The last food finds of 2018 are in. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and they’ve given you lots of ideas for great places to eat in London. Let’s end the year with soft buns (stop it), Sunday roasts and a beef wellington you need to eat in 2019!
It’s always a fun novelty when you get handed a restaurant menu and you get to tick off what you want like some sort of fun game. They do this at Bao and even though the ordering is a bit of a novelty the food certainly isn’t! It is in fact the shiz! You don’t go to Bao without ordering their signature fluffy Taiwanese buns stuffed with sticky beef short rib or pork and crushed peanuts, or, if you prefer, they do a load of smaller (and unusual) plates designed to be share . The restaurant screams ‘cool’ in ever way from the sleek interior to the build your own menu. Buns are as light as anything but still pack a serious punch and I’d recommend 2 and a side dish as enough for dinner. Make sure you don’t leave without trying their fried bun filled with malted horlicks icecream. They caused a bit of a stir when they came to London a few years ago and it hasn’t calmed down yet. Expect a wait but it’s worth it.
31 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2JN, https://baolondon.com
The three fundamentals for a good gastro pub are a well stocked bar, great food & cozy atmosphere. Luckily for us The Royal Oak has those three in buckets. Headed up by ex Duck & Waffle chef Dan Doherty, The Royal Oak is relatively new to London and you know somewhere is good when I’m willing to go there twice. That hardly ever happens! I went for my birthday dinner (see more here) and once for the Sunday roast and I can safely say both times were excellent. Dinner is what I would called ‘refined pub food’ with handmade scotch eggs & beef tartare. Sunday roasts are hearty and substantial with top quality meats and huge Yorkshire puddings. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon . The word is quality.
74-76 York St, Marylebone, London W1H 1QN, http://theroyaloakmarylebone.co.uk
Londrino is a Portuguese restaurant that sits just behind the Shard near London Bridge. The restaurant interior is elegant, refined and delicate much like the food itself but as my friend put it so perfectly it’s also a bit ‘weirdly experimental’ .This isn’t a criticism however, more of a nod to the fact that the dishes are creative, adventurous and not what you (or me!) would expect from ‘going out for Portuguese food’ . The beef with artichoke was cooked to perfection, the grilled brioche with sour caramel was a decadent finish and for me anywhere that can do good bread and butter is always a winner. A beautiful restaurant and fantastic wine list. Go for a special occasion or date night.
36 Snowsfields, London SE1 3SU, http://www.londrino.co.uk
Back at pizza express and feeling super Christmassy trying their festive menu. For £21.95 you can get pigs in blankets to start (I could of eaten a bucket load) , a turkey, stuffing pizza (a new Christmas tradition?) and snow ball dough balls for dessert with a salted caramel dip I wanted to stick my face into . Plus a glass of prosecco! I mean, unless Father Christmas sits at your table it doesn’t get more festive then that does it? We also were really intrigued to try their new vegan menu and was utterly surprised by how good their vegan mushroom pizza was. I must go back for the whole vegan menu sometime. If you read this post you’ll know of my love for pizza express. Especially how good value and non fussy their set menus always are … my love continues at Christmas with this delicious and affordable menu!
Unit 2, St Mark’s Centre, Bromley South Central, BR2 9UY, https://www.pizzaexpress.com/bromley-st-marks
If there’s one place I have been hoping to go to all year long it’s Holborn Dining Rooms for their ‘Welly Wednesdays’ and the story of how I discovered them a few years ago is quite funny. My cousin was stalking Justin Bieber near by at the time (in a nice way not a weird way, haha) and like the true foodie I am I was more interested in looking at the menu of what I could see through the window looked liked a stunning restaurant. I was right. Every Wednesday head chef Calum creates THE most stunning pies you will ever see. Seriously. They are like works of art. Each pie is hand crafted in the dedicated pie room by Calum and the team and the beef wellington is the signature dish of the night (hence WellyWednesday) . It’ll set you back £30 but what your buying is expertise, knowledge, an incredible amount of labour and the most beautiful setting. One you absolutely need to add to the must eat list for 2019.
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, https://holborndiningroom.com