I'm a Montreal foodie who travels often and likes to find great "local" spots that are delicious but not ridiculously priced. I also enjoy high-end dining when I can afford it but I'm a student so it's usually once per trip. In Montreal we are blessed with an extremely vibrant and also inexpensive casual gourmet scene. I've found it to be totally possible to find restaurants that impress and also suit my restrictions in almost every city I've travelled to, except in London I've been almost always disappointed! I'm heading back for ten days at the end of the month and I'm hoping some local foodies could point me in the right direction for great places to try. To give a reference point, I'll list some places I've been:
Ramsay's Maze- great but too expensive for me!
Nopi near Carnaby street- loved it and would go back, but also expensive
Asakusa near mornington crescent- went the first time it was closed and went back a second time in search of great izakaya but found it to be fairly disappointing
Bumbles off buckingham palace road- thought it was fairly innovative in terms of their take on some classic menu items but was seriously unimpressed by the outright rude and incompetent waitstaff.
Ebury Wine Bar in Belgravia- Thought this was good albeit a little overpriced around the holiday season
Princi in Soho- GREAT place for lunch and would go back
Tayyabs- Liked this place well enough although I probably won't go back during my next trip
I know that those are a very strange assortment of places but I wanted to give an idea of the kind of things I liked also to prove that I'm willing to go far for food that people recommend to be worthwhile. I'm hoping to build that list with some favorites of other travellers or locals. Please respond if you have any suggestions whatsoever. I'll be staying at Liverpool Street station just outside of Spittalfields market but like I said, there is no distance too far to discover a great restaurant!
Thank you in advance for replies!