Most New Yorkers who visit London don’t come back with recommendations about the food. There’s a perception that the fish & chips and the curries are awesome, but that everything else is mediocre (at best). After living in NYC for 5 years, I have to say that London food was an adjustment. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge fan of fried fish and Indian food, and would probably fly to the UK just to eat either one! But compared to NYC? Home of bagels, deli sandwiches and pizza slices? Sorry but the cheese and pickle sandwich at Pret a Manger doesn’t stack up.
So, during our first few months living in London, I ended up cooking almost every meal at home. This was a good thing. But gradually I realized – London’s culinary scene is there. You just need to know how to find it.
Here are a few of my favorite (aka favourite) finds:
there’s no menu at burger lobster because they only serve 2 things: burgers and lobsters. Either option is £20, so to get your money’s worth go for the lobsters (which they import from Nova Scotia). You can have it grilled, steamed or as a roll. You can always order a burger as a “starter” to share with your dining companions. They’re rolling this restaurant out across the world soon, but I’ll remember that London was first, and give them some cred for that.
this was a bakery that did pizzas as a sideline, for their lunch crowd. Its baked goods are still around and delicious, but it has expanded to include a sit down restaurant with an industrial and urban vibe. Go for the pizzas, which are served individually and prepared Italian style. Prepare for a difficult decision about toppings.
this is London’s hot spot for Mexican food, complete with a “speakeasy” bar on the ground floor where you can go for late night cocktails. Their guacamole, Mexican style corn and carnitas tacos are all done extremely well. What’s even better? The staff. Despite huge crowds, they will help you find a spot to post up at the bar. They’ll even bring you chips & dips while you wait for a table. Great service… in a place blasting hip hop tunes, known for visits from Kate Moss, and with hour long waiting lists?? Toto, we’re not in New York City anymore!