A blog by Kelly Adams
In a previous blog post, my colleague Katie M wrote about her longing for good food in the capital. After reading her describe some dishes as “decidedly mediocre”, I felt it was necessary to counteract her harsh criticisms and point her (and fellow readers) in the right direction.
Since moving to London from South Africa, three and a half years ago I have sampled food from restaurants, markets, pop up restaurants and the odd kebab store around the city (the dolma from SuperKebab in Dalston are truly dreamy). In a city with such an eclectic mix of cultures and cuisines, I find it hard to believe that anyone could be less than impressed with the food choices available.
If you are looking for tip top pizza I recommend Addommé in Streatham Hill (South London) which is hands down the best pizza in London –very affordable, and worth the journey. If you are looking for somewhere a bit more central, then Pizza Pilgrims, Homeslice Pizza, Pizza East and Franco Manca are also high on the list.
I couldn’t write a post about food in London without mentioning Brixton Village. Home to a number of fresh produce stores, (very smelly) fishmongers and butchers, as well as an array of restaurants – Caribbean, Mexican, Colombian, Danish, American and Japanese amongst others. It truly is a miniature global culinary city within a city and in my opinion best reflects how exciting the London food scene is at the moment. Some other foodie markets worth a visit are Borough market and Broadway market.
If you are looking to blow some cash and experience some of London’s haute cuisine my top recommendation goes to the Michelin-starred Restaurant Story, located on Tooley Street, near London Bridge. With the choice of either a six- or 10-course tasting meal, you are guaranteed to go on a journey which is likely to change your life (I’m not even exaggerating on this one, it is that good). Honourable mentions go to Rules Restaurant in Covent Garden, the oldest restaurant in London and great for those wanting to experience really good traditional British cuisine, and Duck and Waffle – although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the signature dish, it’s worth a taste, but the rest of the menu is far more exciting.
I’ve barely scratched the surface, but really I could go on for days about the wonders of the London food scene and the sheer amount of really good food and produce on offer. Bottom line Katie (and fellow readers) if you aren’t finding good food in London, then you are not looking in the right places. Get out of your comfort zone and start enjoying the culinary smorgasbord available to you.