Luckily for me London is only an hour long train journey away from where I live. So once or twice a year my husband and I take the opportunity of going down for a weekend of gastronomic adventure that is not easily found where I currently reside. Before leaving for the big smoke, I made a pledge that I wasn't going to waste any meal on mediocrity, given the vast number of great eateries London has to offer.
Setting off on Friday evening we arrived in London and immediately headed for Covent garden to sample the delights of Wahaca. Wahaca was co-founded by Thomasina Miers, who won Masterchef a few years back. This rapidly growing chain of restaurants serves Mexican market food for a reasonable price whilst upholding an ethos of locally sourced and sustainable raw materials.
It has lively and vibrant atmosphere with knowledgeable staff, tasty cocktails and a queue out the door on a Friday night.
The dishes are flavourful, colourful and simple but not for the faint hearted. If you have a delicate constitution take your gaviscon and avoid the spicy tomato juice with the tequila.
Once you've recovered from the previous nights cocktails and chilli a hearty breakfast from Brew will set you up for the day. http://www.brew-cafe.com/
This is a great little cafe which serves really interesting dishes alongside more tradition breakfast fair. Satisfying sweet and savoury options and great coffee make this a must visit place. It is a very popular spot so make sure you get there early to avoid the rush. In winter you can still sit outside as you get a blanket to wrap yourself in as you eat. They also have a lunch menu.
If you want foodie heaven, get yourself down to the real food market on London's vibrant South Bank. http://www.realfoodfestival.co.uk/home. It's is like Mecca for all food lovers with Spanish, polish, Jamaican, French, English, middle eastern, far eastern and many other cuisines laid out like a kaleidoscope of colour.
It runs though the summer on Fridays, Saturday's and Sunday's.
Before you catch the train home stop off in Soho for a fancy cocktail in Mark Hix's bar. Maybe only the one though as they are quite pricey, or skip dinner and have a few!
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