Tuesday, 14 May 2013

10 London Restaurants and Cafes I Can't Wait To Eat At (Part 2)

So, after I posted my '10 London Restaurants and Cafes I Can't Wait To Eat At' in January (I had a really nostalgia meets excitement hit putting it together) I had such a great response from people who had enjoyed the list, and found it a really useful guide of where to try and eat in the city in lieu of my 'Places To Eat In London' being on hiatus until July when I get back from Los Angeles. Reader   and fellow blogger Ashley has even decided to work through every restaurant on that list with her boyfriend, and documented her first visit from the list of Pizza East on her blog. Naturally I had to put another edition together, then!
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Lets start this list off with another picture of a burger, shall we? Now Bill's is not actually specifically a burger joint, and while I have not actually eaten there yet I have attempted to a couple of times, but it has always been very full, and when you live in East London, and you've dragged yourself to Covent Garden for brunch on a Sunday morning you don't really want to be waiting until 2pm for a table, do you? However, this is not the fault of Bill's; I've heard amazing things about the food at every meal of the day, so no wonder it is always packed!
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Now, Lily Vanilli's is a tricky one, as her Columbia Road bakery is only open on a Sunday which leaves a pretty small window for enjoying her delicious looking cakes. However, luckily the one day of the week she does open is a Sunday, because in her plum location on Columbia Road it provides East Londoners a haven to go for a bite to eat and a cup of coffee after browsing the famous flower market. That is one of my first Sundays when I move back to London at the end of the Summer sorted then! Who does not love flowers and cake in one place?
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While Clapham is a bit South of the river than I usually venture, I do have a couple of friends who live there, which means I don't mind going down there when I know there is someone I can drag out of their house to go to lunch, or won't moan at me for having to get up really early to get on the Northern Line to go somewhere for brunch. I'm not actually sure where I heard about The Plough Bar & Kitchen, but their sumptuous food photos on their website, like the one above, have me very, very excited.
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Do you follow anyone from the Nordic states on Instagram? If you do, you will have had the experience of scrolling through your feed each morning and getting an eyeful of other peoples delicious looking Nordic pasties and coffees they are enjoying for breakfast. From what I have heard about it so far, The Nordic Bakery in Marylebone is the perfect place to go in London if you are a looking for a slice of that action. 
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It seems the moment I left London so many new and exciting burger joints started popping up, mainly in Soho. In my last post I noted I wanted to eat at Honest Burgers, but also pretty near the top of the list is Patty & Bun. Living in Los Angeles and having several cult burger stand alones and chains all around me I have learnt that so many different things make a good burger, and I don't think it is possible for there for be a 'best' burger in any city. Knowing my luck I'll find I wish I could mix and match from different burger joints like I do here; I buy my burgers from In-N-Out and my fries from Five Guys!
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There are two things which, when done well can never fail to satisfy. The first of these I just mentioned, the burger, and the second is obviously the pizza. Now, while I love making my own pizzas at home (my parents have told me over Skype numerous times they miss my pizza bases) nothing beats a well done pizza baked in a traditional pizza oven. Brooklyn Bite, obviously baking fresh New York style pizzas on the King's Road is something I've only recently heard about, but I think will make a great lunch while shopping in the area.
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I have a thing about bakeries that have their own cake books. My favourite cupcakes in Los Angeles come from Georgetown Cupcake, but I have heard the proportions in their books don't really work. In London, my favourite bakery is the Primrose Bakery in Primrose Hill, but I've flicked through their books and they look rather uninspiring.  On the other hand, while I adore and bake out of all the time Cake Days by The Hummingbird Bakery I think the cupcakes in the actual Hummingbird Bakery are good, but not as good as I can make from the book. I don't own the book from Peggy Porschen, nor have I visited her store (though I have seen some pretty amazing photos on peoples blogs) but I have made her Limencello Layer Cake from a recipe in The English Home magazine which was actually divine. This has made me want the book, but after my Hummingbird experience  I've decided I need to try what the actual in store cakes are like before I buy it.
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I don't really like Indian food. However, before I moved to America I did not like beef, before I learnt how to cook it well myself I did not like steak. While I was at boarding school I would have told you that I could not stand mashed potato, and I now like and eat vegetables too. My point is, is I think I don't like Indian food, but I'm also pretty sure I've never had real Indian food except for homemade traditional samosas, which I adore. See where I am going with this? I've heard great things about Dishoom and it has been around for quite a while, and it has a killer looking cocktail menu. I'm going to see if I like Indian food.
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Honey & Co. is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Fitzrovia from a former Ottolenghi pastry chef. If that is not an automatic recommendation for the food, I don't know what is. Think fresh flavours, many small dishes and an alternative evening meal; I can't wait to go - they are also open for breakfasts. There is also apparently a massive bidding war going on for their first book, just in proposal form, and talks of television.
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Koya is a Japanese Udon joint. Just like I am aware that I have never actually taste real, good Indian food I am also aware that the only Japanese food I have ever eaten has been from Wagamamas, and while there is nothing wrong with Wagamamas (have you tasted their sorbets?!) I know that this is totally unacceptable and needs to be rectified. I picked Koya out of a Refinery 29 piece on the best ramen in London; their London section is still pretty new, but judging by how useful I find the restaurant pieces in Refinery 29 Los Angeles, I'm sure that Koya will be a pretty good bet for a good, authentic Japanese meal. 


