In the next in our series looking at where the various Sundrop locations, we’ve asked Joe from our London office for his tips on what to do in England’s capital. While we don’t do too much hands-on farming at Sundrop HQ (apart from Michael’s collection of desk cacti, of course), the team works on exciting new projects and sustainable technology for our farms around the world. Over to Joe:
Given the tumultuous week we’ve all had, I guess that lots of people could do with a comforting meal now that the weekend is here. And as producing nutritious, sustainable food is central to what we do here at Sundrop, here are my top tips for eating out it London:
Lahore Kahari – Tooting
London has some great high-end sub-continent restaurants (Gymkhana and The Painted Heron to name but two), but given the choice, I would choose this Pakistani main-stay every time. Perhaps it’s because you will probably have developed a ravenous hunger by the time your food arrives due to the slightly uneven service, but the mixed grill followed by a methi gosht is just about the best combination in town.
Som Saa – Spitalfields / The Heron – Edgware Road
These dramatically different restaurants vie for the title of Best Thai in London. At The Heron you can perform Thai karaoke in a pub basement whilst eating some of the spiciest food in the city, whilst Som Saa serves delicious regional Thai dishes in slightly more salubrious setting.
Beigel Bake – Brick Lane
London may have some of the best restaurants on the planet, but what it most definitely does not have is a lot of great food at reasonable prices. Beigel Bake is one of the few places where you can get a truly great lunch for under £5; go for a salt beef or smoked salmon bagel, and make sure you get some plain, warm bagels straight out of the oven to take home.
St John – Smithfield
‘British’ cuisine is quite hard to pin down, and I would argue that all of the above restaurants are what makes food from this country so exciting. However, the one place that has done more to define the idea of modern British cooking in the past 20 years must surely be St Johns. Situated by London’s ancient meat market, it’s famous for cooking the bits of animals that others throw away (a big tick for sustainability). However, the more squeamish can eat just as well with wonderful fish, seafood and vegetable dishes. Quality Chop House and these potatoes come a very close second.