I love all these independent, little coffee shops and cozy cafés in London and want to share a list of my absolute favourites. Do you like a good morning coffee, an espresso after lunch, a flat white in the afternoon that keeps you going? Or an iced coffee on a hot summer day? No matter what you like best, check out the following places.
If you like a good Thai curry as much as I do, try this creamy cauliflower and aubergine curry served with a red wild rice from the Camargue region. The rice not only has a lovely, deep red colour, its nutty taste and naturally chewy, slightly sticky texture goes very well with the spicy, coconut milk-based sauce. This is a perfect dish for a dinner with friends or family.
I’m addicted to carrot juice and love a good bircher muesli, so I had to try this and it turned out very delicious that I want to share it with all of you. Prepare the night before and enjoy the next morning – a very healthy and nutritious way to start your day.
Vegetarian food at its best. The Daniel brothers simply know how and celebrate food with every single dish on their menu. By using natural, freshly produced and organic products The Gate creates fantastic looking and very tasteful dishes.
Tortillas with two fillings served with guacamole, sour cream and black bean pepper salsa – food art on the plate. The menu is changing according to the season and all dishes are vegetarian. They do serve a selection of vegan dishes or vegan options as well.The risotto with mushrooms, rocket and parmesan shavings was perfectly cooked and my personal highlight of the evening.
Yotam Ottolenghi! I’m a big fan of not only his food but also the concept and design of his delis and restaurants. On the one hand everything is kept in white with some wooden highlights which creates a very elegant dining atmosphere, on the other hand the communal tables, sharing dishes and food counter make it very casual and relaxed. It allows people to really come and be together with some excellent food and a good bottle of wine. Ottolenghi Islington – the flag-ship and proper restaurant in the north of London – is a great spot for after work or weekends in a smaller or bigger group. We started with the roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt, one of Ottolenghi’s signature dishes. Here with pickled radish, some spring onions and almonds on top. I’m always impressed by how perfectly he mixes ingredients and spices from Middle East with Mediterranean and Asian flavours. The pan fried sea bass with avocado and jalapeño salsa was beautifully presented, perfectly cooked and full of flavour. If you see the counter with all the freshly baked cakes and tarts you’ll understand that the dessert wasn’t an easy choice. In the end it was the lemon zest and strawberry cheesecake which was absolutely delicious but I’ll definitely come back for the apple and sultana cake with maple icing.