Honestly one of the best Pad Thai that I have had in London is from Newdlez. They are a family owned street food stall that I stumbled upon when I went searching for lunch one weekday at the Tachbrook Street Market.
Every dish is freshly made in a wok right in front of you. You are asked what filling you want (prawns, tofu, chicken or veg), whether you want it spicy or not, and whether you would like the egg mixed into the noodles or omelette-style.
Light, fresh and bursting full of flavour – this is a great lunch option if you are ever in the area.
Martin Morales’s original restaurant, Ceviche in London’s vibrant Soho, is definitely one of my favourite restaurants to go for an evening meal out. Peruvian food has a very distinct flavour with it’s tiger milk soaked fish dishes and choclo.
At Ceviche the dishes are tapas-like sharing dishes and perfect sized plates to share between two people. The dishes are light, colourful and bursting full of flavour. I went recently with my mother while she was in London (so I needed to do another, more updated blog post about it) and we ordered lots of gorgeous dishes between us.
We sat at the bar, which is actually my favourite seat there. The waitresses gave us a description of each dish and even gave recommendations, so this was helpful in choosing the dishes because we literally wanted it all. It is light, but filling and full of flavour. One of my favourite places for a dining out.
One of my all time favourite Sunday Brunch and Steak Tartare restaurants is Bistrotheque in Cambridge Health. It is a hidden away gem in a quiet street of housing, no signs outside and you just walk in and upstairs into a bright and sunny dining room, with large bouquets of flowers, a pianist on a grand piano, cocktail making at the bar and good buzz in the air.
I always get the same thing when I go: a Steak Tartare main (which is mixed with herbs, sauces, capers, etc already, then put neatly on the plate with an egg yolk balancing on the top, and comes with chips and a gem lettuce salad) and a Bloody Mary (which are also really good here).
Great vibe, great food, great service, great Bloody Mary – all very important elements to a Sunday Brunch.
One of my current favourite cuisines is Vietnamese. It is fresh, healthy, full of goodness, but also it is so full and rich in flavour. I will finally let you in on my current favourite Vietnamese restaurant – it is called Que Me on Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park.
It is really well priced, always busy so the food is always fresh, it is absolutely delicious and it is so authentic. The owners are Vietnamese who have been eating pho since they were 3 years old and who use a family recipe – and you know I love a family run, independent restaurant where people are really passionate about their food.
I would recommend: The “Mama” Rolls, the Prawn Summer Rolls, the Vietnamese Pancake, the Lemongrass Prawn Bun, and the Special Beef Pho. I have tried all of these here and they are all amazing!
I know I have written about Fink’s previously, but I only wrote about brunch there. Plus it is such a gorgeous little independent cafe that does such simple fresh foods and I just love it in the sunny weather as it is on such a pretty little street tucked away from the busy roads. It is also great in the winter if you are looking for a great place for a good slice of cake and a coffee in a cozy, homely vibe.
We recently came on a sunny day and sat outside with our salad and sandwich just taking in the weather and taking our time to enjoy our freshly made food.
One sunny weekend recently we went for a walk, a very long walk, from Finsbury Park to the top of Hampstead Heath and down to Gospel Oak. Towards the end of our walk we ended up in a pub called The Stag for a late lunch/dinner.
As it was a sunny day – the large beer garden in the back was heaving with people and so we sat inside which was also buzzing with people at the bar coming in from the garden to order drinks etc. We chose a little booth and table (the only free space as it was rammed).
We shared the Scotch Egg, the Beef Carpaccio and the Beef Rib with Slaw.
We weren’t really sure what to expect as none of us had eaten there before and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was all delicious and presented very well.
Definitely recommend if you are in Hampstead Heath and looking for a place to eat in the area.
I am back from Italy and all carb-ed out. I will be writing about my adventures and food finds for sure though – don’t you worry!
Another Italian restaurant post to stick to the current Italian theme – Franco Manco’s – one of my favourite pizza places in the world. Number one pizza I have had would have to be Gusta Pizza in Florence, Italy and Franco Manco rates second on my list.
They have six pizzas on their menu and they do them very very very well!!! I love a simple menu where everything on there is done perfectly!
Their chewy sourdough bases are absolutely what makes this pizza a hit! I find the base of a pizza just as important as the fresh toppings that are added to it.
They started off as a small little pizza bar in Brixton Market and now have a few spots around London. Definitely worth a try if you like a good pizza.