tongue right into the claws to get the last piece of flesh out!
And I clearly haven’t grown up and still play with my food!
There is a menu for the cocktails and I would definitely recommend giving them a try! My favourite so far has to be the Burger Lobster Gin Fizz which contains a little gin, rhubarb, cream, soda. With a vigorous shake, it turns into an adult’s version of a creaming soda… dangerously good!
So that wraps up my first few weeks in London and I hope you’ve enjoyed being a tourist around London with me! I am writing this post by the pool in Mykonos so stay tuned for a sunny island post soon!