Fizz of Life celebrates three years of weekly blogging! It all started with a worm in a salad in an Italian restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan, and it’s come a long way since. Thank you to all my readers and followers, you have given me an entirely new eating experience. With every mouthful I think of you! To mark this momentous occasion, here is my list of favourite London restaurants, from high-end Michelin starred eateries via perfect afternoon tea havens, to places where you can grab a casual bite. Please click on the title of each to read my corresponding review and enjoy!
Fantastically quirky atmosphere and truly divine food in a funky antiques warehouse. A joyful experience all round, every time, completely belying its insalubrious location.
Brunswick House Café, 30 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LG.
Tel.: 020 7720 2926 www.brunswickhouse.co
High end modern French cuisine by Michelin starred chef/patron Bruce Poole, professionally delivered and reliably delicious, in a chic but informal environment. A glorious treat through and through!
Chez Bruce, 2 Bellevue Road, London SW17 7EG. Tel: 020 8672 0114, www.chezbruce.co.uk
Simply superb and a complete gourmet experience, this tiny 14 seater restaurant, where Master Chef finalist Marianne Lumb serves up a one thrill after another, is a joy. Set menu.
Marianne, 104 Chepstow Road, London W2 5QS. Tel.: 020 3675 7750, www.mariannerestaurant.com
Ostentatiously glitzy ambience on Berkeley Square with an Iranian onyx floor and artwork by Gehry and Hirst, the Asian accented seafood is to die for.
Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR. Tel.: 020 3764 2000, www.sexyfish.com
Newly opened, Rick Stein has taken over the Thamesside restaurant that was, for 30 years, The Depot. Exquisite seafood with a stunning view over the water and surprisingly reasonable pricing.
Rick Stein Barnes, Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High Street, SW14 8SN, Tel.: 020 8878 9462, www.rickstein.com
Home from home, an atmospheric, chic and cosy ‘granny parlour’ of a restaurant. with a super cute boho garden at the back. Enjoyable and satisfying home cooked British/Mediterranean food, great cocktails.
Annie’s, 36-38 White Hart Lane, London SW13 0PZ. Tel.: 020 8878 2020, www.anniesrestaurant.co.uk
Arguably London’s best Thai restaurant is a small, convivial neighbourhood eatery on the Fulham Road with delicious food, prettily presented, a million miles removed from the average Thai meals elsewhere.
Sukho, 855 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HJ. Tel.: 020 7371 7600, www.sukhogroups.com
Relaxed, buzzy and young, with excellent modern European brasserie style food by the same team who own and run Hawksmoor, tasty and well presented, in a historic alleyway in Chiswick.
Foxlow, 11 Barley Mow Passage, London W4 4PH. Tel.: 020 7680 2702, www.foxlow.co.uk
Cheap, cheerful and charming Middle Eastern food, this small restaurant is high on atmosphere, low on price and a pleasure for the palate.
Maramia Café, 48 Golborne Road, London W10 5PR. Tel.: 020 3181 0030, www.maramia.com
Enchanting secret garden restaurant and tea house, bedecked and surrounded by flowers, in a picture perfect rural setting, just half an hour from the city centre. It doesn’t get much prettier than this! High end, top quality food. Great outside space too. Daytime only.
Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB. Tel.: 020 8940 5230, www.petershamnurseries.com
London’s cutest tea room, a stone’s throw from the Thames in leafy Barnes, it’s a tiny gem where delectable breakfasts, lunch snacks and proper afternoon teas are served on vintage crockery. Outside seating. Daytime only.
Orange Pekoe, 3 White Hart Lane, London SW13 0PX. Tel.: 020 8876 6070, www.orangepekoeteas.com
Great little French sandwich bar/cafe, close to the museums and Lycee. Food is fresh, interesting and well put together. Generous yummy sandwich fillings.
Pavement seating. Daytime only.
Raison d’Être, 18 Bute Street, London SW7 3EX. Tel.: 020 7584 5008, www.raisondetrecafe.com
AND FINALLY, almost gone but not forgotten
Sadly, Ollie Dabbous, culinary wunderkind and creator of the most exquisite dishes ever, is closing the doors of his eponymous Michelin starred Fitzrovia restaurant in June 2017. However, the exciting news is that later in the year he is starting up another, equally exciting gastronomic venture in Covent Garden. We wait with baited breath!
Dabbous, 39 Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2SF, Tel.020 7323 1544, www.dabbous.co.uk
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