I thought I’d just record a little record of some of the most wonderful restaurants I’ve been lucky enough to dine in over the last few years, I wish this list was longer so would love you to share your recommendations here too. Do make a comment and tell me about somewhere you love to eat.
- The Banana Leaf, Croydon – I’ve written a review about my beloved local eatery here. It’s South Indian food at it’s best in a friendly, family run set up.
- Y-Ming, Soho, London – If I’m in london and fancy a good Chinese I go here, my dad recommended this place and it’s great. Jay Rayner wrote an excellent review of this place recently and it reminded me I was long overdue a visit.
- Quilon, London – Another amazing South Indian restaurant set in the rather swanky address of Buckingham Gate, this is definitely a place for a treat but also does very reasonable lunch deals that satisfy my frequent compulsion for South Indian in style. It’s refined yet authentic and does an amazing (gf) bread/pancake called Appam, made from fermented rice flour that sates my desire for naan or paratha with a fluffy, spongy alternative I haven’t seen elsewhere.
- Paradise Garden, Croydon – This Iranian/Persian restaurant sits alongside many eateries and bars along the Croydon nightlife high road (South End/High Street). You might miss it if you weren’t in the know but step inside this little gem and you are transported into a little bit of Persian heaven. It’s beautiful, the food is delicious (and seriously plentiful) and the service down to earth, helpful and friendly. I went there for the first time only last Saturday but was suitably impressed, mouth-watering mezze style starters and ginormous mains lovingly prepared and cooked for your delection.
- Scotts, Mayfair, London – Perhaps, again, somewhere for special occasions only (well until we all win the lottery) but I did love this restaurant, I had a meal here for my 26th birthday (3 years ago) when my daughter was just a few months old. It’s a really opulent restaurant with a beautiful bar running through the centre where those who can just pop in for a quick lunch of oysters and champagne (one day!). My dad worked here as a young chef, I think that is really why I wanted to mention it (!), it’s since changed hands but there is history there.
So where do you like to eat?