London is not short of restaurants and excellent ones at that. Knowing which to try and what to order can be tricky, but there are some places that simply can’t be missed. Ready to try some?
- Croquetas at Barrafinas – Tapas Spanish food at its best. Croquetas are among the most popular items on the menu at all three Barrafina restaurants and each one has different signature serves in their location as well. My favorite place in the city and a must visit on yr trip. Be prepared for the long wait here.
- Borough Market – Known for its fresh produce and many food stalls around. There are bakeries, Fish & Seafood, German Deli, Specialty Foods, Ethiopian flavors, Gourmet Goat, Gujarati Rasoi, Kappacasein Cheese to name a few but there are hundreds of options here to browse and enjoy as well.
- If you happen to be in Harrods their food court has a Thai cafe. Great views and food in here.
- High tea experience – Must do London experience – it is sandwiches, snacks, desserts and tea at its best and that day you can skip dinner altogether, . The best in town are Claridges, Harrods and Fortnum and Mason.
Many other places also offer them but these are the special ones.
Last but not least recommend this French chain for macaroons and desserts– it is in Burlington arcade – this doesn’t have seating, only two tables outside but is lovely nevertheless. The Covent Garden location on the other hand has more seating and is a great place for after dinner coffee and dessert.
“Good Indian food is to Londoners what good Mexican food is to Texans.” These are all Indian places tried by me. Amaya and Benaras will take reservations – rest do not and there are long waiting lines – if you go in early hours then less wait time.
- Amaya – Michelin star, lovely food, good appetizers, paneer, chicken and tandoori grill dishes are outstanding – try to get seat by open kitchen.
- Cinnamon Bazaar Chaat, Kachoris, modern twist on dishes. Purani dlli chaat and aloo tiki chaats are outstanding. Make reservation for sure.
Everything here is good – recommended Sali Boti (which is lamb curry and comes with their roomali roti), ruby chicken (spicy butter chicken), fried okra – as I said everything is good – I have practically tried all their menu. Their desserts are just ok – malai kulfi is the only thing which is good. Has 3 branches in London and 1 in Edinburgh.
- Benaras – fancy, Michelin star – all contemporary small plate dishes but everything here is just lovely. Great presentation.
Sri Lankan restaurant– I like their egg hopper (which is an inverted dosa) – this comes with one curry, I like the lamb curry but their fish curry is recommended, mutton rolls are also good – again have gone here many times and consistent quality. Small place with not a lot of seating but always packed
- Lahori Kabab house – Nihari and lamb curry both are good. Outstanding lamb chops. Not a fancy restaurant but makes up in the food.
- Zaika – Monkfish kabab, chicken tikka and lamb all are good. Have a chocolate bomb for dessert for chocolate lovers.