Mar 21, 2011

Lybberts Guide to London - Restaurants

With a few of our friends making the cross-pond trek, we've been dishing out a few recommendations.  We're no experts, but here are some of our favorite places to eat - most of them happen to be around the corner from us and all of them are delicious!

Near Our Flat:
Ottolenghi - You will die for the presentation alone of this place. It's a creative take on food with a Middle Eastern / Mediterranean flare. I love the char grilled broccoli, muffins and hot chocolate.  I hear their mocha latte something are to die for. They have one large table in the back so it's not ideal for a sit-down meal, but definitely worth stopping by.

El Pirata De Tapas - My favorite place in London. Affordable and delicious, please promise me you'll eat here ONCE - it's just around the corner from our place. I think it's best to go on a week night when it's not too busy. One time when the place was slammed the food wasn't quite as good. We recommend: tomato on toast, broken eggs with chorizo potato and prawn, slow roasted pork belly, mixed leaf salad with beet root puree, and the apple dessert.

George’s Portobello Fish Bar – Jamie Oliver’s favorite fish and chips in the entire city. Definitely worth checking out!

Falafel Cart - On Portobello between Westbourne Park Road and Lancaster (right in front of the Tesco supermarket). These little Ukrainian women make the MOST delicious falafel - try it with everything on it, they're there all day every day except Thursdays and Sundays.

Gail's - Quite literally AROUND the corner. Grab brunch on Fridays / Saturdays before the 10:30 rush and people-watch the mass migration on Portobello. (then stroll down the street on your way to the next place.)

Other Places:
Borough Market - Start off your morning with anything from this fresh food market - organic juices, a legit British Bap, or go for our hands-down favorite: the chorizo from BRINDISA. (Ask where it is, this place is a maze) You won't be sorry.  Then make your way over to the Thames to see Tower Bridge or the Tate Modern.

getting their bap on at borough market.

Zaika - Indian on High Street Kensington, just south of the park. You might want to dine here and then walk along Kensington Church Street or catch a show at Royal Albert Hall. (Down and dirty Indian available on Brick Lane.)

Yauatcha – Grab some Dim Sum and head to a show, located in Soho.

Tea Time:
The Kensington Orangery.
Fast & Fresh:
I'm always happy with Chicken Pho from any EAT. or a brie baguette from Pret A Manger.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

DANG. you have me missing l-town every time i read over here. while food never was its strength-you are correct that it makes habits easy to form and choosing dinner easy. and when it was good-it was REALLY good. :)

can't wait for dual income-but even with it i don't think we'll be buying anything in the city for a little longer. how much longer in foggy londontown for you two?