Thursday, November 19, 2015

London // Places to Eat // Part One

So this post is very overdue, I planned to post this 3 months ago... Better late than never, I guess.

So both of my parents are foodies, so it only makes sense that they raised foodie children. One of my favorite parts about traveling is trying new foods and new restaurants. I think that you can really learn a lot about a culture through the food that they eat.

England usually gets a bad rap when it comes to food. I mean a lot of traditional English foods include things like mushy peas and blood sausage or beans with breakfast, which doesn't sound that appealing. But things have changed and London is quite the foodie town. London is also a very international city. So even though there are pubs on almost every corner and any breakfast place you walk in will serve an English breakfast, you will be able to find a huge variety of cuisines.

So I am going to share some of my favorite places/meals that I ate while I was in London, from classic British meals, to different cuisines, to some *inner cringe* chain restaurants. **Note: I also had fun trying different types of wine while I was there, as I was old enough to drink there. I didn't actually like anything I tried because I am a novice wine drinker. I was too afraid to order anything of my own so I just tried whatever my mom and brother had. They both like dryer wines and my taste is not sophisticated enough for that.

This restaurant is a family favorite. I'm not even kidding, whenever my family is in a city that has one we go. It's a bit confusing because this restaurant has two restaurants with different names, but they all serve the same thing and are owned by the same people. So if you ever see a Le Relais de Venise or a le Ralais de l'Entrec├┤te go! Anyways my parents discovered this place before my brother and I were even born! It's a small French chain that specializes in steak frites, which is literally the only thing they serve. Your meal starts off with a delicious salad, some baguette, and then they bring you your steak frites. Which the meat is always cooked to perfection, the sauce they put on the steak is heavenly, and the fries are delicious matchstick fries. My mom is also in love with their house wine, but my unrefined palette was not a fan. They also have a delicious dessert menu, I highly advise you in ordering the profiteroles. I seriously cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

When in England eat fish and chips, right? Fish and chips are an English classic and this hole in the wall is a great place to get some. So I am not the biggest fan of seafood but I liked this. The fish was so moist and tender it was hard to pick up with a fork.

I never ate at Pret the first time I was in London, but a bunch of people from my school did and they all complained so much about. So, Pret is similar to something like Panera, but maybe better.... We decided to stop there one morning for breakfast and we were all surprised by how good it was! We ended up eating the majority of our breakfasts here because it was quick, easy, good, and decently priced. My go to every morning was a croissant, berries, and a latte or cappuccino and it was delicious. The croissants at Pret were surprisingly really good. I am the biggest croissant snob, Paris croissants have forever ruined me. Also my brother and I are obsessed with the British berries! This is going to sound ridiculous but they were some of the best berries I have ever tasted and they were consistently good every single morning! I have a newfound obsession with Pret and now wish we had more of them in the US.

So my family is a big fan of Lebanese food and this was the best Lebanese food I have ever eaten in my life. I highly recommend to falafel, sojok, kellaj, and of course the hummus. But, literally everything we tried was delicious. My family will typically order the mezze plates and split it. I am pretty sure that is the traditional way to get Lebanese food, but it is also a great way to try a bunch of different dishes. I'm pretty sure we got 7-8 plates and we ate all of it, whoops! They also served us baklava on the house, and literally the baklava, words cannot even describe how good it was.

So way before my family had even made vacation plans to go to London I had heard about Granger & Co. The second I knew we were going to London I knew we had to eat here. I kept hearing about their breakfast and their ricotta hotcakes, and I was sold. These pancakes were so light and fluffy, served with maple syrup, honeycomb butter, and banana, they were 100% worth it. Their scrambled eggs are also worth trying. This was a cute little joint to get breakfast, but they do tend to get busy so make sure to go early.

Borough Market is foodie haven. It is a giant food market full of vendors with hundreds of different types of food. We went here for lunch one day and trying to decided what to eat was the struggle. After seeing people walking around with these bratwursts everyone in my family decided we needed to find those. The bratwursts were grilled and served on a roll with mustard, ketchup, and sauerkraut and it was heavenly.

So we ate at another Lebanese restaurant. This one was a little bit more contemporary than the last, but it was still really good. Our final verdict was order the moussakhan, while everyone enjoyed the dish they ordered, this was the standout dish. It was this perfectly roasted chicken that was marinated in this pomegranate molasses that was so good.

Wow, sorry that took so long. Hopefully I will be able to get the rest of the London posts out soon too! I hope you enjoyed and that this made you want to eat good food/go to London!

Thanks for reading!!

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