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Constancia

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a well cooked carnivorous meal. Amongst the stands lining Shoreditch’s Food Market, this stand stuck out the most. I could smell the meat from a mile away. I went directly to this stand without second thought because Argentinean beef is my weak point- the Argentineans really know how to prepare their beef. The sandwich exceeded my expectations- a mouth watering, medium-rare, excellent quality beefsteak glazed in a nice garlic-y Chimichurri sauce, with melted cheese and salad. A simple but perfect combination, I seriously recommend these sandwiches to any meat-fanatics. They have a restaurant located in Bermondsey (South London), which no doubt serves food just as great as this stand does, but with more choice.

£20 (2 people)

52 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3PH

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Beigel Bake

Everyone loves a good bagel so look out for the Beigel Bake, a small place with a fantastic sense of tradition and in the perfect place on iconic Brick Lane. This place is great for your quick bagel fix after a late night out, a quick lunch or just a snack on a student budget. It is open 24/7, and for a smoked salmon cream cheese bagel, it is just £1.60. There aren’t many choices available, but they cover most of the classic fillings, like herring, cheese and egg. The bagel itself was chewy and fluffy at the same time just as a great bagel should be. To be honest, I thought it was better that way, more traditional. The bread choices are also basic, but the bagel is great quality, especially for the price. All in all, visit this place, it is well worth it.

£3.20 (2 people)

159 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB

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Busaba Eathai

Nothing screams “Authentic Thai Restaurant” more than placing on every table, an eating utensil that majority of Thai people have probably never seen. Having heard about Busaba as being a traditional Thai restaurant, you can imagine the shocking, earth-shattering, and devastating horror of seeing CHOPSTICKS on each table.

I can say with confidence to the people of Busaba Eathai: my dear but confused friends, you would have to travel no less than 3000 miles from Bangkok to find a local cuisine that uses chopsticks. To those of you wondering, yes, I still ended up ordering food, albeit with not the highest expectations. I opted for a green papaya salad and a red beef curry – the litmus test for any Thai eatery. While ordering, the Italian waiter suggested I get the curry with sticky rice as “that’s the way they do it in Thailand.” No, Salvatore, that’s the way they do it in China, but I’ll give you points for getting the right continent…

The papaya salad was surprisingly good. It was as spicy as I would want it to be, they put in dried shrimp which I felt was a very nice touch, and the peanuts provided a nice crunch in between the soft papaya and noodles of the salad. However, as I would soon find out, this was merely a cruel ploy by the Devils of Inauthenticity to place me in a false sense of comfort. The beef was thick and chewy, not thin and soft as it ought to be. They used regular lime leaves instead of kaffir lime, but that’s okay, kaffir lime is only the most important ingredient in all of Thai food. As I took my first spoonful, it starting pouring down outside. Clearly the Thai gods had flown over to London to shed their tears. My friend ordered a green curry, and upon seeing corn present in it I too wanted to shed tears. Additionally, instead of tangy and spicy, the curry was sweet and almost sugary. By now there was thunder outside. How they manage to get away with charging £10.50 for what evidently is curry powder in water is beyond my understanding.

Overall, when considering Busaba as an option for a Thai meal, it’s best to think of it as Indian/Chinese food served by Southern Europeans.

£20 (2 people)

22 Store St, London WC1E 7DF

0207 299 7900

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Caravan

Caravan is placed in Exmouth Square: my favorite location for a quirky, but decadent dining experience. Like it’s neighboring restaurants; Caravan’s menu is experimental with major influences from Eastern European cooking. The interiors were warmly dark and lit with candles on small tables surrounded by big windows that looked onto the street. It was packed with a range of quite sophisticated mid twenties to forties clients. A very charming and attractive waitress seated us. First we ordered the wine, which was delicious, sweet, but not overpoweringly. Then we ordered some corn bread and this had more of a cake constancy. The bread complimented the very earthy and beautifully cooked red peppers with yoghurt. It is far more interesting to order the small plates because this meant you could try an array of food and six was perfect between the two of us. Along with the peppers, we had green salted peppers and some garnished beetroots. Our preferred dish was probably the roasted sweet potatoes! The pudding was unfortunately a let down compared to the rest of the dishes, but all in all, definitely worth the pennies.

£32 (2 people)

11-13 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QDCaravan 2Caravan 3

Eat Tokyo

Eat Tokyo is typical of a Japanese restaurant; strange fish openly sliced up in a cold counter, whilst the chefs behind prepared the sushi dishes. Fortunately the place was filled with Japanese customers, which is always a good sign of a decent Japanese. The menu was littered with the strangest drinks and food; saki, eel, ‘medium’ fatty tuna and fish roe. They wouldn’t quite make the cut for an M&S advert if they were to write the script.

I ordered the full sushi set, the sushi promptly came and they were certainly generous with their fish. Great slug shaped, raw fish sat on this bed of rice. This was a hardcore Japanese restaurant, the Japanese are hardly afraid to consume the proportionate amount of the animal. Whilst I, a more delicate screamish Briton, couldn’t quite bring myself to place these specimens into my mouth. So I slowly made my way around the plate. 30 minutes later I had finished and will definitely be returning!

£32 (2 people)

50 Red Lion Street High Holborn London WC1R 4PF

 

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The Modern Pantry

Red wine for breakfast? Why not if it comes in Greek yoghurt accompanied by Manuka honey and a poached tamarillo in the middle. Its contemporary minimalistic decor the ideal background for Instagram addicts, the two story brick walled building in St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, consists of a Ground Floor cafe and First Floor restaurant. Modern is the word, even on the menu, noting the Globalized Indonesian/Malaysian touches of Sambal, a chilli mix, with prawn omelette and Rendang mince on toast, giving spicy twists to the usual brunch favourites. The raspberry and ricotta pancakes served with berry and liquorice compote, creme fraiche is sinfully delicious and the place provides a fantastic ambience for catch-up sessions. Brunch in white with a spoonful of ‘je ne sais quoi’.

£23 (2 people)

47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ

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Wagamama

Wagamama is a Japanese chain serving fresh, healthy and. Some colleagues and I went during our lunch break and all three ordered the chicken katsu curry which was pretty good and surprisingly decent portion sizes. Service was fast and the decor is nice and simple with everything you need available at the table. It’s also reassuring when a restaurant opens the kitchen to customers. Price wasn’t exorbitant (but, then again, we didn’t order alcohol) and location is amazing with the millenium dome (now called the o2 arena) visible from your table. Only downside was the atmosphere, which was slightly dead but I feel that this could just be because of the branch. You can check out the menu HERE for yourself.

Rating: 4/5

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