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Food Passport: Eating My Way Through London

Food. The one sin that I will continue to commit time and time again.

I have been all around Europe visiting multiple countries and indulging in their delicatessen. To be honest, was not too impressed with a lot of the food over there (probably because it wasn’t drenched in cheese and didn’t come with a large Dr. Pepper). Regardless, I love to try new restaurants, hole in the wall dive bars, street vendors and everything in between. My problem is, I can never remember where exactly we ate, what we had and if the service was up to par. So I present to you…my food passport.

passport

Before our trip, I walked the aisles of TJ Maxx to find a pocket-sized notebook. This way, I could easily keep track of all the delicious and not so delicious places I ate. We all should know by now that my intentions are never to TELL you where to eat, but rather give insight to my dining experiences. From here, you can decided for ya damn self. In this magical passport I wrote down the following for each restaurant..

OVERVIEW

[wp-svg-icons icon=”spell-check” wrap=”i”] Name of Restaurant

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”]  Location:

[wp-svg-icons icon=”flag” wrap=”i”]  Type

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i”] What you ordered

[wp-svg-icons icon=”smiley” wrap=”i”] Was it good?

Would you recommend? [wp-svg-icons icon=”thumbs-up” wrap=”i”]

[wp-svg-icons icon=”accessibility” wrap=”i”] Service

[wp-svg-icons icon=”coin” wrap=”i”] Price of overall restaurant

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkmark-2″ wrap=”i”] Worth it for the price?

Let’s take a peek inside my London Food Passport!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i” size=”35px” color=”#efb3e2″ animation=”tada” animate_on=”scroll”] Nando’s

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You know…like the hot sauce? I must be living under a rock considering I had no idea there was a Nando’s in the United Kingdom. Actually, I did even know it was an actual restaurant! This was the very first place we went since my boyfriend never seemed to shut up about it. Cute, quaint, vibrant colors, nothing fancy-smancy but definitely a lively place. Known for its chicken and Peri-Peri sauce AND with locations all over London (and everywhere else) it is perfect for a cheap snack or drunken binge eating date. You know I pick the latter of the two. Here’s what I thought.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”]  Location: Literally one on every corner

[wp-svg-icons icon=”flag” wrap=”i”]  Type: South African/ Chicken

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i”] What you ordered1/2 chicken with creamy mash and corn on the cob. You have to try all the sauces too!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”smiley” wrap=”i”] Was it good?: SO GOOD! 

Would you recommend? [wp-svg-icons icon=”thumbs-up” wrap=”i”] YES!!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”accessibility” wrap=”i”] Service: To-go service, but overall very friendly!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”coin” wrap=”i”] Price of overall restaurant: $

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkmark-2″ wrap=”i”] Worth it for the price? Definitely

chicken

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i” size=”35px” color=”#efb3e2″ animation=”tada” animate_on=”scroll”] Ciullosteria

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Buon Appetito! Since going to Italy last summer, I have made it my mission to find exquisite italian food all over the world. Italy can’t possible have the only good pasta, wines and cheeses can it?? Since I did a little research beforehand, I found that this restaurant would be perfect for my love of all things carbs. Nestled between two shops in Brixton, Ciullo’s was probably top 2 places we went on our journey through London. The balance in flavor, the fresh ingredients and fine wine are sure to make any girls panties wet 😉 not sure if that goes hand in hand with food but fuck it.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”] Location: 31 Balham High Rd, London SW12 9AL, UK

[wp-svg-icons icon=”flag” wrap=”i”]  Type: Italian

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i”] What you ordered(Appetizer) Beef Carpaccio & Mussels/ Clams (Main) Penne all’arbarita & Spaghetti alla marinara w/ white wine garlic butter sauce

[wp-svg-icons icon=”smiley” wrap=”i”] Was it good?: Had to change my underwear good.

Would you recommend? [wp-svg-icons icon=”thumbs-up” wrap=”i”] YOU NEED TO GO NOW.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”accessibility” wrap=”i”] Service: Exceptional service with very attentive staff

[wp-svg-icons icon=”coin” wrap=”i”] Price of overall restaurant: $$

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkmark-2″ wrap=”i”] Worth it for the price? No questions asked I would eat here again in a heartbeat

carpaccio

Beef carpaccio was a staple for me in Italy. It’s healthy, light, and pretty filling if you can find the right place. Here, it was a mouth orgasm. Everything else along the way got better and better (probably because we drank more and more)  Honestly though, everything about this meal was bomb!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i” size=”35px” color=”#efb3e2″ animation=”tada” animate_on=”scroll”] Laughing Gravy Bar & Restaurant

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Now, I get to bitch. This place is the main reason I do research for myself. No one on the face of this earth has the same taste buds as anyone else. I personally know mine AND most of everything that my boyfriend likes so I look up restaurants and menu’s based on that. I love trying new things but I also know that I’m pissed when I should have listened to my gut. Laughing Gravy legit has almost 5 stars on Google, so that goes to show that I am probably just a picky bitch. Whatevs.

