Just got back from a week in London. My big hope was to have some spectacular Indian food, which never actually happened, mostly through my own lack of planning. Three tremendous things to report on a food front though:
1) Borough Market - There are very few things in life that are as good as they are supposed to be; this is one of them. Wow! If I lived in London, I would be there every week!! (See link below for photos)
2) Pub Food - By accident, we stumbled into The Plough on Little Ruffles Street, around the corner from the British Museum. The landlord was really nice and the food was surprisingly good, surprisingly so, considering that I'm a vegetarian. The cheese and onion pie was very, very good and the vegiburger was one of the best I've ever had. Also, on the pub front, I really like The Globe at Borough Market.
3) Zorbas - This is just a little hole-in-the-wall Greek place around the corner from our hotel that we picked at random after we first checked in. Nothing all that exotic - just really, really well done. We never got past the starters in three visits. Especially noteworthy was the Hallumi - charcoal-grilled Greek cheese with parsley. This may be the single best food I have ever eaten in my life. Go figure. (See picture below). The rich, slightly salty cheese and the charcoal flavor was perfect. Washed down with a pint of bitter, it was - again - perfect.
I have the napkin with me right here and the address is:
Zorbas Greek Kebab Taverna
35/36 Leinster Terrace
Tel: 020 7262 5358
The staff was really friendly and I was completely comfortable there. I get the feeling that they could probably use all the business they can get, so it might be worth stopping in if you get a chance.
A week was just not enough time to even get our bearings in London; we'll have to go back again at some point.
ps - Are there actually any British people in the city during the summer? We met exactly 4.