All of these Listen to a Londoner interviews have brought about lots of food and drink recommendations. They are compiled here for you to try. Leave your opinions or your own recommendations in the comments!
London FOOD & Drink recommendations:
Paul McConnell – The Black Horse just behind Oxford Street is a great pub, great food, all fresh the same day. There’s a great family run Italian restaurant near Notting Hill called Ffionas. You have to be there early though because they only have 8 tables.
Gail Haslam – If you can get a table, I’d try Namo on Victoria Park Road and try the Ga hap la chanh – steamed chicken in lime leaves with ginger and lemon. So simple yet so good. I did have excellent soda bread at Corrigan’s recently (laced with molasses for a very defined sweetness).
Gail Haslam – I’ve a long standing affection for the the Cafe in Foyles on Charing Cross Road and fond memories of their hot chocolate. I’m lucky to have a great selection of cafes locally – the Pavilion in Victoria Park and a new addition, Amandine. Not only do they source ingredients like eggs from the Deli Downstairs, a few doors down, they even grow some of their own ingredients. Hemingway, up Victoria Park Road towards Mare St. Enjoy a tipple while marvelling at the taxidermy.
Esnayder Cuartas – Sabor is a South American restaurant that offers nuevo latino food, which combines the traditional cuisine of South America with modern gastronomic techniques. Sabor shows a contemporary Latin American culture, in a modern and fun space, where the warmth of its people, smooth latin rhythms in the background, imaginative cocktails and freshly cooked latin flavours make all your senses travel though South American in the heart of Islington.
Natalie Lester – you can’t beat their chicken and leek pie at Doggetts Pub. It is right on the southbank by Blackfriar’s Bridge and if you want a nice meal you can go up top to the restaurant and sit by the window and watch London light up at night.
Cemay Ilgu – The North Pole Bar, in Greenwich. You start off in the main bar for a pre-dinner drink, then go up to the Piano Restaurant, and then if you have the energy after the gorgeous food (or you just want to work it off!) you can go down to the South Pole Club and dance the night away! It’s a complete night out in one venue.
Cemay Ilgu – Kervan Sofrasi Restaurant, on Hertford Road in Edmonton. Not only is the food affordable, but it’s just outstanding quality. If you like Turkish food, I could recommend no better place.
Cemay Ilgu – One of my favourite places that appeals to the Princess Jasmine in me is Pasha, on Gloucester Road. It feels really decadent. The food is exquisite, mostly Moroccan/Middle-Eastern cuisine, but it’s just a lovely, romantic place – all soft lighting and belly dancing!
Cemay Ilgu – A little Italian restaurant called Polpo on Beak Street in Soho. It’s tiny – seats about 50 people, and it doesn’t take bookings so you just kind of turn up and wait, but the food is out of this world – served in small tapas-like portions so you can try a bit of everything, and it’s a really lovely place to socialise with friends, so different as it’s designed to be like a Venetian wine bar. A fabulous little find! Prices are pretty reasonable too for London.
Daisy Coole – Proud Galleries in Camden: a gallery and live music venue with gorgeously decorated stables, in which you can hang out and have a coffee while browsing the internet, playing Wii or watching TV. The best room is pink with a big white wicker throne and loads of hanging plants. La Porchetta in Chalk Farm produce delicious pizza and pasta in a lovely setting.
Daisy Coole – I’m a big fan of Primrose Bakery. Their bakery in Primrose Hill is almost painfully gorgeous with its yellow shopfront and pastel-coloured interior.I think my favourite has to be the Lime and Coconut cupcake although it’s almost an impossible decision.
Daisy Coole – The best place for drinks is FiftyFive Bar, down the road in Camden. They serve 180 different cocktails and have a 2-4-1 offer from 6-8pm on Monday-Saturday. Definitely get there before 7pm, though, because it get seriously busy at the bar! If only it didn’t clash with my netball league, I’d also be there every Monday for ‘Mojito Madness’: 2-4-1 on all 12 Mojitos. Genius.
Will Peach – I’m yet to find somewhere that reminds me of the bustling streets of Saigon but Kingsland Road certainly offers something interesting with its blend of angel-headed hipsters and row after row of Vietnamese restaurants. Viet Hoa is a particularly good choice for anyone looking for a heavy dose of pho, Vietnam’s signature dish of a pork or beef noodle broth. The Water Poet is a pretty nice place that serves proper English pub food.
Wilfredo Arturo Diaz Ardila – Leños & Carbón on Rockingham Street in Elephant and Castle and The Latin Corner pub on Camden Road.
Mary Higgs – the Lighthouse in Battersea, is pretty perfect! There’s a great garden for the summer and a roaring fire in the winter. The atmosphere is seriously relaxed so you can start off with a glass of wine, and if the date is going well you can settle in and order food. I love Julie’s in Holland Park as it’s full of romantic little nooks and crannies, making it the perfect place for dinner. Clos Maggiore is another favourite – you’ll be hard pushed to find somewhere more romantic, with it’s indoor courtyard complete with roaring fire, fairy lights and blossom laden trees (all year round)! Coq D’argent is a must with it’s roof terrace and garden and the kind of quality food you expect from the D&D group.
K Anderson – I would have to say that my favourite place to go in London for vegan food is RootMaster – it’s an old routemaster bus which has been converted into a bustaurant (see what they did there?), and has delicious pizzas. Oh, and the cheesecake is quite delicious too.
K Anderson – Candid Café, which is behind Angel station, is just lovely. In an area which is riddled with Starbucks, Café Nero and Pret a Manger, it is nice to find a little, unique space which sells plenty of varieties of teas and has proper, worn-in couches to spend an afternoon lazing in. What’s especially good about it is that there’s almost always a place to sit!
Steve Slack – There’s also a great pop-up bar on top floor of a multi-storey car park in Peckham called Frank’s Cafe and Campari Bar [http://www.frankscafe.org.uk/]. It’s a unique blend of sculpture, food and drinks in the open air, with a privileged view of the London skyline.
Owen Duff – I went to the Jerusalem Tavern in Clerkenwell recently, which is quite special – the current building dates back a few hundred years and going in there feels a bit like traveling back in time.
Michele Gorman – If you want upscale, have a drink at the bar at the Sanderson Hotel (50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG). It’s beautiful and funky inside, and has a great all-season courtyard that is very cool, trendy and a bit romantic. Then go to Hakkasan (8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD) for mouth-watering, very interesting Chinese. For a more casual experience start with drinks at the The White Horse (1-3 Parsons Green, SW6 4UL), then dinner at the always chaotic and friendly Sale e Pepe, for good Italian (9-15 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0HD).
Luiz Hara – For the best and most affordable pizza in London I would recommend Franco Manca, Rosso Pomodoro and Pizza East. The Riverside Cafe is undoubtedly one of the best Italian restaurants in London but also one of the most expensive.
Luiz Hara – Other than outstanding Japanese fine dining joints like Nobu and Zuma, an affordable and very authentic Japanese restaurant I love is Asakusa in Mornington Crescent. For top quality sushi without the price tag, Atariya Fishmongers and their small sushi outlet on James Street by Selfridges is also a must.
Luiz Hara – There are some amazing supper clubs I would very highly recommend like Fernandez and Leluu in Hackney for great atmosphere and food, Friday Food Club in Blackheath for the best British food in London, Cucina Cinzia in Fulham for really authentic and delicious Tuscan food outside Italy and LexEat! in Shoreditch for their sensational and no-fuss cooking.
Luiz Hara – My favourite vegetarian restaurant in London is Mildreds on Lexington Street. The quality of ingredients used is always high, it is reasonably priced and with a casual and cosy feel about it which I like very much.
Luiz Hara – Along St Giles Street by Centre Point at a place now known as Little Seoul, there is a cluster of excellent value Korean restaurants that will not break the bank. Assa is one of these restaurants, and their lunch special with appetisers, main course and unlimited tea is priced at £5.
Ana Paula Picasso-Grandin – I’m impressed with the number of new Brazilian restaurants opening in London in the last couple of years! For a full meal I’d go for a ‘rodizio’ barbecue. For those who haven’t tried this, it’s a set price buffet where there is unlimited meat brought to your table on long skewers and it’s cut in front of you. I’d recommend Rodizio Rico and recently I went to Rodizio Preto (near Victoria Station) and was really impressed with the authenticity and quality.
Ana Paula Picasso-Grandin – If I want a quick snack I go to Canela in Convent Garden for a coxinha (little pastries filled with shredded chicken), pao de queijo (cheese bun) and for a very sweet treat brigadeiro (delicious condensed milk and chocolate truffles)…hummm, it makes my mouth water just to think about them! And I never forget to get myself a can of Guarana (guarana flavoured fizzy drink) too.