Top 5 Places to Eat in London

1. Dishoom
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Rated London’s top restaurant in 2015, I knew I had to try this bombay-style cafe, especially since I love Indian food. The menu was extensive and it was a pity I could only try the Deep fried Okra, Chicken Ruby and Chicken Briyani.

In my opinion, your experience at Dishoom very much relies on how wise your selections were. Next to us was a table of two which ordered naan and chicken ruby, and they were very angry about how small the portions were and how they had to go find more food after dinner. In contrast, Sandra and I traded the naan (even though it would have been lovely to have some naan dipped in curry) for biryani (basmatic rice) and had a satisfying meal.

They were very generous with the chicken pieces in the biryani, and I loved how quirky the dish was, with a sprinkling of cranberries to add a British twist to this Indian dish. The Chicken Ruby was a curry that was quite spicy, actually so spicy that the lady had to place a jug of water on our table instead of constantly refilling our glasses haha. But it was so flavourful that we wiped the entire bowl clean. There was not a single drop of curry left. The deep fried okra was a pleasant starter to our meal. I loved the Indian spices in the batter and how seemingly healthy this dish was (because ladies fingers= daily fix of veggies). It definitely made me feel less guilty about my deep fried okra addiction.

As long as you are in London, you HAVE TO try Dishoom even though the queues are long. At least they give out hot chai while you wait in the queue :>

Check out their locations at http://www.dishoom.com

2. Patty & Bun


BEST BURGER EVER. Enough said. I posted a photo of their burger on my instagram and other people agreed that this was the best burger they ever tasted. Everything on their menu looked so good that Huifen and I spammed order. We each ordered a “Smokey Robinson” burger, shared a “Winger Winger Chicken Dinner” and Chips with Roast Chicken Mayo and Chicken Sea Salt. Even their names sound awesome.


The “Smokey Robinson” consisted of a beef patty, caramelized onions, bacon, tomato, lettuce, cheese, ketchup and mayo. I loooooved the melted cheese, it was all over the burger and the paper wrapping the burger. I ordered my beef patty as Medium (they usually do it Medium Rare) and I found it to be cooked perfectly. Loved how thick the patty was and how it actually had a substantial taste of beef, as compared to the burgers found in Singapore.

Check out their locations at http://pattyandbun.co.uk/contact/

3. Burger & Lobster

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There are only 3 things on the menu at Burger & Lobster, you choose a whole lobster, a lobster roll or a beef burger. I guess ordering the beef burger is a bit silly and I’d rather eat a whole lobster than less lobster in a roll (unless you are lazy to crack open the lobster) so Sandra and I each spent 20 pounds on a whole lobster. Steamed, then grilled, with a garlic butter sauce to go with it.

The garlic butter sauce overwhelmed the natural sweetness of the lobster, so in the end, I just enjoyed the lobster by itself. The sauce was instead used as a dip for my fries, which I ashamedly cleared the entire cup of. Comparing prices with Singapore, getting a lobster for 20 pounds (S$40) is a steal. Plus the lobster was fresh and perfectly cooked (thank god they didn’t boil it because that would be stupid), so what’s not to like?

One of my friends commented on how he went to Burger & Lobster twice recently. London has too much good food for you to try B&L twice (please don’t waste your precious meals) but at least try it once. It’s worth the 1 hour wait and the 20 pounds.

Check out their many locations at http://www.burgerandlobster.com/home/locations/london/

4. Little Social

Burrata with Truffles Cod Brandade Braised Irish Ox Cheeks
This French-inspired British bistro is opened by Jason Atherton which means the food here was no doubt excellent. I particularly enjoyed the braised Irish ox cheeks and the roasted bone marrow. The ox cheeks were really tender and the bone marrow was really fatty. Other dishes that we ordered were burrata with shaved truffles, cod brandade with tapenade and a roasted turbot. It’s a pricey restaurant so visit it if you decide to splurge one night or if you are with the parents.

5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1NE
Tel: 020 7870 3730

5. The Mac Factory

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Found in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of Camden Lock market, this Mac & Cheese shop is a gem. They give out free samples to people so that you can decide if Mac & Cheese is your kind of thing but seriously, how can it not be your kind of thing?! We ordered the truffled Mac & Cheese for 7 pounds, plopped ourselves down on the stairs and ate away. They fry the Mac & Cheese for you on the spot so that when you eat it, it’s all warm and gooey and you can’t stop reaching for more. Writing about it is making me really really hungry. Now I want my mac & cheese >:

Camden Lock Market, West Yard
Open 10am to 6pm

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Update

Sorry for the 1 month hiatus! I’ve been having exams for the past month and yes, it’s finally over! 🙂 1 down, and 4 more finals to go, yay! Here’s another update, I’m going to be away for the next month, so this blog is going to be dead for another month. I am so so sorry, I promise that it’ll be super updated when I get back. I have so many things that I want to try and I’m sure I will have lots to share when I’m back from Europe! :>

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7 Must Try Places in Hong Kong

1. Dim Dim Sum Dim Sum Restaurant

We laughed so much because the name was hilarious and sounded like a joke but the food was no joke. Generally, the dim sum served here was the best, even better than Michelin starred Tim Ho Wan and One Dim Sum. Although this has no michelin star, it is well reviewed and recommended by Anthony Bourdain in TimeOut.

