London

Joy King Lau – Excellent dim sum at excellent price near Leicester Square / West End.  They don’t do the carts, but I actually enjoyed having a menu as I knew exactly what we were getting.

Books for Cooks – Notting Hill cookbook shop with a small cafe serving a daily set two-course lunch with recipes from their own cookbooks.  Plus homemade cakes for dessert!! It’s about 7gbp – a London bargain!  Drinks are coffee, water or red wine.  There’s only one service and it starts around noon, so get there early to secure a table.

Duck & Waffle – Not typical for a view to come with food to match, but Duck & Waffle accomplishes that.  It’s open 24 hours a day, but no it’s not a diner.  Their signature duck & waffle is served all day and is a must try.  One of my favorite dishes ever!!

Granger & Co – Great for breakfast and brunch, not your typical breakfast items and all delicious; I especially loved their mango chia yogurt, enough that I attempted to re-create it at home (see my post Coconut Almond Chia Seed Yogurt with Mango).  Located near Kings Cross station as well as Notting Hill and Clerkenwell.

Pitt Cue Co. – Authentic, delicous BBQ.  Small, rotating menu of about 3 BBQ options (always pulled pork, plus two others…I had smoked ox cheek last time) and inventive, delicious sides.  Plus really good whiskey cocktails and PBR in the can!  Just moved to new, larger location near Liverpool Street Station.

Koya – Japanese noodle shop in Soho, reasonably priced and those warm noodles counteract the London dampness

Terroirs – Wine bar with small plates in Leicester Square, bustling atmosphere with great wine and delicious food

Cambio de Tercio – Spanish in Mayfair.  Set menu is incredibly inventive – not your typical tapas – and a great deal.

Al Bocco de Vino – In Richmond, just outside of London.  Set menu Italian with charming host/hostess and tons of beautiful Italian food.  Book ahead, way ahead!

Swan Bar – On Southbank, near Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, this is fancy pub fare with beautiful views of the Thames at St. Paul’s Cathedral, to boot.

Butter Beans – Hands-down the best coffee in Richmond, plus beautiful home-baked muffins, cakes and pastries.  Their spinach and cheese muffin, toasted and slathered with butter is divine.

Rock & Sole Plaice – Best fish ‘n chips I’ve had in the UK and it’s in a super-cute area (Seven Dials – near Covent Garden).  Not your typical cheap chippy shop, but worth the extra money for super-fresh, crisp-battered fish.

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