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,…

Mushroom and onion conchigliette with pesto

I made a meal that put a smile on my face tonight. It’s super simple, and food snobs may scoff, but who needs food snobs anyway, right? This is a meal for the unpretentious working singleton, perhaps. Or a no-frills meal for a no-frills couple. Ingredients: Conchigliette (but any kind of pasta will do) Some chestnut…