NYE dinner

We decided to eat here since it was NYE night and we wanted some place close to our fireworks viewing area. Found Laughing Gravy, made a reservation and went on our merry way. Once we got there, we were surprised that no where in the few reviews I read did it state they had a set menu. You HAD to get the 4 courses they offered at their price.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”]  Location: 

[wp-svg-icons icon=”flag” wrap=”i”]  Type: Seasonal Modern British

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i”] What you ordered: Set menu at the time…Veal, Cod, Duck, Prawns

[wp-svg-icons icon=”smiley” wrap=”i”] Was it good?: The flavors to me just did not mesh together. It was very different but overall no.

Would you recommend? [wp-svg-icons icon=”thumbs-up” wrap=”i”] I would recommend calling ahead and hearing the seasonal menu

[wp-svg-icons icon=”accessibility” wrap=”i”] Service: Average service, not good not bad

[wp-svg-icons icon=”coin” wrap=”i”] Price of overall restaurant: $$$

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkmark-2″ wrap=”i”] Worth it for the price? Nope

dinner

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i” size=”35px” color=”#efb3e2″ animation=”tada” animate_on=”scroll”] Hawksmoor Seven Dials

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On this day in time, it was pouring rain as we left Chinatown. Although I love all Chinese food, I was just not in the mood for it. I looked up a cozy spot where we could escape the downpour and have a relaxed meal. Something romantic to keep us entertained since the rain would NOT go away. Hawksmoor couldn’t have been any more perfect. Once you walk in, the ambiance of the place just screams romance. Large wooden arches, dark brick floors and stone ceilings. We headed down to what looked like an old wine cellar turned restaurant.

And now, onto the meal! Since it was a gloomy Sunday afternoon, we wanted some good ol’ comfort for to remind of home.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”]  Location: Covent Garden, 11 Langley St, London WC2H 9JG, UK

[wp-svg-icons icon=”flag” wrap=”i”]  Type: British/ Steakhouse

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i”] What you ordered: Filet Carpaccio, ribeye with peppercorn, half lobster and roast with all the fixins’

[wp-svg-icons icon=”smiley” wrap=”i”] Was it good?: Overall it was delicious, the roast wasn’t all that

Would you recommend? [wp-svg-icons icon=”thumbs-up” wrap=”i”] Definitely! Perfect for a date night/day

[wp-svg-icons icon=”accessibility” wrap=”i”] Service: Average service again. Could have been better

[wp-svg-icons icon=”coin” wrap=”i”] Price of overall restaurant: $$$$

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkmark-2″ wrap=”i”] Worth it for the price? The price was good for the amount of food for sure!

roast

We shared the carpaccio (see, I told you I live off of this shit) I had the steak and lobster and he had the roast. Mine was absolutely delicious. Do you know how hard it is to cook the perfect lobster without it being rubbery and overdone? Cooked to perfection!! The steak too, so tender, juicy, and the perfect amount of pink. And to all you pervs out there I am not describing a body part 😉 Check this place out if you want an comfy, intimate dinner.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i” size=”35px” color=”#efb3e2″ animation=”tada” animate_on=”scroll”] Kennington Tandoori

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DUN DUN DUN…finally I could give my boyfriend everything he had hoped and dreamed about this trip…Indian food. The shit that makes your shit smell like shit! Ha, also another thing that probably should go with food but oh well. I had been dying to try another place that had close to 5 stars but once we got around to going there, it was too far out-of-the-way. We found Kennington Tandoori close to our Airbnb in Camberwell and since we had to leave bright and early the next morning, I didn’t want to venture too far from here.

At the time it had better reviews than what it had now, and for good reason. You don’t understand…my boyfriend would take a bullet for some Indian food so for him to get let down was like a shot to my heart.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”]  Location: 313 Kennington Rd, London SE11 4QE, UK

[wp-svg-icons icon=”flag” wrap=”i”]  Type: Indian/Contemporary

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i”] What you ordered: (Appetizer) King garlic prawn & lamb samosa (Main) Chicken Tikka Masala, Mix grill (mixture of meats) & Beef Seekh Kabob

[wp-svg-icons icon=”smiley” wrap=”i”] Was it good?: Not really

Would you recommend? [wp-svg-icons icon=”thumbs-up” wrap=”i”] If you know anything about Indian food then no.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”accessibility” wrap=”i”] Service: Excellent service! They were on top of everything.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”coin” wrap=”i”] Price of overall restaurant: $$

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkmark-2″ wrap=”i”] Worth it for the price? eh, not really.

indian food

Did you know that some people argue that Indian style food originated in the United Kingdom. Not sure how much of that is true, but this Tandoori place needs to step their game up! Although, I will say the inside was very upscale feelings and made you feel important. The food just wasn’t satisfying.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”food” wrap=”i” size=”35px” color=”#efb3e2″ animation=”tada” animate_on=”scroll”] Borough Market

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Even though this technically isn’t a restaurant, it is an open air market under the British Railways. Pretty fucking cool. Markets are one of my favorite places to try a million different items; some I’ve never even heard of before! If you haven’t already, read my progressive lunch through Ponce City Market to find out what I mean.

