Ms Gourmet Chick is an Australian girl living in London who lives to eat. Her mission statement, according to her About Me page, is right down my alley:
My aim is to find the best places to eat out in London and around the world . This doesn’t necessarily mean they are the most expensive places or Michelin star places (although I do like to go to those when I have not blown my entire salary on shoes). I like to eat everywhere gourmet whether it is a street stall, pizza joint or a high end restaurant.
Going back to 2008, there are well over 400 posts of restaurant reviews, recipes, London tips, and travel posts from all over the world. The photos, of course, are all top notch and drool inducing. Some of my favorite planning posts:
You can also find Gourmet Chick on twitter @carawaters.
1. What is your favorite spot for a proper full English breakfast?
Providores in Marylebone High Street does a proper full English breakfast with a contemporary twist. I like their grilled smoked streaky bacon, sautéed buttered field mushrooms and slow-roasted tomatoes. Also the coffee is great.
2. Where is a good place for traditional non-gastro pub food (especially fish and chips)?
The Golden Hind in Marylebone is great for fish and chips. St John’s in Clerkenwell has a Michelin star for its traditional British food like the bone marrow with a parsley salad. I would also recommend a scotch egg from the Coach and Horses in Farringdon.
3. Where do locals go for a curry?
Avoid Brick Lane as it is a tourist trap. I like Tayyabs in Whitechapel, in particular their amazing lamb chops
4. Where is a good place to get late night desserts?
Lots of great new gelati shops have opened up recently in London. I like Dri Dri Gelato on Portobello road in Notting Hill and Gelupo in Soho. Also the brilliant Pollen Street Social in Soho has its own dedicated dessert bar.
5. Can you suggest any must-try English dishes for visitors?
A very English thing to do is to go for afternoon tea. All the hotels offer it but in my view The Lanesborough is the best. Book well in advance. If you have the cash to splash Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant Dinner does some amazing interpretations of historical English recipes. The meat fruit is not to be missed.