Category Archives: London

Beigel Bake, Brick Lane, London

Type of food: Bagels

Beigel Bake is the bagel shop with the white shop front in London’s Brick Lane. I have just posted about the Beigel Shop, the one with the yellow shop front, so for the sake of balance and because I think both are great, here are my thoughts on Beigel Bake. While the Beigel Shop is steeped in history, Beigel Bake has been established since 1974 so can also lay claim to being an institution on Brick Lane.

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Yellow beigel shop front

Beigel Shop, Brick Lane, London

Type of food: Bagels

A trip to London’s Brick Lane would not be complete without a visit to one of the two iconic bagel shops. Brick Lane is now more renowned for its curry houses so the two bagel shops hark back to older times. The Beigel Shop,  the one with the yellow shop front, was established in 1855 when the area was home to a large Jewish community. The community dispersed to North London, the synagogue is now a mosque but the Beigel Shop remains and has become an institution. The other shop, Beigel Bake, has the white shop front. Continue reading

Picture of cod, chips and minty mushy peas at St Barts

St Barts Brewery, Farringdon, London

Type of food: Gastropub

St. Bart’s Brewery is a craft beer gastropub located opposite London’s historic Smithfield MarketIn addition to serving a selection of lager and beers (including some from the local Camden Town Brewery), they also serve English wine and cider from the Kent based Hush Heath Estate and Winery. The menu changes regularly and the food includes bar nibbles such as Scotch eggs and Welsh rarebit and more bistro style food including steak tartare and salad Niciose (with seared tuna loin). The space is large and there are two floors – the top one is the formal dining area but you can order food to eat on the lower floor.  Continue reading

Nusa Kitchen, London

Nusa Kitchen, Barbican, London

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Nusa Kitchen, which has three shops in London, was established in 2004 by Patou Sekhon and her son Mark. The inspiration was one of Patou’s childhood memories of growing up in Singapore – the delicious soup served at her school tuck shop. My memories of the school tuck shop are cheap crisps and sweets, we certainly didn’t have home made soup! Nusa Kitchen originally served Asian inspired soups but has since expanded the menu to include salads, coconut rice boxes, breakfast and desserts. There is also a great choice of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free options on the menu. Continue reading

Steamed bun set Momo'wich

Momo’wich, Barbican, London

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Momo’wich is now called Momo Canteen

There are a number of independent little eating places around the Barbican area in addition to the usual Pret A Mangers, EATs and Subways. Momo’wich is a small modern cafe in Carthusian Street that sells South East Asian street food and aims to deliver ‘authentic Malaysian and Thai flavours.’  You will find amongst other things, Malaysian beef rendang,Thai green chicken curry, soup noodles including curry laksa, steamed sandwich buns, chicken satay and Vietnamese summer rolls on the menu. I’ve noticed bánh mi making an appearance as a special. Vegetarians can order butternut squash Thai red curry, tofu soup noodles, vegetarian spring rolls, tofu summer rolls and vegetarian steamed sandwich buns. Continue reading

Amico Bio, Barbican, London

Cuisine: Italian

I am always on the look out for vegetarian restaurants and I had often walked past Amico Bio, a vegetarian Italian restaurant on Cloth Fair, near the Barbican. The restaurant is owned by an Italian family and uses organic ingredients.  There are also plenty of gluten free and vegan options on the menu. There are two restaurants In London – the other is in Holborn. A vegetarian Italian restaurant certainly intrigued me – on my holidays to Italy, I don’t think I came across many exclusively vegetarian restaurants. Continue reading

Leong’s Legends continue…, Chinatown, London

Cuisine: Taiwanese

I have always been intrigued by Leong’s Legend, a Taiwanese restaurant where you’re supposed to knock on the front door before entering. We went to the Leong’s Legends continue… branch (there are two in Chinatown, the other simply called Leong’s Legends) on a very busy Saturday evening and we were lucky to get the last table. The restaurant is decorated simply and is reminiscent of a tea house with wooden tables and chairs and pendant lamp shades. Some of the tables are a little cramped. Continue reading