I can’t remember everything we tried here, and it was too cold to write and hold warm wine in my hand…but just know, you GOTTA GO! Raw bars, pastas, olive medley’s, Thai and French food. The possibilities to croak over from a heart attack are endless! Details will not be disclosed, that way you have to see for yourself.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”i”]  Location: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

[wp-svg-icons icon=”flag” wrap=”i”]  Type: Market

Would you recommend? [wp-svg-icons icon=”thumbs-up” wrap=”i”] Totally!

[wp-svg-icons icon=”accessibility” wrap=”i”] Service: Excellent service! They were on top of everything.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”coin” wrap=”i”] Price of overall: $

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkmark-2″ wrap=”i”] Worth it for the price? yup!

borough market

We came, we saw, we ate the shit out of some food. Hopefully I didn’t spoil your appetite and you can learn from my food journey through London! My opinions will obviously be different from everyone elses, but you can get an idea of my tastes and feed from that! I want to hear the amazing restaurants (and not so amazing) restaurants you went to in London! Any recommendations for me or anyone else would be greatly appreciated! AND if you make a food passport, I wanna see! Until next food coma…

Buon Appetito Bitches!

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  1. Gokul Raj

    April 12th, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Being an Indian I would love to try out the dishes in Kennington Tandoori. I am already drooling all over the pics now.

  2. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I honestly wanted to like it, it just wasn’t what we thought it would be! 🙁

  3. Viviane Feeney

    April 12th, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Never been to London (sadly) so I’m a biased bitch I suppose, but I say blu top ice cream sandwiches are go! They look awesome!

    http://dreamtraveleat.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/smoreo-slutty-brownies.html?m=1

  4. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:02 am

    hahaha biased bitches are welcome too!

  5. Ami

    April 12th, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I like Nandos of the lot for I know that I will get a lot of veg options here. Not sure of the others. Lovely food pics.

  6. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Yeah the food was great!!

  7. Melissa

    April 12th, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I love Nandos! I lived in Qatar for awhile and they even had a Nandos there! Thanks for the recs! I have a friend heading to London soon.

  8. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Crazy that I had only ever heard of the sauce before and never put two and two together! Awesome! Give her some recommendations 🙂

  9. Daniel

    April 12th, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Ugh, that Carpaccio looks to die for. I absolutely love the food posts keep them coming and although you didnt like the Indian Food – it would probably destroy my insides foir a few days – but man it looks good.

  10. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Seriously Carpaccio is my weakness, I could probably eat it every single day. I definitely will! haha Indian food seems to do that too you but I’ve been drunkenly eating Taco Bell at 3 am since I was 18 so I think my insides can handle it 😉

  11. Amy - Page Traveller

    April 12th, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I love Borough Market! Can’t believe you said you weren’t impressed by European food?! Oh and you forgot the ‘cheeky’ before Nando’s! It’s a cheeky Nando’s over here! Haha!

  12. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Is that bad? I mean I guess I can say not ALL European food because France knows how to cook! Other than that, not all impressed. Hah Ill have to add it!!

  13. Katherine

    April 12th, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    It was kind of funny when I moved to London, because in Australia we classify Nando’s as kind of “fast food” but in London, it’s a legitimate restaurant. I still can’t get my head around that. I still crave their chips though, now that I’m living in the US.
    And Borough Market is foodie heaven! I used to work really close to it and had to stop myself from visiting all the time. All of the delicious smells. Thanks for the memories!

  14. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:15 am

    It is definitely a little of both but way better quality fast food. Honestly here in America McDonalds is so disgusting, and as it is still shit…in Europe it seems to be way better quality! Ahhh yeah I would be over there every day trying different cheeses, olives and food stands!! No problem pumpkin 😉

  15. Candiss

    April 12th, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I love the idea of making a food passport while traveling, there are so many small spots that you just forget about if you don’t write it down!

  16. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Girl you don’t even know the shit I forget on my trips! I need to write down everything otherwise I never remember! Buy a couple small books and carry them around, super simple!

