Some great soup recipes from the Guardian including a lovely version of Mexican tortilla soup. It’s a much more interesting idea for soup than the usual British mushed vegetable stuff I make.
Great pizza place and bar near the London Olympics site. While you’re there visit the Schwartz Gallery further up the road if they have an exhibition on.
Link: Crate Brewery
Single malt whisky is are a massive waste of money, like expensive alcohol of any variety. Despite that I’ve loved them since a fantastic barman in Motel, Wellington, New Zealand introduced me to Talisker over a decade ago. Springbank is my current favourite but I’ve found maps like the one in this article quite useful for finding others that I might like to try.
Fantastic institution on Drummond Street. It’s very reasonably priced vegetarian curry and they have a great buffet at lunchtime. I’ve heard it might be closed by Crossrail or High Speed 2 rail development so take a look soon.
Asakusa is a small, fairly tatty, pretty cheap (for London) Japanese restaurant in Camden. The food is fantastic and extremely varied. The salmon head, although it’s pretty unappealing to western eyes, contains some of the best salmon meat you’ll ever taste and the tea is wonderful.
Vanilla Black is a great vegetarian restaurant in central London. The food is extremely inventive with a fantastic pea and Marmite dumpling soup being far more subtle than the name suggests but very rich and satisfying. All of the flavours are subtle and cleverly combined for some of the best vegetarian cooking I’ve tried.
Link: Vanilla Black