31 août 2015 § Poster un commentaire
For those following me on Instagram & Facebook, I am also writing articles in the TASTE section of the amazing e-mag MUSEEUM. Behind this project, Julia Tarasyuk and Lina Kobeissi, who are bringing a visit to the museum to a whole new level through the 5 senses. Did you know that you could play table foot at la Maison Rouge after a photography exposition? Or have you ever heard of the secret terrass near the Grand Palais?
26 août 2015 § 5 Commentaires
If you have already done all the major tourists attraction in London, and want to discover London through food, this post is for you.
- The Breakfast Club in Soho, Camden, Hoxton, Angel..
The first BC has opened in Soho in 2005. Very popular and full every day since its opening, BC has expanded with several branches across London. Expect at least 30mn queue, if not more on week ends. Thick and fluffy pancakes, avocado on toast or the traditional English Breakfast with Sausage, beans and portobello mushrooms are what awaits you for starting the day full and energized. Extremely friendly service despite the rush. Website here.
- Duck & Waffle, 40th floor of Heron Tower in the City
If my friend did not motivate me to go there, I would certainly not have been there by myself. Having done many rooftops, I was expecting overpriced and average food only because of the view. Duck & Waffle is not just relying on this asset but food was a good surprise. They are famous for their waffle, and their reputation is completely deserved. Waffles are like crepes: very easy to cook but again not everyone does it well. The banana brûlé version with home made nutella topped with a strong flavored vanilla ice cream will stay in my memory for a long time. Read full article here.
Booking is strongly recommended and the best moment would be for sunrise, it is worth setting your alarm clock early! Service? Friendly and nice waiters, I miss London for that!
Where? Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
- Shake Shack
If you have not yet been in the US and want to finally taste the oh-so-incredible Shake Shack burgers that everyone has been talking about, this is the perfect spot if you are in Covent Garden area. Burgers taste exactly the same as across Atlantic.
- Byron Burger
Or if you want to try a burger without the « fast food » atmosphere and you have plans to travel in the US in the near future, Byron is a safe bet : beef from Scotland and several branches across London. My friend liked Byron burger as she was able to choose her favorite blue cheese and felt the patty was very flavorful. The funny illustrations on the menu are by the French graphic designer Jean Jullien.
Both are chains, using quality ingredients (especially the meat) and I think it is just a matter of time before Shake Shack decides to open in Paris too.
Another classic in London dining repertoire. For the toilets, the interior design and the lovely tableware (by the artist David Shrigley) which will remind you of a Stanley Kubrick movie, Sketch is the perfect spot for a rest after a shopping session on Oxford Street. Often mentioned in the rankings of the best restaurants in the world, it is owned by the half french-algerian Mourad Mazouz, who is also behind 404 and le Derrière in Paris.
- Beigel Bake
Hungry at 4am? Grab a bagel at Beigel Bake in Brick Lane, the oldest bagel shop in London, a place which has never slept since their opening in 1977. For night owls, breakfast, brunch, dinner, snack, whenever you want and also great for small budgets.
Where? 159 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
- Crosstown Doughnuts and Bread Ahead
For Doughnuts… mmh my all time favorites are Doughnut Plant in New York but London is trying to catch up with Crosstown Doughnuts and Bread Ahead. I would recommend to take the filled doughnuts as the others may taste a little dry in mouth. The orange nectarine – seasonal flavor only for summer, was the perfect treat after a long walk in Green Park.
24 août 2015 § 5 Commentaires
Finally trying a restaurant with a view in London! Thanks to my friend who suggested we had breakfast at Duck and Waffle, it was one of the best surprise of the week end. You will reach the heights after taking a glass lift which will bring you to the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in a flash. If you feel dizzy, close your eyes, but it would be a pity to miss the amazing view.
I did not have high expectations on the food served in this kind of places: usually overpriced and average quality justified by the view. At Duck and Waffle, the British chef Daniel Doherty has succeeded to propose simple dishes with quality ingredients. Their specialty as its name indicates: waffles ! I was not in the mood for eating duck at 8am, neither my friend, so we took a Banana Brûlé waffle, with a delicious home made nutella topped with vanilla ice cream. A real decadent breakfast of Champions !
They have a full brunch menu, with Mimosa, Bloody Marys and Eggs cooked the way you desire. Sometimes it is ok to forget preconceptions and leave them in your cupboard to give a try to places like this one. Definitely the best breakfast experience I had so far!
Where? Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY – Booking Strongly recommended. Best moment? For sunrise early in the morning, you will not regret it!
27 juillet 2015 § 3 Commentaires
14 juillet 2015 § 1 commentaire
Sorry for the absence during these two weeks, I was trying a different platform for the blog but WordPress is definitely the best. I meanwhile started another blog, with less food and more inspiring people: AliasOlivia. Thanks for having a look 🙂
When I visited London few years ago, Fernandez and Wells had only one branch in Soho. I still have in mind their excellent capuccino, the best I ever had so far. Today, F&W has several cafes across London and I particularly loved the one located in Somerset House. Lots of light, great coffee and pastries, a successful combination for me!
Where? all the locations on their website here: Fernandezandwells.com
22 juin 2015 § Poster un commentaire
Juice bars can now be easily found in London. Roots and Bulbs was one of my favorite as they serve healthy food as well. As a coconut lover, I chose the « Coco Heaven » smoothie : Coconut Water, coconut Meat, spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, which was really good. If you prefer cold pressed juices, you can choose among the greens or seasonal ones.
Healthy sweet treats such as Banana bread, brownie or macarons are on the menu: the banana bread was moist with a strong banana flavor. Roots and Bulbs is suitable for vegans, coeliacs (Gluten Free pastries and dishes) and also for people without any dietary restrictions. Go there early as they sell out fast. Several locations across London.
Where? 5 Thayer St, Marylebone, London W1U 3JG and for other addresses, check their website: here.
21 juin 2015 § Poster un commentaire
A nice place for trying Fish&Chips is Golden Union in Soho. The traditional cod can be replaced here by Plaice (raie) or pollock (colin). The cod was very fresh, covered with a thin layer of batter not greasy at all.Definitely a good spot if you are in Soho area.
Where? 38 Poland St, London W1F 7LY – I have only tried the dish here but you can’t go wrong at other popular places like Poppies.