February has been a shockingly sunny month in London with temperatures reaching up to 20 degrees (Damn you global warming!). ‘What’s that got to do with food?’ you might be thinking … but I don’t know about you but when the weekends are warmer I generally want to spend more time outside exploring rather than hibernating in the house. Lucky for you I have done lots of exploring and am really excited to share 4 new brunch places, 2 great burger joints and somewhere doing the most epic sandwiches you’ve ever seen. Here are February’s London Food Finds!
A restaurant dedicated to all things avocado. Could easily be real gimmicky but rest assured they have style and substance. Brunch is creative and tasty – especially those matcha pancakes with avocado butter. Feels like California in Covent Garden.
24 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8ND, www.avobar.co.uk
2. Brunch, MILK
An uber trendy Aussie brunch spot in South London doing all day brunch. Expect eggs with burnt butter hollandaise (oh, yes!), Australian staple sweet corn fritters and generous slices of warm, toasted pumpkin bread with a dollop of walnut butter. A cool, young vibe. Expect a queue if you don’t go early.
18-20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG, www.milk.london
One of London’s coolest burger chains. Fast food style burgers with restaurant quality. Their 35 day aged buns come loaded with mouthwatering fillings and informally wrapped in paper so no washing up required. Plus their chips are triple cooked and sprinkled with rosemary salt. Fast food done well. A good one for a quick, casual meal with mates but also on my Best Places To Dine Alone in London list.
18 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TN, www.pattyandbun.co.uk
Another great Aussie brunch spot that has you feeling like you’re sat in sunny Melbourne rather than not so sunny North London. This beautiful cafe blends their own speciality coffee and serve us a colourful brunch of granolas, banana breads and many styles of eggs – the coddled version (in a jar with cream, sweet potato and toast to dunk) being an indulgent winner. Don’t leave without a brownie. Seriously.
19 Lonsdale Road Queen’s Park, London NW6 6RA, www.milkbeach.com
Epic burgers from a former street food stall that have now taken up permanent residency in East London. Burgers are seriously indulgent, seriously messy and seriously good. They use only the highest quality ground beef and if you pair that with a side of tater tots and you’ve got yourself one seriously delicious deal. The industrial interior is super cool and very ‘Shoreditch’ . Totally worth the calories.
West Yard, Camden Lock Market, Camden Town, London NW1 8AB, burgerandbeyond.co.uk
A beautiful Italian restaurant in East London specialising in fresh, handmade pasta. Their rules are that all dishes are cooked al dente, no chicken pasta allowed & pasta water ONLY is used in their cooking. They feel so strongly about this they’ve even got them stuck on the wall in the restaurant! Get the walnut butter one if you’re veggie and the beef pappardelle is a must for the meat lovers. Portions are generous. A good spot for a cosy date night but equally for a solo dinner if you sit at the counter.
77 Alie St, Whitechapel, London E1 8NH, www.emiliaspasta.com
Hot sandwiches and booze are what’s on the menu at Max’s – a quirky little shop in North London that feels like a throwback to the 80’s. Bursting with filling, the sandwiches are served in brown paper and filled with generous amounts of usual but delicious fillings like spring rolls, soy braised beef and a nostalgic ham, egg and chips. No thin slices of bread or limited filling allowed. A real local gem. Order with a beer and large stretchy trousers.
19 Crouch Hill, Stroud Green, London N4 4AP, www.maxssandwichshop.com
A cute little cafe in leafy South London. Apple Blue is headed up by pastry chef Sahdia who bakes up beautiful cakes, pastries and a small menu of brunch dishes. The Russian honey cake is to die for. A lovely spot for a weekend coffee and something sweet. (P.S Yes, I know the ruffin looks suspicious haha!)
212 Balham High Rd, London SW12 9BS, https://theappleblue.com/