We love eating out and trying out new places, and there is no shortage of great restaurants, of many different cuisines, around London. The highlights of the past month were brunch at two new-to-us places – The Delaunay and CUT at 45 Park Lane, checking out the street food market at Hawker House in Canada Water, going out for drinks and dinner in Knightbridge and a burger lunch date with Little T in Marylebone.
The Delaunay, Covent Garden
The Delaunay came highly recommended to us for brunch and it didn’t disappoint. The Delaunay is an all-day European brasserie on the corner of Drury Lane and The Aldwych, in Covent Garden. We found it to be very family friendly and enjoyed our Viennese style brunch. There’s an extensive brunch menu, including a selection of pastries made in their kitchen (pretzels, croissants, pain aux raisin, doughnuts), typical egg dishes, a variety of salads and sandwiches, seafood cocktails, schnitzels and sausages.
We ordered a New York hot dog for Little T, who gave it two thumbs up!
Mr. G and I ordered sausages, a Frankfurter – traditional smoked beef – for him (plus an omelette), and a Mettwurst – pork, ginger and paprika – for me, pictured below. The Mettwurst was flavorful and delicious with the caramelized onions and mustard that came with it.
We didn’t have time for dessert at the restaurant but did stop by the dessert counter on the way out to have a couple of slices of the typical Viennese chocolate cake, Sachertorte, packed away to bring home.
We started off date night the weekend of Valentine’s Day with champagne and starters at the bar at Zuma, a Japanese restaurant in Knightsbridge. I ordered the seared beef with soy ginger, lime and corinader (gyu no tataki) while Mr. G had the sliced yellowtail with green chilli relish, ponzu and pickled garlic (hamachi usuzukuri pirikara ninniku gake). We both enjoyed our food and the restaurant’s atmosphere and we plan on returning for dinner soon.
Buddha Bar, Knightsbridge
We then walked over to Buddha Bar for dinner, where I had the five spiced barbecue chicken and Mr. G had the king crab with prawn tempura drizzled with spicy mango sauce and spicy tuna maki rolls. The king crab came recommended and he thought it was excellent. My chicken dish probably looks a bit dull in comparison (I don’t eat seafood) but it was very tasty!
And brightening up the drizzly evening was Harrods and its beautiful lights!
Street Feast Hawker House, Canada Water
The Hawker House is a huge warehouse that’s been converted into an indoor street food market open on Friday and Saturday evenings. There are 14 traders offering a wide range of scrumptious food and nine bars. We showed up just after the 5pm opening – the photo below is when we arrived and it filled up very quickly within the next hour.
We chose a table at Street Vin, ordered wine and took turns picking up food from Mother Clucker (fried chicken), Smokestak (BBQ), Rola Wala (Indian), Meat Hook (Argentinian steak) and Petare (Peruvian) before wrapping up dessert from Chin Chin Labs. We were, as you can imagine, very stuffed when it was time to go home.
I tried snapping photos of our food but it was dark and most of the photos came out terrible…
These are the less awful photos to share some of the food we had. First dish was three mini naan sliders from Rola Wala, two with Kashmiri chicken tikka and one with Goan pulled pork. Loved this one, bursting with flavor and had a good kick to it!
Mr. G and I agreed that our favorite was the food at Smokestak, we loved the tender brisket sandwiches and these delicious beef ribs. I also enjoyed the chicken arepa from Petare.
Little T ate well too, he loved the chicken strips from Mother Clucker, the steak with fries (topped with chimichurri sauce) at Meat Hook – and the sticky toffee pudding ice cream at Chin Chin Labs.
CUT at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
CUT at 45 Park Lane is an American steak restaurant and Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant and bar in Europe, located right across the street from Hyde Park.
For a starter, Mr. G and I shared the roasted baby beets, served with goat cheese, toasted pistachios, citrus, micro basil and mint. It was a nice, delicate combination of flavors to begin the meal and enjoy with our drinks. Little T meanwhile devoured the plate of croissants and muffins.
I ordered the “Tainted Love” cocktail made with rose elixir, lychee purée and champagne.
And for my main, I ordered the omelette with wild mushrooms, smoked bacon, onions and Gruyére, served with roasted fingerling potatoes, which was all very good.
Mr. G ordered the salt beef hash cakes, topped with poached organic eggs, crispy leeks and Bearnaise sauce. Very flavorful dish and definitely one to try!
Little T ate two servings of fruit and we helped him finish up the scrumptious buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup.
Burgershack at The Royal Oak, Marylebone
After shopping for books at Daunts during the week, Little T and I went for lunch at the Royal Oak pub. The Burgershack was launched by blogger Burgerac and is a long-term popup at the Royal Oak. They have a Happy Meal deal on Mondays that’s a great value: £10 for a cheeseburger or veggie burger with fries and any drink up to the value of a fiver. I was planning on getting the veggie burger anyway – which was a black bean and feta patty – so I was certainly happy about that. The pub is very family friendly and the food was great.
Also, we were given a box of 42 crayons and naturally had to lay each one out on the table.
It was a fun month eating out around London and trying out some new restaurants.
What are your favorite restaurants in London?