Myself along with my family (wife and 1 year old daughter) will be visiting London X-Mas week this winter. It is early, but thought I would get a jump on planning the dining itinerary.
We are both adventurous eaters with basically no food inhibitions and live in Boston, MA. Its our intention to gain a decent overview of both British cuisine and the foods of the largest and best represented immigrant groups as well, but would like to avoid anything that Boston does well.
For reference strengths in the Boston area are: Portuguese (Both Continental and Azorean), Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Haitian, Dominican, Salvadoran, Taiwanese, Sichuan, Khmer, Italian, Armenian and of course local Seafood. Turkish is also solid here as well, but would still like to try at least one Turkish restaurant in London.
We will be renting a flat in the Shad Thames neighborhood and with the Little one would like to stay relatively near by our accommodations but are not afraid of walking and taking the Tube. Also our Daughter is well behaved when dining, so while "kid-friendly is not our goal, it would be nice to let us know if there is a no-go restaurant for babies.
Considering we will be arrive early Christmas Morning any suggestions that will be open for grocery shopping and eating later on on X-Mas day would be great. Also on Boxing Day I will be meeting a friend for the Chelsea-Fulham match at Stamford Bridge, any good options for before and after the match (Pint and Food) Also for my wife and daughter who will be staying near our flat.
So far through my research I have come up with the following list, so any suggestions or major red flags please let me know:
Pakistani and Indian:
- Needoo Grill
- Lashore Kebab House
- Moti Mahal
- Meze Mangal
British and Gastropub:
- Wapping Food
- Great Queen Street
- Masters Super Fish
- The Eagle
- The Table Café (Full English)
- St. John Bread and Wine and St. John
- The Draft House
- Café Spice
One more thing to mention. My wife and I are both West Indian (myself-Jamaica, her-Trini) and would like to try both in London. We are very picky when we eat both though, because we grew up in households where our food was important and we learnt how to cook well ourselves and since leaving our Islands have lived in areas with large West Indian populations (Miami, Orlando, NYC, Toronto and Boston)
With that being said whenever we travel to an area with a large community we love to try at least one of each, because we like to support the Diaspora and just love our cultures food. What are the stellar choices for both Jamaican and Trini in London and we are willing to travel for it. I have identified Tasty Jerk as one stop but would also like to try one more for Jamaican cooked food, as I have found that the best Jerk places concentrate of Jerk and Jerk only with a few other items on the menu. For Trinidadian Roti is nice, we love it, but a place with a proper full menu would be wonderful (Doubles, Pelau, Buss up Shot, Callalou, Palourie, etc...)
Sorry for the long winded post, but wanted to get as much information out of the way as possible. Thank you in advance and we will definitely report back.