London Journals

Food Glorious Food

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A travel journal to London by fizzytom

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Quote: A guide to my favourite places to eat in London. An option for all occasions and all pockets.

Wahaca Covent Garden

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Restaurant | "Mexican Street Food at Wahaca Covent Garden"

Wahaca Covent Garden Photo, London, England
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I’m a big fan of Thomasina Miers: for those who don’t know, she’s a former Masterchef winner who went on to present a couple of her own television series (including the recent ‘Mexican Made Simple’ which is a really good show and sadly lost in the murk of Channel 5) and to open a small chain of restaurants in London serving predominantly street food from Mexico; I say predominantly because Wahaca serves a selection of more substantial main course dishes in addition to the smaller, tapas style dishes which form the mainstay of the offering. It’s taken me a while to get there but I’ve finally been to Wahaca; pronounced ‘Wa-haka’ the name is an Anglicisation, or an easy to pronounce version, of Oaxaca, a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2012

Wahaca Covent Garden
66 Chandos Place
Covent Garden, London
020-7240-1883

Chutney Mary

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Restaurant | "No Need to Get in a Pickle at Chutney Mary"

Chutney Mary Photo, London, England
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Chutney Mary is situated on the Kings Road, not quite in Chelsea but a five minute walk from there. The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway on the District line.We were given a table for two at the edge of the room, where all of the tables are for couples. Larger groups are seated at tables in the centre of the room. In the section where we were sitting, and in the unused section (at least while we were there) just below us, there were candles burning each one of tens of antique style glass lamps which gave a really magical look to the room. On the walls behind the lamps were ornate wall hangings made from glittering gold threads which shimmered against the flickering candlelight. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2010

Chutney Mary
535 King's Road
London, England SW10 0SZ
+44 20 7351 3113

Food Glorious Food

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Every restaurant I've listed here is a highlight for me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.Quick Tips: If you know you're going to be in town, use the RoughGuides site to plan ahead. Look at restaurant's own websites too and sign up with a general restaurant website because they often have special offers you can take up by booking on line or by printing off a voucher. For example, join the mailing list for Chutney Mary's and you can get a free bottle of wine if you visit at least a month after signing up. Check out the quality weekend newspapers too for discount coupons or offers where you can dine for five at great restaurants by collecting tokens.Best Way To Get Around: ...Read More

La Porchetta

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Everyone in North London knows this place. La Porchetta now has branches in Muswell Hill, Holborn and Islington, as well as this, the original, restaurant. "La Porchetta" means "the little pig" and you'll soon work out why! The pizzas here are immense and hang over the sides of the plate. They're more than generous with the toppings and when you order the seafood pizzas, they come strewn with prawns, mussels (still in the shells), huge chunks of meaty tuna and loads of fresh squid. The gorgonzola pizza is a dream and I can also recommend the fiorentina with a lovely egg cooked into the top. Likewise the risottos and pasta dishes come in big servings and, again, there's no scrimping o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 13, 2003

La Porchetta
147 Stroud Green Road
London, England N4 3PZ
(017) 1281-2892

Cactus Blue

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I read recently that the Mexicans invented tequila to sabotage the economies of other countries. If that is so, then Cactus Blue could bring the entire city of London to a standstill. You see, this place stocks over 40 kinds of sipping tequila. The idea is that instead of slamming shots you simply sip the drink and appreciate all the nuances of this potent spirit. Cactus Blue is on two floors: at the rear of the ground floor is a conservatory area and there's a mezzanine from where you can look down on the underlit bar. What sets this place apart from others of it's ilk is that all the decor and artefacts are authentic, with beautiful richly coloured woven rugs on the walls. If you j...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2003

Cactus Blue
86 Fulham Road
London, England SW3 6HR
+44 20 7823 7858

Garlic & Shots

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Restaurant | "Garlic and Shots"

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The name says it all...if you don't like garlic then this isn't the place for you. Garlic and Shots is essentially a Swedish goths/bikers' bar with a restaurant on ground floor level and a sleazy, dark bar downstairs. There is nothing served here that isn't very liberally doused in garlic, and as you walk in to the joint you'll immediately understand why every table has as its centrepiece - not a single bloom in a little vase, but a dish of fresh parsley! The food itself is pretty varied - there's something of everything from traditional steaks to stir-fried noodles and vegetables. The seafood broth is to die for, with huge pieces of squid swimming in a garlicky soup, and even the side dishes cont...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2003

Garlic & Shots
14 Frith Street
London, England W1D 4RD
+44 20 7734 9505

Yo! Sushi

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Restaurant | "Yo Sushi"

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I like this place best late in the evening when all of Soho outside hustles and bustles. Step inside and you've an oasis of calm away from the noise and the crowds. Yo Sushi is a very modern affair. You are greeted as you enter and shown to your seats - high chairs around a central conveyor belt which brings the dishes available before your very eyes. You are asked if you've been before and if not you get a quick run through of how it works. Everything you need is in front of you in a little "work station" - chosticks, soy sauce for dipping, a tiny pot of wasabi (a kind of fiendishly hot Japanese horseradish sauce) and a pot of delicious pickled for cleaning the palate between dishes. There is al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Yo! Sushi
52 Poland Street
London, England W1V 3DF
+44 (20 7) 287-0443

The Kerala

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If you love Indian food, don't be put off by the signs saying that the Kerala does a bargain lunchtime buffet. In my experience, these can be trays of unidentifiable slop and I steer clear of the place. However, the Kerala also offers a wide menu of southern Indian specialties - choose from Syrian Christian dishes (meat dishes), Malabar Biryanis, coastal seafood dihes, Keralan vegetable curries and dosas from the Coral coast (steamed rice pancakes, plain or filled). There are mild, medium and hot curries available, but the staff are very helpful if you want to check just how hot your meal will be. My partner started with the dahai vadai - a curious kind of bean doughnut, we think deep...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

The Kerala
15 Great Castle Street
London, England W1W 8LT
(020) 7580-2125

Taro Japanese Restaurant

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Although it describes itself as a "restaurant", Taro is really a typical Japanese canteen-type cafe which serves a variety of Japanese dishes including sushi, sashimi, soba, noodles and other simple dishes. It is open from lunchtime all the way through until late in the evening and is pleasantly busy all day. However you shouldn't find it too hard to get a table and reservations are not necessary. Now, there are several Japanese restaurants in this area so why choose Taro? For me the only reason is value, but this is not to criticise any other aspects of the Taro experience. The service is acceptable - nothing special but friendly and polite, the surroundings are pleasant enough but n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2004

Taro Japanese Restaurant
59 Brewer Street
London, England
(020) 7734-5826