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.
19 février 2015 § Poster un commentaire
Sharing in this post another brunch / lunch spot I loved: Melvin’s Juice Box. They serve jamaican food in a very cool ambiance. Chicken Jerk Salad was incredible ! I saw the owner Melvin himself serving fresh juices, because Melvin’s is also the first Juice/Smoothie Bar in New York. Forget the traditional smoothies but expect spicy and unique ingredients in your drink. Not to be missed if you are in the area.
Address: 132 West Houston Street, Greenwich Village