Like most of us, I’ve started making a list of things I want to do as soon as normal service resumes. High on the agenda: eating out as soon as lockdown lifts. Mainly to enjoy someone else’s cooking but also to support the independent businesses that are totally smashing London’s food scene.
I can’t wait to reopen Crane’s Kitchen, Social Pantry Cafe and Soane’s Kitchen (safely and with social distancing measures in place) and think it’s so important to show some love to your local cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants when you are able to. It really does make all the difference. With that in mind, here are some brilliant restaurants and cafes you’ll find me at …
Trullo, Highbury & Islington
Trullo is one of those places that’s always on my wish-list and yet I’ve still never had the chance to visit. I cannot wait to eat there and enjoy the short, daily changing menu of Italian dishes. Think Tuscan sausage, Brixham scallops and Fettuccine Cacio e Pepe, delicious!
Found on the roof of The Hoxton’s latest hotel in Southwark, Seabird boasts panoramic views of the capital and an amazing selection of fresh seasonal fish dishes including oysters & small plates. I’ve not yet had the chance to visit and want to enjoy the alfresco views over London!
Padella, Borough Market & Shoreditch
As much as I enjoy making my own pasta, few things beat the out-of-this-world Cacio e Pepe from Padella. Dishes are reasonably priced, ingredients are seasonal and the drinks list is on point. What more could you want?
Llwelyns, Herne Hill
The small streets surrounding Herne Hill station are abundant in delicious treats, especially if you visit the market on a Saturday. Llewelyn’s is the latest addition to the neighbourhood; an all-day restaurant from one the original Jamie’s Fifteen serving ultra-seasonal, weekly changing menus.
You know a meal is good when you’re still thinking about it a few days or a week later. I first visited Kudu in Autumn 2018 and since opening Smokey Kudu and Little Kudu, I’ve been desperate to go back for another bikini-body smashing meal.
Since tasting founder Dave Carter’s incredible lamb shoulder at Social Pantry’s famous Social Supper in 2018, I’ve been hooked on Smokestak’s delicious meat-heavy offering. My usual go-to? Ox Cheek Croquettes and miso aubergine.