Bear with me, this guide was written in a time before COVID was a thing. While we can’t visit these fellas now, we can support by paying them a visit once everything reopens again 👍
There are millions of articles out there recommending restaurants for their quirkiness, ambience, location, price and of course the food. But this article is about that one dish makes me want to go back to a particular place for more. From dumplings to burgers, I hope you get the try it one day and tell me what you think!
Xiao Long Bao Dumplings at Din Tai Fung
I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to try these fabled soup dumplings, and this long-established Taiwanese Michelin starred restaurant is no better place to break that duct. Coming in piping hot, made fresh in front of you from the open kitchen, scrumptious soup, bite-sized parcels of goodness, it’s a comforting hug enjoyed best on those cold, cold nights in Covent Garden.
These guys do one of the best rotisserie chickens in London. Just a stone throw away from Piccadilly Circus, Coqbull, in my eyes, serves the best with an unbeatable roast chicken gravy and a herby stuffing. Come back in the summer where you can climb 3 floors up to rooftop overlooking Piccadilly Circus and beyond. I am a fried chicken kind of guy so it would take something pretty special for me to deviate from that, and the rotisserie here certainly delivers.
I’m not known as being a decisive person but when I say that Black Bear Burgers are the best in London, it’s a big big call on my part. Located all over town, Black Bear Burger ticks all the right boxes: aged juicy AF patties, smoky bacon, onion jam and a garlicky mayo, if you’re feeling ravenous you can even double up with a double patty (go on a date you). I challenge you to find a better burger in the city.
Tagliarini with dried chilli, garlic and pangrattato at Padella
Do these guys need an introduction? Widely accepted as London’s best pasta house, the Fettuccine with Cobble Lane Cured nduja, mascarpone & lemon; and tagliarini with dry chilli, garlic and pangrattato left a long impression on me. Fans of garlic and lemon will love this.
I know that the Cacio e Pepe is Padella’s signature, must try dish (and it is banging), but once you’ve had that come back for that fettuccine and tagliarini.
There’s nothing I love more than a hearty traditional Sunday roast. It’s like a big hug. But you know what’s even better? A giant Yorkshire pudding encasing all your favourite trimmings into a giant wrap complete with dipping gravy. Choose from a whole selection of meat (chicken, turkey, pork or beef), over thick gravy, who said you can’t have have your Sunday Roast over your lunch hour break?
Have I missed anything? Let me know below 👇 What dishes would you go back for over and over again?