From time to time, I still hear people questioning the quality and selection of food available in the UK. I can’t speak as extensively about the rest of the country as I can for London, but I think it’s safe to say this is an extremely outdated stereotype.
The food in London is amazing and the selection extensive, so keeping this list to 5 was quite the challenge. Lucky for you, I have a more exhaustive list in my London Travel Guide which I’ll be selling very soon!
I’ve tried to give some variety in type and location for this list to suit a variety of readers. I’d love to know what you think and if you have any other favourites, please leave a comment! If you’re looking for a place to get drinks after your meal, check out my Top 5 London Pubs list here.
1. Pizza Metro
I know this is quite a bold statement, but I’m fully prepared to defend it….this is hands down the best pizza I’ve ever had. “But what about Italy?!” you’re probably screaming at the screen. All of the chefs come from there, so you know what you’re getting is an authentic Napoletana pizza. In addition to amazing food, the staff are some of the nicest funniest characters you’ll ever meet. I always feel welcomed and right at home when I stop in. There are two locations, one in Notting Hill and the other in Clapham Junction. The prices are also extremely affordable. My personal favourite order is the Diego and a bottle of the house red.
2. Bone Daddies
When your first taste of ramen ever is from Bone Daddies like mine was, anything after that is hard to compare! Not only is the ramen out of this world but it’s affordable as well. I usually start with the sashimi and fried chicken followed by Tonkutsu ramen. With 6 locations across London, it’s really easy to fit into your weeknight plans. Check out the menu on Zomato here.
How do people on the Mediterranean diet stay so skinny?! I seriously eat my weight in hummus, cheese, and bread every time I come here. Located in Marylebone, this authentic Greek restaurant will have you booking your next flight to Greece in .5 seconds. You can’t go wrong with the baked feta, hummus, or lamb shanks.
4. The Dairy
A seasonal British restaurant (I couldn’t do a London eats list without a British restaurant) that’s fairly new but making a huge splash. I would recommend going for the tasting menu if you’re dropping in for dinner, it’s only £48pp!!! If it’s brunch you’re after, I’d go for the dish featured below of BBQ beef cheek, fried egg, and crispy potato. (Local tip: If The Dairy is fully booked, try their sister restaurant, Counter Culture next door).
This is my go to tapas restaurant. Wine is amazing, charcuterie is on point, and the employees are super nice. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s one of the best. My favourite “go to’s” are the bread and ali-oli, selection of cheeses and Ibérico ham, croquetas, and paprika octopus. For wine, I highly recommend the Viña Zaco, Rias Baixas 2015. Honestly, anything you order is going to be amazing, so DO get carried away. (Feeling inspired to book a Spanish holiday? Check out my Formentera Travel Guide to give you that extra push!)