Eating out in London: the possibilities are endless. We just spent a few days in the city and had to make awfully hard choices… I highly recommend these five below, but for different reasons!
The Towpath Cafe
Good coffee, the best fried eggs I’ve had in many months, homemade jams, and thick slices of warm bread with lots of butter. The interior is of the “nothing fancy but, boy, do we like it” kind. Inside seating options are limited, but when the weather is good, this place on the canal is absolutely fabulous.
36 De Beauvoir Crescent (U: Haggerston), no website
After spending at least two hours in the Science Museum, we were hungry. Just outside the overcrowded museum area you’ll find lots of options for lunch at Exhibition Road, but we liked the Comptoir Libanais best. Middle Eastern Cuisine (not only Lebanese) in a very colourful and comforting interior. We had some homemade lemonade and sambousek, pastry parcels with cheese and chicken filling.
1-5 Exhibition Road (U: South Kensington), check http://www.lecomptoir.co.uk for more locations in London.
During our long walks in London we were often in for a little snack: and then there was Wahaca Mexican Market Eating. It’s a small chain with several locations around London, but we came across their mobile restaurant, a food truck parked next to the Thames. Simply great.
Check http://www.wahaca.co.uk for exact locations, this one is near Waterloo Station.
Remembering people’s names is not one of my qualities, but I do remember certain things I ate, even if that was 10 years ago. I will definitely remember the Nduja Scotch Egg at Brawn. Tiny but tasty! Brawn is a great bistro, with a daily changing menu and a special menu on Sundays. Wines are great too. Making reservations is an absolute must. And yes, I also fell for their simple logo.
49, Columbia Road (U: Hoxton), http://www.brawn.co
Pizza East Shoreditch
Although not that much of a pizza lover myself, the company I travelled with voted against another night at a Brawn-like place and demanded pizza instead. Under those circumstances, Pizza East turned out to be an outstanding option, even for me. Nice, lively atmosphere and, thank heavens, with a divers menu as well. Nothing wrong with red mullet, agretti and artichoke after all. Top picture of this post is taken at Pizza East as well!
At the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Street (U: Shoreditch High Street), check http://www.pizaeast.com for other locations as well.