SF Bay Area
Food and drink that has us seeing gold
1. Pizza Pilgrims
Pizza Pilgrims is the first place we visited after getting off the plane. It’s owned by the brothers James and Thom Elliot. Pizza Pilgrims make traditional Neapolitan pizza. You can’t go wrong with the taste and the look. We customized our pizza with marinara sauce, tomato, oregano, fresh garlic, basil and olive oil. The dough was incredibly soft and slightly salty. But don’t get too full, because they also serve dessert calzones! Choose your favorite chocolate bars and they’ll wrap them in a dough and bake them in the oven. Bonus: the staff are very friendly and the shop boasts a unique interior decoration.
Flash cooking in a wood fired oven. Worth the journey.
Average Price: £7-£11.
Address: 11 Dean Street, London W1D 3RP, United Kingdom
Afternoon tea is a must in London! Skip the lunch and treat yourself at Sketch. How about having an afternoon tea in the gallery designed by the British artist David Shrigley?
Back to the food. An afternoon tea cannot start without a cup of tea. A tea master from Sketch will provide a sensory tour of their collection of tea, followed by caviar tasting. Next up is a three-tiered tray of sandwiches and pastries. Sketch provides corn-fed coronation chicken sandwiches, Scottish smoked salmon and Jacob’s cream sandwiches. They also make Igor (pumpernickel bread with tomato chutney, baby gem lettuce, homemade mayonnaise, topped with tomato mayo, chive, and finished with daikon), Norfolk goose egg and mayonnaise sandwich topped with our favorite, quail egg. End your experience with scones and cakes from the Trolley. Oh, and don’t forget to visit their bathroom! People usually spend upwards of 30-minutes insides taking photos! Enjoy!
Average Price: £58 - £72 per person
Address: 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG, United Kingdom
Craving for Chinese food in London? Stop by BAO. They have 3 different locations in Soho, Fitzrovia and Netil Market. BAO provides a very simple menu with 9 xiao chi (small eats), 5 types of bao, 4 side dishes, and 1 dessert bao. Our favorite was the classic pork bao, a soft and fluffy pillow-like bun filled with braised pork, vegetables, and peanut powder. You really can’t go wrong with the classic! We also loved the fried chicken bao, too. It was crispy and had just the right amount of pickle and spice. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t forget to order their fried ice cream bao, too! In fact, order as many bao as you can. You won’t regret it!
Average Price: £20 - £30 per person
Address: 53 Lexington St, Carnaby, London W1F 9AS, United Kingdom
Windmill St, Fitzrovia, W1T 2JN, 0203 011 1632
London is one the most diverse cities in the world. Be ready to queue (that’s British way of saying “wait in line” for us Yankees) if you want to try Dishoom. Dishoom serves up delicious Indian cuisine. If you are an early bird, they serve breakfast from 8 am to 11:45 am. Their signature dish, the bacon naan roll, is a must order item and goes perfectly with a refreshing breakfast cocktail, "The Dhoble," which is a concoction of fresh orange juice, Colombo gin, maraschino liqueur and a squeeze of lemon. For lunch, they provide an all-day menu. Our favorite lunch item was Chicken Berry Britannia, a slow-cooked pot dish with cranberries that is mean to be shared. The sweetness of the cranberries balanced the spiciness of the chicken and rice. For the side, the garlic naan with minced garlic and coriander sprinkle is a must. It is buttery, crispy and hot. The decor of this place was adorable, too! We already miss this place and we can't wait to go back!
Average Price: £20 - £30 per person
Address: 12 Upper Saint Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9FB, United Kingdom
5. Barge House
If you are craving for a weekend brunch, you must add the Barge House to your list. Why? One reason: a full English breakfast baked in a sourdough bowl. Each bread bowl is loaded with fresh ingredients and topped with eggs. Can you say, “Instagram friendly!” Per the Head Chef Luke Dunwoodie, "Everything you would want in an English breakfast is inside it and basically it's just one of those items of food that get you going." Our favorite bowl was the original – sourdough filled with smoked bacon, Cumberland sausage, slow roasted tomatoes, leeks, oyster mushrooms, spinach, and topped with free range egg and cheese. It is absolutely delicious and worth visiting for. Also, if you love spice, the barge house has a chili version of the bread bowl with chorizo, hot beans, red peppers, chili mushrooms. They sell more than 500 bowls each day! How are they so successful? "The idea focuses on two European favorites: in France, they really love their bread, and in England, we really love our English Breakfast," said the Head Chef Luke Dunwoodie. Here is the link to the video! Visit them now!
