Thursday, March 5, 2015

London Eats Part 1

Rather than researching sights and museums and things in London, we put a lot of time into researching food places. The husband and I like to go out to eat and enjoy good food so we definitely did our research before our trip and honestly, everything we had was very good, fantastic even!

So I've divided our food adventures in London into two. "Fast" food at a lower price point, and then the fancier food we ate in London. And just as a warning, none of the photos will look good, except for maybe one or two. I mean, when you're eating at night or in a dark restaurant, the photos generally will not turn out well! But despite the grainy photos, these places were delicious and totally worth the line up or wait!

We had dinner at their Liverpool Street location the first night we were in town. We sneaked in and got the last table and as they do take out as well, the place was packed. There were people waiting for tables (which there aren't many of) and people waiting to take out burgers. And it was a Wednesday night! So crazy. But I now know why so many people were there, their burgers and fries are awesome! I ordered the "Hot Chic" chicken burger and I loved it. Buttermilk marinated fried chicken and garlic aioli plus all the regular fixings in a brioche bun. And their fries, or should I say chips, with the roast chicken mayo were wonderful as well. Clearly not the place to go if you're on a diet, but while you're at it, mind as well go all out! The husband and I also shared a side of coleslaw to get some of our daily greens in and I can't remember the name of his burger, but Patty & Bun was his pick and we both had a great meal there.

2. Bone Daddies
First off, I l o v e ramen. And because we were so busy while we were at home this Christmas, we didn't get any ramen in Vancouver (and I have not found a authentic ramen place in Copenhagen). So to make up for it, I did a lot of research into ramen bars in London. We picked Bone Daddies in Soho and went there for lunch on Thursday. There was a line of course, but it went quick and the little wait was totally worth it. The entire place was packed and we got a little spot up against the wall. We both ordered the tonkotsu ramen which had chashu pork, some bean sprouts and bamboo shoots, and a soft boiled egg all swimming in a pork broth cooked for 20 hours. So good and so filling! And for reals, that warm creamy broth will make you swoon! If you want to see more of their menu, check it out here.

3. Koya 
Japanese again? You betcha! Instead of ramen though, Koya is a udon bar! We met up with a friend of mine for lunch there on Saturday. As we got there a few minutes before they opened at 12, we got a table right away, but when we were there, there were already several other people waiting and the restaurant filled up literally right after they opened. The highlight for me here was their sake steamed clams. I ordered it off of their specials board so I don't know if they have it regularly, but it was amazing. The sake broth was delicious. So simple but so flavorful. I also ordered their seaweed udon which was good, as udon is a pretty simple warm noodle soup dish, it is hard to be completely wowed by it, but it was tasty and I enjoyed it. They have a lot of interesting udon combinations that I have never seen before, like cold noodles with cold sauce, and toppings such as smoked mackerel. They also run Koya Bar next door in case you can't get a seat at Koya. They also serve a lot of udon but with a slightly different menu.

4. Dishoom
This was a recommendation by my friend C and her husband N. We almost didn't make it to Dishoom but while we were in Shoreditch on our last day in town, we decided to stop in there for lunch. This was such a great place, it had a colonial Bombay look, the service there was awesome, and the food was delicious. We were going to meet my friend P for coffee shortly after lunch so we ordered a few small dishes to share. We had their Keema Pau which consisted of minced lamb and peas served with the softest rolls ever. The rolls actually reminded me of the soft asian rolls you can buy at T&T Supermarket in Vancouver, so obviously I loved them. The heat in the minced lamb gradually built up but their delicious sauces and yogurt dressings definitely helped cool things down a bit! We also tried their Chicken Tikka Roll and the wrap was really good. The wrap was doughy and chewy and the wrap altogether, was flavorful and really filling. I am so glad we ordered different small dishes so we could try a few things. We also got a few samosas and tried their chai which was delicious as well! Dishoom was a really good recommendation and we would definitely recommend it to all of you if Indian food is your thing!

5. Doughnuts from Bread Ahead 
I regret only buying one doughnut from Bread Ahead in Borough Market. We tried their caramel doughnut topped with salted honeycomb and I was in love. Soft pillowy dough filled with the smoothest caramel cream. And then topped with honeycomb candy? Seriously, it does not get better than this! If you go down to Borough Market, you need to try their doughnuts! At least for me! Please!

We also had coffee's at a few different cafes in London and stopped by some pubs and bars, but the places we listed here were some of our highlights. What are your favorite food spots in London? Have you ever been to any of these places? And to continue, London Eats Part 2 is coming at you soon! 

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