How do we siphon every London meal down to just this? Well it helps that we ate out almost 5 days a week for the past 12 months. And were we impressed? Hell Yeah!
You can find me talking with Leyla from Cutlery Chronicles and Matt from Matt The List where we chatted for 2.5 hours on our best and worst London dining experiences in 2016.
So I’m keeping this list brief with details as we get a lot more in depth on our podcast ‘sode that you can listen in full to HERE.
Here’s what we consider to be London’s best dishes/restaurants/foodie events of 2016:
Best Cheap Eat:
Blacklock Soho for lunch + dinner – founded by 3 veterans of Hawksmoor, £20 all in, £5 cocktails, chops. What more do you want?
Kricket (Pop Brixton, food from Will Bowlby, small Indian sharing plates, great alternative brunch); Kiln – Ben Chapman from Smoking Goat doing some killer Thai.
Best up and comer
Tem Ban Thai – Craig Broadhurst is a rising star, ex Begging Bowl and Smoking Goat, popping up around London, currently in Shrub and Shutter.
Rockadollar (Richard Sandihurst, pimped up post dogs, Hawksmoor Knightsbridge Head Chef, quality meats).
Bababoom – Read our review here.
Hill & Szrock Public House (Find them on Old Street Roundabout, butcher, bar manager, Tom Richardson-Hill & Alex Szrock butchers in Broadway Market;
Milk (Aussie Style Brunch; Victory Mansion (Ex Ottolenghi chef i the kitchen pumping out some quality alternative brunch options).
Best place to drink
Best Foodie Event
Dish of the year
- Prawn Toast at CoBa – next level kinda stuff. Read out full review.
Best/Worst Food Trend 2016
Disappointment of the year
Cha Chaan Teng (Full review) ; Mercato Metropolitano ; Mason & Co ; Wahleeah Closing ; Le Bun
One to watch
Boss Lady Noodles – Henry set up in a small wooden Hut at back of Busey Building, wire noodle baskets and tending tall pots of stock,There are three noodle soups available, including the classic brisket and radish, a vegetarian option and usually another, curried soup. Sides include wantons, vegetables and other titbits, which fill the table with lots of little dishes for dipping into with keen chopsticks.
Dave Ahern – Breakout Burger – had to close Wahleeah but keep a keen eye out for his return to the London scene in 2017.
Restaurant of the Year
Legs (Aussie Magnus Reid, started out as a tattoo artist and was in kitchen to pay for training, Just opened in Hackney, ‘legs’ are the vinous streaks down the inside of your glass, more than a neighbourhood wine bar, short menu of nine savoury plates priced from £7 to £12 — designed for sharing, Every dish is a delightful tumble of texture and taste: superficially simple but using bold, bright combinations that elevate them well past the ordinary, wine focused, sit around a tiny counter)
Tem Ban – chasing them around SE London – and you should too.