Eat “it” London Dining
This jetsettera girl loves to dine. And I found some great restaurants on my spring trip to London. I love the fact that London is so big and so many people it can support some very niche concepts. I didn’t get to try it, but I’ve totally intrigued at:
Bubbledogs – which sells 10 hotdogs and champagne! How does this sound? BLT, with bacon, truffle mayo and caramelized lettuce.
But in the same vein, during my trip I was a frequent patron of and bib-wearer at Burger & Lobster.
Guess what they sell? Yes for £20 each (roughly $32) you can buy a burger or a lobster. By London standards 20 quid is a deal for a lobster (especially the big serving here!), and why anyone would buy the burger baffles this crustacean fan. Only caution is they don’t take reservations and your whole party has to be there to be seated. Put your name on the list and go for some cocktails in Mayfair until they call you.One of my BFFs (Jeremy) & me at Mews of Mayfair
Roof top time?Aqua Neuva I managed to hit one of London’s rare heat waves and finding a roof top turned out to be a bit challenging until my host recommended this spot off Regent Street. The view is fantastic – what a great way to take in the area. But the sushi is not near as good as at Zuma.
Enter if you dare? La Bodegra Negra. Now I went the tame way and just ate on the ground floor. It’s cheap & cheerful Mexican street food. But the real way to do this venue is through the porn shop, past the bondage mannequin and down the stairs to a cave-like restaurant. The La Bodega Negra experience begins when you dare yourself to go through the inconspicuous entrance.
If you want to look in the know Mayfair delivers another of my restaurant picks in its nooks and crannies: Mews of Mayfair is great for lunch or after hour lychee martinis on their cobblestone front. I’m not much of a pub girl, so this glam alternative was a meet up must do.
Ready to splurge? Novikov is the new king in town that has taken over the Nobu crowd. It’s the first venture within London from the Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov.
China Tang is a gem in the Dorchester Hotel
It’s a fab mix of art deco design and David Tang’s gutsy modern take on Chinese cookery. Top notch! this was by far my favorite meal during my trip. I’d also recommend cocktails in their lounge (yum). Don’t forget to pop into the girls room – you might get a bizarre reading of Arabian nights or Peter Rabbit. P.S. If you pre-order you can dine on an entire suckling pig.
Breakfast wasn’t much on my radar this trip – but I will add 202 Café onto the list. Their signature French toast is even a fave of Christian Slater. And I’d be remiss to not add the Saturday farmers market by Sloane Square – fresh shucked oysters were a lunch treat!
And not for eats, but one last tip. If you’re in Chelsea and you’ve closed out The Botanist (love their Earl Grey Martini). There is always the colourful Nam Long(er)!