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Jan 4, 2014 03:31 PM

Dining and shopping in London, 2014

The 'Eating London' thread is getting old, so I thought it's a good time to start a new thread for London. To keep this thread as current as possible, I'm only mentioning the restaurants and shops I've visited in the last 2 months.

Chef Brian Lavery posted a comprehensive list mentioning many of London's best restaurants for various types of food on his blog:

I'd add Black Trumpet as my favourite spot for fine dining. I also had a decent, moderately priced dinner at Blu Duby before a Sunday night concert at Budweiser Gardens in November. Relatively few independently-owned downtown London restaurants apart from David's Bistro and Blu Duby are open Sunday nights.

Remark Fresh Market and the Covent Garden Market are my favourite places to buy groceries.

Hot Oven's burek is my favourite snack at the Covent Garden Market.

I still haven't visited the Western Fair Farmers' Market, which I plan to visit at some point this year.

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  1. Not the right time of year, but the Trails End farmers market is my favourite anywhere. Make sure you get some breakfast sausage from the Mennonite butchers place.

    Great pad Thai is to be had at Quynh Nhi on wharnecliffe rd.

    And of course Portuguese churrascco at King of Pigs (Rei dos leitoes).

    1. Just wanted to add a few thoughts.
      Lately, I've been enjoying coffee at Fire Roasted's King St location.

      There's also a new espresso place called Locomotive Espresso that opened earlier this month, which I haven't tried yet.

      Angelo's Bakery on Wonderland North is well-stocked these days. Lots of Italian and Polish imported products, and several types of frozen pelmeni and perogies. Small selection of good quality produce. It's nice to see Angelo's improve its game.

      I recently had a nice Sunday brunch at Garlic's. Recommend the salmon brioche to anyone who likes smoked salmon and hollandaise.

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      1. re: prima

        Nice to see some new dishes on The Only on King's menu:

        1. re: prima

          I went to Locomotive Espresso on Good Friday. It was open and quite busy. A nice spot, roomier than a lot of coffee shops, but full of students camped out with laptops. Anyway, the shop uses Pilot coffee and the barista pulled a decent shot. I had a flat white, which was very good.

          They make some muffins and breads in house, I think. I had a slice of the banana bread and it was really tasty.

          I'd definitely go back, given the dearth of good coffee shops in London. I haven't tried Fire Roasted yet.

        2. Are there any CEE (Central Eastern European) Delis in London?

          I'm thinking like Glogowski Euro Food and Finest Meats in KW, or Starskys and Blue Danube Sausage in TO.

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          1. re: DockPotato

            Yep, there are several Central Euro Delis, although none are as large as Starsky's. The largest Polish store in London would be Alicia's on Trafalgar Rd

            Kleiber's in the Covent Garden Market currently has Polish owners, and it has a hot table, as well as a deli section and dry goods.

            The newest Polish food place that's getting good reviews is on Dundas E.

            I've heard good things about the perogies and other foods at Helen's at 1830 Wharncliffe Rd.,, which is a restaurant, but has some foods for take-out. I haven't been yet.

            There's also a smaller Polish store in the Wonderland Corners plaza on Wonderland Rd North called European Delights.

            I haven't been to the Macedonian deli on Highbury in a while, not sure if it's still there.

            Also, khaosanroad recommended Gigolaj's Bakery at 317 Adelaide St S for cevapi and other Bosnian treats, but I haven't made it yet.

            Angelo's on Wonderland N also carries a lot of Polish cheeses, luncheon meats and dry goods.

            DockPotato, I just realized we discussed the same topic here: :) Most information in that somewhat dated thread is still relevant.

            1. re: prima

              Thank you. Just checking for anything new.

              1. re: DockPotato

                SInce the last thread, there are some new restaurants you might want to try, in addition to Unique Food Attitudes and Helen's:

                Kantina serves Serbian food made from locally-sourced products when possible


                Milos has a great selection of beers, including some from Central Europe. The food is mostly pub food, but I've heard good things about the Bitterballen (Dutch-style croquettes)


                There's also a new European pastry shop on Richmond St south of Oxford West, which has kipfel and strudel in their pastry case. I'll try this place out next month.

                Also, Felipe from Aroma Restaurant has opened Aroma Café on Richmond south of Picadilly, which has sandwiches, a few house-made pastries, natas, as well as some LaRocca cakes.

                If you have a chance to visit the Masonville Farmers' Market during the summer, there's an amazing German bakery from Goderich that sells German breads and pastries from a trailer.

                1. re: prima

                  Delicious chickpea burger and tasty jerk chicken sandwich at Milos on the corner of Talbot and Carling. Most sandwiches are $11 on the lunch menu, with your choice of a daily soup, green salad or fries. Friendly service, too.

          2. Five Fortune is a new Chinese restaurant located at the southeast corner of Richmond and King. I haven't been yet, but looks promising.

            1. Brazza is a new upscale Portuguese restaurant in Hyde Park. The online photos of their food look great. It's next on my list of places to try in London.


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              1. re: prima

                I enjoyed the caldo verde and grilled squid with smashed potatoes and vegetables (see photo) at Brazza. Service was friendly. They also do take-out.

                I recently tried the fresh rolls, green mango salad and pineapple red curry chicken at Mai ' s Cafe in Wortley Village. I liked their green mango salad, but wouldn't reorder their fresh rolls or red curry.

                I revisited Quynh Nhi on Wharncliffe Rd for a Vietnamese lunch few weeks ago. Enjoyed the bun I ordered as well as the fresh rolls.