London really is one of my favourite places. After years of living in Asia, and prioritising the opportunity to travel to as many different places as possible, I really do believe that London is somewhere quite special and I’ve yet to find anywhere quite like it. I have so many plans and dreams to continue exploring the world, and hopefully to live in lots of new and exciting places. But London will always be home. And even on grey rainy days like today, where the wind howls at your door and the sun says goodbye in the late afternoon, I still feel lucky to live here.
A huge part of the reason I love London so much is the food. I live in one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with 8.6 million of us inhabiting 1,572 square kilometres of land. That’s a lot of different people, with different tastes and cultures that need to be catered to. Basically, you can find any food, anywhere, at almost anytime. And, it’s amazing.
So, I’ve decided to start a new series for the year to showcase some of the best places to eat in London. Any excuse to go to a new restaurant, street vendor, or market.
Or, the chance to revisit an old favourite. Bistrotheque is exactly that. My husband and I had one of our first dates here, and when we were throwing around the idea of getting married in London we strongly considered having the reception here. It’s a beautiful place, with white subways tiles from floor to ceiling, industrial lighting, and an open kitchen to watch the chefs at work. Before now we’ve only ever eaten here (too many times) in the evening and I’ve always wanted to visit for brunch, so on a gloomy Saturday morning late last year we went.
Located in Bethnal Green, if you don’t know what you’re looking for from the outside you might just miss it and walk on by. The inconspicuous entrance means that the only people inside are those who have planned to be there, and it’s mostly full of locals and regulars. The staff are incredibly friendly, the food is always delicious and with a grand baby piano playing in the background as you eat, the atmosphere is great.
I went for the pancakes with poached rhubarb, apple caramel, smoked almonds and cream and Steffen chose the Bistrotheque breakfast. But, if you’re not in the mood for breakfast, they do have a few mains and puddings which looked delicious. And after you’ve eaten it’s nice to walk over to Broadway Market and have an explore, although then you might want to save room for coffee and dessert.
Make sure that you book ahead, as it does tend to get busy and check their website if you do visit as it can be hard to find the first time you go.
If you do visit, I’d love to hear what you think - or have you been already??