  17. Asmita

    April 12th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    London + Food ! You got two of my weaknesses there. I loved how you presented the recommendations. I’m bookmarking this for my trip to London. 🙂

  18. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:23 am

    My weakness too girlfriend! Food in general haha. Thank you, I wanted it to be easy to read yet informative! Totally check out the Italian place when you go back! Worth it.

  19. Kris

    April 12th, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    The Borough market sounds fascinating! I love eating my way through areas like that.

  20. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Same here!! I wish we had more here in America.

  21. Gone with a whim

    April 12th, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Love the idea of a food passport 🙂 Great suggestions in London too, Pinterested for when I visit!

  22. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Yay! Yeah you gotta check some of them out if you can!

  23. Joy Generoso

    April 13th, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I love Nando’s! The food looks deliciously good in the photos. Made me hungry though. Thanks for sharing your food experience during your trip. 🙂

    Liz Gen

  24. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I’m always hungry haha so yeah I gotta keep these posts comin right 😉

  25. Tom @ Adventurous Travels

    April 13th, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Nice guide and I like how you say honestly if it was worth the price or not – I’ve been to Nandos and I like them too!

  26. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Yeah I mean a place can be good, but if its not technically worth it for the price then people need to know!

  27. divsi

    April 13th, 2017 at 7:32 am

    fabulous reviews. You have quite a lovely list complied there! Loved the way you have a standard cheat sheet to review. Makes it so easy for the reader!

  28. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Yes!! Just something short and sweet so I can easily write down places! I need to start doing it everywhere I go.

  29. Rimsha

    April 13th, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I love how fun this is! Really enjoyed how you’ve formatted the post as a food passport and then ranked each aspect of every restaurant you’ve talked about. I really love Nando’s in London too! Yet to try all these other places. Maybe on my next visit 🙂

  30. Tatum Skipper

    April 13th, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Thanks babydoll! Yeah I grew to love it too. You should totally check out some of the other ones..the Italian one for sure!

  31. Reshma

    April 13th, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Loved this post for two things – it’s about food and the way you have classified in a template and called it aptly as food passport! I’m not surprised that you didn’t like Indian food because Indian food is best in India itself lol!

  32. Tatum Skipper

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:50 am

    hahah I will have to go to India and try it there!

  33. Jacklyn

    April 13th, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I should preface this with my most “recent” trip to london was back in 2011 so not in the age of social media where all this information was available online but I was EXTREMELY UNDERWHELMED by the foodie scene there. After reading (and salivating over the photos) I’m guessing my lack of quality eats in London could’ve been just poor research on our part! I pinned this so I know where to go to eat next time I visit London!

  34. Tatum Skipper

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Yeah it’s crazy how underwhelmed I was there too. I mean, France know’s whats up with food. They should learn from them haha.

  35. Laryssa

    April 13th, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I’m with you to each his own. I know there’s a place where I live that everyone loves and I can’t stand it. I must be a unique bitch. Maybe the gravy place had a set New Years Eve menu. I’ve seen that done a lot. I just started doing reviews on my blog about restaurants. I love that you did all of London at once.

  36. Tatum Skipper

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Yeah exactly it is all differs from person to person! That’s why I just tell about my experience and you eat there if you want to! If not, who cares haha. Yasss we are both unique bitches haha. Ill take a look at your blog and see your reviews too!

  37. Suruchi

    April 14th, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I liked the way you have framed your post and graded each restaurant. It was fun going through it. This is really going to be helpful for the ones traveling to or in London. I have tried Nandos in India but only with the veg option and it was just okay.

  38. Tatum Skipper

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Yeah I really think restaurants are different in every place!! Thank you!

  39. Anju

    April 14th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Such mouthwatering dishes! Nando’s is one of my favorites, the tandoor cuisine looks so delicious too. thanks for sharing!

  40. Alberto C.

    April 16th, 2017 at 6:33 am

    A food passport is such a great idea! I’m actually visiting London next June so will try out some of these places. I’ve been to Nando’s a few times here in Ireland and it’s always an amazing choice, normally I don’t feel my mouth anymore after trying every single piri-piri sauce they have, but it’s always worth the experience haha

  41. Tatum Skipper

    April 19th, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Haha I seriously did the same thing! I wanted to try alllllll of the sauces because you might be missing out on a good one!! I would love to try Nando’s in other locations to see how it is everywhere else!

  42. Karolyn Borner

    May 18th, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Thank you so much, it sounds delicous, but i love healthy food.

  43. Tatum Skipper

    May 23rd, 2017 at 9:26 am

    hahah I love all kinds of food!

  44. Bremerton Weed

    August 19th, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    The people you love are lucky to have you in their lives. Your perspective is beyond refreshing. I appreciate you. I am impressed. I am continually browsing online for tips that can help me.

  45. vegas

    September 14th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Well the only thing indian i ever ate was curry. This looks tasty though

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