Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Dolly Rocker Girl's Guide to London: Restaurants

As my time in London is winding down (I leave this Saturday sadly), I thought it best to do a few closing posts about my favorite adopted home. In the next few entries I will muse on my favorite spots in London -- shops, restaurants, clubs, and markets, all (or at least I hope all!) will be covered. If you have any special requests for lists of my favorites -- like my favorite vintage shops or bookshops -- drop a note in the comments section or send me a line via email and I will gladly comply!

Despite its reputation, London has some really excellent food. From Greek to Mexican, Indian and Italian, this city has an endless array of options for a truly great dining experience.

My Five Favorite Restaurants:
(Some of these restaurants have several locations, so I am just noting the places that I frequented)
1. Bumpkin (Notting Hill): though there are three locations all over London, I went to the one in Notting Hill for brunch and it was incredible! The food was delicious, the decor was charming -- and they have the best Bloody Mary that I've ever tasted. 
2. Hummus Bros (Bloomsbury/Holborn): a range of nontraditional hummus options. I always get the guacamole hummus -- it's perfect with one of their mint and ginger lemonades.
3. Cantina Laredo (Covent Garden): True, I like this place because it reminds me of home (there are a few Cantina Laredos in Dallas) but this is one of the only spots in London that I've found can do a proper margarita. Come here if you're in desperate need for some tequila, chips and salsa.
4. Bloomsbury Coffee House (Bloomsbury): I learned about this place from my friend Anna, of The Puddle Jumper, and now it's my favorite place in the city to get an iced coffee, a yummy breakfast, and do some work. A chill atmosphere and great soundtrack round out a truly fantastic coffee house experience. 
5. Dishoom (Covent Garden): a self-titled "Bombay cafĂ©," Dishoom specializes in Bombay cuisine that goes beyond typical Indian fare that you can get in London. With tapas-style dishes that have incredible spice, flavor, and heat (something hard to come by in some London restaurants!), Dishoom is unique in an never-ending sea of restaurants in Covent Garden. 


Lucia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

girrrrrrl i love these little london guides you've done on here, some of these places i definitely have to check out. sounds like you've gone some fantastic places whilst you've been over here. one place i would recommend restaurant wise before you go - the roadhouse in covent garden! best at night time on a friday, you go down some steps into what looks like jack rabbit slim's from pulp fiction, so 50's. they play rock music all night, the food is awesome and aaaah it's just amazing. GO GO GO! xx

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've heard roadhouse is AMAZING!! I almost went the other night - I'm so sad I didn't. Will HAVE to go before I leave :)