A big reason we moved to London is to shift our focus from a life full of things to a life full of experiences.
One of these experiences is eating. Eating out to be exact. Anyone that knows Wes and I are familiar with our love of a great meal in an even greater location.
And so London is basically our degustation homeland.
Since arriving, we have partaken in this hobby of ours in leaps and bounds. Below is a list of three spots we’ve visited and adored – all are small-plate haven’s where sharing is compulsory and flavours are aplenty. I’ve decided to regularly share my mix of the some of our best spots, right here so please keep checking back!
New to Soho after making a name for itself in a shipping container in Brixton, this Indian-small-plate restaurant makes you rethink what a good curry really is – small, tasty and not really a curry afterall. The plusses? You can book a table which is quite rare in these new-age eateries where queueing has become the new…. queueing?
- Brixton Brewery, Reliance Pale Ale – the label is completely Instagrammable too
- Tandoori monkfish with coconut chutney is blackened and made in a speciality oven – never have I had fish so tasty and tender before.
- A sea vegetable that’s also a succulent try the Samphire pakoras with date & tamarind chutney and chilli garlic mayonnaise – they’re are crispy and moreish. Do not leave without devouring at least one plate.
Traditional Sri Lankan food – again to share, and again in Soho. Try both a Dosa and a Hopper as a base (tear these behemoth carbs in half and share) and choose the Black Pork Kari (its like a curry – but tastier). On the plus side the menu has a glossary at the bottom to explain the exotic offerings – which you’ve probably never clapped eyes on. Goraka? Didn’t think so. The downside is only one variant of white and red wine – in teeny sizes. Trust, a 375ml bottle is just a teaser. And like a lot of these eateries, you have to queue for a table – so arrive early or be prepared to wait.
- Hopper (or Appam), which is a bowl shaped fermented rice and coconut milk pancake & a Dosa, which is a pancake made from a fermented lentil and rice batter as a base for your Kari (curry), Kothu (finely chopped roti cooked with various add-ons) and sambols
- Bone marrow Varuval and Roti – keep the sauce to keep on dipping
- Genever – in a cocktail, which they describe as “the precursor to English gins””
- All of the above but mostly the sauces. Also, take note of the beautifully decorated masks on the way down to the loo.
This one’s in Covent Garden, which positively heaves on the weekend so best to visit during a more random time if you’re allergic to crowds. Sister to The Palomar (Jerusalem fare, which will make you wonder why this destination is not top of your culinary travel list). At The Barbary, inspiration is sourced from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya and whatever is seasonal. The menu is also broken up into Land, Earth, Sea and finally Heaven (also known as dessert of course). Again you do have to queue and the tables are wrapped around the central kitchen area so expect to be forefront and centre to the action. It only seats 24 guests at a time. However, its really worth the queues and waiting.
Any kind of fish they offer – tender and cooked to perfection. Also, the Naan and Baba Ghanoush were pretty spectacular. Grace Dent thought so too.
”Heaven’ presented a Hashcake, which oozes with syrup and contrary to the suggestiveness of its name, offers a complete sugary, taste bud explosion – an all legal high.
Please keep reading over the next few weeks, I have a whole host of London eateries – and EXPERIENCES – to share with you.