I hope you are all well. I know it has been a while since I last posted – the result of trying to balance my final year of university, a part-time job, going to the gym and blogging – but now that the year has started to wind down I can assure you I will have more time to bore you with my blog posts! In addition to my hectic schedule, I have also had a lot going on in my personal life. It saddens me to tell you that two very important people in my life passed away – my maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother – who were always my two biggest fans and my greatest supports. This will be my first blog post since losing them and albeit being extremely hard for me not having them comment, like ,and share my posts, I know that they would want me to carry on pursuing my dreams as a blogger.
So, I introduce my newest blog post, where I eat in London and of course, where you should eat too. Although admittedly, I love eating healthily and working out, some of the best moments in my life – some of my best moments I had with my grandfather and grandmother too – have revolved around amazing food. I guess that is why there are so many quotes and passages that revolve around food and love… to name a few…
‘good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends’
‘food is the ingredient that binds us together’
‘there is no sincere love than the love for food’
Evidently, there is a very special relationship between food and love. Essentially, sitting around a table, eating good food with your family, is the epitome of love and happiness.
I hope you enjoy my favourite restaurants, cafes and eateries in London. With all these places I have shared beautiful and special moments, and of course, amazing food. I hope you can create some of your own special moments at these restaurants too.
(NOTE: all the restaurants are linked in their titles)
Undoubtedly my favourite cuisine is Italian. Perhaps its my love of carbohydrates or that Italian cooking seems real, home-cooked and passionate. Whatever the reason, Italian cuisine has my heart. What I love about London is that there is no shortage of Italian restaurants, so whether your heart calls for a delicious ravioli or a delectable carbonara, the restaurants below will surely fit your needs.
One of my favourite restaurants because it is a beautiful balance of amazing food and a clean, not-too-fancy atmosphere. I recommend booking on opentable as this will give you a 50 percent discount!
One of the most beautiful restaurants in London… There is quite literally a tree in the middle of the restaurant, covered with fairy-lights. The food is also amazing… think crab cakes with avocado, truffle spaghetti, and a very inventive – but tasty – take on Tiramisu!
This was my location for my birthday dinner. A beautiful restaurant with beautiful, authentic food… I recommend the truffle risotto or the steak. Definitely on the pricey side, however, if you are looking to spoil yourself then this is the place for you!
Another amazing restaurant, this time the location for my anniversary! The scallops to start are to-die for and the truffle spaghetti – while expensive – is one of the best in London.
A small, cosy restaurant snuggled within a small side-street. This is real authenitc Italian food, affordable and romantic. I would suggest one of their amazing pastas, such as the ravioli or alternatively their marvellous tuna steak.
Call me crazy for having a whole section dedicated to truffle but truffle is undoubtedly my favourite food in the world. Unfortunately, truffle is a very expensive, however, there are a few places that listed below that will not break your bank.
Quite literally, my two favourite things in the world are truffle and prosecco. So when I was invited to this restaurant by the owner I was extremely excited. One of my favourite meals while living in London as the food is tasty and at an affordable price. I recommend the truffle mac’n’cheese and obviously, their extensive range of proseccos!
Not exactly a restaurant but a stand in Borough Market. It it also important to mention that they sell their pasta! Honestly, the best truffle ravioli I have ever tried in my life. There is no need to even add a sauce the truffle ravioli is just that good!
If you have a higher budget or a special occasion is coming up, I would recommend the restaurants I mentioned earlier in the Italian section: Daphne’s for their truffle taglioni, Ristorante Frescobaldi for their truffle spaghetti and Sartoria for their seasonal truffle menu.
Japanese and Chinese/Cantonese
Japanese food often revolves around sushi. I hate sushi – this is what I thought a few weeks ago. My sister introduced me into the world of sushi a few weeks ago – after some horrific experiences in the past – and I was pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, sushi is an acquired taste, however, I an assure you that if you are a fan of sushi, you will love the restaurants listed below… On the other hand, I love chinese/cantonese food. Nothing quite beats a won ton soup and some dim sum…
A reasonably priced sushi restaurant. Their crab cakes are to-die-for and their prawn tempura sushi is mouthwateringly good!
This was the location for my birthday lunch. If the view is not enough of a reason to visit then make sure you visit for calamari, the prawn tempura and of course, the sushi.
A must visit restaurant. I specifically list Hakkasan Mayfair because their menu is larger and more extensive. Amazing atmosphere… imagine dim lighting and base-y music. I recommend the dim-sum and the jasmine chicken!
If you love traditional Chinese then this is the place for you. It is affordable and you know the food is going to be good because of the photos proudly displayed showing the number of celebrities that have visited the restaurant. I recommend the won ton soup and the crispy beef.
If you are like me and enjoy maintaining a healthy diet, then I suggest the restaurants below. There is a stereotype that healthy food cannot taste good, however, I am here to assure you that healthy food can taste good. If I cannot convince you then I am sure the photos below will.
Finding a good avocado toast is surprisingly very hard. I would stop your mission to find the avocado toast though because 26 Grains takes top spot. I would also recommend the amazing oat bowls… tasting just as good as they look!
Simply has to be on the list because this is one place that I am addicted to. If I did not lose my loyalty card so often I reckon I would be on the 100th free smoothie. I recommend the Avocado Smoothie… simply the best smoothie in London.
This is one of those places where you can enjoy a fantastic, yummy meal and not feel guilty about it. My favourite dish is definitely the black rice, chicken and baked avocado. If you have not tried a baked avocado yet, your are definitely missing out.
I love pizza. I do not mean pizza as in Dominos or Papa Johns. In fact, with all honesty, I hate Dominos and Papa Johns. I love a real Italian pizza with real mozzarella and fresh, sweet tomatoes. While there is a common perception that pizza is bad for you, I think people think of the stereotypical take-out pizza. Indeed, pizza is by no-means low calorie, however, if you decide to indulge in a real Italian pizza then at least you know what you are eating: some bread, cheese and perhaps some ham and olives.
Not only is this restaurant cheap, but it also serves the best pizza in London. I realise now it has become a chain, regardless, the pizza is phenomenal. I recommend visiting the original restaurant which is located in Bermondsey.
One would think that this location, just off Bond Street, would warrant expensive prices. However, this restaurant is refreshingly affordable. One of the most laid-back restaurants I have ever been to, but they definitely produce amazing pizza. I would recommend the folded pizzas to be precise!
If you have a sweet tooth then these places are definitely for you. Whether its cake or patisserie, cupcakes or scones, hot chocolate or tea…
One of my favourite spots in London. After a spot of shopping, I always find myself back here. The cream-tea is one of the best, and not as ridiculously priced as a lot of them in London. If you have a more savoury tooth then I also recommend their sandwiches which are simply delicious.
Found in Selfridges Food Hall and Dolly’s too, Belle Epoque serves fine sweet treats and pastries. If you have not tried their berry cheesecake, then you simply have not lived.
One of the classics. If you have not visited Peggy Porschen already – because of their gorgeous flower displays that change seasonally – then do yourself a favour a visit because of their lemon, raspberry and rose layer cake! I love this place so much that even my birthday cake was from it!
London is a huge city, so by no means am I finished with this list; therefore, if anyone has any recommendations please comment on this post and I would love to visit and potentially add it to my list.
As I mentioned, I hope I can see some of my readers enjoying at the restaurants I have listed above… whether thats enjoying a pizza, some truffle or maybe just a cup of tea.
Remember to embrace the moments and enjoy your food with the ones you love.