Seoul Bakery

London, Restaurants

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‘The best way to get approval is not to need it. This is equally true in art and business. And love. And sex. And just about everything else worth having.’ – Hugh MacLeod

The reason I live in London is places like Seoul Bakery. I never tire of finding new places with a completely unique definition of success and style. Off the beaten track, yet about a minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road, ordinarily I would have walked straight by without a second glance. Luckily I was with someone who knew better.

One might mistake this place for being painfully hip, but it genuinely isn’t trying that hard. Walk in to fairly nonchalant staff, a tiny area with enough space for Maybe 12 people to sit, walls absolutely covered in scribbles, notes, messages from of previous visitors, its obvious that these guys aren’t looking to impress you with its carefully curated decor or attentive care.

Instead everything falls away and allows you to focus on what is truly important, to me at least, when out for a meal; the company, the food and the memories. The food screams authenticity and is by far some of the most delicious Korean food I have ever had. Speedily served and remarkably cheap (2 of us ate for less than £15), perhaps catering to all the local students, it was perfect for a satisfying weekday evening meal and to be honest I felt pretty darn hip.

Check this one out and don’t forget to leave your mark, if you can find space that is!

Seoul Bakery

55 St Giles High St London WC2H 8LH
020 7240 0877
@rimapatel7
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Best Pizza in London- Pizza Pilgrams & Santa Maria

London, Pub, Restaurants

‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ – Virginia Woolf

Man I love pizza. Perhaps its a given but seriously, it is so freaking good. That is why I have scoured London for what is (in my opinion!) the best pizza I can find. I think for now I have settled on my 2 hands down favourites.

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1.Santa Maria nearish Ealing Broadway. Ok, so a little bit of a trek if you don’t live out west but my is it worth it. Having just been voted number 1 pizza to try before you die by the Evening Standard, I am not the only one to think so either. A tiny little place, completely tucked away, the menu is simple and focuses squarely on the pizza. The authentic Neapolitan pizza said to found on the streets of Naples (mental note: visit Naples) is expertly crafted and rich, and literally melts in your mouth. Helpfully, you can also grab a take out, as it is prone to get pretty busy. Or alternatively there is a fantastic pub called The Grove right by it, where you can wait for a table to free up. Check them out below:

http://www.santamariapizzeria.com/blog/

@SantaMariaPizza

http://www.metropolitanpubcompany.com/our-pubs/the-grove-ealing/

@TheGroveEaling

pizza pilgrims

2. Pizza Pilgrims, formally of the Pizza Pilgrims’ van Berwick Street, now of permanent residence at 11 Dean Street, Soho. More than anything, I love the Pizza Pilgrims story. Their food is sublime don’t get me wrong, but how they got to where they are now is an inspirational tale of adventure and passion.

Take 2 brothers, a love for pizza and dash of courage and essentially Pizza Pilgrims was born. They traveled across Italy learning, exploring (creating a little TV show in the process) and upon their return set up the van (a 3 wheeled pizza oven come van) and toured until they finally opened their permanent spot. You can read all about their journey on their brilliant website linked below, it looked incredible!

The passion, quality and authenticity shine through all the food and the atmosphere at the restaurant. They obviously have lots of fun too, with the cracking free pizza for missing Panini football stickers going on at the mo (I wish I collected stickers!) Check this place out. I have convinced myself to get there again as soon as possible, perhaps even tonight. I’m craving pizza!

http://pizzapilgrims.co.uk/

@Pizzapilgrims

@rimapatel7

Evans and Peel Detective Agency

Bars, London, Restaurants

Image‘Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness’- Bryant H. McGill

Sometimes I like knowing something that no one else knows about. Selfish and very hipster sure. Evans and Peel Detective Agency succeeds in creating that feeling even though it is now a well established little speak easy in Earls Court.

I love that you have to create a story that you want the Agency to investigate on your behalf, and then have to continue the story when you arrive at the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ front door. It all adds to the drama and spontaneity that I often feel we lack on a day to day basis. That little buzz of excitement and anticipation and then the acceptance into the fold, into the bar itself.

Once you’re in you can relax get on to what is really important, the food and drink. Tasty snacks and inventive, generous cocktails, I was impressed. I’m also a fan of the cosy murky vibe, the fact that you are closer than you would usually choose to be to your company and to other groups. There’s a sense of everyone sharing in the collective experience, the community. I completely lost track of time down there, a feeling I relish in the ever busy lives I now lead.

Check this one out. Something a little different and above all a fun night out.

http://www.evansandpeel.com/

@evansandpeel

@rimapatel7

Princi

London, Restaurants

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‘Quality means doing it right when no one is looking’ – Henry Ford

In the mad flux that can be SOHO, Princi stands out as an oasis of consistency, authenticity and quality. With the option of table service dining or canteen style ‘pick, pay, eat’, this Milanese restaurant has an option to suit all. I’ve had the pleasure of both and am yet to be disappointed. Pizza in the ranks of the greats such as Pizza Pilgrims and Santa Maria, simple sides and salads, rich and satisfying pasta, I’m salivated just at the thought. Nice.The cherry on the cake is that it is great value. Pizzas on average £10, you can get your fill for under £20, drink and a cheeky pud inclusive. If you opt for the canteen service even better. If you’re looking for a guaranteed good meal at a good price in the centre of town, you can’t go wrong with Princi. Test my theory. Let me know what you think:

http://www.princi.com/menus

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Princi-London/149640798430280

@rimapatel7

 

Yauatcha

Bars, London, Restaurants

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I am always doing things I can’t do — that’s how I get to do them.
– Pablo Picasso – See more at: http://www.verybestquotes.com/try-something-new-quotes/#sthash.KVAhZyJb.dpuf

‘I am always doing things I can’t do – That is how I get to do them’- Pablo Picasso

Now for a treat. I’ve been lucky enough to dine at Yauatcha twice now and both times have been exceptional. Falling under the Hakkasan Group, there is similar focus on style, luxury, quality and delicious food. Although, situated about a stones throw away from SOHOs biggest sex shop, Yauatcha has endured in its unassuming corner on Broadwick St for a decade, understandably so.

The moment you walk in the service is almost overwhelming, there are hostesses, waiters, waitresses, bar staff, what seems to be general overseers, all immaculately presented and there to cater to your every need.

We tried a whole range of dim sum all as exciting and delicately balanced as the next. There has obviously been a lot of thought and skill into every thing on the menu, all adding to the Yauatcha experience. The cocktails are also wild and creative, worth exploring a few over an evening for sure! The deserts. Wow, the deserts. If you have space after the dim sum and the numerous cocktails, you have to try one of the equally well executed puds. We went for the macaroons, amazing.

Its rare to find a place that ticks every one of my personal boxes when it comes to dining, but this place does. You do pay for the experience, which is why it is most definitely a treat! However, they have some signature menus for both lunch and dinner, which may minimise the hit to your pocket. If you’re looking to impress or you have a special occasion coming up, Yauatcha would be on my list.

Check out there website here:

http://www.yauatcha.com

interestingly enough, they have another restaurant in India. A big hit!

You can keep an eye on Yauatcha and myself on twitter here:

@rimapatel7

@yauatcha