Soho in Dean street - All started in a 3 wheeled pizza oven van at festival after a trip in Italy to discover the best ingredient. Then, Pizza Pilgrims moved to a stable venue in Dean street in Soho. One of the few places in London where the quality of the pizza matches the real Italian thing, but only when made with love. The rush and the speed at which customers go in and out are a risk and in some of the occasions we visited this place our pizza was a bit burnt. The most classical of the mistakes that can happen even in Naples.. Website: http://pizzapilgrims.co.uk/
One of the many good turkish restaurant in East London. "One of" because both the very local and the most famous places can be really tasty and it's difficult to have a really bad experience when going Turksh in the Stoke Newington/Dalston/Newington Green area. The dishes we tried were Sish Lamb kebab with sauce and a mix of grilled meat; they both delivered in taste, quantity and value for money.
A classic place for breakfast with two branches in Upper Street and Church Street. We went to the Upper Street and we tried the croque madame, a toasted ham and cheese on brown bread with a poached egg and home cured salmon on creamy scrabbled eggs served with salad on toast. Also two very good smoothies. This is the kind of place that you when you are hungry for breakfast or brunch you know you can't go wrong.
After the huge success of Polpo and his several brothers mr. Oldroyd decided that it was time to move towards north-east. The result is that now Upper Street has got a restaurant of a higher quality than the average chain type of business (with some exceptions). We tried: - Smoked pork belly & pea croquettas, truffle mayonaise - Lamb & almond meaballs, salsa, romesco & pickled garlic - Grilled pork ribeye, lentils, spinach & salsa verde Pretty good but not outstanding. I think reading some reviews our expectations were a bit too high.
Our favourite local vietnamese restaurant in Highbury. It’s far from the english “Hanoi” in Shoreditch and some of the expensive places in central London but it’s probably better than most of them.
The Pho is just perfect for the cold winter days with his kick of spices. The other classics are fresh spring rolls and some of the interesting salads.
One of the few restaurants in London we visited more than 3 times (actually when working in hShoreditch it was a classic spot for a quick but very enjoyable Italian dinner).
Both pizza, pasta and main dishes are good and not pretentious. The pizza is not the typical Neapolitan style and for this reason it might appeal more to some. Website: http://www.amicimiei.co.uk/
Feast of Punjab cuisine. A classic place in East London behind the Mosque in Whitechapel Top choices: Chicken tikka Lamp chops Paneer with spinach Lamb gosh Dry meat Naan & Roti Website: http://www.tayyabs.co.uk/
Probably one the best Italian food spots in London, the menu is based on only two basic ingredients: Fassona Beef and Tuna from Sicily (the only Tuna in the world with warm blood). These two king meats are prepared as raw, tagliata or steaks. In addition the chef is also swapping the typical sides between the beef and the tuna. Things like the battuta di fassona with gorgonzola is outstanding, other highlights are battuta di fassona with gorgonzola, raw tuna with salt and olive oil, paccheri with tuna ragu', tagliata di fassona nuda, straccetti di tonno and the huge steaks. Prices are quite low considering the outstanding quality of the ingredients Website: http://www.macellaiorc.com/ourmenu.html
Vietnamese restaurant in Upper Street. In our opinion they are trying a bit too hard with the atmosphere and food. Vietnamese food at its best it’s much simpler.
After a morning walk in Church Street, what would it be better than spending some time to enjoy a lovely brunch?
Fat Cat Cafe is a cosy place with nice people and good service. We had scrabbled eggs with salmon and really enjoyed it.
We would recommend it for breakfast!