If you’re an avid reader of my blog then you may have noticed that *spoiler* I eat a lot of food. You may also remember me mentioning my trusty restaurant in a blog post of two.
The list was compiled around a year ago when I realised
- there were loads of places I wanted to go and
- I could never remember the names of any of them when it was time to think of somewhere to go for food, be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner – I mean seriously, I know I’m not that young anymore but heck my memory is NOT what it used to be.
So yes, the list was compiled and saved on my phone, ready to be reeled off to my boyfriends/friends/family whenever they asked the immortal question – “so, where do you fancy going to eat?”.
Unfortunately (of fortunately, depending on how you look at it) London’s restaurant scene is absolutely booming at present and I have to say I’m not able to cross places off as quickly as I like to add them so although there are many places I’m crazily keen to try they often get bumped for other newer places that pop open in a bid to keep the list a sensible length.
Anyway – I thought if the list is handy for me…well it may be handy for you too…so I decided to share it with you here on the blog. I’ve included the full list which means some of the places I’ve already been to (they’re highlighted in blue, I think) so if you click on them you can read about my visit…clever huh!
I also thought I’d also split them up in to categories as I picked certain places for specific reasons…(I either have way too much time on my hands or I’m just a really anal person)…for instance some places are better for brunch whereas some are slightly more special occasion.
…and I also (jeez, this is getting silly) made a little note about each place so you have an idea of what it is that made me want to go there.
Oh and lastly, I thought I’d also make the list a picture (right at the bottom of the post) so if you wanted you could save it to your phone for future reference. I know right, I’m an absolute genius! And have something of Monica Gellar about me. Anyways…without further ado…THE LIST!
These are great places to while away the hours on Saturday or Sunday with a group of friends, family or just your other half.
Granger & Co. – Brunch done down under style – West (Notting Hill)
The Boundary – Rooftop, summer lovin’ – East (Shoreditch)
Balthazar – Classic Brunch in ornate surroundings – Central (Covent Garden)
Somewhere to grab a quick meal, it won’t break the bank and battered converse won’t look out of place.
Giant Robot – American/Italian Hybrid with great cocktails – The City (Clerkenwell)
Shutterbug – Won’t Crepe your style – East (Shoreditch)
Wishbone – Nandos but good – South (Brixton)
Red Dog Saloon – Spicy chicken wings and giant ribs – East (Hoxton)
Song Que Cafe – Apparently the best Vietnamese in London – East (Shoreditch)
Tramontana – Delicious Spanish Tapas – East (Shoreditch)
Birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions or when you’re feeling a bit flush and flash.
Chiltern Firehouse – A list hangout with amazing food – Central (Marylebone)
Berners Tavern – Modern British – Central (Oxford Circus)
Gymnkhana – A very posh Indian – Central (Mayfair)
Sketch – If only to use the loos – Central (Mayfair)
Locanda Lotelli – Michelen star baby – (Marble Arch)
Bocco Di Lupo – Archer street Italian – Central (Soho)
Coq D’Argent – Living like a banker – The City (Bank)
Duck & Waffle (again) – The signature dish is a must – The City (Liverpool Street)
Galvin La Chapelle – French fancy – East (Spitalfields)
Sunday Roast Dinners
Roast Beef, pork, chicken, duck, lamb and all the trimmings – except afterwards you can’t roll onto the sofa.
The Narrow – Gordon Ramsey’s and right on the river – East (Wapping)
For those times when you just want something a bit different and kitsch
Bubbledogs – Champagne and Hotdogs anyone – Central(Charlotte Street)
Champagne & Fromage – Errrm, Champagne and Cheese, need I say more. – Various (Brixton/Covent Garden)
So that’s my list. I tried to keep it compact but it just kept growing and there’s more and more and more and more places opening up all the time! I swear you could eat in a different restaurant every night for ten years and still not try all the ones you want too. I’ve also noticed that I haven’t ticked off many of the ‘Something Special’ restaurants – need to up my dinner game, that’s for sure!
Have you tried any that I haven’t? Are there any cardinal sins on the list that you think I should remove immediately or are you dying to go to some of these too? Are there some that I should add immediately? Food, eh…it’s bloody brilliant isn’t it.
Oh and here’s the list in small, in case you want to add it to your phone or something…
Thanks for reading! 🙂