Michelin starred Indian restaurant and well deserved. Amaya's cuisine is a fusion of contemporary and traditional Indian food. With its open grill kitchen, unique flavors, and trendy atmosphere, Amaya was my favorite Indian restaurant in London and should not be missed.
Andina is an all day restaurant serving healthy food and drinks inspired by modern Peruvian recipes. Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Andina is perfect for gluten free eaters as well as most of their dishes are made from quinoa. I recommend the Quinoa burger! Soo good! Come here with a group of friends to start your night off right with fresh food and creative cocktails. I also recommend coming for breakfast and trying one of their fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
Ben's Cookies **
Ben's Cookies has many locations throughout London and definitely worth a visit for gourmet cookies. Ben's Cookies is known to use fresh ingredients of pure chocolates, unsalted butter, sugar, free-range eggs and wheat all from local producers. Crisp on the outside, but soft and chewy inside, with gigantic chunks of melted chocolate.
Borough Market **
If you are a food lover, go here! It will be heaven! One of the largest and oldest food markets in London selling a large variety of gourmet foods from all over the world. It is split into 2 parts selling savory breads, cheeses, meats, sauces & spreads, produce, juices and desserts. Definitely come here hungry because you will sample a variety of amazing homemade food. Then venture to the lunch stands to buy an ethnically delicious meal. The lunch stands cover all cuisines- Italian, Indian, Caribbean, Asian, Mediterranean, to much much more. My favorite lunch spots are Soul Food (Carribean), La Tua Pasta (Itallian), Kappacasein (gourmet grilled cheese). Also sample the pesto spread at Borough Olives, soo good. Open Wednesday through Saturday, but beware it does get pretty busy.
Coya is a modern, upscale Peruvian restaurant and bar that includes a ceviche bar, open charcoal grill, and central kitchen. The authentic and savory Latin-American ingredients will make you wanting more. I recommend the Sea bass ceviche, tuna ceviche, Josper Octopus, and Josper corn (basically everything is delicious, get a lot to try!).
From Israeli born chef, Yotam Ottolenghi. He sells his cookbook at William Sanoma. Ottolenghi specializes in healthy and fresh Mediterranean food. Open for brunch and dinner. The menu changes often due to what's fresh per season. I definitely recommend getting a few dishes to share. Nopi's unique ingredient combinations make for savory vegetables, fishes, and meats. For healthy eaters, this should not be missed and it is right by the theater district so perfect for a pre theater dinner.
Spice Market **
Inspired by Southeast Asian street food, Spice Market is the perfect restaurant for an adventurous big group of people. They serve family style, which is great because you can try so many different items on the menu. I recommend everything, everything we got from meats to fishes to vegetables were superb. Ask the waiter what they recommend and you will not be disappointed. They have this restaurant in New York as well in the meatpacking district.
My favorite Italian restaurant in London! It is off the beaten path and south of the Thames River but definitely worth the trip if you have time (get off at London Bridge station and it's a 10 min walk). The menu changes weekly due to what's fresh and seasonal. Be adventurous here because everything you will get is mouthwatering. The bread and pasta are made in house; and all the mains (fishes, meats, seafood) are prepared very creatively and tastes superb.
My favorite Japanese restaurant in London! A very trendy and upscale restaurant. The menu offers a wide range of traditional and contemporary Japanese dishes from sushi & sashimi to robata grilled foods to original Zuma dishes. All the dishes are made to perfection with the highest quality of fish seasoned with delicious homemade sauces. I prefer going during lunch- less busy and not as loud. Regardless, you need to make a reservation.
A great reasonable lunch spot with healthy, artisan food. If you're in a rush grab one of the premade salads, sandwiches, or soups. With more time, I definitely recommend custom making your own sandwich. Benugo offers a wide variety of breads, meats, veggies, and spreads so you can create your own personal sandwich. At some locations students receive a 20% discount.
Best Moroccan food I've had! The decor is very detailed making you truly feel like you've been transported to Morocco. I recommend getting a few dishes to share. My favorites are the hummus and pita, chicken couscous, and chicken tagine. It also has great drinks and Moroccan tea, which can be enjoyed, in their tearoom.
From Israel born chef, Yotal Ottoloenghi. Ottolenghi specializes in healthy and fresh Mediterranean food. These shops opposed to his Nopi restaurant are much more suitable for a quick meal. There is a huge display of many different salads, protein dishes, and beautifully crafted desserts great for on the go or to eat in. The menu is split into 2 columns to order cold dishes from the counter (salads, etc) and hot dishes from the kitchen. They recommend 2-3 dishes per person. Great for sharing and make sure to try one of their homemade and delicious desserts. The dishes change daily so don't hesitate to come back more than once a week!
Modern and upscale Japanese restaurant specializing in fresh sushi and robatayaki (open-charcoal grilled food). The fish is of very high quality, so I definitely recommend getting a sashimi plate. The dishes are on the small side so get a few hot dishes (robata) and cold dishes to share with the table.
Best gelato I've had in London! All the gelato and sorbets are homemade made with natural and organic ingredients, definitely Italy quality. My favorite flavors are hazelnut, cinnamon, and coffee. They also serve a full dessert menu including crepes, waffles, and sundaes.
Sushi Samba *
Located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Sushi Samba offers spectacular views of the entire city of London. The cuisine is a combination of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian making for a unique and flavorful meal. It's a bit pricy but this is definitely a dinning experience.