Ciao my bellissimi followers, i’m just back from London, the city where i spend more time (after Milan) and i want to share with you the latest hotspot/where-to-eat for my London for Foodies guide!
As you know there are so many new places to eat in London on a weekly basis and i don’t pretend to be the most authoritative source, but if you like my style (cozy restaurants frequented by locals, authentic food and always a good wine list) here below you can find some good idea for the fall/winter2014.
Enjoy London, the new heaven for foodies!
– 106 Baker, i’ve been catched by their window slogan “GOOD STUFF- FRESHLY MADE – EVERY DAY – ALL DAY” …who can ask for anything more?!? Plus i’ve smelled from outside that the atmosphere was really my cup of tea and i was soooo right! Atmosphere is very well curated but comfortable and laid back; the menu is focused on healthy dishes (yeyyy) good stuff like quinoa, kale, barley but don’t imagine anything boring, because the italian chef Daniele Pampagnin has been able to make it delicious! PS: i’m in love with their small courtyard. http://www.106bakerst.co.uk
– 108 Marylebone Lane, a new versatile Bar&Brasserie in the heart of Marylebone. Despite it’s chicness its also casual and even its unique stylish touch is without pretention. Honestly i don’t know the name of their chef but everything in the menu (let’s say English contemporary) it’s PERFECT! All is fresh, made using super healthy ingredients and products from local suppliers; last but not least they have a selected (super healthy) menu by The Juicery http://www.thejuiceryworld.com
, which i deeply adore! Go there for a fancy ’n socializing dinner or to find a cosy corner for a date or a simple tea with your mom (their macarons are super and gluten-free). www.108marylebonelane.com
– Andrew Edmunds, are you looking for one of the classic-romantic-cozy-warm spot in town? you’ve got it! It has been here at least for 25 years but its wood-floor, wood-ceiling, candles in bottle, paper tablecloth and hand written menu are still so naturally welcoming that it’s difficult to find another place like this in London. the Menu it’s not special but good enough and the the wine list is great (mostly french); believe there’s all you need to have a wonderful winter dinner with your love <3 http://www.andrewedmunds.com
– Hubbard&Bell, cafè-restaurant inside the new Hoxton Hotel (which is in Holborn so…don’t make my same mistake getting lost in the wrong neighborhood). Finally when i found it has been love at first sight <3 ‘cause the space reminded me a typical NY/Brooklyn deli and the design is quite cool…it’s open H24 but i recommend it for late Breakfast or Brunch, do you know why? ‘cause they make the best sourdough pancakes (and doughnuts too)! http://www.hubbardandbell.com
– Inspiral Cafè, a little “blessed corner” in Camden for vegan and raw food lovers. Honestly i’m not vegetarian or vegan; but i follow a raw food or gluten free or milk free diet only a couple of days a week, just to alkalize and detoxify a bit my body. Often “vegan/raw” cafes are a bit “sad” but this one definitely not! First is located in an adorable corner, full of natural light with the windows watching the Camden Canal; the staff is friendly, music is so good that u want to Shazam all and the food/superfood is incredibly TASTY! yeyeyeyyyy a breakfast here and you’ll feel your skin glowing for a week eheheh PS: they also sell fantastic supplements. http://www.inspiaral.co.uk
– Le Chalet, if you are around Oxford St for your shopping tour or your business meetings you cannot renounce to a pit stop here on the Selfridges Rooftop. Be ready to chill and be hugged by the warm chalet atmosphere when “baby it’s cold outside”! OMG it’s the perfect place for a glass of red and a delicious meal and FYI also for a cigar 😉 watching the Xmas light on Oxford St. http://www.q-grill.co.uk/selfridges
– Lardo, yes finally Hackney has an Italian-inspired tapas restaurant with a very good wine list. Super easy, super cozy, super cool ‘n young crowd. http://www.lardo.co.uk
– Margaux, what can explain…gimme more, please, gimme more of this kind of restaurant-bar and the world will become a better place! Margaux it’s a small (not so small) wine-bar, super well decorated (lights, furnitures, acoustic everything is incredibly well balanced) with a “FrItalian” inspired fine-food menu, where every single plate and wine you’ll pic up are simply elegant, graceful and very good. If you are in SW London believe me, don’t miss it. http://www.barmargaux.co.uk
(sorry, but when you don’t see any picture means that my phone was dead and i could’n take it #desperateiphoneowner)
– Mission, here we are, Bethnal Green has a wine bar, and it’s a good one! Hidden in the railway arches in a little street called Paradise Row (love the name), you’ll see a huge window and in the center a fancy palm, do you need more to get inspired and come in? You can trust me, wine selection is super good (mostly Californian wines plus some Italian label) and the menu tasty, easy, and rich of Italian plates very well executed (their polenta is simply perfect). It could be a perfect spot for a date, a friendly business dinner, the birthday of your sister or even for a dinner solo; and do forget to put it on your list of “alfresco dining”. http://www.missione2.com
– Modern Love, isn’t the sweetest name for a Bar? plus i saw it while it was heavy raining so i’ve had to jump in! OK inside is not so “sweet”; in fact is pretty Dark+Rock’nRoll but they make a.m.a.z.i.n.g cocktails and downstairs is for dancing!!! No website yet but you gonna find it on Old St.
– Said-Antica Fabbrica del Cioccolato, in few words “Best Hotchocolate in London”; no kidding…it’s a little lovely paradise in Soho for chocolate lovers, and for everybody is curious to taste a REAL cup of hot chocolate (made with chocolate now with powder); when it’s cold outside and rainy i cannot imagine a better place to get that “warm hug” feeling 🙂 http://www.said.it
– Social Eating House, first time i came here a year ago (they were just opened) for a cocktail and I thought to recommend it as a cool/fancy bar…but recently i came for dinner and definitely it’s not a “simple bar”, i’m happy to say it’s a foodie place! Everything in the menu is more than good (even the ravioli, and as Italian i was pretty skeptical) inspired by a British Contemporary Bistrot style. The best spot in Soho for a dinner after work/shopping with friends. http://www.socialeatinghouse.com
Eat well, toast often and have good time around the table with my London for Foodies guide!
PS: if you want more suggestions you can buy the book Eat London, a culinary tour by Terence Conran and Peter Prescott, it’s not updated as FollowMu 😉 eheheheh but i’ve loved it!