I’ve spent the past few days strolling and eating my way around the streets of London.
SIN – Salvation in Noodles is a great Vietnamese place in Dalston. They offer the best spring rolls around: vegetable or pork and mushroom. The rice paper is crispy and fresh, wrapping the sweet pork in its place. The noodle soups have a light balanced flavour. Delicious, beautiful and relaxed. The perfect SIN.
Picture House Cinemas most recent opening has been in Central. It’s modern yet classic. As you ride the escalator up to the first floor you’re greeted with an impressive old school pick ‘n’ mix. From fudge to fuzzy cola bottles, jelly beans to juicy hearts it’s a big child’s dream. If sweets aren’t you’re thing then there are Crosstown doughnuts on offer to keep your sugar levels high throughout the film.
Scandinavian cinnamon buns fresh from Coooper and Wolf bakery in Clapton. Warm and fresh from the oven. A light dough packed with rich cinnamon paste and crunchy sugar on top. The best breakfast for a Saturday morning.
Maltby and Druid Street Markets are packed on a Saturday. Crowds of people stroll down the tight cobbled streets with incredible sights and scents wafting around. Maltby Street Market has an incredible selection of foods on offer: fresh juices, falafels, posh scotch eggs, cheeses, brownies and everything else in between. Just off Maltby Street is Druid Street. Only Jerkin’ had its first stall on Saturday with lines of people waiting for fresh fried jerk fish, chicken, fritters or a combo box – a mix of all the above.The jerk fish fingers were a personal favourite – a really crispy batter with a fresh, spicy jerk flavour to spice up the soft delicate fish inside. The avocado dip was the perfect condiment. Slightly sweet and smooth.
Polpo is a low key, lively tapas restaurant. Their selection of small plates is vast and varied offering fish, meat, pizzettes, salads and an excellent tiramisu. I visited the Covent Garden restaurant which has wooden tables, low hanging lights and a great atmosphere. The fried meatballs in a polenta crust were excellent. Crispy and rich but not too heavy. The pork was so tender with sweet apples to accompany it. With a comprehensive cocktail list in tow too, there is little not too enjoy about Polpo.
It’s difficult to fault a Bill’s breakfast. Bill’s restaurants may have spread to every town across the UK now, but their pancakes with berries, banana, bacon and maple syrup are reliable and absolutely delicious. A breakfast to trust.