Burger & lobster (Oxford Circus)

M. was feeling blue today so I thought I’d cheer her up by taking her out for dinner. I suggested some of our usual options: Korean food, Wahaca, Japanese food, pho, burgers but she wasn’t having any of it. So I dug deep into my memory (and my wallet) and said, “How about Burger &…

Pizza 1889

Pizza 1889 is a tiny little pizzeria next to Surrey Quays shopping centre that serves great pizzas for under a tenner. They are flatter than the pizzas you’d get from the likes of Pizza Pilgrims and Franco Manca, but they taste even better. Quality toppings and ingredients and genuine Italian pizza chefs (they all speak…

Beer + Burger

A rotating sign marked “BEER” on one side and “BURGER” on the other signals to passersby opposite Willesden Green tube station what Beer + Burger is all about. You would hope that if they specialise in burgers, they would do them well, and fortunately for them, they do. We’ve seen quite a few burger places…

Jen Cafe

This place was recommended to me by my Mandarin teacher around a decade ago when I was taking Mandarin evening classes at university. My Mandarin never improved as I never did the homework but I’m really glad I found out about this little gem as it’s now become one of my go-to snack destinations when I’m feeling peckish.

Udderlicious (Soho)

We were wandering the streets in the Covent Garden/Soho area when we stumbled across a little gem of an ice cream place just off Seven Dials. Wowed by the cows, we tried it and it was seriously moo-ving stuff. I’d go so far as to say this is the best ice cream I’ve tasted so far…

Afghan kitchen

Afghan Kitchen is a cosy little restaurant that’s about 5-10 minutes’ walk from Angel tube station, serving (you guessed it) Afghan food. I have to admit I didn’t do much research at all before going, and pretty much resorted to Googling dishes after I had ordered them (oops!).

Union Viet

Union Viet is a Vietnamese restaurant/cafe that’s a stone’s throw away from Southwark and London Bridge tube stations. It’s a lovely family-run place that takes its food seriously, with a no-frills approach to dining. It looks small at first but they have more tables upstairs so you should be able to get a seat even at peak times.


Bingsoo (or bingsu, depending on how it is transliterated), is a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings. The standard version is topped with red beans (called “pat” in Korean) and this is known as patbingsoo. 

Banh Banh

This lovely little Vietnamese place in Peckham is a wonderful reprieve from all the fried chicken joints. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from Peckham Rye station, which makes it easy to get to if you’re taking the Overground.

Saigon Saigon

I had huge cravings for Vietnamese food today. Normally I love going to MeMe on Fulham Broadway but I felt like trying somewhere new today. Time Out gave Saigon Saigon five stars so I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s a stone’s throw away from Ravenscourt Park tube station. I arrived after lunchtime, so it was on the empty side,…