Yes, it’s January and yes most people are on a diet and saving money. My advice: Don’t be one of those people. Otherwise you won’t be able to experience any of January’s Food Finds. Enjoy and happy new year!
Padella is probably London’s most famous pasta restaurant which sits in the heart of Borough Market. The menu like the restaurant is slick, small but perfectly formed and all the pasta is freshly handmade everyday in house. Dishes are made to share or if you want a lighter meal one with bread will suffice. Affordable luxury and almost the entire menu is under £10. Expect to queue – you’ll never see it without one. Features on my ‘How to Have The Perfect Foodie Day in London for Under £20‘ list’
6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ, padella.co
Imperial China is a Cantonese restaurant right in the centre of London’s Chinatown. The inside Is dressed traditionally and the menu has all the dim sum you could wish for. They’ve been around for over 20 years and I’m told when China’s most important personnel visit London this is where they eat – they must be doing something right! Lots of dessert ideas around the area here for afterwards.
White Bear Yard, 25A Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA, www.imperialchina-london.com
A gorgeous warehouse style cafe in East London ran by two sisters from Melbourne, Australia. On the weekends you’ll find a cool, young crowd enjoying a cup of coffee and some innovative and sometimes unusual brunch dishes. This includes savoury Japanese pancakes, cauliflower toast and rolled pork belly. The bread they use is doorstop thick and sourced from their neighbours at the Dusty Knuckle Bakery. The ‘walk in the vegan forest’ dish is so much more than just mushrooms on toast – it’s the dream. An absolute gem you need to visit.
3D, STAMFORD WORKS, Gillett St, London N16 8JH, brunswickeast.london
If you’re looking for somewhere unique to eat something sweet look no further than Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream. They’re a Filipino dessert parlour which took its name from the ‘dirty icecream’ sold on the streets of Manila. What makes them so different are their desserts based around ‘ube’; a variety of purple yam and yes, that means everything is PURPLE. No, a purple potato isn’t usually the first ingredients the comes to mind when thinking about dessert but you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it. They do ube brownies, ube hot chocolates plus their signature ube ‘halo halo’ which is similar to a sundae but with layers of coconut jelly and condensed milk. Everything doesn’t JUST taste good at Mamasons, the place also looks like an absolute dream. Style and substance.
91 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8NY, www.dirtyicecream.co.uk
Swedish bakery Soderberg made a name for themselves in their hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland and have now migrated South to London’s Soho. They offer authentically Swedish food including open sandwiches, breads, cakes and of course no Scandi cafe would be complete without a cinnamon bun; there’s of which is filled with custard and fruit. If you can catch them when they’re still warm and squidgy out of the oven I highly recommend it. Enjoy in their Scandinavian-designed space. Features on my ‘Best cinnamon buns in London‘ list.
36 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 8RR, www.soderberg.uk
Number 6 is really a December food find but as that blog was written just before I visited it’s instead made it into the first one of 2019. When December comes around there are certain films you need to watch and one of them is ALWAYS British staple Love Actually. Taste Film, the food and film specialists got us in the festive spirit with a screening of this iconic film plus a meal based around it. Dinner included ‘a babies dead finger’ , ‘turkey dinner’ and ‘a Christmas kiss’ which if you haven’t seen the film won’t mean much to you but just know Taste Film got it bang on once again!