Average Price: £15 - £25 per person
Address: 46 De Bouvoir Crescent, London N1 5RY, United Kingdom
6. Duck & Waffle
Feeling hungry at 2 am? Look no further than the Duck & Waffle. They serve food 24/7 on the 40th floor with stunning view of the London buildings. What to order? Definitely the famous Duck & Waffle! We went for breakfast at 7:30 am and ordered the Ox Cheek Benedict (made with braised ox cheek), Hen’s Egg & Sriracha, Shakshuka with egg, toast, harissa yogurt and mint, and their famous Duck & Waffle with crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. In our opinion, this is the restaurant that offers the best duck & waffle in London. The duck was perfectly cooked – the layers were crispy and the meat was juicy. This restaurant can serve as a backdrop to a romantic dining experience, the perfect tourist eatery spot, or a nice restaurant for a cozy family gathering! Be sure to reserve your table in advance!
Average Price: £25 - £40 per person
Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4A, United Kingdom
7. Dominique Ansel Bakery
The James Beard Award “Outstanding Pastry Chef” Dominique Ansel brought his famous pastries to London, along with a few of his popular creations: The Cronut and DKA (a best-seller in his New York location) and Frozen S’mores. What’s so special about the London location? In addition to the previously described pastries, he created London-only menu items that are worth the special afternoon trip. Our favorites were the Welsh Rarebit Croissant with Guinness Worcestershire, cheddar béchamel, whole grain mustard and fontina cheese, and Eton Mess Lunchbox! The small lunchbox consists of strawberries made of mousse and jam, mini meringues, fresh basil and a bit of black pepper and fromage. Just shake it and enjoy!
Average Price: £15 - £20 per person
Address: 17-21 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RP, United Kingdom
8. The Sea Shell of Lisson Grove
Make a stop at The Sea Shell of Lisson Grove. They serve one of the best fish and chips in London. This place has two different areas for pick-up guests, where they can order to-go or takeaway and enjoy out on the streets. Guests can also choose to dine at the restaurant behind the takeaway area. The fish was perfectly cooked, moist and tasted fresh. The service was very good and the staff were very attentive.
Average Price: £20 - £30 per person
Address: 49-51 Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London NW1 6UH, United Kingdom
If we have to pick some restaurants you must not miss in London, LUCA will top the list. Luca belongs to the team behind the famous restaurant, the Clove Club, one of the World’s Best 50 restaurants. There are three separate areas at LUCA: public dining area with two private rooms, the pasta room and the garden room. We were seated at the dining area and ordered our dishes from the a la carte menu. Definitely order the clam pasta because it’s one of the best clam pasta out there! It was so good, we had to order it twice!
Average Price: £40 - £50 per person
Address: 88 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EH, United Kingdom
10. Milk Train
Ice Cream and Cotton Candy? Yes, please! This is the dessert place you want to visit after your delicious meal. Keep in mind that there might be long lines before the store even opens. It’s that popular. Here, you can get your soft served ice cream cone served on top of a fluffy cloud of cotton candy. You can choose from many different flavors, but our favorite was the green tea soft serve with cotton candy on a waffle cone!
Average Price: £5 - £10per person
Address: 44 Bedford St, London WC2E, United Kingdom
The Langham, London
The Langham, London is situated at the heart of the West End with over 150 years of history. It’s a convenient location and prime area for travelers to explore the glamorous side of London. Book the room with Langham Club, which offers complimentary meals at the lounge, as well as cocktails from the World’s Best Bar. We’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention the blissful bed, as well as Langham’s famous afternoon tea. The Langham, London let us experience what all 5-star hotel should strive toward.
Average Price: £400
Address: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, GB W1B 1JA, United Kingdom
@HangryDiary are the sister-sister pairing of Jocelyn and Justine. Their passion for exploring new restaurants inspired them to become food bloggers after graduating from USC and UCLA, respectively. They were raised in Hong Kong but moved to Los Angeles to study. You can often find them eating at the hottest restaurants in town and taking an obscene amount of time to shoot that perfect angle.