I thought that as I’ll be writing quite a few posts around Paris over the next few months, it’s only right that I should devote some time to my other favourite city: London.
While I’ve never actually lived in London (hopefully one day!), I do spend a lot of my time there. My boyfriend and the majority of my friends are London-based, and I’m only about an hour away by train, so tend to be going back and forth most weekends. When I am there, you’re most likely to find me sitting in a restaurant or cafe sampling the best food the Capital has to offer. I thought I’d start writing a little “London” series with a few of my favourite places that I really recommend you jot down on your travel list, starting today with 2 brunch/dinner options…
Brunch: Granger & Co.
If you’re looking for the most Instagram-worthy brunch spot with delicious food to match, I would always suggest Granger & Co. They have a few branches across London, although I’ve only ventured into the Kings Cross branch.
Set in a lovely bright building with loads of natural light (perfect for snapping those blog photos), with seating outside in summer, this is the ideal meeting spot for friends. The cuisine is based on Australian dishes, but there’s a real mix; from your classic breakfasts (Eggs Benedict and the Full English), to more unique dishes (Sweetcorn Fritters and Chilli-fried Egg and Bacon Roll). If you’re a clean-eater, there’s also plenty of plant-based options (the chia seed pudding is ah-mazing and totally converted me to chia seeds). They also have a delicious bakery if you’re in the mood for more of a treat!
Whatever you do though, please do me one favour and try the Ricotta Hotcakes. These pancakes, served with honeycomb butter, banana and caramel sauce, are the lightest and fluffiest I think I’ve ever tasted. I’ll always get a plate of these when I go here and they never disappoint!
Dinner: Flesh and Buns
In the mood for something a little meatier? This is a recent discovery on my part; I’ve only dined here once but I’ll definitely be going back! It’s quite dark and atmospheric, set in the middle of Covent Garden near to lots of bars and clubs – the ideal place to meet your friends for a boozy dinner.
Cuisine is a kind of hybrid between Japanese, Korean and Chinese, but still with a bit of a twist. There’s a fab selection of small plates to share, including fresh sushi, Korean chicken wings and sashimi. I had the mixed seafood ceviche which was so refreshing with a delicious zing from the lemon juice.
The real star of the show though? It’s obviously the dish from where the restaurant gets its name… The Flesh and Buns.
You choose your flesh – we went for the crispy duck and the piglet belly. Then you order as many of the light fluffy buns as you want. Fill the bun with your chosen meat, a selection of pickled veg, soy sauce, and a sauce. The result?? Pure meaty heaven.
Have any of you been to either of these restaurants? And do you have any recommendations yourself?
Let me know if you’d like to see more London-themed posts and check back in on Thursday for a new beauty post 🙂
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx