August was a seriously good month.. we were absolutely spoilt for good weather and a lot of good food went down! Now that the Summer seems to have vanished overnight I’m hoping the warm weather comes back for September, but in the meantime here are some of my favourites from last month.. enjoy!
If you’ve got heavy bags and don’t want to walk far then the newly built Nova complex is perfect. Go for brunch at Timmy Green – one of my favourite places in London – and grab coffee and a pastry (or a seriously chunky hazelnut brownie!) at Notes opposite.
You simply can’t visit London and not pick up the best cinnamon bun ever created, and just a couple of stores down from Notes is Ole & Steen where they have tray after tray of their glorious cinnamon social and a generous bowl of samples on the counter!
For something lighter Ahi Poké is a perfect option (again, within the same complex, just opposite Ole & Steen) and if you’re feeling virtuous afterwards grab some of their delightfully chewy chocolate chip cookies or some Crosstown doughnuts from the cute little van in the middle of the complex (they have seriously unique flavours and plenty of vegan options too).
If you like doughnuts and are prepared to walk a little though, Doughnut Time’s latest stall has opened up in Victoria, where you can find a ton of novelty doughnuts in the craziest colours and flavours. You can grab a box of four or six, but if you really only have space for one then make sure it’s their Love at First Sight.. exciting as the others are, this one is by far my favourite!
I recently discovered a beautiful little brunch spot on a side street not far from Victoria, so if great coffee and unique brunch dishes are your thing, head to Iris & June. Their place is small, as is their menu, but they have a great range of unique dishes and a reasonable selection of baked items and pastries on the counter too. Plus they serve Ozone coffee which is one of my favourites!
If anyone can make a bloody good pastry it’s the French, and much as I love to support little independents I have to admit that the almond croissant at Dominique Ansel is one of the best I’ve tried. Whilst they also make some of the most stunning patisseries (as well as the world famous cronut of course), the must-try for me is their cookie cup. Soft, chewy cookie, lined with chocolate and filled with vanilla milk – the dream!
Not far from Dominique Ansel is Peggy Porschen, which is probably every instagrammer’s dream – pretty, pink and just so beautiful. Personally I don’t think their cakes are incredible (but I actually prefer more rustic/homemade-looking cakes in more exciting flavours!) but there’s no denying that they’re absolutely stunning, and probably some of the prettiest you’ll find in London.
For dinner, Franco Manca and Sticks & Sushi are two great options. Arguably chains now that they’ve got so many locations around London (and Franco Manca has even franchised out to other cities), they’re still just as good as I remember every time I go back and I’d never say no to eating at either of them – you just can’t beat the doughy sourdough crusts, light-as-air tempura and the epic sushi platters (four meal drive big for two anyone!?).
Despite people always telling me they’re amazed by my appetite, every once in a while I really do feel smug about my eating capabilities and this was definitely one of those times! When I got invited down to Potty Pancakes and burger bar ahead of pancake day I was so excited to visit – any place serving pancakes is always going to be a winner in my eyes but I’d stalked them on Instagram and some of the stacks I’d seen looked absolutely insane! Although compared to the average person I probably do eat a lot more sugar/junk food, I honestly can’t remember the last time I was served something this amazing looking (this is one of the photos from their Instagram account!).
I love it when places take bookings. You know you can be guaranteed a seat at an exact time and you don’t have to guess how long the wait will be, or stand outside in the freezing cold for what feels like hours. I completely understand why most popular London brunch spots don’t take bookings though; they’re small, always packed, and people (including me!) are prepared to queue for quite some time to eat good food. It sucks though, when a place claim they don’t take bookings then they close early for a “private function” (read: booking!!) meaning you can’t get in. The problem is with some of the best brunch spots too, is that they’re a little out of the way so it’s not ideal when you’re left unable to get in.
Yet another amazing restaurant in Shoreditch! I’d spent the entire week trying to decide whether I wanted to go here, where the menu is huge and has everything you could possibly want from a British-style Italian restaurant, or whether to go to Lardo, which looked to be a little more authentic, with a much smaller menu and more alternative/unique options. In the end, I decided that I wanted a giant pizza, a huge variety of food and after a long day in London, I couldn’t be bothered to travel to London Fields to go to Lardo, so I finally came to a decision!
They say that people who love to eat are always the best people, and that’s definitely the case with my best friend! She definitely shares my love for food and is always bringing me amazing treats, and even though she doesn’t eat as much as me she is always willing to order extra whenever we go out even though she’s usually too full to eat anymore! Continue reading Akasaka