LONDON: Solo lunch near Portobello Market
Hey all, I'm staying with a friend in London and we've been doing some great eating thus far. Tomorrow he has errands to run and so I'm planning to head over to Portobello Market to kill some time. Any adventurous, recommended lunch spots nearby? Foodie who lives in NY, so not afraid of street meat, run down shops or the like, just want one great last lunch before I head out on Wednesday. Have had meals at New Tayyabs, Moti Mahal, Borough Market, and some fish and chips, so preferably something a bit different than Indian or British food. Thanks all!
My recs in the immediate area around Portobello - note not much street food going on before Friday so below are what I would consider the better options in the area for a good to great lunch.
E&O - pan asian
Mediteraneo or its neighbour Osteria Basilico - Solid Italians on Kensington Park Rd
Thai Rice - north end of Portobello - my fave in the area - though I typically do takeaway
Books for cooks
For some fine dining you could try and grab a table at the Ledbury (set lunch 20/25 GBP which isn't bad)
if you don't mind a short walk you have the following options
Hereford Road - a bit of nose to tail eating in the area
Bumpkin - Westbourne Park
Great Lebanese and Middle Eastern on Westbourne Grove (Al Waha, Alounak, etc..)
Also on Westbourne Grove is C&R for Malaysian - there's also a decentish Malay place where the Westway crosses Portobello next to S&M cafe.