I love this time of the year. Although it’s waving goodbye to long summer evenings, it’s also saying hello to getting warm in cosy jumpers and enjoying the twinkling lights of London. Just because it’s approaching winter, it doesn’t mean that we can’t get out of the house and enjoy our surroundings.
I’ve compiled a list of my autumn’s favourite foodie hot spots in London. They’re not all hidden gems, some a really popular, but worth the write-up. London is so incredibly awesome when it comes to eating out, and I’m always on the look out for new places to indulge. So enjoy!
East Dulwich Farmers’ Market is a great example of one of London’s awesome weekend hang out spots. The streets are filled with fresh organic produce food stalls, delicious pop-up takeaway restaurants, an array of antiques stands and cutesy places to purchase eco homeware. The streets are filled with people from all walks of life and there’s an energetic buzz around that’s felt by everybody.
It’s always a tough decision when deciding what type of lunch to go for when strolling around on a Saturday as there’s so much choose from. But Souvlaki Street offers a tasty reminder of why I need my next holiday to be to Greece.
I lived in Greece for 6 months when I was 19 and my diet consisted mainly of Souvlaki and Gyros. (WHAT?! You can’t blame me…) Since coming back I’ve really struggled to find authentic Greek food in the UK. Then I discovered a pop up takeaway restaurant that tasted just as good as the real thing! Souvlaki Street is located right next to the Palmerston Pub most Saturdays, so if you’re in the area make sure you check it out!
In the past year or so I’ve dabbled with food fermentation. The health benefits in fermented foods are incredible, and I’ve become slightly obsessed in the variety of intense flavours that you can get by fermenting foods. When I discovered the Nordic eatery, Rök Smokehouse, I had to go.
Specialising in smoked meats, fermented veggies and fresh local produce, Rök did not disappoint.
Cabbage and Chilli pickle – Although I discovered that this fermented pickle did use a touch of sugar for flavour (reducing the health benefits, obvs!), it was absolutely delicious.
Duck pate with knäckebröd and cloudberry jam – The combination of the sweetness from the jam and the subtle meatiness of the pate worked brilliantly. Also, the knäckebröd created a lovely crunchy texture that contrasted with the smooth pate.
Scallop in the shell with ndjua and british seaweed – The smokiness of the scallop was out of this world. A real winner starter!
Venison with lingonberries and chestnut purée – * THAT * venison… I am so pleased I went for this main. The meat was so tender and smoky, and the chestnut purée added amazing depth of flavour to the dish.
I didn’t think I loved Thai food until I took a visit to The Begging Bowl. Bursting at the seams with flavour, it’s now one of my favourite restaurants in London.
With flavours and ways of eating that originate from Chiang Mai, The Begging Bowl is a vessel used by buddhist monks in Thailand in a daily morning ritual where people come out to the streets and give them food and make merit. This ethos has been recreated in Peckham, and I couldn’t be happier!
The idea of ordering a few different dishes and sharing with whoever you’re with is always my favourite kind of style of eating out. It’s social, and unless you’re like Joey from friends (“Joey doesn’t share food!”) it can work out better value for money. Between two of us we ordered:
- Deep fried whole sea bass, sweet tamarind sauce, green mango, white turmeric, sea purslane, roasted rice
- Lon gapi relish of fermented fsh, chopped tiger prawn – sticky pork belly, radish, fennel, cucumber to dip
- Geng som boiled curry, wild turbot, wax gourd, morning glory, pea shoots
- Jasmine rice and sticky rice
It was such an abundance of colour, flavour and texture I wanted to jump on a plane to Thailand then and there! In saying that, the intensity of the spice in the curry made it a perfect dish for the autumnal weather here in London.
10/10 for The Begging Bowl. I cannot wait to return!
I’ve heard people say ‘pizza is pizza’, and consider all pizza’s to taste fairly similar. Those people have never tried Homeslice.
Not only is HS awesome value for money and bloody tasty, it is located in one of the most beautiful areas of London – Neal’s Yard. As such, this is where I bring my friends and family that aren’t from London, so they can experience the wow-factor.
The pizzas come in one size only – TWENTY INCHES. So, they’re great for sharing. And the toppings are incredible. So go, just go and enjoy a massive pizza with your friends! If the queue is long (which it usually is) get takeaway, perch on the seats outside and people watch. You won’t regret it 🙂