“Would you like to hit a great Indian restaurant I know here?” an editor in Stevenage (outside London) once asked this Examiner.
She hesitated before the editor explained: “It’s the national cuisine, you know.”
Well, she didn’t know — until now.
Indian restaurants are to London what pâtisseries are to Paris. You will stumble across a great one at seemingly every turn; ditto fish and chips stands:
- Tiffinbites is the famous grab-as-you-go delicious Indian restaurant popularized by Travel Channel hostess Samantha Brown. It’s also wildly popular with locals, who flock to its various locations round town — at Harrod’s Foodhall, the Canary Wharf and St. Paul’s — for heavenly lamb, chicken and a dose of other-worldly spices (mint, curry, coriander, etc.) Added bonus: a great-looking female chef will entice you men to return time and again.
- The Fish Club offers a £7 fish lunch — can’t beat that, plus you’re apt to have some leftovers — as well as eat-in or take-out service. If Indian food is the staple of London, fish and chips are its legacy. While you’ll love the Fish Club, you will also find this delicacy everywhere in the city. Not bad for a type of fast food that makes your mouth melt as battered cod crumbs sully your jumper (sweater).
- Jamies Bishopsgate is famous for smoked and cured meats as well as rotisserie items and sandwiches, oak-smoked salmon and a brilliant (great) eggs benedict. Hearty, full English lunches will leave you thirsty for one of their spot-on wines or even better desserts.
A couple other ideas for you Angelenos:
- For those who’d like to enjoy the spring weather and dine al fresco — a great idea in April (and very romantic for you would-be William and Kates!) — then pop into Marks and Spencer and pick up a great lunch. This supermarket definitely puts the “super” in the name. You can buy everything from pasta salad and mineral water to fresh fruit and a new pair of trousers (pants) while you check out the hotties in line.
- Try a cheese sandwich at Borough Market’s Kappacasein, where foodies go to die. Real Montgomery cheddar grilled with leeks and onions and served between delicious slices of Poilân sourdough primes you for your day at the Tate Modern or walking along the Thames with your honey. Pick up some fruits, veggies, jams and mustard en route to your next destination. Borough Market is open Thursdays 11 am to 5 pm and Fridays noon to 6 pm; also Saturdays 8 am to 5 pm.