To put it delicately, London’s reputation for cuisine was once regarded as…well… a little undesired. For many, overcooked veg, mushy peas and heavy pies come to mind as London’s food landmarks. But over the last decade, London’s culinary scene has changed immensely. In fact, there is quite the food movement here. Sure you can still easily find London’s savory comfort classics, but if you’re looking for something more or have a restrictive diet like I do, London has so so much to offer!
When I first arrived here, I ignorantly assumed that I’d have trouble finding gluten and dairy-free products. Boy was I wrong. Not only was it easy to find what I needed, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that many of the products were exceedingly better than what I had sampled anywhere else.
Watch out Berlin, Munich and Paris, London has set the bar high and you’re next on the list.
Below I have shared some of my favorite foodie experiences of London so far.
Is a well reviewed and outstanding restaurant located on Upper Street, London. Ottolenghi has become so popular that two other locations have opened throughout London. The cuisine is a mix of Mediterranean and Israeli with its fragrant, fresh salads and grilled fish. The dining experience itself is communal but without feeling crowded. Dishes are meant to be shared tapas style. Many gluten and dairy-free options and accommodations are available. I highly recommend the grilled eggplant and the pan fried sea bass with tomatillo, avocado and jalapeno salsa. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance! Further details can be found at: http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk
2. Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery
Romeos is a quiet cafe on Upper Street, London that is open 7 days a week. I can honestly say that they have the best g-free bread I have ever tasted. It’s difficult to believe that it’s in fact gluten-free. The avocado and bacon sandwich is a must! http://www.romeosglutenfreebakery.com
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