Back in December 2013 I shared with you the 10 places that I wanted to eat in London. Now that I have eaten in majority of these places I thought it would be time to update this list.
A lot has changed since the last post. I am now a vegetarian and have been for the past 8 months. One of the biggest difficulties that I have is finding a restaurant that offers more than one veggie option that isn’t a goats cheese tart *shudder* and the fact that I also do not eat fish makes things a little harder!
I am the only one in my friendship circle who is meat and fish free so I wanted to create a list that both meat eaters and vegetarians could enjoy visiting together.
So lets get started:
Located just off Carnaby Street in Kingsley Court (man this is an up and coming foodie heaven) Senor Ceviche is perfect for anyone wanting a South American vibe. They focus on Peruvian food and it’s beauty is that this food is made for sharing. They recommend 3 plates per person but more if you are hungry and the cocktail list just looks incredible! The menu boasts 8 veggie options and the first thing that I would order would have to be the Quinoa Ceviche: Black Quinoa with ponzu, pea and wasabi puree, roasted root vegetables, edamame beans and sweet potatoes.
Closest tube: Oxford St/ Piccadilly Circus
You can find Pulia in Borough Market next to London Bridge tube station. It is an Italian deli concept store and this is it’s first in London. Come here for Sothern Italian produce from the region of Puglia. Think, traditional breads, chesses, meats, salads, dried pasta, olive oil and of course a lot of wine. You can either take the produce home with you or sit and ear in their 30-seater dining area. I can’t wait to come here during the Summer and to buy everything that I could possibly need for a picnic before hitting up on of the beautiful London parks.
Closest Tube: London Bridge.
I often find that vegetarians have the most choice at Indian restaurant and boy have I heard a lot of good things about this one. Don’t believe me, then check out the huge queue that trails out of each of their restaurants. I love street food and can’t want to give this one ago. The amazing thing about this restaurant is that you can come for breakfast too. For brekkie I would pick the egg naan roll and the Kejriwal- two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast. For supper I would pick Gunpowder potatoes: potatoes with brown skins, smoky-grilled, broken apart, tossed with butter, crushed aromatic seeds and green herbs or I would go for the Rajma Frankie- Spiced red kidney beads with fresh coriander and minty green chutney in an open ended naan roll. You can book if you have a group of 6 or more but if there is fewer they only take walk ins, however, there is a nice cocktail bar for you to wait in! I might head here on Sunday and let you know how I get on.
There is no better option for meat and vegetarian friends who want to dine together than brunch! I am desperate to visit The Red Riding House Café for Sunday brunch (to be honest I would be more than happy to go for breakfast/brunch on any day of the week). On a Sunday between 9am-4pm you can get your ‘traditional brunch’ items; eggs, salmon, pancakes and salads. Between noon and 4pm they also offer roast dinners and smaller sharing dishes for the table. A perfect option for everyone! I am dying to try their buttermilk pancakes, eggs hussard or their macaroni cheese fritter. It is conveniently located close to Oxford Street and they take bookings.
Closets tube: Oxford Circus/Goodge Street
Hallies and Little H are sister restaurants that are located in Parsons Green just across the street from one another.
Healthy, Californian-inspired food which uses organic and ethical produce wherever it is possible. It is the perfect spot for brunch/lunch with a friend…can you tell how into breakfast that I have become recently! Meat eaters don’t be put off with the healthy vegan food route that they have taken, they do have meals with bacon and chicken in it too. But why don’t you opt for something a little bit different…you never know you might just love it! I would pick the ricotta pancakes with berries, fig, honey & craime fraiche for breakfast and the lentil, halloumi, butternut squash, avocado, rocket & sundried tomato for lunch. They have just started serving dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings. The menu changes each week but as a sample I would pick the spring risotto of peas, broad beans, mint & lemon. Although I’m not convinced I would come here for dinner as they have many more meat options than they do veggie.
Closest Tube: Parsons Green
A Californian Deli-cum-café that specialises in fresh juices, smoothies, gluten/dairy/sugar free and vegan food but they do have a few indulgent treats too! They have a few spots to eat inside the deli which is perfect for a couple of friends meeting for lunch or some solo-dining with a good book (which is how I intend to use it). For breakfast I would pick the chia seed and almond milk pot and for lunch I could see myself devouring the roasted courgette, aubergine, red pepper, home made hummus & baby spinach on an olive & sundried tomato flagette with garlic & thyme.
Closest tube: Parsons Green
BRGR.CO combines two of my favourite types of food: Lebanese with a little bit of American. Head here for burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. This is much more meat friendly than it is for us poor vegetarians but I am dying to try their falafel burger which comes with a tahini sauce…I die. And a stack of their crispy buttermilk onion rings. They have two locations in the UK- Soho and Chelsea. Perfect for a group of friends who want to get down and dirty with some proper burgers.
Closest tube Soho: Oxford Circus & Tottenham Court Road
Closest Tube Chelsea: Sloane Square
Pizza is a food that unites people and I am yet to have a friend who doesn’t eat it. There is nothing more lovely than heading out for a late supper with friends that you haven’t seen in a while and grabbing a few slices together. Homeslice, in Covent Garden, has had a lot of buzz surrounding it for quite some time and I am desperate to try it out. I would opt for the courgette and artichoke pizza. Their mix of veggie and meaty options is really wonderful! It all started by some friends and a food truck and before you know it they have their own restaurant. They don’t take bookings so I am expecting to wait in a rather large queue…
Closest tube: Covent Garden
This is a super new addition to the Chelsea restaurant scene and could also be one of the most charming to make it onto my list. This really is a place to venture to before the Summer is over because of their gorgeous outside garden. It is another restaurant where you can eat at anytime of the day. Brunch is served until 11.30am (so civilised) their all day menu runs from 11.30am until late and Afternoon Tea is served from 3pm. I plan on heading here with some of my closest gal pals for a champagne afternoon tea for my 27th birthday in August. I think I may book now as this is going to be ultra popular!
Closest tube: Sloane Square/ South Kensington
9. Phat Phucs
For number 9 we are going to stay in Chelsea but move from gorgeous English garden to Vietnamese street noodles. Phat Phucs translates to Happy Buddha in Vietnamese and is located in a beautiful courtyard just off the Kings Road where all the food is prepared in front of your very eyes and the smells wafting around will transport you to the Vietnamese street food vendors. Pho (noodle soup) is the Vietnamese national dish that is eaten almost everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is often referred to as the ‘soul of the nation’ and I am obsessed with it. It is nutritious and just the right food to fight off colds, bugs and to pick you up when you might be feeling under the weather. This has been on my To Eat At list for years and I think that I may just head there this weekend as I will be in the area. The menu is extremely vegetarian friendly as most dishes can be made with just vegetables. I am expecting little bowls of heaven.
Closest Tube: Sloane Square/ South Kensington
Boy am I desperate to go to Sketch. It is a space where the lines between food, music and art have been blurred and the people behind it have created a multi-sensory fusion of fun. There are many different offering in this space that offer a variety of experiences and food groups. They range from: The Parlour where you can devour eccentric patisseries, the fairy-tale magic of The Glade, The East Bar for pre supper drinks, to the sophistication of The Lecture Room & Library. However, the area that I most want to explore is The Gallery which is open for afternoon tea and dinner. An experience for all of your senses and the top of my list to go to this Summer in London.
Closest Tube: Oxford Circus/ Bond Street/Piccadilly
Where are you wanting to eat this Summer? Also please do leave any recommendations that you have down below…my list of places to eat is truly a list that I want to expand!