There’s a glut of burger joints in The Big Smoke. It’s not an exaggeration to say that, like Starbucks, there seems to be one on every street corner. There are some we love: the dirty burgers at Meatliquor with their squidgy, soft buns and deep fried pickles on the side, the gourmet grown-up treats at Burger & Lobster, and the epically monikered hamburgers at Patty & Bun (the Ari Gold is the winner). There are some we’re less fussed about however they will remain nameless.
So when we heard about Bobo Social we sighed with burger fatigue. Another one? But wait. We sighed too soon.
Michelin star dining in London can be stiffer than a starched white cravat. The layers of complex cutlery, the endless processions of amuse bouche, and the eerily quiet rooms where you can hear a parmesan tuile crack.
Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been blessed to eat in such fine establishments, but we’ve long searched for a restaurant that serves top quality nosh minus the pomp.
Step in Simon Rogan. To quote his lovely website verbatim Simon is “one of the most accomplished and well respected chefs in the UK”. You might remember him from the Great British Menu where he nabbed the dessert crown in season 7, or you might know that he’s famed for foraging. Either way we think he’s a bit of a legend and jumped for joy to get a table at his London outpost Fera.
The Haute List is a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi. We often frequent his eponymous restaurants in Notting Hill & Islington for yummy middle-eastern inspired salads and gorgeous baked treats. His gilded outpost in Piccadilly; NOPI, is the place to go for delicious nosh like roasted butternut squash with cardamom yoghurt and pecans.
What we particularly like about Ottolenghi’s cooking is the love he gives to the humble vegetable. We’re not vegetarians, but when we want a break from chicken breasts and salmon fillets we always turn to his cookbook, Plenty. He crafts complex and delicious meat-free recipes that will change the way you cook veggies.
We’re big salad fans here at The Haute List. They’re relatively quick and easy to compose, usually full of nutritious ingredients, and let’s be honest a plate of salad justifies the brownie for afters. Yet it’s easy to get stuck in a lettuce rut. The bag of baby spinach leaves thrown in with some tuna and a few slices of cucumber. Nice enough yes, but not exactly innovative. So, imagine our delight when we stumbled across David Bez’s wonderful book ‘Salad Love‘.
Nothing soothes the Monday morning blues quite like a steaming hot cup of coffee, nothing picks you up from that 3pm slump like a java jolt, and let’s be honest few things are as pretty as a panda swirled onto the top of a flat white.
A good cup of coffee. It’s not hard to find right? Hmm. We’ve had more than our fair share of burnt beans. We know that in the grand scheme of things it is a trivial thing to moan about it, but in life happiness is found in the simplest of things, and for us that’s good coffee.
So we’ve jitter-bugged ourselves through jars of iced lattes, and shots of espresso, to bring you 5 of the best coffee haunts in Soho. In no particular order…