London is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world.
You don’t even have to take that away from us, because the statistics speak for themselves. The cosmopolitan city recorded a total of 21.71 million international tourist trips in 2019, the year before the pandemic. Now that travel is picking up again, tourists are slowly but surely returning to the UK – after all, travelers are not required to take COVID-19 tests before departure or on arrival and there is no quarantine required, making it a breeze to travel, like we used to do.
There’s no denying that London is home to many museums and cultural attractions, and of course its notoriously dreary weather, but its food can cause quite a bit of controversy.
While many share the stereotype that British food is bad, Singaporean pastry chef Cherish Findings disagrees: “I love British food. Foods like fish and chips have become one of my favorite foods. There aren’t many things I like more than good quality battered fish with chunky fries and some tartar sauce and ketchup on the side. It’s one of my favorites and absolutely delicious.”
Cherish Find, Executive Pastry Chef of Pan Pacific London
Finding, now based as Executive Pastry Chef at Pan Pacific London, is known for her unique approach to patisserie, using ingredients from her native Singapore and combining Asian flavors with traditional European baking.
The award-winning pastry chef, who has worked in hospitality for over 30 years and has spent more than two decades in London, has also earned the title of household TV chef and international consultant in the country. In her opinion, London’s food scene is special because “that The culinary world in London is tough and there are always new trends emerging and increasing competition‘ coupled with the fact that ‘there are many Food markets to explore and discover new exciting cuisines.”
To help plan our next trip to the city, we’ve picked up Find’s favorite places to eat in London. Read on for the full list, from hearty steakhouses to casual market fare.
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.
London pastry chef Cherish Find out about her favorite dishes in the city:
Founded by restaurateur Alan Yau, Duck and Rice is located on Berwick Street in Soho. Here, the two-storey house has a downstairs pub – copper tanks and all – with a dining room above which features the restaurant’s main menu. Imagine tons of brass, gold, a dizzying cast-iron staircase and dim lighting that set it apart from many dated, if not tacky, Chinese pubs. Favorites here include the sesame shrimp toast and of course duck & rice.
“Their specialty duck is my personal favorite and their dim sum has a unique western twist. It’s my perfect blend of a good, calming atmosphere and great-tasting cuisine.”
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90 Berwick St, London W1F 0QB, United Kingdom
Borough Market is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. In addition to quality fish, vegetables and spices, the historic market is also home to a slew of delicious restaurants, cafes and pubs. A Michelin-starred Singaporean “Kopitiam” Mei Mei is also located here.
“If you’re a foodie like me, you’ll spend hours and hours here admiring all the breathtaking sights and smells. You are guaranteed to leave Borough Market with an empty wallet and a fat stomach!”
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If you fancy a stroll through a market place that is largely unprotected, head to Camden Market. The bustling area is dotted with hundreds of shops and stalls selling fashion, music, art and of course great food. Popular food stalls in the area include Uh K Dogs n Juicy, a Korean hot dog joint, El Pollote Fried Chicken, and Shawarma Bar.
The entire Camden Market area is located between two underground stations, Camden Town and Chalk Farm on the Northern Line.
“Camden Market is my number one stop for new trends in the industry. Creating food is an edible art and I still enjoy learning by absorbing new ideas and every time I venture there I am amazed at the new creations that have been discovered.”
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Chinese restaurant Saikei
Saikei Chinese Restaurant is where many London-based Chinese go when they miss the full yum cha experience. The wide range of dishes includes the classics such as crab dumplings, char siu buns, steamed chicken claws in black bean sauce.
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85 Bugsby’s Way, London SE10 0GD, United Kingdom
Many visit Flat Iron for great value flat iron steaks in London, but if you’re a carnivore who values indulgence and unparalleled quality, Hawksmoor is your answer. Undeniably known as the ‘Kings of the Red Meat’, Hawksmoor offers a range of dry aged British beef cuts including sirloin, chateaubriand, prime rib and more. PS: The steaks are best spread with a helping of grilled bone marrow and some beef fries on the side.
Hawksmoor operates seven restaurants in London: Air Street, Borough, Guildhall, Knightsbridge, Seven Dials, Spitalfields and Wood Wharf.
“Celebrating and promoting the best of British farming and produce, their beef is sourced exclusively from British cattle and is treated with the utmost care and respect to ensure you have the most tender and tastiest steak. The meat “really melts like butter” in your mouth, so be sure to savor every succulent bite.”
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157A Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, United Kingdom