Eating is one of my hobbies- as my friends would know too well. Dieting and behaving is a foreign concept as food is the highlight of my day, I think about what I am going to eat all the time! I guess one has to know what’s good out there especially if they are a useless cook themselves, sorry but as if I want to get in to a kitchen and start cutting up ingredients after a long day and then do the dishes, seriously just no. Life’s too short for that and why am I going to tire myself out in the kitchen when I can make some sweet reservations….
- Zefi (Mediterranean)
I’ve been going to Zefi for years, I may as well have grown up there- the food is always fresh and in giant portions (perfect for a fatty like myself) My favourite is their beef lasagna, I may have eaten possibly 100 in my life but they are just so delicious! They have a good cocktail menu too. Now I don’t like salads but their salads are huge and beautiful, not to mention very filling. What I love most about Zefi is their service, always welcome you with a smile, ask you how’s your day and ensure you have a pleasant time. If you go there make sure you get the cheesecake too- it is the best cheese cake of my life! (just look how the dog is eyeing up my cheesecake in the picture below…he’s cute but I wasn’t up for sharing tbh)
2. Franco Manca (Italian)
My addiction. This is my number one pizza place. I would say I have never tasted anything like it- they only serve pizza there so if you are on your leaf eating diet then you may as well pass. This pizza is so soft, it melts in your mouth! One of my girlfriends is Italian and even she admits this is the best pizza of her life. I have no complaints except for the long queues that you may get stuck in Wednesday on wards for dinner- there is no reservation policy so first come first served but like all good things, the wait is worth it 😉 Not expensive at all, a perfect treat and sometimes the guys will make you heart shaped pizzas as well, makes my day..
3. Granger and Co (Australian)
An Australian place and an amazing menu- their brunch is their speciality especially those ricotta hotcakes. Again another place which does not take reservations but usually you get a table after 15 – 20 minutes. Locations are Chelsea, Notting hill, King’s Cross and Clerkenwell. A lot of healthy options with an amazing taste, loving their almond chais.
4. Maroush (Lebanese)
Another one of my faves- probably the best shawarma in the whole city. Seriously, what is their hummus made out of because it is so creamy. Most Maroush’s are open late so after a night out this is my guilty pleasure, like while I am out I am literally counting down the minutes when I can turn to my friends and be like is it shawarma time? The menu is amazing, the service is quick and I am totally obsessed with their smoothie fruit cocktail, so filling and sweet. This is actually my family’s favourite restaurant too, whenever they come to London usually the first stop is Maroush- oh that shish taouk and tabbouleh! Prices are amazing, nothing crazy- it’s all reasonable 🙂 Complimentary baklava served at the end- what a generous touch!