All images in this post are from the restaurants websites (except from the Lili Vanilli shot which is from the Benetton London blog). Where in London are you the most excited to eat next? My actual full list currently has 75 entries my last count!

43 comments:

  1. I am definitely going to head to the Nordic Bakery, my step family is from Finland and I love the food from there!


    Lottie x


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  2. I might have not been to the Bills in Covent Garden, but I have been to the Oxford, Exeter and Cambridge branch, and I can easily conclude that it is utterly incredible!

    Their burgers are definitely worth a look into, especially the halloumi one. I did a blog post when I last went for breakfast with my family, their full English is the perfect hangover cure and my staple choice!

    Can't wait to see if you like it too and the post.

    (P.S.... The other places look pretty epic too!)

    Emily xxx

    http://gingerbreadjourney.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/bills.html (Bills Post)

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  3. Nordic Bakery is one of my favourite cafes in London. Patty & Bun is also worth the hype I think :)

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  4. The only one of those that I've been to is Koya and I loved it. I'm desperate to get to Patty & Bun and that pizza from Brooklyn Bite looks incredible!
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  5. Love this post! I have a MASSIVE list of places I want to go to, and I'm afraid you've just increased it. Number one for me would be the bakery in Columbia Road, I love the flower market! Guess I'm going to have to pull myself out of bed on a Sunday then..

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  6. I keep hearing about Bill's, I'm definitely trying it out when I get to go to London again! (Hopefully soon, so I can just go through this list haha)

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  7. What a great list! I'm going to have to try some of those out next time I go to London. I can't wait to take my boyfriend to Meatliquor's sister restaurant Meatmarket it's got the best maple bourbon milkshakes and the burgers are incredible!

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  8. We're definitely going to Koya together

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  9. What a fab list. I really want to try Bill's next time I'm in London. I really hope you enjoy Indian food - it's by far my favourite cuisine and has so much variety :)


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  10. Japanese food is amazing!

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  11. Yum! I need to remember these for when I go to London...
    Wish I could just take the Eurostar and have one of those Peggy Porschen cakes!

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  12. Wow, these all sound incredible! I've never really made a list of exciting places to try but if I'm in London any time soon I'll be sure to check a couple of these out!


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  13. 75 on your list?! impressive! i have dishoom and patty & pun on mine as well as la bodega negra and slider bar!

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  14. I am aware of Slider Bar but I did not put it on my list, can't remember why though, but I must have had a reason! As for La Bodega Negra I'm unsure if I want to take the trouble to go or not. Usually I don't put much by restaurant critics, but there are only two I actually trust, one loved it and one said their meal was terrible, so I'm not sure if it is worth the effort.

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  15. Burger & Lobster has been on my list forever. I want to go either twice, or with someone who will split half a burger and half a lobster with me!

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  16. I think Meatmarket is on my list too, but I want to *finally* get into MEATliquor first!

