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 is damn delicious. The bread was soft and chewy because they all come fresh out of the oven. The beef is on the higher end of salty and it pairs so well with this juicy, sweet and sour pickle. This bakery opens 24/7 so you can go any time to get your fix. But be warned, no matter the time, there is always a queue of people. Don't worry, they move really fast and you'll get a beigel within minutes of waiting.
Flat Iron is a popular, hip joint where you can get your 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 serve 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 are tiny and you have to cut your 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. We booked 3 days in advanced for Tuesday night and only had to wait 20 minutes for our table.
Cakes and Bubbles
Michael 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 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.
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.
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Amsterdam is known for its canals, artistic heritage and fun night life. It is also one of the cities you can consume cannabis without a care in the world. And anyone who has tried marijuana before would know a common sign of "being high" is having "munchies", and what better way to satisfy those cravings than the street food of Amsterdam.
A lot of these were random vendors we stumbled upon. We wanted to compile the snacks we ate in one post since the travel post was getting too long.
One of the best indulgence of life is the mouthfeel of soft, thick potato fries dispersing on the tongue, covered in creamy sauce. In the first photo, we got plain ketchup to freshen up the bite. In the second photo was a mix of mayo and cheddar... talk about a heavy carb snack
The hardest part about getting churros was watching them swirl around in the oil as we waited for them to cook. But it was worth it. It was a nice, thick crunch inside our mouths, followed by a hot doughy goodness that was covered in a delicious layer of milk chocolate.
There are plenty of cafes to hang around at in Amsterdam to get your caffeine fix but be careful: cafes are where they serve you coffees while you chat with your friends, and coffee shops are where you go to get your hands on marijuana 😉
If you manage to get high near foodhallen then you're in for a treat because there are heaps of different food stalls and vendors set up inside this old tram hall. You can read more about this HERE.
Stroopwaffles are an iconic symbol of food for the Dutch. They're thin, slightly crispy, slightly soft, heavenly bites with thin layers of honey or chocolate in between. You can buy a whole packet of 5 of them for €3 at the supermarket and they make great souvenir gifts to bring back home.
One of the recommendations we received for Amsterdam, Netherlands was to try Indonesian food as it was one of the best cities to get an authentic taste. Aneka Rasa is a restaurant located near Central station, along the street of Warmoesstraat, and is a great place to unwind after a touristy day out.
We found this restaurant via Google, with a 4.2 star rating of 350 reviews. The restaurant setting was really ornate and cute. We were the first ones in at 6PM and found it quite calming. The waitresses were super friendly and attentive to our needs.
They have two menus: the Rice Table Aneka for €21 and the vegetarian verrsion for €19. In the Rice Table Aneka banquet, there were 14 variety dishes that came out, each showcasing the culinary styles of Indonesia.
From left to right:
This was a classic nasi goreng, a fried rice with spice combo. It tasted a little dry, as there was not much sauce or other components to bring the dish to life. It was a great complimentary dish when eaten with the sate ayam or other meat dishes.
This was the sate ayam, roasted chicken on a stick with peanut sauce. It was probably my favourite dish out of the lot, voted for its simplicity and flavours. I'm not much of a spicy fan so the peanut sauce helped cut down on the fire that had been dancing on my tongue.
For dessert, they had spekkoek, a layered cake. It was very light and delicate and not overpowering in sweetness. It paired really well to the end of the banquet menu we had devoured.
If you're every craving Indonesian food, give Aneka Rasa a try. They have a few locations around the world for you to pop in to. And if you want more food recommendations to try in Amsterdam, read HERE. Or read THIS to see what touristy activities we got up to during our visit.
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