My favourite food spots of 2016
Think everyone’s pretty much done with 2016. I tried to escape all the crap by burrowing my head in plates of food. Below is a rundown of the best spots I ate at this year, from street eats to high end nosh. So, if you haven’t been and need some time out to enjoy life and not think about the crumbling mess that befell us in 2016, check these guys out…
Map and key detailed at the bottom.
Nordic | Mayfair | £££££
Last Visited Nov 2016 [R]
Aquavit serves up sublime Nordic inspired dishes with 1st rate service – the Matje Herring is a winner – try that. The high ceilings and original pieces of artwork by Olafur Eliasson pieces give the space a feeling of modern grandeur.
Salads & More | Shoreditch | £
Last Visited Nov 2016 [NR]
Bel Air describes itself as ‘feel good fast food’ which is exactly what it is. Not everything is brilliant and it’s pretty pricey for lunchtime digs BUT the guys are so charming, I keep coming back. My go tos: sweet potato salad, broccoli slaw and the blackened chicken with roasted corn yoghurt and rice. FYI, no real seating area.
Tacos | Clerkenwell | £
Last Visited Oct 2016 [NR]
These guys had been on the street food scene since 2011 and most recently @ Dinerama, which is where I got to try their delighful tacos. The fish taco is decent but the real star is the fried chicken taco. I’m keen to try out their recently opened brick and mortar site in Clerkenwell which has a wider offering + cocktails (yay!).
Posh Indian | Mayfair | £££££
Last Visited Jun 2016 [R]
This upscale Indian in Mayair has a rather formal setting and serves up mouthwatering plates of food – dishes like the deconstructed boneless chicken wings and the flaked cornish crab in garlic butter made me very happy indeed.
Modern Euro | G.Portland St | £££
Last Visited Dec 2016 [R]
This handsome pared back space is sister resto to 1 Michelin Starred, Portland. In the area and in desperate need of a bite to eat, I swung by Clipstone to see if they could accomodate me. They did. They’re nice like that. Had the very good housebread + a delightful plate of monkfish, young carrots, yuzu + dandelion.
Cantonese | Mayfair | £££££
Last Visited May 2016 [R]
This Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant founded by Alan Yau has outposts across the globe with two in London – Hanway St and Mayfair. I went to the latter for my birthday this year. The food is consistently good even if the decor is a bit stale but I ain’t eating the furniture, so it’s cool.
Wood Fired Pizza | Old Street | £
Last Visited Nov 2016 [W&R]