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  17. Oh, I'm glad it is good then! And I know, after I've had a meal at The Diner, because, well, I know I have eaten there so many times before but it *is* the Diner, I want Patty & Bun to be one of my first 'Places To Eat' trips, especially as it will all be fast lunches for me until I get a new place to live in the city.

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  18. Oh wow that looks incredible. I think I'm going to have to book a table for Sunday brunch to make sure I get in there to eat something this Autumn!

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  19. brooklyn bite is possibly the worst pizza i've ever had, do not go there!

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  20. What was so bad about it? I've actually heard really good things?

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  21. it was burnt and tasteless. i've had pizza in NYC and this tasted nothing like it. plus the seats are so uncomfortable. last time i went past on the bus it looked like it had shut down. best pizza in london = franco mancha

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  22. It is closed for refurbishment and reopening in the Summer, so hopefully the chairs will bet fixed! And honestly, I've had what is supposedly New York authentic pizza here in LA and I was not hat impressed; I'll let you know my thoughts on Brooklyn Bite once I have tried it, but thanks to you I will now proceed with caution!

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  23. Looking forward to dining in a few of these spots with you! X

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  24. Nice entry! I'm thinking of moving back to London, and all these delicious looking places are really seducing me. I was back at the weekend and headed straight for Bill's on Saturday afternoon. They've taken their absolutely delicious mussels off the menu (I was so sad) but their burger and salmon was delicious, and their deserts are always amazing. The fresh juices and bloody marys are worth skipping though, as they're too watery. I used to work at a pub in Sloane Square that did the best fresh juices and cocktails though, so I've definitely got high standards :D

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  25. These all look amazing! I need to put together my own list of things not to miss for my next London visit, but Lily Vanilli's Bakery will certainly be on it...looks like a beautiful little gem of a place :)

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  26. Probably a good thing for me they too the mussels off the menu even if they were really good; it would have meant I would have not tried anything else because they are my absolute favourite! Thanks for the tips though!


    Which pub in Sloan Square did you work at? To be honest, when I'm in the area and I want a drink I always go to the bar at The Royal Court without a second thought.

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  27. Let me know if you need any more London recommendations for your trip!

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  28. Literally can't wait to hit these places with you.

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  29. Now I need to go to London again!
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  30. I still haven't made it to Bill's yet, its a regular on my Instagram feed and the food always looks amazing. I went to Patty & Bun last week and it was amazing! x

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  31. Patty and Bun YES YES YES. Really good burgers, although get ready to queue! I think you should also add Granger&Co to your brunch list, I'm still daydreaming about their ricotta hotcakes (check them out http://www.joyfelicityjane.com/2013/04/sunday-musings.html ) XO

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  32. Patty & Bun is AMAZING. So, so tasty. The Nordic Bakery is next door to my work (as well as being opposite Fat of the Land) and has amazing coffee. I need to try their cinnamon buns. Dishoom is also really tasty. I need to try the other ones!

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  33. Love the look of these places! A couple of relatively new restaurants in walking distance of where I work on Regent St that I'm loving- Riding House Cafe for tapas-y bites and beer cocktails, and Yalla Yalla- delicious Lebanese Street food, think pomegranate lamb shanks, courgette salad and hummus. Mmmm :)

    Katie x

    Www.metrojournal.co.uk | lifestyle blog of a language graduate

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  34. Oh good! Any recommendations when I make it down there?

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  35. Granger & Co is actually a place I have already reviewed on the blog, and my brunch date had the hotcakes not me; I need to go back for them!

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  36. I'll look up Yalla Yalla - it sounds brilliant! I've actually been to and reviewed Riding House Cafe already for brunch, but I want to go back for another sitting later in the day.

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  37. It is opposite Fat Of The Land? That is on my list, so I might grab something from Nordic to try and take home with me after I eat there, then!

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  38. Yep! That's two birds with one stone right there!

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  39. You have to have the chicken wings at P&B!

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  40. LOVE Lily Vanilli - I always make sure we go there when we are at the flower market. I also adore the boutiques that line the market as well - such a good Sunday morning out!


    Becs x
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