14 Mar Travel Tuesdays #9 – Return to London Town
And so we arrive back in London. Departing from my train, I take my first step back on British soil, with rain hurling down on me, jellied eels in hand and a cockney swagger back in my walk, I smile wide, ah Britannia, how I’ve missed you.
My first taste of food writing was via my blog ‘Alex’sfood’, much of the material of which I gathered from eating my way around London. Here I would post restaurant reviews, write recipes and at times rant on food related topics. One rant of course including my aversion to ice cream cones, which I do stand by despite my regression in Modena, of which I am ashamed.
Having grown up in London and the fact that England is of course part of Europe (any UKIP supporters can stop reading now), it seems apt then to talk a bit about the London food scene.
Having traveled for around five weeks and visited fourteen different Europeans cities, I found no food scene that even rivaled that of which we have here in London. Obviously this is a little unfair considering I’ve lived in London for all of my twenty years and the longest I spent in one single city this summer was just four nights. But I stick by my original comment!
What I love about the London food scene is its diversity. Also, interesting is how certain areas will specialize in different cuisines. If you want a good Turkish meal, East London is a good place to start, say Green lanes. If you are after Michelin starred food, Mayfair is a fine option. If it’s Indian you’re craving, try Brick lane (actually stay clear), but you catch my drift.
You can find Austrian, Burmese, Afghani, South African (not Nandos!), Korean, Sri Lankan, Ethiopian and Mongolian restaurants, with the list of cuisines going on and on, all without leaving London. It’s quite remarkable and fantastic come to think of it. In fact, I could have saved myself some money and just ate my way around London; I’ve had better French food here than I did in France itself, for example.
The slight downside to this is that it is hard to be overly impressed when eating local cuisine on one’s travels. But you can’t have your cake and it eat too (though I do try!)