(Including Pimlico, Belgravia and Victoria)
I am back on the road (have been little busy)! This is the perfect little bistro in covent garden. It’s very simple and cute. They have a few apperetifs to choose from (the sardines in a tin are delicious!), 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 deserts. Super friendly staff and very good wine list. Every 10th of the month you get a discount of 10% (which is nice because The 10 cases is not super cheap). 16 Endell Street | +442078366801 | Tube: Covent Garden | £££ | Website
In the summer they have lots of wine barrels outside that everyone uses as standing tables to have drinks. In the winter you can go inside the cellar which is really cosy. You can get a bottle of wine at the bar and try and find a seat somewhere. You can’t make reservations here. It’s a self seating bar. They also have delicious cheese platters… With French guys standing behind the counter to give advise. 47 Villiers Street | Tube: Charing Cross |+442079301408 | ££ | Website
Jamie’s Italian Covent Garden
This ‘chain’ restaurant of Jamie is located in Covent Garden and is primarily a walk-in restaurant. It is very spacious with two floors and a rustic/industrial ambience. I had a really nice time, delicious food and was thinking that it’s the perfect place to grab a bite if you were shopping in this area. He does quite a few really nice sharing platters (meaty or non meaty). Because the place is so spacious and the staff is so nice it didn’t really bother me that it is quite a ‘touristy’ place. I just liked it!
St. Martin’s Courtyard, Upper St. Martin’s Lane | +442033266390 | Tube: Covent Garden | ££ | Website
Mishkins – London
Mishkin is from the same owners as Polpo, Spuntino, Da Polpo and Polpetto (OLBB’s favorites) and I am in love, yet again. This restaurant is simple, easy and cozy, the kind that I think London does best although this place reminded me a lot of New York too.
The name of the restaurant originates from Ezra Mishkin who was the founder of a restaurant E.Mishkin in 1931. This new restaurant however opened in 2011 and they brand themselves as a “kind of Jewish deli with cocktails.”
It is terribly romantic. Cozy lighting, exposed brickwork, black and white chequerboard flooring, American diner booths and a U-shaped bar that is buzzing with people sitting, chatting and eating . We sat in a niche and needed my iphone flashlight to be able to read the menu. I love dark and candles. If you don’t, don’t go here.
The food was great… We shared some dishes and loved the chicken liver with schmaltzed radish, Meatloaf and slow roast lamb. I think I will be going back here a lot!
25 Catherine Street, London | +4420724 2078 | ££ | |Tube; Leicester Square or Temple | Website | Map