London is bursting at the seams with incredible restaurants and more and more places are becoming gluten free friendly, so when my sister was visiting from Australia last week, we decided to do some exploring and set ourselves a foodie day in London challenge, whereby we would eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in a different place. FYI best day ever, so I am sharing my highlights from the restaurants we visited.
Farm Girl, Chelsea
We kicked off our day in the insta friendly cafe Farm Girl, their stylish pastel interior was right up my street. Eating and drinking is a favourite pastime of my family, which was the inspiration behind my newest ‘Personalised Family Dinner Table Print.’ Everyone has their spot at the dinning room table so I thought why not capture and treasure this in an illustration. Whenever me and my sister see a lavender drink or dish on the menu, we have to order, as it brings back such strong memories of our nanna. So when we spotted their Lavender Latte, it was a must. Not only did it look pretty but it was delicious too and felt really special and comforting to share with my sister whilst we exchanged funny stories of nanna. Food wise I opted for the ‘Jungle Breakfast’ - halloumi, kimchi, mushrooms, seasonal salad topped with a fried egg, chives, yoghurt all served up on a big slab of amazing gluten free bread. If that wasn’t enough, I added a side of coconut bacon, it blows my mind how similar it tastes but it’s vegan! My sister had the Island Eggs which she also recommended.
The Ned/ Malibu Kitchen, The City
We jumped in an uber to our next stop, Malibu Kitchen at The Ned, I had heard a lot of good things about this restaurant, especially for us gluten free peeps and it did not disappoint. There was a real calm and serine energy about the place and all the dishes were so fresh, clean and interesting flavours, if I could embody a restaurant it would definitely be this place! Highlight dishes included the scallops with miso, lime, hazelnut and ponzu. Sea bass ceviche with datterini tomato, jalapeño and plantain chips. Young Coconut with green papaya, raw vegetables, heart of palm, and cashew nuts and Beetroot with goats curd, hazelnut and raspberry vinegar.
Dishoom, Carnaby Street
Last but by no means least Dishoom, they are really accommodating to gluten free needs, on arrival I was presented with a dedicated menu, which is so much nicer than someone explaining what you can or can’t have or worse still scribbling on a menu and when serving food my gluten free dishes were clearly labelled with sweet wooden sticks. My must order dishes are their famous black dahl, chicken tikka, lamb chops and gunpowder potatoes. We finished our day with a nightcap at the bar, my chosen tipple was their Chilli Espresso Martini and I will definitely be revisiting for more.
After rolling myself home, happy and content I reflected on family, food and memories, which inspired me to add to my growing collection of food prints, so I’m working on a number of new illustrations including ‘Family Favourite Recipes’ and ‘Family Comfort Foods’ and I’m looking forward to sharing these with you soon.