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London food guide

14 Jan


I recently travelled to London, as per the previous post, and I thought I would give a little run down of how the trip panned out and thank those who gave recommendations.

Myself and my travelling companion were over for a friend’s graduation outside of London on Friday night, so as a result we arrived into London on Saturday, tired and late in the afternoon and in need of some comfort food following the early night we had with aforementioned friend.


After a wander, we came across Byron, which I had never heard of, but apparently has quite a reputation for doing rather good burgers. We were not disappointed. Despite having dinner plans we decided that a burger and fries would be the perfect amuse-bouche for the later dinner. It was. Unlike the burger joints in this city that have ten million possible combinations, the strength in Byron’s menu was its simplicity- a few burgers, done well. Served with a slice of pickle of course.


Thanks to a few recommendations from @tomdoorley, we were bound for Soho. We picked The Giaconda Dining Room for dinner in the end, swayed as much by its address (a nod to our alma mater) as anything else. It is a small restaurant with an interesting menu. Service was good, and our water-glass never ran empty with carafes of sparkling water regularly re-appearing on the table. I had cured salmon, ham hock hash, and the best tiramisu I have ever eaten. Apart from the salmon needing a little seasoning, the meal was excellent, as was the service. Also the couple fighting (and storming out) at the next table provided entertainment throughout.


The next day, our plans for brunch faded and became lunch. We ended up eating in Vapiano– a chain that has spread like wildfire across the US and Europe, but sadly has yet to put its feet down in Ireland. Check out their web-page and formula. And try it out if you see them. It never disappoints.


Next was a visit (my first) to Fortnum & Mason. Wow. An incredible establishment with every variety of… well…. Anything you would ever want. Admittedly it isn’t cheap, but the quality and selection cannot be beaten. I got some tea, and some jams and mustards, all of which were excellent. Some aged cheddar brought back for my better half was equally delicious.


Then with a quick flurry down Oxford street, it was time to dash out to Heathrow. On a small note, if you are travelling from terminal 1- do not rely on getting food in the airport, the selection is awful and what you can get is typical airport fare. (Put it this way- my “Cajun Chicken” wrap was not a culinary highlight of the trip.)


Thanks to all who gave me suggestions on where to go, another trip back to London might be in order to try them out! If there is anywhere you feel is good, do comment or tweet them to me- and I’ll add them to the list!



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