Hello everyone! I’ve not posted in ages, like for almost a year! Well, not trying to wriggle my way out here, but part of the reason was due to my exchange to Munich in Germany where I did so much traveling!
So of course, qiuthosefood is stepping out of Asia and I’m proud to start writing my Top 5 eats in European countries, namely London, Paris, Munich and perhaps Italy! So, to kickstart the Europe series, what better place than London?
And first.. Some non-food related photos for you to enjoy 🙂
And that’s the highlights of my 2 full weeks spent in London and its surroundings! So many more photos to post but I shan’t flood too much travel photos on this blog, its a food blog after all haha. Okay, so now down to my Top 5 eats in London!
#5 The Breakfast Club
We ordered the usual breakfast items that you order in cafes and everything was really good! I always order the eggs benedict, and it was perfectly done! Runny oozy yolks with that perfectly balanced hollandaise sauce, paired with toast, a perfect dish in my opinion. The other dishes ordered by the friends received good comments as well.The ambience was really good as well, very homey. Most of their customers are locals as well. Do expect a queue though, so I would advice to go early to avoid waiting!
They have various locations,
but I went to the one at Spitalfields @ 12-16 Artillery Lane.
#4 Oysters @ Borough Market
The food in Borough Market wasn’t really fantastic for me, but I love the oysters from this stall: Richard Haward’s Oysters. The oysters were so so fresh and huge, and more importantly it was cheap! About SGD2 for each oyster, really worth the money! Oh and nearby, there’s a good coffee place called Monmouth Coffee Company, which you can go there if you need a coffee fix!Borough Market
8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
(P/s They are located near the stall that sells Pulled Duck Sandwich (I’ve tried it, it was good, but nothing fantastic)
#3 The Hummingbird Bakery
I first had their cupcakes in Dubai (they have an outlet there) and I fell in love with their cupcakes! I even brought it up on the plane, travelled the 9 hour flight so I could give Jon a taste of this goodness. So when I came to London, I just had to visit this American Bakery based in London. I’ll make a bold remark here: Their Red Velvet Cupcakes is the best I’ve ever tasted. Period. The cake was moist and rich, yet not too oily. But their icing takes the cake (pun intended) with its unique, smooth, cheesy and milky taste, so so good!
Various locations as well, but I went to the one at
Soho @ 155a Wardour Street,
Notting Hill @ 133 Portobello Road,
& Spitalfields @ Nido Building 11 Frying Pan Alley
(Yes I visited 3 times haha)
Okay, this place is probably the most famous on the list! But for those of you who haven’t heard of it, as the name implies, it sells only burgers and lobsters! Their lobsters are really fresh and only at 40SGD for the whole lobster! Paired with crispy fries and that tangy yummy sauce that goes so well with everything! You can choose to get your lobster steamed or grilled, both is equally good! It’s so yummy its popularity and the long queues are justified.
Various locations as well, but I recommend you go the one near Knightsbridge, because the queue is shorter there!
Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, 109 – 125 Knightsbridge
#1 Smack Lobster Roll Deli
So Burgers and Lobsters is pretty darn famous right, but what many tourists do not know is that they recently opened Smack Lobsters, which specializes in Lobster Rolls. Their lobster rolls have different flavors but all are filled with the flesh of the succulent fresh lobster. But the highlight would be their toasted buns which is crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and just filled with buttery goodness in every bite! So so good!Ironically, although this is opened by Burger and Lobsters, do not try their lobsters here, because they only have the chilled option which in my opinion did not taste good. For sides, consider ordering their fried zucchini and their lobster bisque (if you’re really a fan of lobster, the soup is very intensely flavored).Various outlets but I went to the one @ 26 Binney St.
Okay, at this point you must be wondering.. where is my fish and chips? The iconic dish of London?
Well, truth be told, I’m not a great fan of British fish and chips, so personally I would not put it as my Top 5. But as a foodie, I did try at least 5 recommended restaurants in London to find the best one, and I narrowed in down to these 2. If you’re in London, you have to try the iconic dish and of course, try it at these 2 places:
1) Poppies Fish & Chips
Poppies is really popular in London, loved by the locals and tourists alike. They have various outlets. The fish was tender and the crust was thin and crisp. They even serve battered cod roe, which most don’t. Nothing you can complain with this place!
Various outlet but I went to the one at Spitalfields @ 6-8 Hanbury Street
2) The Golden Hind
This fish and chips joint is perhaps more authentic in a way, they only have 1 outlet and the owner is really warm and friendly. The fish and chips here is again perfectly done, with mashed peas that tasted really good. Do give it a try @ 73 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone. I feel that these 2 places are perhaps the best you can find in London (bold statement haha).
Of course, we had loads of other good food that didn’t make it to the list..
The 2 famous roast ducks in chinatown (namely Gold Mine and Four Seasons- I tried both). Honestly, if you’re Asian, don’t waste your money and bellies on these places, you can definitely find better ducks in Asian countries like Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. However, if you won’t be visiting Asia anytime soon, I dare say these places serve the best roasted ducks in Europe. (Sorry, Asian food in Europe really sucks).
Crosstown doughnuts is highly raved about, and I manage to stumble across a food truck selling it. It’s has unique flavors, most of them with a filling in the centre of the buns (I don’t really consider them doughnuts then haha), which were fluffy! Overall, they were good, albeit a little too sweet for my liking.
Patty and Co is also highly raved about, but honestly it didn’t wow me.The buns were good, crispy on the top and fluffy in the inside. The meat was perfectly done, so overall it was a good burger indeed. Maybe I’m not a big fan of burgers, so good isn’t enough to wow me. Many Singaporeans swear by their burgers though.
And that comes to the end of My Top 5 eats in London! Hope it gives an insight to the food scene of London, but I have to say, too much good food in London. 2 weeks in definitely not enough to explore! London I’ll be back for another gastronomic experience!