We spent 2 weeks in London and had the best culinary time of our trip. One of our pivotal meals of our lives was dining at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay but if you're eating on a budget, here are our other loved places.
This is the famous salt beef beigel with pickles and it was damn delicious. The bread was soft and chewy because they all come fresh out of the oven. The beef was on the higher end of salty and it paired so well with this juicy, sweet and sour pickle. This bakery is open 24/7 so we could go get our fix any time. But be warned, no matter the time, there was always a queue of people. Don't worry, they moved really fast and we got a beigel within minutes of waiting.
Flat Iron is a popular, hip joint where we went to get our delicious steak cravings satisfied for a reasonable price in the British market. The cornish rib-eye, served fresh off the grill, was delicious and melted in our mouths with effortless chewing. We had to wait 40 mins for a table of 8 on a Monday night, peak hour, but that's normal for London culture. They have a cute bar section where they served cocktails and ciders for those waiting to be seated. There are multiple Flat Iron locations throughout UK.
Have you ever seen such a big pizza? Maybe in the states... but in Australia, this pizza looks huge in comparison to what we have. Homeslice serves 20 inch pizzas with thin and crispy crusts and toppings of your choice. The restaurant is small, located in the famous Neal's Yard. Be mindful, the tables were tiny and we had to cut our own pizzas so it can be difficult not to bump into the neighbouring tables.
We ordered the classic margarita for the whole pizza, and got mushroom and a cheesy potato bake option 50/50 on the second pizza. All the flavours were delicious, intense and savoury; we were licking our fingers after every slice. We booked 3 days in advanced for Tuesday night and only had to wait 20 minutes for our table.
Cakes and Bubbles
Mick and I stumbled upon this restaurant by accident. It was fancy, with chandeliers and butlers, with a very "upper class" vibe lol. We stopped for a glass of champange and some desserts. We ordered a raspberry eclair with this beautiful gold stamping and this golden egg, which was filled with fresh passionfruit mousse inside. The desserts were deliciously sweet but the price was $$ 😳
A true British meal is the hearty and delicious Sunday Roast. It's roasted meat, served with roasted potato, vegetables, gravy and Yorshire pudding. This was one of our most wholesome meals of our journey. It might have something to do with catching up with long time friends, or it being our first official British meal after our 22 hour flight, but biting into our gravy-filled yorshire pudding was truly a savoury moment we will cherish forever. You can find Sunday Roast at any pub or bar - just check what's on the menu on the day.
Pret A Manger
Pret A Manger is a chain store with healthy, quick meals, like the 7/11 for Japan. There are heaps of them scattered around London. The food was fairly decent for a £6 to £12 price range.
Zedel is a French restaurant our friend Allie took us to. Unfortunately we didn't bring our camera but we were blown away by the cheap and delicious dishes. For example, one of the dishes was a beautiful macaroni and cheese for £11. If you've ever been to London, you would know how hard it is to find this gem 😂 The restaurant had a beautiful classic interior too.
Some of the other places we've eaten at in London was the Duck and Waffle Local, the juicy Burger and Lobster joint and the famous Borough Markets.
Thanks for reading! Happy eating!