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The Har Gao here had the best tasting skin, it was thin and soft, delicious to eat! Besides the usual fare, they also have creative dim sum inventions and modifications.

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The Prawn Cheong Fun was stuffed with tempura fried prawns, a modern twist on this traditional dim sum. I loved it! There was also mushroom buns which were baos that looked like mushroom with a curry-like filling. They didn’t taste particularly fantastic though.

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Lastly, you have to try the brinjal with prawn paste on top, it was so delicious we ordered two plates!

The service here was the best, with kind ladies recommending the good food to you and always having a smile on their faces. I almost tripped over my chair while walking over to settle the bill and all the waitresses instantly had this worried look on their faces while saying ‘Be careful!!’. What wonderful people that make me want to go back again and again 🙂

G/F, Man Wah Building, 23 Man Ying Street, Jordan
Tel: 2771 7766
MTR: Jordan
Mon.-Sun. 10:00-01:00

2. Tim Ho Wan at Sham Tsui Po

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Tim Ho Wan is famous for its unique creation of crispy skin barbecued pork bun and it did not disappoint. The filling was meaty enough and salty enough to complement the sweet crust. However, I felt that it would have been better if the crust was a little more baked.

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Another star for me was the Siew Mai. The meat was not fatty and instead of putting dyed ‘fish roe’ on top, they put gei ji, a pleasant change. The filling of the Har Gao (shrimp dumpling) was the tastiest, though the skin could have been softer and thinner. 

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The turnip cake left an impression on me because it was filled with turnip and less floury than usual, which is how I like my turnip cake to be. Besides their buns, Tim Ho Wan is also good in the usual dim sum dishes.

Visit Tim Ho Wan in the morning, around 10am, when there is no queue at all. We were delighted to get our table immediately 🙂

9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po
深水埗福榮街9-11號地下 (10 min walk from Sham Shui Po MTR)
Tel: +852 2788 1226
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:30pm (Daily)

3. One Dim Sum

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We ate One Dim Sum twice because it is near Mongkok, which was where we shopped every single day. One Dim Sum has this screwed up way of arranging seating, so be prepared to wait 30 minutes for a table. I loved the boiled vegetables in One Dim Sum, so much so that I ordered one whole plate for myself. Call me a veggie freak.

Besides that, the century egg and pork congee is worth trying and so is the Har Gao and Siew Mai, typical dim sum dishes. Don’t bother trying the overly floury turnip cake.

15 Playing Field Road, Kenwood Mansion, Prince Edward, Shop 1 & 2, G/F,
MTR: Prince Edward
Tel: 27892280

4. Australian Dairy Company

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The BEST ever scrambled eggs I’ve eaten in my entire life. Seriously, you need to try their scrambled eggs and toast. The eggs don’t steal the entire show because the warm buttered toast is amazing as well. Try the egg pudding too which tastes like the chinese version of creme brûlée. My friends loved it but it was too sweet and eggy for me. Don’t bother trying their milk tea because it is tasteless.

The waiters here may be busy but they are quirky amidst their busyness. My friend took a photo on her iPhone and a waiter who walked past peeped at her photo and said that it wasn’t nice, hahahaha.

Visit Australian Dairy Company in the mornings for breakfast. Don’t book a hotel that includes breakfast because you’ll be wasting one meal and your money too! You have to eat at Cha Chaan Tengs for breakfast. Live like a local!

47 Parkes St, Hong Kong
MTR: Jordan
Tel: +852 2730 1356
7:30 am – 11:00 pm daily, closed on Thursdays

5. Mak’s Noodles

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I tried the Wanton noodles and Dumpling noodles here. They came in small portions which left me wanting for more. The noodles were very springy and the wanton skin was thin and delicate, making it easy to slurp each prawn wanton up. The dumplings had more filling in them, so order them if you want more meat.

G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong,
Central MTR – Exit D2.
Tel: +852 2854 3810
Operating Hours: 11 am to 10 pm Daily

6. Tai Cheong Bakery

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Egg tarts, egg tarts, egg tarts. These are the freshest egg tarts I’ve ever eaten. They are sold right out of the oven, with the egg custards still wobbling and the tart still too hot to eat. The pastry is the buttery, crumbly kind, not the flaky Portuguese egg tart kind. I like how the tart shell melts in your mouth and is salty, complementing the sweet egg custard.

35 Lyndhurst Terrace, 中環擺花街35號地下
Central MTR – Exit D2.
7.30am-9pm

7. Lucky Desserts

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Lucky Desserts is famous for it’s durian desserts. The durian pancake was much raved about online but I felt that it was overhyped. The mediocre cream ruined the durian pancake, it felt like I was eating more cream than durian and wasting my calories on cream from the can.

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My friends loved the durian cream with sago but I much preferred the mango cream with sago and pomelo. They were very generous with the mango, with at least half a mango inside my bowl. The thickness was just right as well and it wasn’t too sweet. The perfect end to the day 🙂

G/F25-27 Soy St, Mong Kok 旺角豉油街25-27號
1pm-2am

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