Looking for somewhere fabulous to dine out in London? so it’s January and we’re all watching our waists but a little bit of what we fancy never did us any harm, right? London is a wonderful city to discover gastronimical delights and indulge the taste buds. I love to dine out and try a variety of World foods from sushi to a crackin’ fry up in a greasy spoon cafe. Here are my personal favourites dotted around the capital city.
1. The Belvedere-French/English restaurant in Holland Park. Set amidst the picturesque rose garden in Holland Park The Belvedere is a Marco Pierre White restaurant serving divine food with a suitably fabulous interior to match. Dating back to 17th century, The Belvedere was once the Summer Ballroom to the Jacobsen mansion that was Holland House. On Sundays you can indulge in a 3course meal for only £27.50!
2. Mike’s Cafe- Ever wake up on a Saturday after a hard week at work and raucious Friday night demanding a monster size breakfast? well if you’re in London when this feeling occurs head to Mike’s cafe just off Portobello Road. You may encounter a small queue as it’s only a small place but it’s worth it. Mike’s sells whopping Full English breakfasts, fresh orange, coffee, brunch, lunch and has a full alcohol license, the staff are super friendly and all children get a lollipop! Mike’s Cafe 12 Blenheim Crescent Notting Hill W11 1NN 020 7229 3757
3. Eat Tokyo- Tucked away down a little side street opposite Notting Hill station is Eat Tokyo. Greeted on entry the interior is every bit authentic Tokyo from the cloth curtains, the hot sake, the plastic enclosed menus with pictures, you might think for a moment that you are in the back streets of Hibiya. The food is traditional, plentiful, fresh and delicious. Eat Tokyo is a fabulous, natural, unpretentious place to get great Japanese food with friendly service at a reasonable price. Eat Tokyo, Notting Hill, London W8 7SR
4. Portobello Gold- – From the outside you’d think The Portobello Gold was just another London boozer. Inside hidden in the back of the pub lies a secret garden selling up a fine modern British and mediterranean menu. With two courses from £16.50 the prices are very reasonable. I personally recommend the selection of rock oysters and ordering a side of olives, they have the biggest juiciest olives. The best Sunday Lunch in London at a sensible price and a sensible time (1:00 – 9:00 pm) Reservations are advisable but you can always chance dropping and getting a table. (95-97 Portobello Road London, Greater London W11 2QB)
5. Cecconis- Situated in Mayfair, Cecconi’s is a modern day classic Italian restaurant. Another great spot for an indulgent weekend breakfast, the Eggs Benedict are the best I’ve ever had. Originating in Venice and with outposts in West Hollywood and Miami, Cecconi’s has become a critically acclaimed dining destination featuring simply prepared Venetian inspired food. The pasta and meats are super fresh and prepared in true Italian style. The service is great and the atmosphere is lively. (5A Burlington Gardens London W1S 3EP UK)
‘Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul’- Dorothy Day