Hey everyone. I’ve got an unusual coffee shop, a place for the perfect steak and a Peruvian bakery for you this month. Here are my August London Food Finds. Let me know if you’re planning on visiting any of them 🙂
For me, there’s nothing better than a good, solid neighbourhood cafe or restaurant. Somewhere that’s off the beaten track and requires you to walk through streets you’ve never wandered down before. That’s the best kind of cafe. Louie Louie is an all-day breakfast spot in the middle of an unassuming residential area of South London. Don’t be mistaken for thinking it’s ‘just another brunch spot’. Yes, they do the classics you already know but it’s the smaller touches that make them stand out from the ginormous brunch crowd. The freshly blitzed almond butter, the homemade smoked salmon muffin, the quality (and size) of the sourdough bread. It all screams quality and inventiveness. Inside is minimal and modern with a retro touch. Your next brunch place! Also open for dinner in the evening.
347 Walworth Rd, London SE17 2AL, www.louielouie.london
Steak is something that can be oh so right or oh so very wrong. Good thing The Coal Shed fall into the first one. The restaurant sits just beside London’s Tower Bridge in a bustling little complex filled with loads of other restaurants and bars. Their statement dishes are the perfectly cooked steaks, although there are other coal-fired fish and vegetable dishes if you prefer. It’s pretty pricey for the main menu so a good one to treat yourself or for date night. Otherwise, the pre-theatre menu is great value at £24 for 3 courses.
One Tower Bridge, London SE1 2RZ, www.thecoalshed-restaurant.co.uk
From setting up in a back garden in East London to now opening their 5th location, Yard Sale have got pizza down to a T. They’re a local, neighbourhood haunt that’s made a name for themselves cooking up unpretentious, good value and above all tasty A.F pizza! They’ve just done a collab with Brooklyn’s own Frank Pinello, king of Brooklyn pizza scene but if you’re reading this and that’s passed then don’t worry. There’s plenty more where that came from. Make sure you order the marmite and garlic pizza bread. It’s like Britain meets Italy in one delicious bite.
54 Blackstock Rd, London N4 2DW, www.yardsalepizza.com
Egg Break is the quintessential Notting Hill cafe. What do I mean by that? Well, if you’ve seen the film of the same name it’s exactly the thing you can imagine Hugh Grant stopping by to get his morning coffee. As the name suggests, the menu is made up of 90% egg-based dishes which are fried, scrambled and given that special London touch that means it’s never going to be JUST an egg dish. While the eggs were great, the French toast was a game changer. It’s stuffed with banana and covered in cornflakes and brown butter maple syrup. I KNOW! Get eggs for main and then this for bressert (breakfast dessert). It’s a seemingly unassuming spot that sits between the iconic stunning pastel-coloured houses but don’t be fooled. The size of the queue at 10 am means it’s not so unassuming as you might think. Get there early. Its popular.
Uxbridge St, Kensington, London W8 7TA, www.eggbreak.com
Laksa is a typical Malaysian street food. If you haven’t had one before it’s a big, warming, hearty bowl of noodles and broth jam-packed with pungent Asian flavours and studded with seafood, meat or vegetables. The head chef, Danny Tan is originally from Malaysia and grew up cooking around his family and then into some of Asia’s top restaurants including the Shangri La in Kula Lumpa. There are 6 bowls of Danny’s laska to choose from and you can go sweet and creamy or hot and spicy but ask the waiter if you’re not sure. They are just behind Oxford Street, London’s most famous shopping district so a good one to reward yourself after a full day of retail therapy or an even better one for those cold winter evenings.
92 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3EZ, www.laksamania.co.uk
Peruvian food is big news in London thanks to Martin Morales, owner of the Ceviche brand and 2 of London’s South American restaurants Ceviche and Andina. Morales wanted to bring traditional Peruvian baked goods to the people of London and have done so by opening up Andina Peruvian bakery – the first of its kind in London. Expect an array of unusual but traditional treats like alforjas – a shortbread type biscuit sandwiched with dulce de leche, the chocolate chip ‘dona pepa’ cookie – a take on an old skool Peruvian sweet, as well as loads of other South American inspired goodies. Freshly baked Peruvian style breads are also available to take away. A nice addition to London.
7. A Cuppa Tea and Toast, Host Coffee.
We’re a bit overwhelmed by coffee shops in London but there are not many quite like Host Coffee. Host sits inside St Aldermary’s Church, East of the city. You can enjoy a cuppa tea and some doorstop thick toast whilst sitting amongst the most beautiful setting. I’d highly recommend going as early so you can to make the most of the tranquil peace and quiet; something you don’t find very often in London. If you get lucky like me, you may even get to experience a few songs sung in morning prayers while you eat your breakfast. A unique experience. Open for lunch too.
I love a supper club. It’s a chance to sit down and experience food not just eat it. What food should be about in my opinion. Cub is an East London based restaurant with a super ethical ethos of using considered ingredients, sustainable methods and a no waste mentality. Every month they leave the 4 walls of the restaurant and cook up a storm at different (and secret) location in London usually inspired by their waste not want not principles. You’ll be treated to around 6 courses and 3 drinks included in the £60 price – a great deal for not just a meal but a whole experience. Bringing people together with food is the best type of gathering.
Various Locations, www.lyancub.com
London’s famous Battersea Power Station has had a bit of a makeover and is now home to a whole load of new restaurants as well as some very lovely ( and expensive) flats. One of the restaurants is Cinnamon Kitchen – an Indian restaurant with a menu of modern and interesting dishes you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Instead of the usual chicken curry, I opted for chickpea gnocchi and my friend went for the bitter melon with an addition of a sweet peshwari naan and creamy lentil dahl on the side. The dessert was a spectacle and the Indian take on a based Alaska meant mango and pistachio kulfi encased in soft meringue was set on fire at your table. For those who like Indian food but want to be adventurous, this is the place for you!
4 arches lane Battersea Power Station, Battersea, London SW11 8AB, www.cinnamon-kitchen.com