I absolutely love food, literally cannot get enough of that stuff! There are a few specific places where I've eaten a meal and thought to myself damn that was so good OMG! So I thought why not go through my iPhone photos and fish out a few of my favourites. Be warned, there are quite a few and you will definitely be hungry by the end of the post!
First up, Busaba Eathai. This is one of the first places I've been out to eat in London, and I've been back time and time again. Busaba serves Thai food and is a chain restaurant. Their flavours are authentically amazing and they are always updating their menu so each time you visit, there is something new and exiting to try out! Apart from having great food, their decor reflects a sort of resort restaurant in Thailand, and each and every Busaba I've been to have the same vibe so you feel a sense of familiarity no matter which branch you head in to.
Angie and I were craving some soft serve matcha ice cream, so we decided to head over to Shoryu as I remembered having the matcha and black sesame after some ramen one day. The (incredibly friendly) staff there told us that they don't serve ice cream anymore but the good news is, the softserve ice cream had move to their sister restaurant, Machiya which is just a couple shops down the road. Since me and Angie are both hungry bunnies, we decided to get a few bits to bite and I was pleasantly surprised at how each bite was absolutely bursting out natural flavours!
Sunday is a lovely (and popular) brunch and breakfast spot in Barnsbury. I was first introduced to this place by Yip when we met up for the first time ever to shoot together! We had to queue up in the rain for half an hour or so but my god the wait was so worth it! We got a dish each and a dish to share, and since that day, I knew we would be great friends because he loves food just as much as I do and he is not afraid to share! If you get a seat by the window, be sure to get some snapped of yourself through the window, you can look super cool like me.
4. The Ace Hotel (cafe)
I'd love to tell you that I have stayed in The Ace Hotel before but I've just took a peek at the prices and I rather use that amount to pay for a holiday abroad instead! I do want to rave about how amazing their doughnuts are, they have a different flavour each week so make sure you enjoy every bite because unless you go back there in the same week, it's unlikely that you will ever taste that flavour again. I remember biting into a passion fruit one and I felt like I died and went to food heaven whilst TJ, Yip, and Haikal were shooting me. I went back a few weeks later and they did not have the passion fruit doughnut but myself and Fahdi were having a lucky day, and we both received a free doughnut curtesy of some vouchers from the previous customer! Such a WIN!
5. I think this place is now permanently closed...?
I was debating whether or not to post this but this Lemon Meringue Cocktail was too good not to include. It was literally like a lemon meringue in drink form, the whipped cream on top was a perfect compliment to the drink and oh how I wish I could go back to the place. I honestly can't seem to google this place but if you go to Monkey Nuts in Crouch End, imagine you are coming out from that restaurant, turn left and cross zebra crossing and it should be the first bar, seems to be St. James on google maps but apparently permanently closed now. Sad times.
I love wagamama a lot. It is usually my go to hangover food or the place I go to when I want an affordable (but still so good) meal out! I do have my regular order of steak ramen, calamari, and mochi balls with a juice to wash it all down! Sometimes, very rarely, when I'm feeling riskaaay, I would also have some sake. My favourite branch is the Canary Wharf one, unfortunately this branch did not have the mochi balls so I opted for coffee ice cream. It's affordable and you always leave feeling full and happy, what's not to love!
I've walked past The Real Greek many times before but I never thought that this will be somewhere I'd enjoy. I must say that this is somewhere that you should go with a group of friends as it is a sort of greek food served tapas style. There were 5 of us that went there, so we chose 2 plates each and added a couple more plates of bread to accompany the dishes. As someone who gets bored of the same flavours, this was ideal as there was around 10 different dishes to try in one sitting. We went to the Bankside branch, so we had a nice walk along the thames after our meal.
This was a great meal for a couple of reasons. 1-It served up great chicken and the staff were very charming. but 2-This was the first meal I had after moving all my stuff over to my boyfriend's, meaning the day we started living together as a couple! It may not look like a lot is on the plate but I felt very satisfied with both the flavours and portion size, it was just enough for me. I took inspiration from my Jamaican friends and had a can of ginger beer to go with my chicken, it was too good!
Hackney Wick is one of those super trendy places where almost every cafe/bar/restaurant you go to is just super cool! I've been to The Hackney Pearl a looong time ago, way back when I was in second year of university. I remember my boyfriend at the time raving about the brownies at this cafe, and a good few years later, I find myself having the fluffiest pancakes for brunch! This place gave me the inspiration to start making my own pancakes, crunchy bacon on top, with maple syrup drizzled all over. It's extremely unhealthy and you may or may not break out (get some spots on your face) the next day but it's just so worth it!
10. The Diner
Another brunchy type place, there's definitely some kind of theme in this post. Myself and Joanna were meeting for dinner one Thrusday evening, we originally wanted to go to Blue's Kitchen but they were fully booked, so we headed to The Diner, a couple restaurants next to them. It was a good shout because we both enjoyed our meals very much! I even had left overs to take home for another meal. They have a range of fries to choose from and the ones we order were so delicious, I mean look at them, thinking about them now is making me so hungry. The Diner also have a list of cocktails and hardshakes (milkshakes with alcohol) which means merry times to go with your dinner! When you're done, simply head out to the streets of Shoreditch and browse the art galleries and trendy stores or pop in to one of the bars for more drinks, whatever tickles your fancy.
I really enjoyed writing this post up and reliving the memories of each meal, there aren't any indian meals in here but that is simply because I usually order indian takeaways and don't see much point writing about takeaways. I always photograph and keep photos of good food on my phone so I think when I've found another 10 places I love, I will do another blogpost! If you are still here by the end of this blogpost than well done and thank you so much for your time! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe found it helpful too! Follow me to keep up to date with what I get up to and I will see you in the next one!
- Busaba Eathai
- The Ace Hotel
- The Real Greek
- The Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger
- The Hackney Pearl
- The Diner
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