Because if you don’t photograph your dinner, it didn’t happen!
When it comes to pretty on a plate, Instagram has that covered. Take only two seconds of your time to search #food and marvel at the wonders of bacon-wrapped artisan cheeseburgers or jet-puffed marshmallows. Delicious. But if you’re eating your way around London town, these are the must-visit restaurants with plates of utter perfection. Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the fairest food of all?
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
32-34 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HA
Koppapa might be Covent Garden’s best kept foodie secret. The focus here is on hearty, fusion food – think sea bass served with a Yorkshire pudding and shiitake mushroom pie – but it’s also the place for a seriously pimped-up, beautiful brekkie. Take this delightful dish above; hot-smoked salmon accompanied by two perfectly poached eggs ready to bleed yolk over spinach and toast, drizzled in Yuzu (a posh Japanese citrus fruit) hollandaise sauce, all for £12.50. Hungry yet? They even make avocado on toast (served with chilli, goat’s cheese and lemon oil) look like a work of art.
It’s the place for: #breakfastchampions
#Duck & Waffle
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
110 Bishopsgate, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
The phrase “don’t believe the hype” can not be applied to the Duck & Waffle restaurant. Situated on the 40th floor, it’s the highest London restaurant so the views are spectacular – ideal for envy-inducing snaps. The Duck & Waffle dish which inspired the name of the venue, is the one you have to try. It combines duck confit, a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup with a huge chunk of sweet, chewy waffle, £17, and it’s ridiculously, insanely delicious in a so-wrong-it’s-absolutely-right kind of way. Be brave, order it for breakfast and rack up the Insta-likes.
It’s the place for: #foodieswholikeaview
Nearest tube: Old Street
17 Calvert Avenue, London, E2 7JP
It’s not all about the fancy restaurants. Leila’s is an independent cafe where the emphasis is on great coffee and stunning food. Sure, it’s pretty hipster but don’t let that put you off as the dishes are nutritious, simple and rustic. An example of a tasty light lunch is the smoked mackerel and rye bread, with a healthy side of roast beetroot and baby leaf salad. It might look très fancy but will only set you back £8. And if you really enjoy your meal, you can buy the locally-sourced produce used on the menu to try and make your own versions at home – although the same delicious outcome isn’t guaranteed!
It’s the place for: #healthyhipsters
Nearest tube: Fulham Broadway
Walham Grove, London SW6 1QP
Redefining what it means to be a gastropub, the Harwood Arms is just a dining experience everyone should try. Warm and inviting, this is the place to take your parents when they’re in town. If you want to spend a lot on them, that is. The menu is extensive and takes classic dishes and pushes them further. Posh fish fingers serves with razor clams, snails and a you-simply-must-try venison Scotch egg. The pig’s head croquette’s [above] are a favourite of regulars and it’s pretty obvious why – crispy and soft, this stodgy wonder arrives with pickled beetroot to cut through the rich taste. Make the most of the Harwood Arms by opting for the three-course set menu. You choose two of the three courses from the ever-changing blackboard and you can decide on your other course from the a la carte menu – all for £39.50. Although watch it on the wine, you’ll be hitting triple figures before you know it!
Price range: £££
It’s the place for: #bigspenders
#Red Dog Saloon South
Nearest tube: Clapham North
27-31 Bedford Road, London, SW4 7SH
If you’ve been left hungry after the onslaught of the Superbowl news, Red Dog Saloon will definitely satisfy your cravings. Forget the delicate, dressed plates of the above because Red Dog is focused on slabs of oozing, tender meat and glorious stacked burgers. Put it this way, it might be handy to plan a nap after you visit. It’s hard to pick favourites but start with the sweet & spicy mustard glazed chicken wings, £9.50 [for eight], move onto the Bar-B-Q burger, £11.45, with Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese and onion rings and if you really mean business, go for a side of ribs, from £17.50. Oh and the sides of mac ’n’ cheese and ‘slaw are pretty tasty too, from £3.50 each. #Full
Price range: £
It’s the place for: #carnivores
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